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I am Currently Breast Feeding my Baby and I Want to Lose the Weight I Gained during Pregnancy Fast. Can I Follow the Low-Carbohydrate/High-Protein Diet?

This is not the time to go on a low-carbohydrate/high protein diet or any low-calorie diet. Your baby needs nutrients from all the different food groups and calories to grow. To produce breast milk, you need an extra 330 calories per day during your baby's first six months, increasing to 400 calories per day for the next six months.

But that doesn't mean you can't regain your pre-baby figure. Some studies show that breast-feeding women experience greater weight loss than those who do not breast feed. Women who breast feed also have a lower risk of developing pre-menopausal breast cancer, ovarian cancer and osteoporosis.

To make sure you are meeting your nutrient needs, see a registered dietitian for a personalized healthy eating plan.

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