Breastfeeding and Hungry All The Time...

Erika - posted on 04/22/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I have been breastfeeding for the last two months and am finding that I am hungry ALL THE TIME. Any one else feel this way? I eat breakfast, lunch and dinner plus at least two snacks a day and I am not on a "diet" but I don't feel full for long after I eat. Any suggestions?

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Racheal - posted on 07/27/2010

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i was ALWAYS HUNGRY when was my son was really little, my appetite didn't stop until he was 4 months old, i thought breastfeeding made you loose weight but for me it made me gain 20 lbs AFTER HE WAS BORN because it made my appetite more then it was when i was pregnant!!!! idk what to tell you, but good luck hun! if you find anything let me know :)

Andrea - posted on 07/27/2010

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Being pregnant only takes an extra 200 calories a day, breastfeeding takes an extra 500 a day! BUT, weather you gain weight or lose it depends on WHAT you are eating, not HOW MUCH. So just eat healthy, as many whole foods as possible (less of the processed stuff, and less sugar) and lots of protein, that will help you stay feeling full. But yes, VERY NORMAL - if someone was breastfeeding and wasn't that hungry I would be worried :)

Simone - posted on 07/27/2010

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Yes i am hungry alllll the time! My son is 10 months old. Ive lost ALOT of weight and i eat non stop, so im going to breastfeed hopefully forever ahaha. I do worry because i am so hungry that im going to get fat.

Bethany - posted on 04/22/2009

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Haha! Oh YES! I'm still mainly breastfeeding (with a few solids) my year-old daughter, and have felt the same way since she was born! Unfortunately, it's just part of being a breastfeeding mom. All you can do is eat a lot of healthy foods and drink a lot of water. I can out-eat three grown men (I'm a very small person) right now. :) I don't think I've felt full for more than five or ten minutes at a time since Natalie's been born.



Sorry I don't have any brilliant ways to not feel hungry most of the time, but you're not alone!

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Sarah - posted on 06/24/2010

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Dense foods help curb the hunger. I like a bowl of frosted mini-wheats with non-fat milk for breakfast.

Sarah - posted on 06/24/2010

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Ravenous and thirsty! OMG,we're still laughing at this one. My husband and I took my mom to Chipotle one evening. I ate my burrito bowl, and 3/4 of my mom's burrito (she's not a big eater and those things are huge!), and was still hungry enough to have some of my husband's chips and guacamole. I also had several glasses of water. I haven't been much of a huge eater and my mom and husband were looking at me like I'd gone mad.

Ashleigh - posted on 06/24/2010

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I too am hungry all the time.Starving I think sometimes,lol.Just make sure what you eat is healthy,whole grains,veggies etc. Drink LOTS of water.For snacks make it something like granola,almonds,fresh or dried fruit(not the kind thats packed with extra fat or sugar) I'm not saying you can't have junk here and there,but eating healthy will keep you full longer and give your baby what he needs.

Salime - posted on 06/23/2010

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Ahh!!! I'm feeling exactly the same way!!! My baby is almost four months old. The first couple of weeks I barely felt hungry at all and lost ALL my pregnancy weight... unfortunantely, after the first month all I do is eat and eat!! I don't know how to control it. I'm simply hungry 24/7!!!

Rosanne - posted on 04/22/2009

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not unusual. bf takes alot of calories, just make sure you are eating good nutritional foods and not alot of junk food.

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