Need recommendations for caloric intake while BF'ing & burning 1-2000 calories a day exercising

Khiara - posted on 01/16/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I am 23 years old and had my daughter November 09 and during my pregnancy I gained 70lbs. I am beginning to exercise and want to burn atleast 1-2000 calories a day to bring down my weight but I am afraid that will decrease my milk production (why I think this....I honestly do not know). I know eating the right foods and doing proper exercise will help to slowly decrease my weight but at the same time I do not want to slow my milk production down since that becomes available from what and how often I eat (right?).

So what should my caloric intake be so that I can still burn that many calories a day and keep energy up for myself and milk production up for my baby?

I would greatly appreciate the help if anyone can guide me in this situation.

Thank you!

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Let hunger be your guide and eat properly. Breastfeeding itself burns at least 1000 calories. A good guide for weight loss would probably be around 2200-2500 calories but I would focus more on the types of food you are eating such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains as these will give you less calories overall and help fill you up.

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Well that makes sense because I thought you were crazy for wanting to burn so many calories...haha Start off slow and you should be fine. Good luck!

Khiara - posted on 01/18/2010

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Thanks for the info Sara. I actually am an athlete having finish playing four years of collegiate basketball in 2008. From your information regarding the lactic acid and all and kinda getting out of working out when I became pregnant, I'll gradually get back into burning off these excess calories. :P

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I honestly don't think it would be safe to burn 1000-2000 calories. That's an extreme amount for someone who's not an athelete. I'm 11 lbs below my prepregnancy weight and I do workouts that burn 200-300 calories three times a week (if I'm lucky). I have to eat about 2400 calories/day so that I don't lose anymore weight. You need to relax about your weight and realize that it that it takes a little while to get it off.



Burning a ton more calories than you consume could have an affect on your supply. I agree that you should eat healthy and eat when you're hungry. You don't need to burn that many calories. You will just end up having to eat 3000 or more calories. It would make more sense to me to burn no more than 500 and then make sure you eat enough to make most of that up. You can also have lactic acid build up in your milk which can make your milk taste funny. So if you notice your baby doesn't want to nurse after you exercise then you can try exercising right after you nurse so that the lactic acid has time to leave your breastmilk before you have to nurse again.

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