Losing weight and dieting while breastfeeding

Meredith - posted on 05/21/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )




Hi, I have a 2 month old baby and I have quite a bit of weight to lose. I started Weight Watchers last week and I haven't been using all my "points" because I want to lose the weight quickly. However, I keep reading articles that say that losing weight too quickly can jeopardize your milk supply. This is the last thing I want to happen. Anyone have any experience one way or the other with this? Or advise? Thanks!


Meredith - posted on 05/30/2010




Thank you all for your words of wisdom. I am eating all my WW points now and I am down 6 lbs. in two weeks. The WW leader said this may slow to 1 lb. per week now since I have so many points-- but that is a safe rate for a nursing mom to loose weight. I am just trying to be healthy and I'm also exercising 45 min. 5 times a week. So far no change in supply. :-)

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i wouldn't be in such a hurry, its much healthyer to loose it slower in my opinion. i have a dog so i used to walk for my sons morn sleep for a hour a day (dog loved it). i foound by doing that by the time my son was 6mths i had gotten to my pre-preg weight without having to eat less. i countinued to walk every day untill he started having the one sleep and even lost more weight, which was kinda nice. maybe thats what works for my body. good lick but be safe as your babies food sorce is the most inportant thing you can give at leat till bubs is 6mths. (ps dog not to happy with the short walks now)

Liz - posted on 05/22/2010




I gained 40 with my daughter, lost 20 right away and have 20 hanging on tight! Remember 9 months to gain it, 9 months to lose it :) You can lose 500-700 calories a day with breastfeeding, so keep that in mind with your diet. Just take it slow and safe, and if you notice your supply is going down, take a dieting break, but fill up on healthy calories, like fruits and veggies!

Ellen - posted on 05/22/2010




Before I got pregnant I was 120 pounds, I got up to 180. Within 3-4 weeks of having my daughter I lost 30 pounds, but have been struggling to loose more... I was told if you diet while breastfeeding it can be harmful... You are supposed to eat more when breastfeeding than you were supposed to eat when you were pregnant, I was shocked when I heard this.

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Calli brings up a good point. I gained 28 lbs total and lost about 15 of it in the first month, but the weight you lose right off the bat is baby, water, blood and other fluids, placenta, etc. That shouldn't affect your supply because it's not fat (which is where your body stores energy to make milk).


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Bernice - posted on 02/28/2016




I have been drinking mummy magic weight-loss tea to lose my pregnancy weight and it took two months to get back to my pre-pregnancy shape with losing 37 pounds.

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It is true that you need to make sure you eat and drink enough to maintain a good supply. I got stuck with the last 10 or so pounds until my daughter was about 4 months old. Then it starting falling off and it didn't stop. It was to the point where I was becoming alarmed. I'm now 115 lbs and that's after trying really hard to put some weight back on. I would give yourself some time and be patient. You may not need to diet after all just eat healthy foods. I have to eat a minimum of 2400 calories a day (3 meals, at least 2 snacks and a dessert). To me a diet while breastfeeding should be still eating enough calories for yourself and breastfeeding, drinking lots of water and cutting out the junk food. If you do diet make sure you're getting enough.

Calli - posted on 05/21/2010




I gained 80 pounds with my 8m old daughter. I lost 30 pounds within the first 4 weeks of giving birth and it did not impact my milk supply at all. I have been slowly taking the rest of the weight off and seem to lose about 2-4 pounds per month and my milk supply is fine. Don't cut back too much on the points though b/c once you hit a weight plateau you really won't have any additional calories to cut b/c you are already so low. Also, when you stop the diet you may gain all your weight right back b/c it is difficult to maintain such a restrictive diet for the long haul. Your points are calculated to promote weight loss already so you should feel comfortable that you will lose even though you use all your points. I think weight loss for women who are at normal or underweight while breastfeeding have to worry about milk supply more than we do at an above average weight. I will tell you breastfeeding is the best diet I have ever been on!

Kristin - posted on 05/21/2010




I did Weight Watchers a long time ago. You will do fabulously using all of your points. You can absolutely sabotage your breastfeeding and your own health if you don't eat enough. The folks who put the plan together have done quite a bit of research into weight loss and it's effects on people in a variety of life stages.

I would suggest that you talk with your doctor and the cousellors at a meeting. When you lose the weight slowly and consistently, it really stays off. Rapid loss, unfortunately, can't really be sustained in the long term and then begins the whole yo-yo thing. So, use up all your points, but maybe start walking with bub's to speed things along.

It's frustrating, I know, but you can do it. Just be patient with yourself.

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