You are not alone in wondering about losing weight.Many women are anxious to return to their pre-pregnancy shape and weight after childbirth.Do try to remember that your pregnancy weight wasn't gained overnight so it won't disappear that quickly, either.As a matter of fact, you gained that weight so that you would have plenty of reserves for feeding your baby.
Here is more reassuring news from LLLI BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK, 3rd Edition, 2003. "Breastfeeding mothers tend to lose more weight when their babies are three to six months old than formula-feeding mothers who consume fewer calories (Dewey, 1993; Heinig 1992).Another study of mothers at one month postpartum found that mothers who breastfed (either exclusively or partially) had slimmer hips and weighed less than women whose babies received only formula" (Kramer 1993).
这里有一些来自国际母乳会《母乳喂养问答手册》（2003年第三版）上的内容，这些信息会令你感到欣慰。一些对三到六个月婴儿母亲的研究(Dewey, 1993; Heinig 1992)发现，采取母乳喂养比采取配方奶喂养所消耗的热量多，因此，减掉的体重也更多。另有一项对产后一个月母亲的研究（Kramer 1993）表明，母乳喂养宝宝（无论是纯母乳喂养或是混合喂养）的母亲比用配方奶喂养宝宝的母亲，臀部更苗条体重更轻。
It is safer for you to wait at least two months postpartum to purposely lose weight, as your body needs this time to recover from childbirth and establish a good milk supply.Many mothers lose weight in the early months by following a normal diet and eating to hunger.If you have stopped losing weight or are gaining weight after the first two months, check with your doctor about increasing your activity level and reducing your intake by about 100 calories per day.A daily brisk half-hour walk with your children in a stroller or sling will help you lose weight plus get you outside for fresh air.
Gradual weight loss of about one pound per week, while consuming about 1500 to 1800 calories per day, will help you to feel good and have the energy you need to care for your baby.The composition of your milk really does not vary much with your diet.(Mothers in famine conditions can produce milk that is nutritionally perfect for their babies.)However, your health may suffer if too many of your own reserves are used to provide milk.It takes a lot of energy to care for your baby so be sure to take care of yourself by "eating to hunger" and "drinking to thirst."
Anyone who wants to start a weight loss program should consult with their physician to rule out any health problems that would contraindicate the diet or exercise.