Tips on gaining weight while breastfeeding?

Kaitlynn - posted on 07/30/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )




I an currently EBF my 7 month old son, and am struggling with being underweight, he is literally sucking the life out of me! I don't want to stop BF him but physically it is draining and I cant seem to gain weight. HELP!!


Chet - posted on 07/31/2014




Definitely talk to your doctor and make certain there are no other issues. Nursing is a logical explanation, but if you're feeling run down and dropping weight you really need to rule out things like cancer, thyroid problems, diabetes, etc. Not that any of those are the most likely cause, but they can be very serious if not treated so you want to rule them out.

It might be worth it to talk to a nutritionist or a dietician for ideas and meal planning. Sometimes the patterns of how and when you eat can cause you to eat less than you might otherwise without realising it.

I would definitely look at the usual high calorie, nutrient dense foods like nuts, seeds, full fat diary, fish, meat, eggs, avocado, sweet potato, beans and potatoes with the skin..

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