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6 Bonus Benefits of Breastfeeding

3. Losing Weight and Getting into Pre-Baby Shape

Like many mothers who have just given birth, you may be fretting about weight gain and wondering if you’ll ever have your pre-pregnancy body back. La Leche League International said that losing weight may actually be easier during lactation (when you body produces milk), and women who breastfeed can expect to lose about 1.6-pounds per month up to the first 6-months.

There are of course other reasons to lose excess weight following a pregnancy other than having the looks you desire, namely to help encourage your long-term health. The Mayo Clinic notes that while breastfeeding can require up to 400- to 500-extra calories a day, it’s still important for you to eat healthy foods that are rich in nutrients such as whole bread and fruits.


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