It’s nearly impossible to flip through a parenting magazine without seeing handfuls of ads about products that contain DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that occurs naturally in breast milk and is believed to support healthy brain development. DHA is used to fortify formula, infant cereals, yogurts and other forms of nutrition; it’s also available as a supplement for moms and babies. And, DHA is widely used for toddlers and older children whose brains, of course, are still growing and developing every day.
If you’re on a diet to lose those pregnancy pounds and you’re also breastfeeding, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is moderate calorie reduction isn’t going to impact your baby’s health—he’ll still get milk power-packed with all of the nutrients he needs to grow and thrive. The bad news? Going on a less-than-2200-calorie diet while breastfeeding can seriously impact your health.
Nursing is estimated to burn about 500 calories a day. Without even going into all of breastfeeding’s countless health benefits to your baby, this factoid alone is a pretty good incentive to nurse—especially if you are like me and put on, oh, a wee bit more than the recommended 25-35 lbs during pregnancy.
But not all women have an easy time losing weight when they are nursing. Nursing can make you very hungry! And going on some kind of extreme weight loss regimen could potentially affect your milk supply.
There are safe ways to lose weight while breastfeeding, though. (I should know—I lost 40+ lbs. of baby weight three times while successfully plumping up each of my kids!)
Here are my tips for reclaiming your pre-pregnancy jeans…while you’re still wearing a nursing bra:
More often than not, we view situations as “impossible,” despite having not experienced them personally. I am not sure how I would handle being unemployed, disabled, or the parent of a chronically ill child- just to name a few. But there are scenarios and situations in your life that other people consider impossible; and when you realize this, you realize that impossible isn’t impossible at all – it’s normal!
We’ve all heard someone say they “slept like a baby,” but those of us who have taken care of a newborn during their first few months of life probably laugh at the idea – because as we know, sleeping like a newborn baby is definitely not something you should brag about.
I had a terrible time getting back in the swing of things after having kids. My body changed so much, I felt uncomfortable unveiling the new version to my husband. Additionally, postpartum hormones and breastfeeding wreaked havoc on my libido. I had to work at feeling sexy again. Read more →
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