How To Lose Weight While Nursing

Posted on Sep 10 2014 - 12:10pm by Markell

10628706_802467616471827_5030591256121530742_oOne of the question I get more than anything else is “Is it safe to workout and eat healthy while I’m nursing?” I know, most people think that just by nursing you can lose all your baby weight. NOT TRUE. At least not for me. 

I’m not a doctor, so you should for sure consult with one before doing anything but…

studies have shown that it is very much safe to workout and eat healthy while nursing. BUT you don’t want to: 

– follow a super restrictive calorie diet. In fact, you need an extra 300-500 calories when you’re nursing
– workout before your body is ready
– drastically change your eating habits quickly
– lose more than 1-2 pounds/week on average

And you DO want to: 

– drink TONS of water. A depleted milk supply is more likely to be from dehydration than from working out or eating healthy foods
– eat foods that will help your milk supply. Quinoa and oatmeal are two fabulous foods. Garlic is also said to help your supply. 
– listen to your body! Don’t push yourself too hard, but don’t use your baby as an excuse either!
– eat GOOD calories. No eating lots of ice cream just because you need to make up some extra calories. 

If you’re wanting to lose weight, and you’re nursing, it IS possible. Like I said, I’m not a medical expert. I got this information from studies on the internet. I’ve been successfully losing weight and helping other nursing mothers do the same. You don’t have to wait until you’re done nursing to get rid of that baby weight if that’s something you want to do! 

Are you a nursing mama?? Comment below and let me know how it’s going for you! Was this helpful?? 


3 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Michael Mortorano December 23, 2014 at 7:20 am - Reply

    Quite an excellent blog post!! I really enjoyed reading how an individual can lose weight while nursing. This is an important topic and glad to read helpful notes regarding such topic. Looking forward to recommend this post with my friends who are nursing and also want to lose weight together. Thanks for good contribution.

  2. Taylor January 26, 2016 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    I’ve nursing my lo for 4 months now and I would like to know if you had any tips on what kind work outs would be good?

    • Markell February 9, 2016 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      Hey Taylor! Sorry that it took me so long to get back to you!

      Any workout is good! Just start slow and work up to it. I personally did the 21 Day Fix when I first started working out after having baby. If you want to email me at, I can give you more info about that!

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