There are many benefits to breastfeeding your baby from birth up until 12 months. Breast milk is known to carry the necessary vitamins, fats, and proteins that are needed to promote a strong immune system and healthy development and growth. That means breastfed babies may be calmer, experience fewer colds and illnesses, and have better digestive systems , among other longer-term effects. Moms also benefit from breastfeeding their babies. It can help reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, certain types of breast cancer, and ovarian cancer.
How Many Calories Do You Burn Breastfeeding?
How Many Calories Does Breast-Feeding Burn?
When you're breastfeeding your body needs more energy than it does when you're not breastfeeding. You get that extra energy through the foods you eat. Calories are the energy in food. Here's what you need to know about getting enough calories each day to stay healthy and make breast milk for your child.
How Many Calories does Breastfeeding Burn?
When I decided to start trying to lose weight after I had my first baby, I was exclusively pumping for my son and was concerned that trying to lose weight would impact my milk supply. After doing some research, I figured out a formula to calculate the exact number of calories I was burning by pumping breast milk. When I was pregnant with my son, I gained 55 pounds, which is pounds over the recommended weight gain. I had had 3 miscarriages before my first child was born — one of them after the first trimester — so I had a lot of anxiety about my little one that I dealt with in the form of ice cream. So when my son was born, I felt gross and wanted to lose the baby weight as quickly as possible.
Did you love your pregnancy body, the glow from all that extra blood rushing through your veins, the excuse to wear leggings to any event and the helpful people who gave up their seats or offered you a massage? Or were you like me, too busy with morning sickness to decorate my baby bump, looking with disdain at my oily skin and wondering if that line down my belly would ever fade? Either way, love it or hate it, most new mamas want to shed some of that baby weight after the new bundle is safely settled.