How many calories can be burned by breastfeeding your baby is something that is hard to calculate due to how a good feeder your baby actually is!
I am currently breast feeding my baby daughter Sofia – she is still in her first six weeks of life and ideally I would love to breast feed her until she is six months old, but I also know that things don’t always go to plan!
The breast feeding that I am doing in the first few weeks of her life are the best for me as a breast feeding mum that wants to lose weight and also as the baby who can get the best ever nutrients from my breast milk right now.
We all want to breast feed our baby for the first six months because this seems to be the industry standard, but things can go wrong such as running out of milk, the baby rejecting it or even the baby not consuming enough.
You’ll also find that more calories are burned breast feeding a newborn baby because they are eaten more often and more of it. Compare this with breast feeding a toddler when you are more likely to just do it once or twice a day, because they have their main meals elsewhere.
How Many Calories Burned Breastfeeding – The Figures & Facts
So I am sure you want to know how many calories you are really talking about here?
For a newborn baby because you are constantly at it, you should be looking at burning between 300-500 calories per day. For example if you are feeding your baby every 2-3 hours and feed your baby 7 times a day this means that every feed is about 43-71 calories each.
Meaning that as your baby grows and heads onto solids you could still be burning 130 calories per day.
But I am sure when you have a newborn baby you want to burn the most and tone up, so it makes sense that this time is when you lose the most weight and burn the most calories.
Just think – after you have had a baby the last thing on your mind is exercise and burning calories with a newborn is the same as doing an hour in the gym, 7 days a week.
My mother lost all her excess baby weight by the time I was three weeks old, so if you want to get straight back into those pre-pregnancy clothes go for it!
Here is why you burn calories breastfeeding a newborn:
- Breast milk is a special mix of nutrients for the baby meaning that your body has to work harder to produce them.
- Each time you complete a feed the suckling motion is pulling in your stomach muscles to a similar effect of doing sit ups.
- Your body needs extra energy to give to the baby and this is done so via calories.
- You’re not storing as many calories for yourself as you’re passing them onto your baby.
- Unless you’re consuming extra calories for the calories you’re losing, you’ll lose weight each week you breast feed your baby.
Therefore if you are thinking about breastfeeding just because of the amount of calories burned, then give it a shot and see the weight fall off you. Just make sure you don’t increase your calories on cake and biscuits, even though it is very tempting!