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Is it possible to lose weight or gain weight during breastfeeding?

By Zaira Salvador (embryologist).
Last Update: 01/05/2022

Yes, it is normal to lose weight during breastfeeding, but some women may keep the same or even gain some weight. This depends on diet, exercise and metabolism.

During breastfeeding, it is possible to go on a weight loss diet, but be careful. It is not advisable to start the diet before the baby is two months old, as it can significantly affect milk production. On the other hand, the diet should be very unrestrictive and lose weight slowly. If the weight loss is too rapid, it is possible to release toxins derived from body fat into the breast milk, which is harmful to the baby.

 Zaira Salvador
Zaira Salvador
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI)
License: 3185-CV
Embryologist. Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI) License: 3185-CV.