Our expert says:
Because you are breastfeeding (which is the greatest gift you can give your child which will have a positive effect on his/her health and even help to prevent him/her from suffering obesity in later life), I would like to recommend that you consult a registered dietitian to help you with a diet that will reduce your energy intake without affecting your milk production. Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area. If is important that you have a well balanced diet rich in those nutrients both you and your baby need, but that you do lose weight. Do not use any fad or starvation diets and no diet pills, as the active compounds can pass into breastmilk and harm your baby. If possible do try to include some form of moderate exercise in your daily schedule. Take baby for a walk in his/her pram for 30 min a day to stimulate your metabolism and assist weight loss.
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