You have probably heard that breastfeeding is a calorie-burner. Your body is working around the clock to create one-of-a-kind nourishment for your growing baby. But there are still people who will try to tell you breastfeeding is "easy." So next time someone tried to tell you that breastfeeding requires no work at all, you can put it into perspective by sharing the workouts that are equivalent to breastfeeding.
As Women's Health magazine noted, breastfeeding can burn between 300 to 500 calories per day. This is about 20 calories burned for every ounce of breast milk your body creates, according to Shape magazine. And because breastfeeding burns calories, Kelly Mom pointed out that breastfeeding moms should take in 1,800 to 2,200 (or more) calories per day. Consuming less than 1,500 to 1,800 calories per day are putting their milk supply at risk. If you are exclusively breastfeeding, you should be consuming 300 to 500 more calories than you did prior to pregnancy. In other words, you should be consuming as many additional calories as those you burn during breastfeeding.
The sole reason for breastfeeding shouldn't be to lose weight. It should be done because you feel it is the best way to feed your baby. That being said, it is pretty mind-blowing to compare your daily breastfeeding sessions to a daily sweat session. Here are just a few workouts that burn just as many calories as breastfeeding.