Our expert says:
It is possible to lose weight while breastfeeding, but it is advisable not to use strict or unbalanced diets to achieve weightloss or to use any diet pills (both pharmaceutical and over-the-counter). The active ingredients of slimming pills and potions are usually excreted in mother's milk and can harm the baby when it is breastfeeding. Strict or unbalanced diets can lead to deficiencies in nutrients such as calcium to name but one example. Using excessive exercise to lose weight can also reduce your milk production and should be avoided. You can certainly use a balanced slimming diet with a slightly reduced energy content and daily exercise like taking baby for a brisk walk in te fresh air to lose weight and tighten up slack muscles. Ask your dietitian for a balanced slimming diet that will not deprive you or baby of vital nutrients or try eating an energy-reduced, low-fat, high-fibre diet (click on 'Diet & Nutrition' at the top of this page, then on 'Healthy Diets' and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of such a diet). If you use the latter diet, please add 2 servings of fat-free or low-fat milk or yoghurt or cottage cheese to the diet to ensure that you and baby obtain sufficient calcium for your needs.
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