Never Have Made A Lot Of Milk, But Still So Hungry?!?

Andi - posted on 05/22/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I don't make a lot of breast milk. Maybe 50ml every 3.5 hours if I'm lucky. I'm blessed to even have this much, since a pituitary disorder had us believing I would NEVER breastfeed. I plan to continue breastfeeding if I can until my girls are 1 1/2 years old.

I have 5 1/2 month old twins, so of course we are also supplementing with formula. It took awhile for me to come to terms with this, but I'm okay now. They still get breastmilk from me everyday.

In the beginning, I dropped 30 of the 40 lbs I gained during pregnancy without batting an eye. Now, I try to eat 3 respectable, healthy meals, with maybe 1 or 2 snacks, and I'm always hungry!!! I don't typically eat junk food.

I've tried eating more, but I gain weight, and the milk supply stays the same. I have no idea how many calories I should be taking in since I don't breastfeed the full amount most mothers do. My doctor isn't sure either...

Has this happened to any of you? I would consider myself chubby, and would prefer to see the numbers going down rather than up! I should say that I am also a working mother, and pretty tired! My girls sleep through the night now, but I still only average 6.5 hours of sleep.

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Celeste - posted on 05/23/2013

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I nursed twins and I didn't lose much weight at all. Do you have the book "Expecting Twins, Triplets or Quads" by Barbara Luke? I don't have the book anymore, but I believe that there was an excerpt about how many calories a nursing mama needs. I remember that I was ALWAYS hungry and thirsty while nursing my boys.

I just googled this site, this has pretty good info. It says an extra 3000 calories, but since you're not full time, I'm not sure how much..
http://www.nursingmothers.org/html/twins...

Lori - posted on 05/22/2013

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Congratulations on your twins! And also on continuing to breastfeed even though tough times.

I don't know an exact number of calories to tell you. However: A full time nursing momma needs to consume and extra 500 calories. Feeding twins would mean you need an extra 1000 calories. The same would have been true while pregnant. With one you need an extra 300 calories, with twins you need and extra 600 calories.
Since you are not exclusively breastfeeding, you probably don't need the full extra 1000 calories. But exactly how much you do need is dependent on things like what percentage of their meals are from breastfeeding vs from formula. And this calorie count game is just an average anyhow. Each person is different, and burns calories at different rates etc.

I really don't know what advice to give you. "They" say you should eat to satisfy hunger when you're breastfeeding, but when you're gaining weight doing that I can see why you might not want to continue doing that. Maybe add an extra snack or two of some fruit. Do you drink enough water? Do you still feel as tired throughout the day when you eat a bit more? Having a baby is exhausting... twins I would guess would be extra exhausting.

I found that with each of my girls I felt like I was starving the first several months after they were born. I had more food cravings when I started to breastfeed than I ever had while pregnant. And I was constantly thirsty. Especially RIGHT when I'd sit down to nurse the baby. I was ok... then I'd get baby latched on... and be parched. It does get better as time goes on.

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