Several of you who are doing the Body After Baby Challenge have asked me about this- cutting calories and trying to lose weight while nursing- so I wanted to address it.
Here is my take on the matter. It’s completely fine to cut calories while breastfeeding in effort to lose weight as long as you are being realistic and healthy with what you’re eating. If your supply is low, then you might need to eat more. However, if you are cutting calories, eating healthy and able to lose weight while still breastfeeding, then you’re doing just fine!
I have cut calories (last baby) to lose weight and was still able to breastfeed just fine. Nothing changed… except I lost some weight. 🙂 I think the only time that “going on a diet” while breastfeeding can be bad is if you are truly not eating enough. Remember, your body is amazing at making enough milk for your baby with all the right nutrients.
Side note: I know there are some people who actually lose weight because of breastfeeding. If that’s you, consider yourself lucky. I never considered breastfeeding a weight loss method at all! I wish! 🙂
That’s my take- any other thoughts?