Breastfeeding’s Added Benefit: Weight Loss (Video)

Good for baby, good for mother

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After having a baby, many women who breastfeed get a benefit they may not expect: weight loss.

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The benefits for babies are clear. Breastfeeding transfer antibodies that they won’t develop on their own until they are 6 months to 1 year old. This helps protect them from getting sick.

But breastfeeding also burns about 500 calories per day — equivalent to one pound of weight loss per week. In addition to a healthy diet and exercise plan, breastfeeding can you help you lose the weight you gained during pregnancy.

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In other words, breastfeeding is not only one of the best things you can do for your child, it’s also one of the best things you can do for yourself.


Karen Cooper, DO

Karen Cooper, DO, Director of Be Well Moms℠ in the Women's Health Institute, is board-certified in family medicine and specializes in medical weight management.
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