Breastfeeding and Diet Pills: Not A Healthy Mix

After pregnancy, women generally gain a few pounds, and after a while, they want to shed it off. We mostly want to go back to our former sizes and bodies in order to stay healthy and beautiful.

Going back to our normal exercise routine and eating healthy food helps, but then it might take some time, with our latest heaven-sent responsibility.

You might get impatient, and want to take diet pills. Many advertisements and commercials praise the great effects of diet pills. However you need to think about what they can do – if you are breastfeeding.

BreastfeedingBreastfeeding can really help not just your little angel, but you as well. The milk you produce protects them from infections, and can help reduce the chance of them developing health problems such as diabetes, asthma and obesity later in life.

For you, the chances of having breast or ovarian cancer are lowered and with the contraction of the uterus, your bleeding will stop at a faster rate after delivery.

What Effect Do Diet Pills Have While Breastfeeding?

  • Safety – generally it is considered unsafe to use diet pills if you are breastfeeding. As you very well know, what you eat will mix with your bloodstream and into the milk which your baby takes from you. Whatever active ingredients are in the pills will go straight to your baby.
  • Losing Weight Too Quickly – If you lose more than 1.5lbs a week while you breastfeed is considered unsafe. This is because too rapid burning of fat can release toxins stored inside them and these can enter your milk. Once it does, your baby may risk the chance of getting sick. Also, if you lose weight too rapidly, your milk supply will dry up at a much faster rate.
  • Danger For You – diet pills, particularly fat burners, pose a real threat not just to the baby, but to you as well. For example, phenylpropanolamine, the active ingredient in some diet pills can cause strokes. You don’t want to orphan your child much too soon, do you? Ephedrine, another active ingredient, has caused high blood pressure and seizures. If you have these health problems, then you will definitely be unable to breastfeed your baby.

One equation we must all remember, is energy = breast milk. Women require more energy in order to be able to produce milk.

If you lose weight too quickly, you will not have enough energy to produce milk for your baby, and your milk supply won’t last long because of this.

In order to protect your baby and yourself, don’t take any diet pills while you are breastfeeding. Diet and exercise work better, and nursing frequently can help you lose weight faster.

Breastfeeding exclusively also helps you to lose weight, but don’t overdo the exercise part. As said before, you need the energy in order to produce enough milk every day.

Your baby needs you. So does the rest of your family. Don’t forget that because you want to lose weight.

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