During pregnancy, you naturally gain a few extra kilos in weight and we understand that you want to lose these as soon as possible. What is important to be aware of, however, is that a breastfeeding woman loses weight faster than a mother who does not breastfeed. Therefore, it is also important to know how long you have and have planned to breastfeed as this affects how fast you will be able to lose these kilos naturally.

You should be aware that a breastfeeding woman is losing weight faster than a mother who is not breastfeeding. Breastfeeding increases your energy metabolism by around 500 kcal per day. In the theory, this entails a weight loss of 0,5 kilos a week. This means that if you're not increasing your food intake by around 500 kcal per day, you will automatically lose weight. It is recommended not to lose more weight than this during the first six months because there is no evidence that this is beneficial for neither the mother nor the child.

We think it’s better for you to focus on eating nutritious food. When you are breastfeeding it is especially important to get enough vitamin D, omega 3 and folic acid. It is good to eat iron rich as well.

We recommend you to eat:
  • 500 grams of fruit and vegetables every day, especially vegetables
  • Fish 2-3 times a week, especially salmon and mackerel which are good vitamin D and omega 3 sources
  • Meat, chicken, beans, lentils to get folic acid and iron

If you live in the Northern parts of the world, Vitamin D fortified dairy products or vitamin D supplements could be good to consume, especially in the winter (October - April) when we can't produce enough vitamin D from the sunbeams.
Note! Always follow the recommendations for the supplementation labeled on the package.

If you want to lose more weight during breastfeeding, please keep in mind the risk of milk production and the nutritional quality of the milk being affected.

So yes - You can use Lifesum to lose post pregnancy weight or if you're breastfeeding but set the goals carefully. Don't strive to lose more than 0,5 kilos a week.