Nutrition Column: Breastfeeding helping Kate lose the baby weight

Cara Cunningham, Com

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Cara Cunningham, Com

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Kate Middleton looks fabulous in the press, one of the reason why she might look so great is that she is reportedly breastfeeding her baby.

Kate Middleton looks fabulous in the press, one of the reason why she might look so great is that she is reportedly breastfeeding her baby.

Breastfeeding mother tend to lose their baby weight more quickly than mothers who choose to bottle-feed.

Producing breast milk is an active metabolic process, this means that it uses on average 200-500calories per day. A bottle feeding mother would have to swim at least 30 laps in a pool or cycle uphill for an hour daily, not easy for anyone to do especially if you have a little one to take care of as well.

Other research has shown breastfeeding give a child a great start in their health life with lower risk of many health problems such as obesity, diabetes, asthma. There are also some interesting studies linking a higher IQ in breastfed children. Health benefits are also accrued to mum with a lower risk of breast and other cancers. Whilst it goes without saying that breastfeeding increases the bonding between mum and child.

Current recommendation are that babies are breastfed for at least the first 6 months and as the World Health Organization has stated it is a lucky child who is breastfed after the first year of life. It is vital those new mums who choose to breastfeed are supported to help commence and keep up breastfeeding.

For information on breastfeeding support group in your area www.breastfeeding.ie

For more information or for more information on diet and nutrition, please contact:

The Community Nutrition and Dietetic Service, HSE Dublin-Mid Leinster Tel: (044) 9395518 or email community.dietitians@hse.ie.