How to Lose Weight While Breastfeeding

Some experts say it can take up to a year to lose the weight you put on during pregnancy. Now, if you plan on having another baby soon after, you know that can be problematic. Who wants to lose weight only to be sporting a little pouch months later? So if you’re like me and you want results fast without sabotaging your milk supply, then follow these steps and you should be on your way to MILF status in no time!

Eat Clean

We’ve talked about this a lot on ANN+JANE, but eating clean is really the best way to lose weight in a healthy way. This eating philosophy promotes a well-balanced diet of fruits, protein, and whole grains. One of the main challenges of this meal plan is the cost of food since purchasing super lean meats and fresh produce can cost a pretty penny. One advantage you have is that being on maternity leave can allot you time to cook a meal or two once you get the hang of having your bundle of joy around.

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Go Nuts

In addition to eating a clean diet for your three major meals of the day, you should consider stocking up on a whole assortment of nuts. Nuts are a great way to keep you full between meals and recent research suggests exposing your children to peanuts in small amounts may reduce their likelihood of become allergic to them once they begin eating regular table food.

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Build Exercise Routine

Feeling like someone glued a fat suit to you while you were sleeping? That’s a good thing! You have the motivation necessary to look and feel like your old self again. Consider yourself a clean slate and one that can be molded into anything you want to be. Your doctor will tell you when it’s safe to start exercising again and when he/she does, plan on making it to the gym at least twice a week in the beginning. I know that seems impossible, but nothing worth having is easy!!! According to Baby Center,  your breast milk is not likely to be spoiled by vigorous exercise, so just know that when you’re ready to kick it up a notch, you will not be harming the milk you feed your baby. If you feel super guilty (I mean…no one likes spoiled milk, right?) then you can pump before you hit the gym or even an hour or so after you finish your workout!

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Set a Goal

My personal goal is to get back into running form. That means training for a 5k, 10k, half marathon and a full marathon by the time my son is a year old. How cool would it be to see Baby Blip standing at the finish line cheering his Momma on?! If running isn’t your thing, find something that will inspire you to stay the course like buying a dress that’s like 5 sizes too small (just make sure it’s a cheap dress in case you give up).

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