How much weight did you lose from breastfeeding?


Am I vain to want to weigh the same as I did on my wedding day? I weighed 65 kg (143 pounds) and that’s my dream weight! After having my daughter 3 weeks ago, I weighed 85 kg (187.4 pounds) the day I came back home from the hospital. Since then, I haven’t even done one second of exercise but I’ve lost 7.1 kg (15.7 pounds). Yay!! All I’ve done is to breastfeed exclusively so I figure that has to be what’s helping me shed the pounds.

My first two children didn’t breastfeed and so it’s all new to me: it gets stressful sometimes especially at night. I feel so envious that everyone else is sleeping and I’m up feeding my baby. Sometimes, I feel like giving up but this added advantage (of weight loss) is one of the things that keeps me going. Tongue Out

A friend of mine who breastfed her 4 children believes that breastfeeding can help you lose some of the baby weight but not all: exercise takes off the rest. I think I agree with her: I also think that not every woman loses weight while nursing but I’m happy that I am. (The amount of exercise I need to do has been reduced!! Wink

Sources say that exclusive breastfeeding results in a 500 calorie-burn daily. If you eat less than 500 calories daily, this will probably lead to visible weight loss.  On the other hand, if you eat 500 or more extra calories daily, you won’t  have any weight loss or might even gain weight!

What  do you think? What was your experience? Did you lose all your baby weight by breastfeeding ALONE? Or did you do some exercise to help with the last 5 pounds? Or did you lose no weight at all while nursing?

Dr Fomsky

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Dr Fomsky

Nigerian-born Dr Fomsky is a God-lover, a wife, a mom of three, a medical doctor by day. Plus she owns a Nigerian-based online hair product store called Sizzelle.
Dr Fomsky is very passionate about hair, skin and weight management. Since she's had her babies, she's been struggling to keep her weight and her tummy down!
At night, she likes to read books, write blog posts and leave comments on other blogs. She lives in Alberta, Canada and is also the author of Solving your relaxed hair breakage book .
LAST RELAXER DAY: December 15th, 2016
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2 Comments to How much weight did you lose from breastfeeding?

  1. I actually lost all my weight breast feeding. Well at least 90%. It did take me about 10 months to get back down to my pre-pregnancy weight. Now I’m just trying to loose five more pounds and tone. I have started back working out and trying to eat right. Breast feeding is a plus for loosing the weight w/o the exercise. breast feeding does get better so don’t give up. I absolutely loved the bonding time. Truthfully after a while of breast-feeding I would turn on my side and let him feed that way. I can’t remember how old he was when I did that. It’s probably not recommended, but I didn’t see any negative result. I would just recommend pumping and giving a bottle because the weaning process will be much easier. Hope you find breastfeeding as beneficial and rewarding as I did. If you have any questions feel free to email me at or on my blog at

    • Dr_fomsky says:

      You’re lucky!! This breastfeeding thing has been a challenge but I try not to quit stuff so I’m holding on and it’s getting better each day 🙂 I visited your blog and I couldn’t find a way to follow you besides google friend connect… I will eventually get her feeding, lying on my side.. thanks for passing b… hugs! 🙂

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