Breastfeeding can be an amazing, challenging, beautiful and messy (literally) time for a mama. When Mom is able and chooses to breastfeed, the benefits for baby are plentiful (that being said, we fully support the fed is best movement, and ALL. FORMS. OF. FEEDING.) You do you, Mama; we support you whether milk is coming from a bottle or your body. Check out our fed is best article here.
However, if you are able and are choosing to breastfeed your babe, we know many misconceptions about breastfeeding and exercise still exist that you may want a little more information on. We've got you, Mama...
Many new moms are anxious to start losing weight and get back into shape after having their baby; we've all been there when we've looked in the mirror, maybe shed a few tears, and missed our pre-baby bodies. First off, let's stop right there for a minute...you are strong. You are beautiful. You are incredibly amazing and so powerful. After all, you just created LIFE and birthed a baby....a tiny little human who grew from the size of a pen tip, to a grapefruit, to a watermelon, and then came out a real life baby "doll." Whether it was via C-section, VBAC, an all-natural birth, or if an epidural was your savior, we honor you and your power of MOTHERHOOD. Take a few minutes to write a mantra out to yourself. Note 5 things you love when you look in the mirror. Cherish those. Hold on to those. Still wishing you could shed a few pounds? We get it, but there is no rush, Mama. You'll get there.
That being said, breastfeeding may help you lose some of your "baby weight." While seeing a number drop on the scale might seem like a nice perk to breastfeeding, it should not be the focus or sole reason a mama chooses to breastfeed, as that can lead to major frustration and detachment if it doesn't come easily. Ever heard of tongue or lip tie? The breastfeeding piranha-latch struggle is REAL.