Friday, 3 October 2014

8 Tips to Lose Weight Postpartum While Breastfeeding

Tip #1

Do not overeat thinking that u need to eat for your baby. Just eat a well balanced diet.  

Eat well

Tip #2
Do not skip breakfast. Even if you're not breastfeeding. Because it will make you more hungry and less energized even before lunch time. For a breastfeeding mother, it is recommended to have a high protein breakfast as it can help meet their increased protein needs (20 grams if you're breast feeding) , which can help maximize milk production. My current favourite breakfast is Overnight Oats. It's just oats, ESP, Meal Shakes and pitted prunes left overnight in the fridge and pop in some honey and fresh fruits when you have it in the morning. Certainly an On-The-Go brekkie (not to forget HEALTHY).

Yummy Overnight Oats with Kiwi - the Before

Tip #3

Eat supplements. Seriously. Because u need all the energy to stay awake, stay fit, stay energized, stay healthy for your baby. When you're healthy and happy, eventually inshaAllah (with Allah's will) you'll have a good milk supply and you'll have more energy to take care of your baby. The first six months are definitely the toughest. Click HERE to read on supplements that I take during my breastfeeding journey.

Tip #4 

If you can't exercise, detox and burn those fat with natural foods and supplements. Exercise is quiet difficult during the first six months (at least for me. Until now). So what I do is go for Shaklee (coz it's natural and it doesn't interfere with my milk production. In fact it aids me with breastfeeding. No I am not being biased just because I'm selling them. I;m just sharing my experience as a user myself. I take Alfalfa for detox, Lecithin to burn fat and  ESP to build muscle to make sure they don't go all flabby. Best part is Alfalfa and ESP both helps to improve the quality of my milk by making it thicker. Lecithin on the other hand also helps to reduce breast engorgement.

If you're exercising, start with some light movements

Tip #5

Remember that because all of this is natural DO NOT expect fast results. However expect slow and steady results which you can mange to sustain with a healthier lifestyle.

Tip #6

Recently, I just discovered that green tea can help a lot in losing weight by helping to detox. I've been drinking Shaklee Cinch Tea Mix for about 20 days plus now. I feel lighter and suprisingly it wards away my hunger and craving for caffeinated coffee. Read how I drink my tea HERE.

Tip #7

This is the basic but people tend to forget. DRINK A LOT. At least 2 Litres a day. Because the more you drink, the more u lose your 'gemuk air'. Helps your milk production too. If you're not so keen to drink plain water. Try infused water - very refreshing.

Infused water - Water with slices of lemon, cucumber and kiwi to be left overnight in the fridge.

Tip #8

Last but not least, anything good that you practiced during pregnancy; less sugary drinks and foods, junk food etc, just continue. Those bad habits will not help you lose weight nor stay healthy. Join me in my #sweetenoughchallenge if you are having problem to resist sugar like I do. I used to love to drink hot chocolate, strawberry milkshakes and teh tarik. Nowadays, when I drink outside or go to a friend/relative's house, I ask for a cup of hot water and add on my Cinch Tea Mix (which is always in my handbag).

Just remember, health and baby's milk comes first, then eventually, you'll lose weight :) 

Lots of love,
Mom of Maryam Sofea, engineer and Shaklee entrepeneur,
Sumaiyah Abd Ghani
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