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Breastfeeding and postpartum weight loss are a hot topic for new mamas because balancing milk supply and weight loss can be super tricky. I think it’s safe to say that most mamas would choose a higher milk supply for their babies, rather than losing weight fast, but you really can do both. I’ve gained and lost over 25lbs with each pregnancy, and never had an issue with milk supply because of these 5 things I focused on.
I talk a lot about how fruit helps me in my free ebook, The Six Skinny Secrets To Losing The Baby Weight. I go into more details on how I’ve managed to lose the baby weight and keep it off after three babies now. Part of that is focusing on healthy fruits. Apples, oranges, citrus, berries, grapes…whatever your favorite is really. Snacking on fruit while breastfeeding provides your body with lots of nutrients, satisfies your sweet cravings, and the fiber and water content in the fruit helps fill you up. If you eat an apple and some berries before a meal, you will have a harder time eating a lot because your stomach is full of water and fiber. Fruit has so many wonderful nutrients, your body will feel fantastic and function optimally because you are filling it with whole, healthy food.
Second, Protein Powder:
I talk a lot about protein powder here on the blog, specifically this brand, because its super clean, full of milk-boosting nutrients, and protein is so important for weight loss. It helps save your muscle, which tends to also get lost with fat. It also keeps your metabolism running faster because it is harder to break down. It costs more energy to digest. Protein powder is just a lot easier and tastier for me personally, and smoothies really help me get in a lot of nutrients, feel satisfied and give my body everything it needs to shed weight while producing a lot of milk. Check out some of my smoothie bowl recipes for inspiration.
My favorite protein powder brand, Ora Organics, also offers 10% off your first order, which makes it a great deal! They offer a money-back guarantee too, so if you don’t like it, no big deal.
This may seem too simple, but honestly, walking an hour a day is so good for you, especially postpartum. Doing short, HIIT workouts or 30 minutes of some kind of body-weight workout is good, but it won’t burn the fat you need. Those short workouts that fatigue your muscles build muscle, but they don’t burn a lot of fat. Walking for an hour or more is going to get you into a fat-burning zone and burn more calories. Running is even better if you can get yourself to start running. I finally started running again after 5 years off. It was hard, but I have my 5 tips to help in this post. Running/jogging for 45 minutes burns fat and calories, and if you keep yourself at a slower pace, so you aren’t literally sucking for breath and dying, you won’t compromise your milk supply. Your heart will get stronger, but overall the workout isn’t as strenuous as something like a HIIT. This is what I focus on while breast feeding, and if you follow me on Instagram you’ll see all my running stories and photos of our adventures in our stroller.
Fourth, Milk Boosting Helpers:
One of my most popular posts on this blog is one I wrote about increasing milk supply. I know lots of tricks to keep your supply up and one of them is Fenugreek tea. I drank this stuff while I was still pregnant, to help my supply before any of my babies arrived. This tea is fantastic! It works really well for me, and I don’t really like the taste, so I mix it with some almond milk and stevia. Other milk helpers or boosters that I love are the Stork Liquid Gold,
Giving your body the nutrients, herbs and vitamins it needs to produce milk really helps! Don’t be afraid to try a couple different products to see what really helps you. Fenugreek worked really well for me. I also have some great recipes I love that are healthy treats, all focused on increasing your milk supply.
Fifth, Caring for Your Core:
Many times, mamas don’t think they are losing weight because their core isn’t repaired, and they develop Diastis Recti. I have a small bit of it, with an umbilical hernia. I talk all about it in this post. Sometimes we can think we aren’t losing weight, because our tummy stays flabby, but in all reality we have lost weight, but our core is in need of some serious help.
I have a very specialized program for postpartum mamas looking to heal, nourish and regain their strength. I really struggled healing after my first child, and even went through pelvic floor physical therapy for weeks to manage scar tissue that developed from tearing. I have experience studying nutrition, physical therapy and I taught Pilates, so I’ve put together a program I wish I would’ve followed from the beginning.
A program that first heals your body through specialized movements and nourishing foods. Foods are so essential to your body finding the nutrients it needs to put itself back together again. Your postpartum body needs special care in the first 4-6 weeks where you focus on regaining strength and properly fueling your body for breastfeeding.
Here is what one mama emailed me on the program:
“I absolutely love the program! Just got finished with workout 4 and I’m dying I can only do these 2x thru and my second round is pretty funny to see I’m sure! I will work up to 3x:-) By the way, your little boy angel in the videos is too precious and makes me smile! My boys have been doing these with me as well🏼!
This program then moves you into gaining physical fitness back. I will never forget the first time I tried to go for a run around 12 weeks postpartum after my first baby. I didn’t do any strength work, so I was literally jelly. I had lost all my extra fat and my previous muscle. So depressing. I was barely able to start gaining it back before I got pregnant and sick again with my second. I’ve learned so much on maintaining muscle postpartum through a unique diet and Pilates routines. I walk you through all of this too!
Lastly, I take you into a workout program to combine with a meal plan to help you lose the baby weight, not your milk!! !
I created this program to be affordable and realistic for new mams!