Breastfeeding And Weight Loss

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G - June 7

My baby just turned 1 month. I have been br___tfeeding exclusively and I don't seem to be losing any weight, is this normal? I heard it is suppose to just fall off when you are br___tfeeding, but I am staving all the time so I don't see how I would ever lose any weight. Please help.

 

Annette - June 7

mmmm, I wish I could cheer you up, but I am 4 months pp, I am b___stfeeding, have been dieting and started exercising last week and still have 20 pounds from the 26 I gained with the pregnancy. My son was almost 6 lbs so, makes no sense. Apparently some women lose weight once they stop b___stfeeding, and since I plan to do it for a couple more months I still need to hope it´s true.

 

G - June 7

Thanks for the reply. I have a feeling that is going to happen to me. I really don't produce alot of milk so I thought that maybe had something to do with it. Do you know?

 

Annette - June 7

Naw, I produce liters, still doesn´t help. But if your milk production (or amount thereof) is a concern, I´d ask... are you drinking enough fluids?

 

G - June 7

I drink tons of water. I think I produce enough milk - just not any extra.

 

Annette - June 7

So I´d say you are doing fine. Maybe we are not in the "Kate Hudson´s" group but in the one called "Nine months to put it on, nine months to take it off!".

 

Susan W - June 8

It falls off for some women and not for others. I lost 75 lbs -- 66 of it baby -- by 4 months postpartum, to the horror of my midwife (and I apologize if I make anyone feel bad). Making milk takes about 20 calories to make one ounce, so if you have an average baby drinking about 30 ounces a day, which depends on their age and appet_te, you are burning 600 calories in that, which is equivalent to a large apple and a sandwich. Try reducing what you eat a little bit and see if you start noticing a difference. I also walked all the time, as DS was so incredibly fussy that I couldn't sit down other than to nurse for the first 6 months!! But mother nature won't let some women drop weight while nursing, and you guys are the ones who would probably keep your supply if there was a food supply problem, like a disaster, unlike people like me who are rail thin and have no reserves!

 

C - June 9

I lost a ton of weight the first few weeks but I don't attribute it to b___stfeeding. Once I went back to work at 6 weeks and was able to eat again I stopped losing. I was so exhausted the first 6 weeks and sleep meant more to me than food. Anyway, my doctor told me that your metabolism is higher when b___stfeeding but if you eat more calories than you burn you will not lose weight really fast. I just weaned my son at 13 months and I have finally been able to stick to a diet again and have lost 10 pounds in 3 weeks. 10 more pounds and I'll be back to where I was when I got pregnant. Yeah.

 

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