Are any other moms struggling with weight loss & cravings while nursing?

Heather - posted on 01/14/2013 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I am struggling with losing weight while breastfeeding because I am still dealing with hunger issues . Any advice?

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Margarita - posted on 02/19/2013

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Here's an odd fact that people tend to forget: It takes more calories to feed a baby than it takes to make one. You shouldn't starve yourself, it's not good for you or baby. Just make sure you eat healthy meals with lots of protein and fiber (it's nice and filling) and lots of veggies. Snacking is perfectly healthy (I used to snack whenever I nursed during the day) as long as it's healthy stuff like veggies and fruit or a low fat cheese with some high fiver crackers. Also make sure you hydrate. Sometimes thirst can seem like hunger, so make sure you drink plenty of water, especially during nursing sessions. Everyone is different. Some moms lose the weight right away, some after weaning, some later. The important thing is to stay healthy. Exercise can be hard to squeeze in when you have a baby, sometimes you can use them as weights and do bicep curls and such. Maybe you can find some books or videos or take a mommy and me yoga class. Good luck! It takes time, but it's worth it, and you can do it, in time.

Christina - posted on 02/14/2013

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I have had four kids and the same thing with all of them - lose half the baby weight right after and then it comes off after breast feeding is done. Many women are like this and it's ok (frustrating - yes, but ok). As for the hunger issues, make sure you are eating every 4 hrs and having both protein and carbs for your meal/snack. Drink, drink, drink (water is best).
Making sure that you are choosing quality foods (i.e. fresh fruits/veggies, lean meats, high fiber, etc) is also very important for you and your baby.

I know how frustrating it is to not be back to your pre-baby body, but enjoy your little one, get moderate exercise and eat well and it will help with all aspects of new mommyhood.

Callie - posted on 01/27/2013

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I had weight issues while nursing my first. I gained about 20lbs while pregnant and lost 25lbs after she was born. But I then gained 25lbs over a 6 month period no matter what I did. Realized later that it was the birth control I was on (mirena). I had it removed to try for baby #2 and lost 5-10 lbs in the 6 weeks it took me to conceive. Since baby #2 arrived I lost all pregnancy weight and haven't gained a single pound. So I would definitely look into whether you bc might be causing your weight struggle.

Lisa - posted on 01/25/2013

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Relax. As your baby grows and requires less of your milk your hunger will dissipate. Try not to stress too much right now about your weight. You are beautiful and your body is doing what it is ment to do. It's ok to indulge a bit but try to make smart choices when snacking and you'll find that the weight will eventually come off. I had crazy cravings for potatoes and muffins after both my girls were born and I thought I'd end up looking like a muffin but as she gradually weaned herself onto solid foods I found that my cravings for high calorie snacks slowed down. My youngest just turned 1 and is still BF in the morning and evening but I no longer feel like I need eat all the time to keep up with her demands and I'm starting to wear all my pre pregnancy clothes again.

Lisa - posted on 01/22/2013

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Eat smart... Healthy things like apples will help you feel full or those cottage cheese doubles and help cut the weight. It will come off slow and steady. When I got hungry I would grab a bottle of water and a bag of apple slices and walk. Now my son is 18 months and I go to the ymca 3 times a week for Pilates I've never been the work out type but don't feel guilty about taking the time for myself if its at the Y.

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Aleks - posted on 02/12/2013

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The reason you have hunger is because breastfeeding burns up to 500 calories (thats right CALORIES) a day. That is something like 1.5 meals (healthy) on average per day - especially in the early months as breastfeeding is more intense and frequent. Just make sure you eat healthy and fresh food, and plenty of water too (you may find yourself quite thirsty while breastfeeding).

Don't stress on losing weight immediatelly after baby is born. I have spoken with some mothers that stated they did not lose their baby weight until after their baby was weaned. They believed it was something to do with the extra hormones. I cannot say how true or false the "hormone" thing is, but a few I know personally have reported not losing weight until after weaning. So take heart.

Erica - posted on 02/12/2013

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Not only do I get cravings but its like immediately after nursing I get a MAJOR case of the munchies. I've already lost 30 lbs, (I gained 50 during my pregnancy) but I think I dropped a lot at first because I was in/out of the hospital for the first 3 weeks of my sons life. I'm having a hell of a time with the last 20 though. I'm more worried about the fact that I'm always craving junkfood and whether or not he's lacking any nutrients. I mean, I eat good, well-balanced meals but the snacking is overwhelming me a bit.

Stephanie - posted on 02/12/2013

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Glad I'm not the only one. I have only lost 2o pounds since the birth of my daughter 14 months ago. After starting to exercise and count calories, I have lost a total of 7 pounds in 6 months and I'm stuck!

Mona - posted on 02/05/2013

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Me too and I can't control it! I crave cereals with milk and I add 2-3 spoons on sugar on it and eat at least 4 times a day :( I just can't stop drinking milk ... a craving I have had since I was pregnant. I actually put more weight on post my little boy's birth... I feel awful about it but just can't help!

Vanessa - posted on 01/29/2013

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Listen to your body and be proud of your body. It has a phenomenol job to do nurturing you and your new little one. If you are craving a food, much like I craved for glasses and glasses of whole milk and sardines (Ick!), then feed your body. If you are hungry, like truly hungry, then you and your infant need the nourishment. If your craving Twinkies, well that's not hunger, or a body crave, it's a mind crave. I don't know how long you've been breastfeeding, but it took me 18 mo. and 2 years to regain my complete prepreggo body.
Listen to your body. If it's too much of a struggle, then perhaps it's a struggle worth putting aside till your infant is no longer breastfeeding. Motherhood is such a rich and fruitful accomplishment, respect and marvel at your wonderful body and how it provides for you and your family.

Tiana - posted on 01/28/2013

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I know exactly how you feel I actually found your post while seaching for answers. I have three kids and this is the first I have nursed more than 2 months and the first time now that I CANNOT loose the weight my DD is 7 months and Im having no luck. I try not to eat much but Im so hungary!!! I also have hypothyrodism. People also keep telling me it because Im older but geez I sure hope not Im 28 everyone says its because Im close to thirty??? But I did loose all my weight and more with my first 2 and now I still have 10 pounds to loose , and I have been working out a little when I have time...... still I have no luck .I also like Callie have the mirena IUD in for birth control...... but ive had it in 3 times and didn't think these caused weight gain? Im also on zoloft for post pardum depression maybe this is causing weight gain also. Does anyone else have my same issues? I must say I do love breastfeeding though so much easier than bottles, pumping and loving the bonding experience :)

Beth - posted on 01/27/2013

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This is totally normal, and when I had my first son I put on a ton of weight because I just ate whatever I wanted. I am nursing my second son, and this time I'm being a bit more careful. It's ok to indulge every once in a while, because you do have the calories to spare when nursing, but you still need to eat right and exercise to lose the weight and keep it off.

Rebekah - posted on 01/24/2013

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The same thing happens to me while I'm breastfeeding!! I seriously do not lose a single pound the entire time I'm breastfeeding... BUT, as soon as I wean, the weight falls off. I just weaned my son (3rd child) in December and I've already lost right at 15 pounds (yeah, seriously!). I was 137 on December 5th, and I was 122 this morning. And I have not made any kind of lifestyle change (although I always worked out 2-3 times a week and ate pretty healthy).

Amanda - posted on 01/15/2013

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I lost 15 pounds after my son was born. I weighed 135. I'm at 130 now, and it's like I just can't get any less than that. Weird!

Sarah - posted on 01/15/2013

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I am in the same boat! I gained 60lbs while preggo and dropped 30 of them with in the first few weeks. My baby is now 15 weeks old and I haven't lost anything for the past 11 weeks! So many people told me that the weight just melts off if you breast feed, but mine isn't :(

Amanda - posted on 01/14/2013

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Me to! I have stayed the same weight since my son was born. I don't eat that much, plus I have exercised. He is 19 months old now. Crazy right? Would love some advice to!

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