Trying to lose weight

Tameika - posted on 03/29/2012 ( 67 moms have responded )

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Breast feeding spose to make u lose weight but I'm not what am I doing wrong / need a work of buddy to walk track or something anybody up for it mother of 1 age 29

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Vero - posted on 06/09/2013

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I' been trying to loose weight..i have done verything in reach to loose weight. I run alot and excercise frently.i am geting muscle but its under the fat i already have the first 6 weeks i lot the baby weight but..i notice that since then i have gained it back... i dont know what do..ps i ve been nursing for over 1 years...im starting to go depressed..

Shelly - posted on 04/03/2012

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Producing milk uses a lot of calories, so it does help in that regard. However, whether it will help you loose weight or not seems to depend on the person, as well as your general nutritional habits. For me, as long as I was breastfeeding, I lost weight or stayed the same, but when I stopped, I gained. Others that I have talked to said the opposite, that as long as they were breastfeeding they stayed on "pregnancy mode" where the body seems to try to hang on to all the extra pounds. It wasn't until they stopped nursing that they were able to loose the extra weight. So it really varies from one person to another. It definitely worked for me, but not for others.

Angela - posted on 04/01/2012

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I didn't have any issues weaning my daughter. She was 14 months old when I weaned her. I started introducing cow's milk when she was a year old and I just slowly started taking out nursings during the day until we were down to only right before bed nursings. Then I started giving her a sippy cup with cow's milk and holding her until she fell asleep. I don't think she even realized by then that she wasn't nursing anymore. It was super easy for me, I've heard of others that have had a hard time with it but I think if you're patient and understanding eventually it'll will work out. Good luck with everything (weaning and weightloss).

Shauna - posted on 03/30/2012

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Okay, so I know a lot of people say breastfeeding can help you lose weight. However, each situation is different. I think breastfeeding made me so hungry, and you're only supposed to eat an extra 300? calories a day or something like that. So I really started to drop the pounds better once I weaned my son after 13 months. Then I got pregnant again (planned) and up is my weight once more, but yeah. I just wanted to let you know that I think you'll find your appetite drops to more normal levels once you're finished nursing, or at least it did for me.

Ania - posted on 04/26/2012

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Lady...walking is not enough to loose weight...healthy diet is a must and add some serious exercise for confidence boost. Start with getting rid off junk and processed food from your diet start eating veggies and control your portions. BF helped me loose weight, but it is not a rule it depends on a lot of things. I breastfed exclusively no formula no other food for 6 months (that's when I became 10 lbs lighter when I was even before getting pregnant) and my child BF constantly during that period. Every hour at the beggining for the first 2 months and from then every 2 hours on average. I ate a normal diet. I've never changed the way a I ate during pregnancy or after. Still during pregnancy I've gained 37 lbs so it was enough...

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Louisa - posted on 05/10/2012

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Drink between 4 and 6 pints of water a day, try and have 3 days where your not eating white pasta white rice or potatos, on those days eat fresh salads with tuna, stir frys, chicken, fish veg, on the 4th day, have Jacket potatoes, beans, brown rice or wholemeal pasta, try and reduce the amount of protein and fat on the day you have carbs. This way your body will burn fat on the no carb days but its carb resorces doesnt get to low so that your feeling tired and hungry. It works really well ive lost 4 1/2 stone since i had my little one. Low salt too and steer clear from processed foods when u can. Hope this helps xx

Tobi - posted on 05/05/2012

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i'm a mom of 2 . after my 1st breastfeeding made me slimmer that b4 the baby but with my 2nd i have gained like 10kg and its not budging.maybe because i'm not back at work like i was with my 1st.i'm 29 too

Naina - posted on 05/04/2012

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how should i loose my wight..i m not brest feeding ,,i m doing everythng..but its still on 165 lbs..pls ans it..

Bobmusicgirl4 - posted on 05/01/2012

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I personally would suggest you walk just to start you out, get your heart rate up and get you used to the feeling. The first couple of weeks- find a walking buddy and go walking, take little one too! It's a great way to get out with your little one and feel good about yourself. Find some kind of work out you can stick to, such as a corny work out video. It may look funny- but who will be laughing when you'll end up looking great! Yes, walking isn't enough, but it's a start and you have to start somewhere to get in shape. Good luck! The hardest part in this is consistency, if you set your mind to it and work out every other day- you will suceed in your goals! Make a schedule if you think that will help- post it on the fridge or something :D

Mcart82 - posted on 04/24/2012

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It takes sometime to lose the baby weight and all, a good diet is also important. But stick with it because it does work.

Jackie - posted on 04/23/2012

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My son is 10 months old and is still nursing very often. I am struggling with weight too and am hoping with the nice weather I can start walking regularly and working on putting in a garden. I had a much easier time losing weight after I stopped nursing my older son because nursing makes me hungry all the time. The other thing that I am going to try is not to eat much late at night.

Jessica - posted on 04/22/2012

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I actually gained 10 lbs in the first 2.5 months. I was eating like I was still pregnant. I decided to do weight watchers points plus app on my android phone. There is actually a box to check for breastfeeding moms. It gives you 14 extra points, and when baby starts eating solids you change it to just 7 extra points. In six weeks I dropped those 10 lbs plus 4 more. I am continuing it to get to my "when I met my husband" weight. Good Luck!

Claudia - posted on 04/21/2012

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Katie - posted on 04/21/2012

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I posted to this thread earlier that I couldn't get rid of my baby weight with what I thought was a healthy diet, regular exercise and breast feeding. Right after I posted I read a book called 'The China Study' and it completely turned my idea of a healthy diet upside down. I thought lean meat and low fat dairy were good for me and I ate them every day. The author is a scientist who has done years of research that shows that animal products are dangerous for our health if consumed at 'normal' American levels. He also cautions against refined foods (white bead, pasta ect.) I changed my eating style and have lost 4 lbs in 2 weeks. I am eating whole plant-based foods for 18 out of 21 meals each week (I allow myself one animal based breakfast, lunch and dinner per week). The 'diet' is that you can eat as much as you like of fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, raw nuts and seeds, and very small amounts of anything else. Not only have I lost weight but my milk supply is good, I'm sleeping better and I feel great! I highly recommend the book.

♥TIA♥ - posted on 04/21/2012

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out with that theory! everybody is different. I lost weight with my babies that I didn't breastfeed and I stayed fat with the one I did breastfeed. But I was fortunate to have had a friend introduce me to a doctor (heart surgeon) that is against obesity and he has given me a solution. I am melting away pounds and pants sizes, And I do still breastfeed. It's been a wonderful all natural healthy slimming process. I recommend it! if your serious...ask me how.

Karen - posted on 04/19/2012

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Really simple foods, A basic days menu is - Weetbix or cereal for brekki, fruit and almonds for morning tea, salad sandwiches for lunch, fruit again for arov tea and meat and vegies for dinner (lamb, steak, grilled chicken, homemade rissoles). If we had pasta, i'd always had a side of vegies too so i didn't eat too much carbs. I was such a softdrink nut b4 i had kids (and still am) i just don't buy it anymore, if its not in the house i can eat/drink it. i still had takeaway once a week too, i don't like to completely cut out all the yummy foods. I found the better i ate the better my babies slept too. I ate a sausage roll from a servo once with my 1st bub and she was up all night screaming a day or so later, i put it down to the preseratives in the sausage roll i had earlier. So now i make most of my own food too, with the exception to friday night takeaway, but still had to watch that i didn't eat anything too spicy to upset my bubs tummys. Hope that helps Claudia.

Karen - posted on 04/19/2012

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I found that the breastfeeding helped me lose the weight, but i think it was more to do with the food choices i was having. I stayed away from anything processed, as it really affected my girls. Clean eating - things as close to the ground as possible. Nothing artificial/processed. No soda/softdrink. 80% of weightloss is diet, so if your not eating right then any amount of exercise wont help much.

Letty - posted on 04/18/2012

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Tameika , your not the only one i have a 14 month old girl and i still breastfeed and i can't lose weight :( please help us ???????

Charlene - posted on 04/18/2012

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I have also been breast feeding for 4 months and exercising. and Its not really helping me loose the weight either. I put on 30kg with bub and im still 20kg over. i thought it would work quicker too :-(

Emma - posted on 04/17/2012

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I started at 2000 calories which is what my doctor recommended while I was breastfeeding exclusively and when I started to breastfeed less and less I reduced my calories little by little to see if it affected my supply at all. I only breastfeed 3-4x a day now and am at 1300 calories.

Claudia - posted on 04/17/2012

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Emma, were you on 1300calories while breastfeeding? See I am runing and doing some workout dvd and I am still not loosing weight... my son will be 4 months old on the 22, and I did not loose anything...

Emma - posted on 04/17/2012

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I have actually been struggling just to maintain my weight...If I am not careful I gain weight...even breastfeeding and on a strict 1300 calories a day...and running 3-4 days a week. My daughter is weaning (at 11 months) and I am hoping it will be easier when I am no longer breastfeeding and starving all the time and retaining so much water.

Lanie - posted on 04/14/2012

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I think pregnancy really changed my metabolism. I used to be able to eat whatever, whenever, and a LOT of it and I was a 0/2 with pretty much no effort. Since my son's birth 10 1/2 weeks ago, I've only lost 15 of the 40 pounds I gained during pregnancy, and no more has come off since the first few weeks. I'm really not eating extra, in fact I'm eating less than I used to pre-pregnancy. I breastfeed exclusively, and I, too, heard the tale that breastfeeding will make the weight "melt right off." Ha! Yeah, right! Obviously, that's not the case for everyone!

I, too, would be up for a walking buddy. Unfortunately I don't really have any friends, live in a rural area, and rarely leave the house (gas is so darn expensive!!). Any walking I do is just me and my baby and a dog (or two or three), and it gets pretty lonely. Plus DS is not a good sleeper, so I'm always exhausted so actual exercise seems like such a huge effort. I would love to have an exercise buddy to kick my rear in gear like other women have.

Carey - posted on 04/13/2012

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Visalus shakes are 2 pts with weight watchers. Also with the meal replacment shakes you do not have to count points. Its great, the best thing I have ever tried and the easiest thing ever. And they have a program where you can get your shakes for free, I get free meals every month. I love it and perfect!!!! Feel free to ask me more questions. :)

Heather - posted on 04/12/2012

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i lost 62 pounds with weight watchers and exercise. it did miracles! i went from a size 20 to a 10.

Shauna - posted on 04/09/2012

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Claudia, and others, you might see http://www.babycenter.com/0_diet-for-a-h...



"There's no one-size-fits-all answer to how many calories you need to consume as a nursing mom. As a general guideline, most women who are breastfeeding will need about 200 to 500 calories more than moms who aren't – which would mean a minimum of 2,000 to 2,700 calories per day.

Instead of counting calories, follow your hunger as a guide to how much you need to eat.

The exact amount will depend on a number of individual factors, such as your weight, how much exercise you get, how your metabolism works, and how much you're breastfeeding."



You don't want to lose weight too quickly, or it puts toxins into your breastmilk.

Claudia - posted on 04/08/2012

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I am in Reno Nevada. I am in the same situation as you with the weight. I did not loose anything since my baby was born 3 months ago. I am breastfeeding as well, I was thinking to start drinking green tea every morning to see if it would help and also not to eat more than 1500 kalories a day. I iam starting tomorrow....

Claudia - posted on 04/08/2012

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I am in Reno Nevada. I am in the same situation as you with the weight. I did not loose anything since my baby was born 3 months ago. I am breastfeeding as well, I was thinking to start drinking green tea every morning to see if it would help and also not to eat more than 1500 kalories a day. I iam starting tomorrow....

Dawn - posted on 04/06/2012

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I was but 100 lbs before prego w/ my 1st. (16 yrs ago) I've had 4 girls & gained around 70 lbs w/ each. After breastfeeding, took me a few yrs to get back down to around 125. With my last I turned vegetarian & went back to normal much quicker. I also do ALOT of walking to keep it down.

Tameika - posted on 04/06/2012

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What size was u b4 u got prego ?n what size r u now I jus wanna be tha size I was b4 I had her

Dawn - posted on 04/05/2012

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Didn't start losing weight till I stopped breastfeeding. Also lost my boobs in the process. They must have sucked them right out of me. lol!

Tameika - posted on 04/04/2012

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Ok thanks n I'm enjoying every min of it hopefully it will be the same for me have a nice day

Rebekah - posted on 04/04/2012

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Never lost weight breastfeeding-- I lost it when I weaned my kids.



I drink Mother's Milk tea after it's cold mixed with regular sweet tea. It does help my supply, but even working out 4 times a week and lifting weights, my weight has not budged since I got home from the hospital (my baby is 6 months old).

Jenna - posted on 04/04/2012

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I breast fed my daughter for 18 months. She is 2 1/2 now. I too was concerned about lossing the baby weight. My sister told me not to worry about it, give youself 3 years and you will be back to your pre prego weight. I am happy to say, although my body does not look the same I am back to my pre prego weight withno work at all. Just enjoy your baby the weight will come off. I was 31 when I had my girl.

Bernadette - posted on 04/02/2012

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I think a lot of people get a bit confused with the whole "breast feeding makes you lose weight" thing. It's a little bit misleading. It doesn't actually make you lose fat. Healthy eating and exercise will do that. What breast feeding does is make your uterus contract, which helps it to return to it's pre-pregnancy size faster. So it will help your tummy to appear less round and pregnant-looking. It won't actually make you lose any other weight you gained during pregnancy. You'll have to change your eating and exercise habits to get rid of that.

Natalie - posted on 04/02/2012

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I lost weight easily after my first delivery. However, I was on cloud 9, very active and eating healthy. It bothered me that everyone (my mom in particular) would comment about my weight loss saying that it was due to the breastfeeding. No one gave me credit for my efforts. (I also dropped 40 extra pounds through hard work a couple of years before I even had kids.)The second time around, I still have not lost the extra weight 6 months later. I'm breastfeeding this time as well, but overeating and not exercising because I feel overwhelmed with 2 babies now! So, breatfeeding itself does not make the pounds fall off! It takes that extra effort. Alos, I'm more hungry breastfeeding than I ever was while pregnant. If I'm busy and don't watch out to eat healthy foods, I bing out on junk. This is a new goal of mine, beacause I know I will never lose weight untill I change how I eat.

Tameika - posted on 04/01/2012

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I understand that was me a 3:4 @ most a 4:5 and now I'm a 12:13 I never watch what I ate n didn't exercise n now it jus won't go anywhere I do like the junk food I guess imma have to gave it up to get where I feel like myself again n thanks n good luck to u too

User - posted on 04/01/2012

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With my first child I didn't lose any weight, I mean I shed the water weight & all but after that I just kind of leveled out; I was super hungry all the time with him. And I also seen something about weaning, my son weaned himself right at a year old...was pretty easy.

Now, with my daughter I dropped all the weight almost instantly. I wasn't very hungry & didn't eat very much & was pumping & bf like crazy; so I'm sure that helped. I actually got down to a size I haven't been in almost 4years! Amazing! Then, last week out of the blue, I just couldn't stop eating! I was soooo hungry! So, needless to say I gained a few pounds back. But, I'm determined as ever to lose the weight again. So, I'm pumping & bf & exercising & watching the portions to what I eat & watch what I eat. Just because you need that extra however many calories doesn't mean it has to be a candy bar! lol I did that last time around & now I'm definitely trying to keep on the straight & narrow with eating healthy. Before both my pregnancies, I was such a junk food eater...ugh LOVE my junk food....but gotta start setting good examples for my children & if that means putting a smile on my face while I eat salad then that's what I gotta do! LOL

I wish you luck, I wish myself lots of it every day! I suffer from PTSD & it's not easy peeling myself out of bed & becoming active...especially since this is the first time I've had to work at getting a nice body... I was always tiny until I got pregnant. But, gotta do what I gotta do.

Julie - posted on 04/01/2012

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That is a myth. I didn't lose any weight breastfeeding, I gained a little. It made me so hungry. Just eat right and exercise and when you are done nursing then try to lose right. If you have all the right habits in place you'll lose weight. I weaned in December and started a new diet about two months ago and I've lost ten pounds just eating lots of fruits and veg and very little fats and meats. Most of all it just takes time.

Antoinette - posted on 04/01/2012

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Well Idk about hips because I've never had any lol. Ad a matter of fact, that's why I had to have a c-section because my pelvic bone was spreading with each contraction. But from what I've seen in people in general, when you lose weight it goes down a little but but not much. Hips are a bone and there's no way to shrink bones lol (sorry) but you can try an exercise called him flexers. Or Google about hips.

Tameika - posted on 03/31/2012

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Ok thanks also hips do they go back too cause mines are like woe they r really wide I'm jus unhappy with my size I jus hope I lose this 30 pounds n fast thanks again cause I'm goin krazy lol

Antoinette - posted on 03/31/2012

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Really? I never tried it but my friend did and some other people I know. But a guaranteed weightloss without exercising is to count calories. It's hard but it gives results.

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