How to lose weight while breastfeeding

Noreen - posted on 01/10/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Hi all,
Just need some help, I'm currently breastfeeding my 18 weeks old daughter. But at the same time I need to lose weight too since I've put on so much weight since delivery. Breastfeeding doesn't help. I'm thinking of eating only cornflakes with milk in the morning, plain yoghurt in the afternoon and only biscuits during dinner. This might help me lose weight but I'm not sure if it affects my milk supply.
Need some opinions. Appreciate your view, thanks so much :)

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Ezinne - posted on 09/08/2012

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please i need advice,is it good to drink green tea while breastfeeding?after delivery i've added a lot of weight but we are just 8weeks.

Ezinne - posted on 09/08/2012

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please i need advice,is it good to drink green tea while breastfeeding?after delivery i've added a lot of weight but we are just 8weeks.

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You need to eat proper, nutritious, balanced meals so that your baby can have proper nutrition.

Your pregnancy weight will slowly disappear if you eat healthy food, consume the correct amount of calories needed for both yourself and your baby, and exercise regularly. Some moms lose it quickly, for others it takes a while.

Try walking every day. Mom & Baby yoga is good exercise, a great way to meet other new moms.

Good luck!

Noreen - posted on 01/11/2010

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Thank you everyone, thank you so much for your supportive responses. they're really encouraging :)

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Lise - posted on 01/11/2010

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Exercise! Go out with you LO and walk. Do yoga. Drink a lot of water (which you need to bf anyway). Don't cut out a ton of calories, but eat healthy calories (not empty ones).

Remember that it took you NINE MONTHS to gain the weight - give yourself time to lose it!

Beck - posted on 01/10/2010

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Hello, I know how hard it is to be thinking about losing weight when you are dealing with all the things that go with having a bub. The diet plan you descibe above WILL NOT HELP you lose weight. It lacks protein and all it will do is send your body into starvation mode and mean that anything you do it will be stored as fat. You need to look at adding lots of low fat, high protein items. Such as...
Eggs, whole grain (1 slice) toast, vegetarian sausages, tomatoes, mushrooms, low fat bacon, a small serve of oats or porriage with low fat milk, low fat cheese melted on wholegrain muffins - these are all good choices for breakfast
Nuts - about 30gs, low fat yoghurt, low fat cream cheese on rice thins or crackers, tuna, boiled eggs and fruit are good for snacks
Meat, vegies with a small portion of carbs (rice / pasta / sweet potato)

You need to ensure lots of protein that helps burn fat by building muscle while keeping you fuller longer - thus helping with over eating at meal times. Try and eat every 2-3hrs to keep your matabolism high. Try and include a 30min walk every day.

I work at Curves in Australia (also workld wide) and we encourage not skipping meals, doing weight training, high protein, low carb foods.

I lost 20kg before I got preg and am trying to lose the last 5kgs of baby weight that I ut on with my darling son. Breast feeding has not helped me lose the weight (hehhee like I hoped it would!) BUT my main aim has been to ensure I am eating a wide selection on healthy foods to ENSURE my bub is getting the best from my milk. I lost the 20kgs by cutting portion sizes and eating a range of the foods I discribed above. My menu is below;
Breakfast - Ham, capsicum, onion scrambled eggs (one full egg, one egg white) on a slice of wholegrain toast - also 1 cup of milk
Morning tea - 30g of nuts, 1 piece fruit
Lunch- Tuna, low fat cream cheese, salad toasted wrap or a sushi roll of left overs from tea
Arvo tea - 1 cup low fat yoghurt, 6 almonds, one piece of fruit or avacardo and ham on crackers or tuna on rice thins
Tea- fish, salad and a small serve of oven fried chips, stir fry and rice, or spag bol...anything really- just a small size of carbs and low gi choices (sweet potato / basmarti rice...)
Sweets - a small serve of low fat icecream (yep...I lost 20kgs having icecream every night)

I DONT believe in short term dieting, meal replacment shakes, soup diets, missing meals or any other crappy diet... You need something that works for your lifestyle / family that you can do FOREVER... A short term diet will set u up to fail when you start eating 'normally' again.

Good luck with it, as I said I am trying to lose the last 5kgs again and I know it takes such dedication... Send me any questions you have if you wish

Naomi - posted on 01/10/2010

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bf'ing definitely helps loose weight. But having a small nursling and dieting are not conducive.
Your food intake should be adequate for both you and baby, and you can do that while also increasing nutrition and minimizing calories, the foods you plan on eating don't sound healthy or sufficient.
Losing weight takes time, it sucks that the weight shows so much more quickly than it disappears. Do you have access to a nutritionist? That would be the best way, keep you and baby healthy while you shed some pounds.
BF'ing can take up about 500 calories/day, and a normal/typical non-breastfeeding woman needs ~1200 calories/day... that gives you lots of room to work with healthy foods.
don't compromise your or your baby's health, you can do this the right way.
I lost all the baby weight and then some. I attribute that to bf'ing, and I eat pretty much everything I want (couldn't do that before bf'ing)

Becky - posted on 01/10/2010

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Some people don't lose all of thier pregnancy weight while breastfeeding, so don't let yourself worry too much about being your prepregnancy thin self so quickly. that being said, how is your diet as it is? Are you eating healthy? If you are eating a healthy diet and getting moderate exercise (at least 30-60min 3 times a week) then you should be able to get your body back to what it can get back to right now. DO NOT starve yourself!!! Even if you weren't breastfeeding this would put your body into a fasting state and actually prevent weight loss. With breastfeeding you will basically starve yourself so that you can't make breastmilk. I was famished for the first 6 months of breastfeeding and ate a lot more than I ever did while prego and did not have problems shedding the pounds. Try to eat what your body wants, just stuff that is healthy. And drink plenty of water (instead of soda and juices). Good luck!

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