The OPTAVIA for Nursing Mothers Plan is designed for the nursing mother whose baby is at least two months old. We offer a nutritionally balanced plan that encourages gradual weight loss while supporting your body’s nutritional needs and encouraging the optimal growth of your nursing baby.
OPTAVIA recommends that you contact your healthcare provider before starting and throughout your weight loss journey. Our Nursing Mothers Plan is designed for nursing mothers who desire to lose weight safely without sacrificing their milk supply. It is ideal for nursing mothers whose baby is at least 2 months old.
Wait until your baby is two months old before dieting
It’s best not to do anything consciously to lose weight until after the second month. This gives your body enough time to successfully establish a healthy milk supply that is less likely to be adversely affected if your caloric intake is restricted.
Do NOT use the OPTAVIA Program if you are pregnant. Pregnancy is not an appropriate time for weight loss as additional calories and nutrients are necessary for rapid growth and development of the baby. Women who are pregnant should contact their healthcare provider about their nutritional and weight management needs.
The patients lost an average of 21 pounds at 12 weeks, 26 1/2 pounds at 24 weeks and 27 pounds at 52 weeks. Additionally, about 80% of them had lost at least 5% of their initial weight at all three assessments.
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To help you in losing weight while breastfeeding, try to work yourself up to 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week, which is about 20 to 30 minutes a day of walking. You can also resume things like yoga or tai chi, especially if you were practicing before baby.
Intermittent fasting can be done while breastfeeding, but it needs to be done very carefully. If you find that you can’t get enough calories, nutrients, or fluids while intermittent fasting, you may choose to hold off until it’s safer for you to try. It’s not just about whether or not you’re still nursing, either.
Side effects might include leg cramps, dizziness or fatigue, headaches, loose skin, hair loss, rashes, gas, diarrhea, bad breath, gallstones or gallbladder disease for those at risk, constipation and (for women) menstrual changes. The apparent absence of noteworthy risks doesn’t mean OPTAVIA is safe for everyone.
Pick the lowest carbohydrate vegetables from the Green Options List in your OPTAVIA Guide. Skip optional snacks to reduce your carbohydrate intake. Try a new form of exercise or add extra time or intensity to your current routine.
You can certainly lose weight on an Optavia plan, but you may gain it back when you stop using Optavia. Optavia plans also encourage you to consume many of your calories through Optavia “Fuelings,” which includes bars, shakes, cookies, puddings, cereals and soups.
Breastfeeding moms should not go on weight loss diets because they need plenty of calories to lactate and provide the sole source of nutrition to their infants. Even if the weight doesn’t come off as fast as if you were not breastfeeding, take comfort in knowing you are doing the best thing for the baby.
Breastfeeding mothers should consume at least 1800 calories a day and can safely lose around 1 lb/week (La Leche League, 2010; Lauwers & Swisher, 2015). Aim to eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables while minimizing empty carbohydrates and junk food.