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19 Apr 2006

diet after pregnancy
Hi
My baby's 8 weeks old, I am really struggling to lose the "baby" weight, I am breastfeeding but it doesnt seem to help. I am eating small frequent meals per day fruit veg and so on but I dont seem to loose weight is there eanything I could drink or eat to loose the weight I am desperate, please help what should I do I'm also very active and I drink at least 1l of water a day...
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Mom
Congratulations on the birth of your baby. It is still far too early for you to start getting desperate about losing weight. The fact that you are breastfeeding your baby is wonderful and this is the most important thing you can do for the child's future health, including protecting him/her against obesity in later life. So it is very important that you do NOT go on strict or unbalanced diets, do excessive exercise or stress, as all these factors can cause your milk production to stop - something you want to avoid at all costs right now. You can try a balanced, energy-reduced, low-fat, high-fibre diet (click on 'Diet' at the top of this page, 'Weight loss' , ‘The right approach' and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of such a diet), but add 2 more cups of fat-free milk or yoghurt or cottage cheese to the diet prescription to provide you and baby with sufficient calcium. After 6 or more months when you start weaning your baby you can step up the exercise to promote additional weight loss.
Enjoy your baby
DietDoc
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