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.
- 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.