After the birth of my daughter, I was amazed how quickly the the pounds melted off. I’m still struggling (six years later) with a bit on a paunch, but the main girth I had gained during my pregnancy disappeared quite quickly. And in my mind I had one big aspect of my postpartum life to thank for the decrease in my size, the breastfeeding of my daughter.
Breastfeeding being credited for post baby weight loss is something that the experts agree on. “A breastfeeding mom can burn [as much as] 500 calories per day,” Kirsty Bobrow, a clinical researcher at the University of Oxford, said. “That’s an hour on a treadmill, or [it's] sitting in a rocking chair and giving baby breast milk, which has all kinds of benefits.” Even the United States government is promoting breastfeeding as a weight loss strategy, “Women who breastfeed exclusively for more than 3 months tend to lose more weight than those who do not. Those who continue breastfeeding beyond 4-6 months may continue to lose weight.”
Many a celebrity mom proclaim that breastfeeding had a big impact on shedding the baby weight while a few claim it’s just a myth. See what stars like Beyonce to Snooki had to say about it here.
Kristin Cavallari 1 of 11"I honestly can say I owe it all to breastfeeding," Kristin told People. "I read somewhere that it's like running six miles a day. I know nursing is difficult for a lot of moms so it's easier said than done."
Snooki 2 of 11The new mom got back into shape very quickly after her son's birth. "Breast feeding helped a lot! And eating healthy/walking"
Source: Via Perez Hilton
Beyonce 3 of 11"I lost most of my weight from breastfeeding and I encourage women to do it; It's just so good for the baby and good for yourself," Beyonce said about breastfeeding Blue."I'm proud that my waist came back so fast. I'm proud of that and happy, but that was mostly from the breastfeeding," the singer explained.
Source: Via MamaPop
Gisele Bundchen 4 of 11Gisele told Harper's Bazaar: "I think breastfeeding really helped (me keep me figure). Some people here (in the US) think they don't have to breastfeed, and I think "Are you going to give chemical food to your child when they are so little?" I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months."
Source: Via Celebitchy
Adriana Lima, 5 of 11"I did breastfeed, but for me it did not make me lose weight. Every woman is different....so just stick with your beliefs and as long as you try your best, that's what matters."
Source: Huffington Post
Claudia Schiffer 6 of 11"Before my pregnancies I was someone who had to watch their weight," Claudia said. "I got pregnant and when I was breastfeeding it just came off. I can eat whatever I want." She went on to breastfeed all three of her kids.
Isla Fisher 7 of 11Isla Fisher said of breastfeeding her girls, "I'm always hungry. I'll look at the dessert menu I eat dessert. I'm terrible. I tried my best to lose weight, but breastfeeding helps," Isla reveals, adding, "So to all those men out there, if you want to lose weight, get breastfeeding."
Source: Via Baby Center
Salma Hayek 8 of 11Salma told Oprah, "Everybody tells you if you breastfeed, [the weight] is going to come off. It's a lie it's not true. I'm going to say something. Except for a couple of exceptions, the only reason people lose weight like that when they're breastfeeding is â€˜cos they're not eating and they're breastfeeding. And this is not good for the baby."
Source: Baby World
Jenna Fischer 9 of 11"Let me please stand in solidarity with all of the women who are not a size 2 six weeks after leaving the hospital," the mom told Us Weekly . "I thought, you read all of the stuff in magazines like, 'Oh, I breastfed my baby and I am so skinny now.' I am breast-feeding my baby and I am not getting any skinnier!"
Source: Us Weekly
Christina Aguilera 10 of 11"I think they say that when you're breastfeeding, you know, your weight kind of slims down. It's a little easier," Christina Aguilera said of breastfeeding her son Max. "It's like a workout within itself. It's very tiring actually and you find yourself snacking more often."
Source: Celebrity Babies
Naomi Watts 11 of 11After the birth of her sons Naomi Watts said of breastfeeding, "I have been eating just as much as I was when I was pregnant because in order to produce breast milk, you have to keep the carbohydrates going."
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