Craving Carbs

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Hi! I am nursing a 3 1/2 month old and am worried about my extra baby weight not coming off. I am not thinking of dieting (I know you don't do that while nursing). But I am looking for any reccommendations..... Since I am nursing, I am always starving, and I always crave carbs and sugars! I don't think I will ever get back into my old pants with my poor eating habits. Any ideas? Thanks in advance!

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Claire - posted on 12/12/2008

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Hi,
I know exactly how your feeling. I put on 28.6 kg or 63 lbs or 4st roughly depending on which system you use. The first 2st, 28lb or 12.7kg just fell of in the 1st 2 1/2 month then since then nothing. I'm not over eating but can't exercise either as have trouble with milk supply as it is. I have accepted that it's here until I stop feeding can get to the gym.Some women are like this and their bodies hold onto fat stores more than others. Don't panic it will come off. My hubby keeps on at me to lose some weight but I tell him it's more important for me to keep feeding than lose this last bit of weight straight away. As has been said eat a good breakfast of porridge with some fruit for slow energy release and a balanced meal or snack every 3 hours. keep hydrated with plenty or water as thirst is often confused for hunger. hope this helps

Valerie - posted on 12/11/2008

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You're right that you don't want to diet while nursing, but it's time to put the eating habits in check. You're not eating for 2 anymore, LOL! My son is turning 4 months in 6 days and already I've lost all of the baby weight plus an extra 3 pounds and this is how I did it:



Eat 6 times a day but only a max. of 300 calories each meal. Breast feeding mothers should be consuming between 1800 and 2200 calories a day. Plan it out for the day and eat every 2 to 3 hours, it'll help you to not feel hungry all the time. Having trouble figuring out how many calories things without labels have, check out www.calorieking.com.



Increase your physical activity. I got an awesome DVD from Target it's mommy and baby yoga/pilates. I try to find ways to workout with my son, going for walks, dancing in the living room, and when he naps I do lunges and crunches and clean, anything to keep my body moving.



Hope this helps. And good Luck!

Barbara - posted on 12/11/2008

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I have had huge problems with sugar also. It's like it calls to me from the kitchen. I found that the last five pounds were soooo slow to come off until we hit the four month growth spurt. At that point, her eating just soared and it really helped me lose the weight. I also found going for a walk with her in the carrier every day really helped. The only thing that helped me eat a little better was to not have stuff in the house. If it's here, I know I'll eat it. Also, like the previous poster said, go for complex carbs like whole grains since it will help to fill you up.

Lorilynne - posted on 12/11/2008

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I am prone to snacking and so was having a hard time losing weight. I just recently started eating oatmeal again (I bought it for my 20 month old daughter and she wants nothing to do with it). It has two of your three daily requirements for whole grain and its so filling. It keeps me full for hours so I'm less likely to snack. I've been eating it for a couple weeks now and I've already lost 5 pounds.

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