Breastfeeding supplies your baby with 425 to 700 calories a day, according to the American Pregnancy Association. So if you are breastfeeding, you must eat enough food to fuel your own body as well as ensure that your baby has a steady supply of nutritious milk. That doesn't mean that you can't lose some of your pregnancy weight, but you must do it in a careful and gradual way. Nutrisystem can be a good weight-loss choice for new moms, because the program uses reasonable portion sizes of nutrient-dense foods. As an added bonus, the meals and snacks are delivered to your door, which can be a lifesaver for a breastfeeding mom.
Log onto the Nutrisystem website and order a month's supply of meals and snacks. You can choose what to eat from a long and comprehensive list.
Choose a variety of healthy options. Include foods from the protein group, which you need to sustain the energy required to make breast milk. Choose plenty of whole grains and dairy options, too.
Supplement the program's three meals and two snacks with fresh foods from your own kitchen. The program typically provides 1,200 to 1,500 calories a day, but you'll need at least 500 additional calories to make enough breast milk for your infant. Add fresh fruits and vegetables, a handful of nuts or a bowl of high-fiber breakfast cereal with skim milk.
Use the Nutrisystem cell phone apps and online tools to help stay on track and achieve your weight-loss goals. These help you track your progress and offer support from other dieters.
Squeeze exercise into your daily routine to supplement your Nutrisystem diet. Physical activity will boost your mood while helping you lose excess weight. Take your baby for a walk or ask a friend to watch her for an hour while you head to the gym. Or use exercise DVDs at home while your baby naps.
- Order different foods each month so you don't get bored. Boredom can cause you to veer from your healthy eating plan by filling up on foods that might not be as nutritious.