Jennifer - posted on 06/17/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )
I am a first time mom, and my baby is 10 weeks old. I am totally all for breastfeeding and having been doing it since 1/2 an hour after she was born! With the pregnancy, I gained just under 30lbs. I tried to stay active and eat right. I am now only about 10lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight, but my pre-pregnancy weight is about 20lbs over my goal. (I had just started losing weight when I got pregnant! And I actually got thinner in certain areas during my pregnancy.) I know that alot of people would say that is good, and I look great for just having a baby, but I feel very self conscious. I've been bigger before, and worked hard and lost 40lbs about 6 years ago. But, I've never had the jiggly fat...and its all in my stomach! (And the stretch marks as well! I gained all my baby belly straight out front. You couldn't even tell I was pregnant from behind!) And yes, part of it is for my husband, even though he doesn't seem to mind the new me, I still want to look good for him.
So, can I try losing weight while breastfeeding? I know not to go on diet (not that I ever would anyways) and that breastfeeding definitely helps to lose the weight. But I have heard that your body will hold on to the extra weight until after your baby is weaned. If you can though, what is safe to do, and what is reasonable to expect? Any exercises that are good? I have a gym membership still, so I would like to use it since I'm paying for it! Thanks for your help!