Loosing the baby weight

Megan - posted on 11/04/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son is 6 months old & I really havent lost much of the baby weight. They say by breastfeeding you loose more weight than not, and i've been breastfeeding since day 1 but doesnt seem to be working for me. Does anyone know of a diet safe to go on while breastfeeding? Or any tips on how to loose like 20 pounds? Thanks for any advice

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Jessica - posted on 11/11/2009

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I take my baby for walks out in her stroller, or I turn on music and dance with / without her. It's exercise you can do and entertain baby. You could also put baby on shin's, hold it's hands to prevent falling, do leg lifts while entertaining your child. Made my son laugh at 6 months

Cathi - posted on 11/10/2009

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My son is eight months and I am having trouble with this also. I few years ago I was really heavy, and lost 70lbs by walking and eating healthy. But now that is not working. =( It seems to be the changes that take place during pregnancy have made it even harder to drop pounds, as if it wasn't hard enough already!! Starting today, I cut out white flour and pop. I also bought a YOGA DVD. I have had it a week now, but been SO busy lately that I haven't had time to try it. Since my little guy is getting so mobile now I have been rearranging and re-organizing my house, which takes priority to me. I read somewhere that pregnancy changes your body over 40 weeks, and it can take that long, or even one full year, for it to go back to normal...that includes swelling in your belly! I don't think any kind of 'diet' is safe while breast feeding, but making healthy choices should help. No white anything, ie bread, pasta, rice and sugar. Half of each meal should be a 'slow-carb' meaning veggies, try and stay away from corn, carrots and beets. Have protien at every meal, eggs, meat, dairy, etc. Drink lots of water. And no pop at all, especially diet pop. There was a study done on diet pop drinkers, and by cutting out just the diet pop they dropped 15lbs in 3 months! It is full of chemicals, and your kidney's and liver do not function properly as a result. And of course get active. The good news with that is walking with a stroller burns more calories that just walking. And it's great for the baby too. Fresh air, and new sights and sounds for thier development. Hope that's helpful! Good Luck, mama!!

Megan - posted on 11/10/2009

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Thanks for all the comments. I didnt really take into consideration that by dieting I can loose the milk my baby needs. For now I guess ill just cut back on sugars, not eat as much & try walking on a normal basis & hopefully that will help without interfering with my supply

Lindsay - posted on 11/10/2009

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I don't know if I believe breastfeeding always helps. For me I swear my body holds on to every calorie until I'm totally done breastfeeding and my milk has dried up. Then it comes off really easily. I have lost from just a regular mini workout regime and a walk every day. I don't know if diet is the answer. For me it makes it hard to keep my milk in and the baby seems to be hungry all the time.

Cathi - posted on 11/10/2009

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My son is 3 months old now. I weighed 146 lbs pre-preggo and got up to 176 lbs to term and lost a total of 20 lbs in the first couple weeks after birth. It seems that after each pregnancy (total of 3 now) I just can seem to shed that extra 10 lbs. I am currently down to 152 lbs and it goes up and down by a pound every couple days. I can't seem to shake it off. I too, am breastfeeding. I personally won't make a big deal of the diet thing until after I am done breastfeeding. That way I don't mess with the milk the baby needs. However, when I am done I will be in search of something to help.
I have started working out on the WII Fit-Yoga. So we shall see.
Best of wishes to you.

Alison - posted on 11/07/2009

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My 3rd is only 4 weeks and I started to really loose weight in this last 2 weeks from cutting sugars down a lot. I wasn't doing it for weight loss, it was because the soft drinks and chocolate were really upsetting her stomach through my breast milk. Since I have cut out those things and started just light walking everyday i have lost about 2 kilos which is around 4pounds give or take.

It has been so hard because I am a total sugar freak, but if it means losing extra weight I am happy.

Jane - posted on 11/06/2009

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Hi There, my son is three months old and despite eating healthy and constant exercising I cant seem to shift any weight. The weird thing is that even when I eat badly my weight seems to stay the same. I am breastfeeding too - so I wonder if my body is actually preventing the weight loss? I have successfully lost weight on weightwatchers prior to pregnancy, but it doesnt seem to work now. Maybe wait until you have finished breastfeeding before putting extra pressure on yourself to shift any extra weight.

Megan - posted on 11/04/2009

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Thank you. I do exclusively breastfeed. Im going to try to become more active & check out that website.

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You do burn 400-600 calories a day breastfeeding if you're breastfeeding exclusively. If you eat too many calories then you won't loose weight while breastfeeding. You have to look into how much you weigh/how many calories you need/how good your metabolism is. I eat 2100 calories a day to maintain my weight (my daughter is 6 months and I EBF). If you plan on cutting calories do it very slowly until you find what works for you. If you cut too many you can hurt your supply and of course, make sure what you're eating is healthy. I am also pretty active everyday. I either exercise or clean. I use the calorie counter on about.com to make sure I'm getting the right amount of everything (not too much, not too little).



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