Our expert says:
Congratulations on the birth of your baby and the fact that you are breastfeeding. This is the single most important gift you can give your child which will help to keep him/her healthy for the rest of the child's life and even prevent future obesity. It is, therefore, important not to use overly strict slimming diets, excessive exercise or any slimming pills whatsoever while you are breastfeeding. If you use a moderately fat-reduced diet and gentle exercise (like taking baby for a walk every day for at least 30 min), then you should achieve slow, but steady weightloss. Although breastfeeding Moms need to increase their liquid intake moderately, drinking 2-3 glasses of water prior to each meal, is not ideal as you still need to absorb all the vitamins and minerals you and baby require for good health and in the case of baby for normal growth. Excessive liquid intake can also cause electrolyte imbalances which can make you very ill - this is something you don't want to have happen right now. You can try reducing your energy intake by 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), but please add another cup of low-fat milk or yoghurt to your daily intake to ensure that you ingest the 1300 mg of calcium required per day to build strong bones and teeth for your baby. Make sure that you do some walking every day if possible and do not drink too much water. The total liquid intake of a breastfeeding mother should not exceed 3.5 litres per day (that includes all liquids - tap water, bottled water, fruit juice, coffee, teas, milk, etc) to prevent electrolyte disturbances. When you are on the ‘Diet & Nutrition’ site, also click on ‘Eating throughout life’ and read the articles on breastfeeding for additional information.
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