Why the truth about breastfeeding and weight loss is far from the myth

Does breastfeeding help you lose weight? Serena Williams doesnt think so heres what scientists say

Serena Williams has poured cold water- or rather, cold milk- on the idea that breastfeeding causes the excess weight gained while growing a baby to melt away.

Breastfeeding is widely touted as a means of weight loss, but even though it’s a hungry business as far as the body is concerned, there are several reasons set out above simply sitting back and letting baby suck away the calories often doesn’t cut it.

On average, women lay down 4kg( 9lb) of fat during pregnancy and to lose each kilogram, they will need to create a 7,700 -calorie deficit. Exclusive breastfeeding fees up about 595 calories a day during the first two months of a baby’s life, increasing to 695 calories a day as the baby get bigger. In theory, then, for every week a woman breastfeeds she should be able to lose about half a kilogram, getting back to her pre-pregnancy weight within two months.

But, as many mothers will witness, it is rarely this simple. For one thing, breastfeeding is widely be considered as a licence to feed cake; a generous slice of carrots cake with cream cheese frosting contains about 650 calories; even a skinny blueberry muffin from Starbucks contains 268 calories. Add a grande latte to that, at 230 calories, and you have already pretty much busted any calorie-deficit acquired through breastfeeding.

Of course, girls could stimulate healthier eating choices, but most breastfeeding moms live in anxiety of their milk render drying up- leaving them with an angry newborn, who wants to feed even more often- and health visitors will often advise them to eat more and remainder, as a means of ramping up milk production.

There is also biological pressure to feed more: the breastfeeding hormone prolactin increases appetite, while sleep deprivation- a common side-effect of having a baby- skews the balance of the” thirst hormones” leptin and ghrelin, prompting cravings for sweet, salty and starchy foods. Breastfeeding is another sedentary business, and new mums are often too busy- and too exhausted- to discover time to exercise.

Unsurprisingly, then, analyses that measured the effect of breastfeeding on weight loss have found only a small consequence: a review of five analyzes, which regularly weighed and measured women post-birth, to indicate that after 12 months, breastfeeding mums had lost between 0.6 kg and 2kg more weight than mums who didn’t breastfeed.

It is possible to speed up weight loss without depriving babies of milk, though. Another study found that by restricting calorie intake to about 2,000 calories a day and doing 45 minutes of aerobic exercising four times a week, women lost around 0.5 kg a week without it compromising their milk supplying. Even so, biological changes will mean that some females will find it easier to lose weight, and others harder. The fact that super-sporty Serena Williams struggled to shift her baby weight, despite eating a sugar-free, vegan diet, is testament to that.

Read more: www.theguardian.com

Get Snatched: Understanding The Latest Preoccupation From Postpartum Moms

It’s my first month back to run after a three-month maternity leave, and I am constantly greeted with, “Oh wow, You look great.” Yes it’s a compliment I guess, but what if I didn’t is so great … then what? And why is that the first thing that comes to mind?

I was blessed to have a healthy pregnancy with a safe natural delivery. I was even fortunate enough to have avoided the dreaded stretching marks and cellulite. But, the low-key obsession with pregnancy and weight loss was still a number of problems for me.

Although, I am at my “goal weight, ” I am nowhere near my pre-baby flat belly. I still feel as if I have a few inches I should lose. Gaining 35 pounds over nine months and merely losing 20 pounds so far, it is a daily conflict as I have a mini presidential debate with my guess on whether I should indulge in my favorite Talenti ice cream or if I should feed an apple or two.

I make a conscious effort to not pout when my 2-year-old slaps the flat on my belly and giggles, but instead appreciate the moments when my husband lovingly stares at me and tells me I “look beautiful” and my body is “perfect.”

I have not focused on dieting or exercising for the last three months or even while I was pregnant. In fact, I did the complete opposite; I eat takeout a majority of my pregnancy and scarfed down whatever was available post-delivery. Plus, I am breastfeeding, so nursing mothers require double the calories.

I attempted to enjoy my pregnancy and FMLA of 12 weeks by simply doing nothing besides adjusting to my new role as a mama of two under 2. But, it wasn’t until I was up late at night breastfeeding and scrolling my timeline full of socialites who have snapped back faster than the average person, when I realise this has become a scary obsession.

It seems as if right after delivery so many social media celebrities are posting paintings eating a colorful salad, sipping detox tea in workout gear uncovering the infamous “stomach selfie.” Why does the primary objective post delivery seem to be who can bounce back to pre pregnancy weight the most wonderful? In reality, the goals should be who got to sleep 3 hour in a row? Who didn’t soak through their pad and destroy their panties? Or who didn’t spill a whole bottle of pumped milk today and get pee-pee on at the same time?

When I was younger, I recollect new mamas wearing frumpy garb for at the least the first two to three months after giving birth, but now Millennial women are in lace and spandex within weeks. Many women aren’t even devoting their bodies enough time to heal before they’re racing to a gym, disregarding the doctors six-week orders.

We should be spending those first few months smiling with gratitude as we bathe our little ones, holding and fostering them during every crying episode, singing off key lullabies as we rock them to sleep. Let’s not lose sight of the beautiful accomplishment of bringing life into the world. We should simply be enjoying the moments with our babies who will soon be crawling and destroying our home within a blink of an eye.

Yes that A, B or C Celebrity may have lost their pregnancy weight super fast, but she also may have a team to watch the baby at the gym while she works out. Who knows? But for those without that luxury, remove the comparisons. Focus on your growing baby, feed healthy without starving, don’t touch your gym purse without medical clearance and keep forgetting adorning the snatched crown until YOU actually FEEL ready.

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Pink’s non-weight loss Instagram proves that she’s just like us

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Don’t missunderstand, she’s a super mom.

Pink , the vocalist who the soundtrack for your junior high punk days, and husband, Carey Hart, recently greeted a new newborn boy at the end of December.

Tuesday, six a few weeks later, she bragged on social media about her weight post pregnancy.

“Week six post newborn and I haven’t lost any weight yet! ” she captioned her Instagram. “Yay me! I’m normal! “

Normally after celebrities give birth, their pregnancy weight loss seems to happen over night. But Pink has never been one to follow the rules. While she is starting to workout again, she hasn’t lost any weight in the six weeks since giving birth. And that is just fine with her.

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A photo posted by P! NK (@ pink) on Dec 28, 2016 at 2:31 pm PST

The singer is proving that women who give birth don’t lose the newborn weight right away and that’s OK.

Rock on, Pink!

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