Our expert says:
Congratulations on the birth of your baby. Breastfeeding is one of the most valuable gifts you can give your child which will have a positive effect on his or her health for the rest of his or her life (including preventing the child from developing obesity in later life). It is thus important to breastfeed for as long as possible. International experts recommend that all babies should (if possible) be breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months of life. The breastfeeding process may help with weightloss and it is important not to go on drastic diets or do excessive exercise to lose weight while you are breastfeeding as this may make your milk dry up. You can use an energy-reduced, low-fat, high-fibre diet (click on 'Diet' at the top of this page, 'Weight loss', ‘Balanced diet’ and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of such a diet, but add another cup of fat-free milk or yoghurt or maas every day to ensure that you and baby get enough calcium (you need 1300 mg of calcium a day when breastfeeding) to keep you healthy and build strong bones and teeth for baby. Try and take your baby for walks in the fresh air every day to increase your energy output, but don't do exhaustive exercise which will make you tired.
Click on 'Diet' at the top of this page and then on 'Eating throughout life' and read the articles on 'Breastfeeding'.
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