The consensus is that around 500 calories (or energy we get from food) are needed per day to produce breast milk (NIH, 2017). If you are wanting to lose weight you gained during pregnancy, your body can use the extra stored body weight – mainly body fat – as energy to make breast milk.

Today's post was written by Terri Rupkey. Terri is a certified health coach and certified personal trainer, and a weight loss coordinator at Kirby Medical Center. She is pursuing her bachelors in health and wellness management through University of Wisconsin, and completing fieldwork with UI Extension.

Today's post was written by Terri Rupkey. Terri is a certified health coach and certified personal trainer, and a weight loss coordinator at Kirby Medical Center. She is pursuing her bachelors in health and wellness management through University of Wisconsin, and completing fieldwork with UI Extension.