Food & nutrition

5 expert tips for nursing mums

You're building healthy habits for yourself—and the next generation.

The great news is that the WW programme can be adapted to your needs as you nurse and wean your baby (or babies!).

Always follow the advice from your qualified health professionals during this special time.

Here are our top 5 tips if you're nursing:


1. Breastfeed for the first six months if possible


Health professionals recommend that babies are exclusively breastfed for the first six months and that breast milk continues to be an important part of a baby's diet for the first year of life. To help you follow the programme while you feed and wean your baby, find out how many SmartPoints® to add to your Budget.


2. Lose a maximum of 1lb per week


While breastfeeding, a weight loss of up to 1lb a week is recommended by health professionals. Losing more weight than this may affect the quality and quantity of your breast milk. Everyone is different, so we adapt your personalised SmartPoints Budget and use your weight loss as a guide to find the right balance for you.


3. Develop a healthy pattern of eating


The great news is that you don't need to eat anything special while you're breastfeeding. Just like everyone else, a healthy diet can help you lose weight and contribute to good health. The WW programme is all about a healthy pattern of eating, so focus on the programme, making the most of ZeroPoint™ foods and your Budget.


4. Consider a vitamin C supplement


Ask your GP or health visitor about vitamin supplements. Everyone, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10mcg of vitamin D.


5. Limit oily fish to 2 portions per week


While having fish in your diet is part of a healthy pattern of eating, while you are breastfeeding limit portions (a portion is about 140g) of oily fish to no more than two a week. Pollutants found in oily fish may build up in the body and get passed to your baby.

If you have any questions after you sign up to WW, please don't hesitate to speak with a WW Coach. You can chat with one 24/7 on the app, or face-to-face at a WW Workshop. If you have any concerns about you or your baby's health, consult with your GP. 

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