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How Many Calories Does Pumping Burn?

Understandably, post-pregnancy, you might already be thinking about losing the baby weight. Because of this, you might wonder whether breastfeeding your newborn can help you lose weight.

Some women find they are lucky enough to lose weight by breastfeeding. I was one of those! I didn’t have to worry too much about eating healthy food while breastfeeding to lose weight (though I should have been eating healthy regardless!)

Though, many of the fellow moms I hung out with didn’t experience fast weight loss and were looking for ways to shed some kilograms.

If you’re looking for the stats on burning calories through breast feeding, you’re in the right place!

The answer is simple: yes, you can burn calories through breastfeeding! It does not matter whether your baby is exclusively breastfed or the milk is pumped, those calories will be burnt.

How Many Calories Does Pumping Burn?

Due to the number of variables, the amount of calories burnt is different for everybody. While it might be 200 calories burnt a day for one person, it could be 600 calories for another. Oh, and let’s not forget that it might look different if you are pumping or traditionally breastfeeding.

In this article, we take a look at the answer to ‘How many calories does pumping burn?’ Hold on, and we’ll reveal it all!

How Many Calories Are In Breast Milk Per Every Ounce?

It is difficult to give you an exact number when it comes to calories in breast milk because it is different for every woman. This is down to different variables which we will delve into later.

Also, the amount of calories is different between feeds too, so this must be accounted for when talking about the calories in breast milk.

Generally, it is said that there are on average 22 calories for every ounce of breast milk. However, it can also be from 13 calories for every ounce of breast milk to 35 calories for every ounce of breast milk.

While this sounds confusing right now, you will be a pro when it comes to breast milk calories in no time!

Why Do The Amount Of Calories Change In Breast Milk?

The amount of calories in breast milk changes throughout the day, and there is a good reason for this.

When the breasts become full of milk, the production of milk – especially fatty milk – is lower. There is already a good supply waiting. However, if the breasts are low or empty of milk, then the calorie content will be higher.

This is due to the fact that milk is being made, especially fatty milk.

A good example is in the morning. Once you wake up, every ounce of the breastmilk will be lower in calories. This also happens during a long stretch between feedings. During this time a lot less fat is being made.

If you have had a cluster feed or have used the pump to fill several bottles, for example in the evening, your breasts will be emptier yet the milk will have the highest amount of calories.

This is because while you will be producing smaller ounces of milk, it will be extra fatty.

Does Breastfeeding Burn Calories?

Let’s say that you have around 20 to 22 calories for every ounce of breast milk that you produce in a day. Because you will be doing on average around ten to twelve feedings, you can expect to burn at least 500 calories.

However, it is not only the expressing of milk that burns calories. For example, the energy that your body needs to produce milk burns calories too. Your body will be spending a lot of time trying to maintain a good flow of milk.

This does not matter whether you are breastfeeding the traditional route or using a pump. If you are using a pump, you will want a good device that can keep up with the milk production.

It should help to stimulate the breast tissue in order to keep supplying your baby with nutritious milk.

Other things that will determine how many calories you are burning during breastfeeding depend on if you are standing up or sitting down, or even holding the baby or pumping equipment.

How Many Calories Does Pumping Burn?

Will Producing Extra Milk Burn Even More Calories?

Generally, if you produce extra milk then you will burn even more calories. This is because your body will be using more energy to produce milk, which will in turn be causing you to lose calories.

However, as a general rule, it is always best to pump the amount of milk your baby will need, otherwise, it goes to waste!

Stimulating extra supply when your baby doesn’t need it can cause problems such as mastitis from the breast not fully draining.

Does Breastfeeding Twins Help Lose More Calories?

Yes, breastfeeding twins will help you to lose more calories. This is all down to the fact that you will need to feed a whole extra baby, which will double the amount of milk you express and create.

On average, twins can help you to burn from 400 up to 1,200 calories a day. Sounds crazy, right? But it is true!

Does Pumping Milk Burn Calories?

Yes, pumping milk will help you lose the exact same amount of calories as nursing does. This means that you could lose anywhere from 200 to 600 calories every day, but obviously, this is different between people.

Other factors also include how many pumping sessions you have, as well as the pumping session itself.

This can sometimes lead to an oversupply of milk, which does mean that you can potentially burn even more calories compared to traditional breastfeeding.

Does Exclusively Pumping Or Breastfeeding Help To Lose Weight?

If you are serious about losing weight, you might feel disappointed not to see any real differences in your weight during this time. This is because you may have decreased your overall activity level.

This also includes not getting enough sleep, or consuming as many calories as you lose!

Try to add in moderate activity if your doctor has allowed it. Once you  have been cleared by your doctor, start running postpartum can be a great way to increase burning calories.

This could be something as simple as walking with the stroller. Over time you will feel happier and healthier.

Final Thoughts

While it is only natural to want to lose weight after pregnancy, it is not something you have to rush to. However, if you are wanting to feel healthier and back to ‘your old self’, then you will be happy to know that pumping does help you to lose calories.

However, supplement it with gentle exercise, walking and eating nutritious foods to really get back into shape – or at least to make you feel great about yourself.

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