By Zara Hanawalt, August 09, 2021

There is no simple answer to the question of how many calories you can burn while nursing. It comes down to your body and the amount you breastfeed. “Exclusive breastfeeding typically burns about 500-700 calories per day, less if partially breastfeeding,” says Kecia Gaither, M.D., who is double board-certified in OB-GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine. With that being said, Dr. Gaither stresses that genetic and metabolic factors can affect this number, so take it as a generalization.

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