Breastfeeding moms are often concerned about their diets whilst they are breastfeeding, as they are trying to balance weight loss with the need to sustain themselves and their baby.
As a breastfeeding Moms first ensure that you are eating well balanced meals not for your baby but for yourself. Breast milk is wonderful in that it can meet your babies nutritional needs even when your diet is not great, this however does not mean that you can eat anything. If your diet is too low in calories (normal intake should be between 2,000 to 2,500 calories per day) or is continuously too high in one food group at the expense of others, this could affect the quality and quantity of the milk you produce.
Now when it comes to weight loss the reality is that the vast majority of moms want to get back into shape as quickly as possible. Aim for slow steady weight loss – aim to get back to pre-pregnancy weight within 10 to 12 months. Do not try to loose weight by dieting within the first 3 months, as this will sap your energy, likely cause a reduction in your milk production and leave you exhausted.
The daily-nutritional-guide-for-a-healthy-breastfeeding-mom gives you guidance on how to achieve a balanced diet whilst breastfeeding.
sources: AAP & Baby Centre