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January is Family Fit Lifestyle Month: Breastfeeding and Weight Control for You and Your Baby

January is Family Fit Lifestyle Month: Breastfeeding and Weight Control for You and Your Baby

January has been declared National Family Fit Lifestyle Month.  This month is a great time to review your lifestyle choices and make sure your family is living a fit and healthy lifestyle.

First, start by reviewing your daily routine and activities.  Aim for at least 1 hour of activity daily.  Whether it is going for a walk, riding your bike, joining a yoga class, or playing with your kids: get up and get moving.

Family Fit Lifestyle month is also the perfect time to review your meal choices. Never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach and pre-plan your meals for the week. Also, remember to create a shopping list before going to the store.  Doing so, will save time and money as well as remove the temptation of impulse purchases.

Further, nursing moms have special considerations in eating. A breastfeeding mother anxious to lose pregnancy weight should make sure to eat foods high in nutrients and low in calories and fat.  It is also important to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration, and as soon as your doctor gives you the go ahead to exercise, do so.  Exercise does not have to be visiting they gym; taking your baby for a walk in the stroller is an easy way to incorporate exercise into your hectic day.  As a new mother, it may seem impossible to have a full hour to exercise; consider stealing just 10 minutes here and 15 minutes there and before you know it you will have gotten your workout for the day.  Exercise not only helps you get back into shape, but helps alleviate depression and relieve stress.

Breastfeeding mothers are, of course, concerned about healthy baby weight gain.   Within the first 3-4 days after birth, it is common for baby to lose between 7-10% of their body weight, so don’t be alarmed if you notice this with your child.  After the first few days of life, a mom’s breast milk is usually fully in and the baby will begin to gain weight at a rate of approximately 4-7 ounces per week for the first month and then 1-2 pounds for the first 6 months.  Regular check-ups at the pediatrician will ensure your baby is growing and developing at a healthy rate.  Also a great way to ensure your baby is eating enough is to log feeding and wet/dirty diapers.  Newborns should be feeding 8-12 times per day and can have 6-8 wet diapers per day.  However, some breastfed babies have frequent bowel movements while others do not.  As you log your feeding and diapers changes, you will begin to to recognize patterns and irregularities to be able to discuss any concerns with your doctor.

Learn more about Family Fit Lifestyle Month today!

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