I don't think Dolvet should be giving unsolicited advice to recently postpartum women. If she's nursing, she has different needs that the average person. It's easy to look at her and suggest weight loss but she may not be able to restrict her intake at this moment. Frankly, if I was home raising my child alone and got told about myself while visiting my not contributing husband? That advice would not be appreciated.
I wish Dolvett had said "This is a great time to focus on your health and your babies health. By changing your diet to be more healthy you can meet all your requirements and his and still lose weight. You can be an example of healthy eating and living from the first days of his life on. You can have more energy to play with him and save him from having to deal with the same issues that you and Mike are dealing with. You can help him be healthy as well as happy." I only wish Dolvett had been able to explain all this on camera because I am tired of folks treating prgnancy and breast feeding as an excuse to eat like crap and gain a ton of weight. I know far too many women who buy into that and gain 70 pounds when pregnant and then spend the rest of their lives trying to work off the weight.
All of the books and Doctors say the same thing. If you are obese or seriously over weight and pregnant or breast feeding you should work on eating a healthy diet but you can lose weight at the same time. What matters is that you are eating properly and getting the proper nutrients to care for yourself and the baby. When I was pregnant, I was told that I should only be eating an additionall 200 or so calories a day and that those should be healthy calories. I should increase my calcium intake and my fruit and veggies and make sure to take prenatal vitamins. If you are overweight and start eating a healthy diet when you are pregnant, you will eaither gain a little weight or lose weight while providing your baby all the nutients that he/she needs.
I am sorry but eating during pregnancy is one of those areas that many people just flat out get wrong. A healthy women is encouraged to gain between 25 and 35 pounds. Someone a bit over weight should aim for 20-30 pounds. People who are obese can lose weight. It is not a time to over indulge in whatever you want but a time to focus on nutrition and health for yourself and the baby. You do not need to eat a ton of extra calories but only a few hundred more. I got angry with the people who said "Have some cake, you are eating for two" No I was not. I was eating for one while growing another. My baby boy was not full term in the first trimester, he did not need me to eat two meals to provide for him. He did not need me to eat for two when I was breastfeeding.
So yes, Mike's wife could easily lose weight when breastfeeding. Eat more salads, add some yogurt or soy milk to her diet, enjoy fruit. Get outside and walk or go to the gym. The exercise is actually good for you and helps with postpartum blues/depression. She can safely lose weight and be in a better place for herself, her son, and her husband. She could be able to play with her son better, chase him around more, and help him develop healthy eating and exercise habits starting in his infancy.
Lets face it, none of these cntestants, or past contestants, are overweight because they ate too many veggies, too much fruit, and too many things of yogurt. They are at the weight they are at because they ate too many burgers, too many fries, too many cookies, too much crap. It did not provide the nutrients they needed and they gained a ton of weight. If you eat like that when you are pregnant, you are not giving your baby the nutrients it needs. If you change your habits, eat healthy, you will provide your baby with all the nutrients it needs and lose weight. It is healthy for Mom and baby and it is encouraged.