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Q&A: Will nursing make me lose weight?

I've heard that some women lose weight just from breastfeeding. Will nursing make me lose weight?

Re: I've heard that some women lose weight just from breastfeeding. Will nursing make me lose weight?

The Bump Expert

Many moms say breastfeeding seemed to help them shed pounds faster. In fact, one study of 25,000 women found that the women who gained a reasonable amount of weight during pregnancy and breastfed exclusively were likely to lose all the pregnancy weight by the time their babies were six months old. The study also estimated that breastfeeding mamas retain about 4.4 pounds less at six months than moms who don’t breastfeed.

However, breastfeeding alone does not guarantee weight loss. You'll be more likely to shed those pregnancy pounds if you stay within weight gain recommendations during pregnancy, continue to exercise regularly, and eat a healthy diet once baby’s on board.

Erin van Vuuren