Special considerations: Breastfeeding mums
What if I’m breastfeeding?
Many new mums may want to jump straight into losing their baby weight. But there are things to consider to help keep you and your baby happy and healthy. Be sure to get the go-ahead from your doctor or health care professional before you begin trying to lose weight. WW requires written consent before we can help you start, or continue, to lose weight.
Recommendations might be different if:
- You're breastfeeding more than one baby
- You've noticed a decrease in your milk supply
- You need or want to avoid specific supplements or foods
Your healthcare professional can also recommend a specific kilojoule requirement and give you other advice specific to your current needs.
When you're cleared to start losing weight, follow our special recommendations for breastfeeding mums:
1. The program is eligible to nursing mums no earlier than 2 months post childbirth. The recommended rate of weight loss is no more than 2kg per month.
You will have an additional 12 SmartPoints® if you’re exclusively breastfeeding your baby. The minimum daily Budget for breastfeeding mums is 41 SmartPoints per day.
If breastmilk is only partially the source of nutrition for baby and you’re supplementing feeds with formula or other foods, then add 5 SmartPoints to your daily Budget. Once weaning is complete, the daily SmartPoints should be reset to that of a woman who isn’t breastfeeding.
There is no change to your weekly SmartPoints Budget.
You can update your ‘breastfeeding status’ under Food Settings on the WW app or website.
2. Monitor your weight loss carefully.
A weight loss of up to 500g per week while breastfeeding is safe for you and your baby — losing weight more rapidly than this may compromise your milk production and your health. If you start losing weight too quickly try adding an extra 3 SmartPoints to your daily Budget for a week until your weight loss stabilises.
3. When you’re ready, move more.
Research has found that even high-intensity activity does not affect the ability to breastfeed and can help with losing weight and maintaining weight loss. But get your doctor’s approval before jumping into regular physical activity.