Breastfeeding Helped Kelly Preston Lose the Baby Weight. Did It Help You?

The list of supernovas who pop out a kid and are back in their skinny jeans five minutes later doesn’t seem to have an end. Like many of their fellow listmates, the two latest to make it -- Kelly Preston and Celine Dion -- give breastfeeding all of the credit for their swift and wondrous post-partum weight loss experiences.

It worked for me too -- even though both times I was pregnant I gained slightly more than the recommended gestational weight (okay, roughly twice what my doctor suggested, or, ahem, six times what the actual babies weighed), the same thing happened to me. The weight practically fell off, despite the fact that I was a ravenous, face-stuffing cow the entire time I was nursing. (You can hate me if it didn’t happen that way for you. I would.) It’s not like I was exercising maniacally -- or at all -- so if it wasn’t the breastfeeding, what was it?

Here’s what’s interesting: You only need about 300 extra calories a day when you’re pregnant to build an entire person from scratch, but you need roughly 200 to 500 extra calories a day to make milk for that person. (So much for the whole “eating for two” idea, unless the original phrase was actually “eating for two sparrows” but the bird-part got lost in translation.) But I'm pretty sure I must have knocked back a few thousand extra calories when the milk bar was open, and I still lost weight. Which clearly was God’s way of apologizing in advance for what my boobs were going to look like when I finally weaned the litter.

How did it work for you?



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