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Is it unhealthy to breastfeed if you're obese?

Asked by chelle21689 (7648points) January 20th, 2011

If you are morbidly obese I mean. I was watching “Precious” and she was breastfeeding her baby so I got curious.

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Seelix's avatar

Why would obesity have anything to do with it?

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I don’t see why it would be unhealthy. However, I know that it is harder to breastfeed for obese people, I’ve read several studies looking at different reasons but they all pointed to decreased lactation and/or difficulty with latching for the babies.

john65pennington's avatar

The more the merrier. obesity should have nothing to do with breasfeeding.

Rarebear's avatar

Not even a little bit.

lillycoyote's avatar

If a morbidly obese woman survived pregnancy and childbirth to deliver a healthy, living newborn, if that didn’t kill her, then they are both pretty much home free as far as breastfeeding is concerned I would think.

klutzaroo's avatar

The milk isn’t higher fat coming from a fat person if that’s what you’re thinking.

RocketGuy's avatar

Breastfeeding uses over 2500 calories a day. That ought to be GOOD for obese women – at least to reduce their weight.

Bellatrix's avatar

As RocketGuy said, breastfeeding can actually help people to lose weight so that can only be a positive.

JustJessica's avatar

The only thing that would make breastfeeding unhealthy is if the mother was ingesting drugs or alcohol or harmful prescriptions that will pass through the breast milk.

chelle21689's avatar

Hm, okay. I didn’t mean to offend anyone on here.

Bellatrix's avatar

Hi Chelle

Why would anyone be offended? I am not offended in the slightest. I think it was a good question.

Liz

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