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iVillage: Ready to Lose the Baby Weight? Here's How to Get Started

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How Many Calories Does Breastfeeding Really Burn?

On average, breastfeeding burns about 500 calories per day -- but that figure may be lower or higher depending on your baby's age and how many times a day you nurse her. (The more milk you make, the more calories you burn.) While breastfeeding has helped a lot of moms drop the baby weight, it's not a magic bullet. "I breastfed for 18 months, but I still had those last few pounds left," says fitness expert Tracey Mallet, author of "Super Fit Mama" and a mom of two. Like many moms, she reached a weight-loss plateau and didn't drop the final few pounds until after she weaned her daughter, with the help of exercise. Your experience will be yours alone, so breastfeed your baby for her health -- not for the weight loss. As long as you eat healthy and move, the weight will come off eventually.

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