Can I follow the Lean for Life program if I’m breast feeding my baby?

There is not enough known about how a nursing mother being in mild dietary ketosis would affect the baby, so we recommend that you wait until you completely finish breastfeeding before starting the Lean for Life program. In addition, being on a weight loss diet with decreased calorie intake and food restrictions may have a negative effect on the baby’s optimal health and well-being. Dieting can also decrease or stop the production of breast milk.

You may begin the Lean for Life program the very next day that you stop nursing. In the meantime, you may want to read the “Lean for Life Phase Two: Lifetime Solutions” book for strategies on healthy eating and weight maintenance. We recommend that you consult your physician for dietary and exercise guidelines while you are nursing your baby.

Of Note: A study from the University of North Carolina (Greensboro) indicated that breast-feeding women, who lose weight by dieting and exercise between the fourth and 14th week after giving birth, will not hinder the development of the infant’s weight and height. This study included women with a body mass index of at least 25; women with a lower body mass index may obtain different results. The women in the study were averaging one pound a week of weight loss. Some physicians and nutritionists do not agree with the results of this study and recommend waiting four to six months before beginning a weight loss program. At that time, the mother is no longer the only source for nutrition of the infant.