Nursing and weight loss

Amy - posted on 07/12/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )

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On another site there was a lady who was worried about the size of her ass/weight after pregnancy. She was not eating meals and eating shakes instead to lose weight.

Now, nursing cut most of mine. So, I'm lucky. But if nursing, I'd surely not starve myself to have a good shape and possibly short my baby on milk supply because of it. What do you think about weight loss programs after pregnancy while breastfeeding?

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Sara - posted on 12/13/2015

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Take mummy magic tea and you can weight loss wonderfully.It`s natural tea and will not effect on breastfeeding sooo keep nursing...
good luck!!!

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I agree preggo or bfing not the time to do stressful things to your body. My ass is bigger than I like, I've lost a fair bit of preggo weight from bfing but other than adding exercise and cutting crap out of my diet I think I'll wait until I'm done before I do anything more than that even if my love handles are jiggling and my belly still protrudes whatever it can wait. The time we're pregnant and the time we get to breastfeed is so short by comparison, such a brief time where you are in complete control of the nutrients your baby is getting, diets can wait. So I may stay at 145 until I stop bfing and that might bug me because I know I can cut my intake just a little and be down to 120 again but the way I look at it I want to see the number on Beth's scale go up, the number on mine going down can wait until I know shes got all the nutrients I can give her. Wont be long and she'll be right where her brother is... refusing dinner, throwing vegetables, sneaking cookies, at least for right now I know if I'm eating well so is she and you cant put a price on peace of mind.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 07/13/2011

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Breast feeding is suppose to burn so many calories after birth. Eating right, and drinking plenty of fuids helps. It did nothing for my fat ass. I started cutting ALL foods that are unhealthy from my diet (yes while bf) did not do a crash diet, did start walking...and yes I lost weight.

I think it is irresponsible to starve yourself while breastfeeding. Granted, your body is going to suck any nutrition from you and give it to your breast milk, but at some point the milk is going to be lacking. If you need to lose weight after pregnancy, either fulfill your weight loss dreams and give formula...or stick it out until you are done BFing.

Teresa - posted on 07/13/2011

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I gained weight too while nursing and my supply was crap. I would love to be able to figure that one out for this time around.

Amy - posted on 07/13/2011

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lol sara - exactly! Went to a chipotle's for the first time with parents and they're like..oh you can't finish a bowl of the rice and stuff, it's so huge. HA, watch me! Nom nom nom. Gone. Now, let me go nurse my little one - again.

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I have a friend that ended up having to supplement with formula, because she was dieting. She wasn't taking in enough calories to produce good fatty milk.

I think *healthy* eating is essential for everyone. Dieting is totally different from eating healthfully.

I'm currently nursing and I'm HUNGRY ALL THE TIME! RAWR! ME WANT FOOD!

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I know there is a Weight Watchers option for nursing mothers. I don't know anything about it or any other weight loss plan though. Considering that after the girls I lost 40 pounds in less than 2 weeks and after my son I lost 20+ in about a month.... I've never needed any of that type of thing. ;)

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Brittany I only lost maybe 15lbs while breastfeeding. a loss is a loss but I was still huge. Heck I gained 110lbs while pregnant with the twins.

Amy that woman is a fool. If she is really concerned about losing weight suggest Weight Watchers. They have a plan to follow for nursing moms.

Mary - posted on 07/12/2011

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I should add, I do think that nutrition is an integral part of maintaining a sufficient milk supply while nursing, particularly in those first 6 months, when that is their sole source of intake. I don't think that anyone should be (overly) worried about their appearance with an infant. Adequate caloric intake is essential to sufficient milk production. For those concerned about excessive weight gained in pregnancy, the key to losing the weight post-baby, while nursing, is exercise in whatever form you can manage. As I said, I didn't do more than walk the dogs with her, but that was more than enough for me to shed the 25lbs I gained while pregnant, plus ten more to boot.

Billie - posted on 07/12/2011

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When I had #1 I didn't lose my weight right away, I had gained 55lbs during my pregnancy, left the hospital at 150lbs which is a lot for a person use to being at 120lbs. My husband was deployed so being a first time mom alone, I changed my eating habits which just included more healthy foods and less fat. I breastfed just over 1yr and actually became underweight at 111lbs at 5ft 6in.

With #2 I'm breastfeeding also. During my pregnancy I was able to get up to a healthy 150lbs, they didn't weigh me before I left the hospital, but when I had my check up I was already at 130lbs. Now #2 is 6 months old I've been able to stay at 130lbs. My goal is to keep my womanly curves so I'm happy with the weight I am, I just need to start doing some workouts to tighten my belly a bit. It will never be the same though, when I lost all that weight before I was left with lots of extra belly skin.

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I could understand programs that teach better eatting habits. Like replace that cookie with a yogurt, etc.

I gained weight while nursing... can't really explain that one, eatting habits didn't change. I started gainning when my daughter suddenly stopped though, something was up with the milk. I really think they should have tested it. She didn't gain until she was on solids.

Already lost almost 20 lbs with this pregnancy. Freaking out the WIC people with it. Not trying, I just can't eat a whole lot.

Mary - posted on 07/12/2011

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I took a day off from the pool with the girl. We had a swimming lesson this am, and that was enough for me! She's also taking an exceptionally long nap today =)

Mary - posted on 07/12/2011

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Amy, like you, nursing was the easiest way I have EVER lost weight in my life. While eating pretty much whatever I wanted, I was down to my pre-pregnant weight by 6 weeks. At 6 months, I was still eating like a horse, and I weighed 10 lbs less than I had before conception! Now, I should add that we were walking the dogs anywhere from 2-5 miles a day, but that was pretty much it.

I was told by many people (including LLL) that I needed to eat not only healthy, but to not skimp on things like cheese or real butter. Oh, how I loved that year + of nursing, where I could eat not one, but TWO grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch, made with full-fat, real cheese and butter, and NOT feel my ass expanding as I did so! I ate regular salad dressings, not fat-free. I ate cookies without guilt, put real cream in my coffee, used regular mayo....oh, I could go on and on about all of the dietary luxuries I enjoyed while nursing, and still lost weight with. Maybe my hog-like habits with food were why I had a supply that could have been more than sufficient for triplets!

Sadly, I did (gradually) gain those 10lbs back after she stopped nursing. It really was her call, too...I would have breastfed until she went to college if it meant I could have still eaten real butter and not become a whale.

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