Breastfeeding Diet

Although it is technically not a diet plan, the Breastfeeding Diet encourages new and lactating mothers to lose weight by following a set of recommendations provided by, an online resource for women and about women.

In fact, the eating guide stresses the importance of having balanced and nutritious meals while staying away from any form of dieting. Women who are problematic on how to lose their mommy fat may find a natural yet magical way to shed those extra pounds simply by breastfeeding.

The gist

New mothers actually burn an approximate 500 extra calories a day as their bodies work on producing milk to feed their babies. So as you feed your baby with your own breastmilk, your body works itself to create more milk, therefore shedding more calories.

The Breastfeeding Diet focuses on eating foods that are high in calories like complex carbohydrates, vegetables, and proteins. More specifically, those vegetables and complex carbohydrates (that some diet plans absolutely abhor) should contain "cellulose," more commonly known as dietary fiber, to avoid constipation and to relieve some of the abdominal pain that lingers after pregnancy. Lactating mothers should also eat foods that are high in calcium because this mineral is often depleted in their bodies.

The eating plan also suggests avoiding certain foods because they tend to pass through the milk, and eventually may affect the baby. These foods include caffeinated drinks, nuts, fatty fish like salmon, and seeds. Nursing mothers are encouraged to continue taking multivitamin supplements that include 10 mg of vitamin D.

Advantages and disadvantages

The general information on the Breastfeeding Diet is sound and reliable, especially that these came from health experts. The plan also not only establishes nutrition for the mother, but also protection for the baby.

However, the Breastfeeding Diet could include more detailed information that may lead to confusion, especially that some of the terms are quite technical like "albuminous foods" (foods that have egg whites or, in some delicacies, blood) or "chiselly bread" (no matter how hard we tried, we cannot figure out what that means). It also does not provide any information about whether or not lactating mothers should exercise and which exercises are safe for new mothers.


The information you get from the Breastfeeding Diet is just the same that you receive from a pregnancy book, but in this case you do not need to buy any book because the information is freely available on the Women’s Health Guide website.

However, it does take some of the complexity of eating while nursing by relying on some very simple yet quick-eating suggestions and avoidances. If you are looking for more guidance on what to eat, how to eat, and how much to eat, you need more information than what is provided in the Breastfeeding Diet.


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