Our expert says:
Congratulations on the birth of your baby. If you are breastfeeding, which is one of the most valuable gifts you can give your new baby to protect him or her against a variety of diseases and future obesity, then you should be eating a balanced diet, that includes all the food groups and sufficient kJ so that you don't faint! The reason for this is that a balanced diet provides all the vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients that you and your baby need. Baby to grow and develop, and for you so that you don't develop deficiencies of nutrients like calcium. Please reconsider the use of this unbalanced and minimalistic diet and rather opt for a moderately energy-reduced, balanced diet instead. 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), to which you need to add 2 extra servings of low-fat or fat-free milk or yoghurt a day to provide the 1500 mg of calcium you and baby require. You don't need to go the gym, but give some thought to dong some type of exercise such as going for walks or starting to skip for 10 min a day (wear a supportive bra). Exercise stimulates your metabolism, prevents post-natal depression and promotes weightloss. Just don't overdo the exercise sessions to such an extent that your milk dries up. The use of the low-fat diet and regular exercise should result in a loss of between 0,5 and 1 kg of weight per week.
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