Breastfeeding offers many benefits for mothers — including the potential to lose weight more quickly after having a baby.

In fact, many women seem to consider this an important perk (1, 2).

The time needed to lose weight postpartum varies from woman to woman, but many nursing mothers report that breastfeeding helped them regain their pre-baby figure more quickly.

However, many others either notice no effect or even gain weight while breastfeeding.

This article looks at the science behind breastfeeding and weight loss.