Weight loss

Arlene - posted on 03/21/2014 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Is anyone breastfeeding and finding it hard to lose weight still? I jus had my first child in January and people told me that I needed to "EAT, EAT, EAT", well I started eating and now I stepped on the scale and I actually gained 5 lbs. I was so sad. I jus started jogging again n still nothing. Anyone else have this problem?

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Rebekah - posted on 03/28/2014

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Same here, I just want to fit into my jeans so I won't have to buy new ones for winter but its not happening!

Michelle - posted on 03/23/2014

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You do need to eat enough calories for your body to be able to produce milk for your child but make sure you are eating the right things.
Also it's only been a couple of months, give yourself a break!!! It took you 40 weeks to grow another human being and you are still responsible for feeding it. You are not expected to be back into your pre-pregnancy clothes right a way, you are expected to be looking after your child.
Just make sure you are eating healthy options instead of junk food so your baby gets the best start it can.

Stephanie - posted on 03/28/2014

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I never breastfed but my son is 5 months old n no matter how much I try to work out I can't lose the weight on my thighs im not huge was just never this big in my whole life lol drives me nuts buying new jeans how are we supposed to lose weight anyway when we are exhausted from taking care of babies lol

Arlene - posted on 03/26/2014

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Thanks denikka for sharing your story. I've always had trouble loosing weight and when I got pregnant I kind of feared not being able to lose the lbs. I use to be a healthier eater but jus found myself eating not so healthy things during and after pregnancy. It's so hard I crave junk food. I'm currently 15lbs over weight n I don't feel pretty anymore.

Denikka - posted on 03/24/2014

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I couldn't and still can't lose a single pound while breastfeeding. I fluctuate about 5 lbs up and down, depending on growth spurts and whatnot. But any actual weightloss? Not happening. And I'm on my third child :P

I'm only currently about 15lbs heavier than before my first pregnancy (almost 6 years ago) and my youngest is now almost 9mo.
I have absolutely given up trying to lose weight during breastfeeding. What I found though, was that a chunk of the weight melted off AFTER I weaned (at 12mo and 14mo for the first two, still breastfeeding my youngest). I lost about 25lbs (and went down to my lowest adult weight ever) about 2 months before I conceived my youngest (about 5 months after weaning my second child) and I changed nothing about my diet or exercise. I just wasn't always hungry :P
I've accepted that I have to listen to my body. When I'm hungry, I eat. When I'm breastfeeding I actually usually eat more than when I was pregnant. And, this being my (planned) last child, I'll be able to focus more on actually losing weight when he weans :P

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Stephanie - posted on 03/28/2014

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I tried working out but then I'd be exhausted n my arms would hurt to lift my baby after lol I can't run I have slight asthma I dunno how to get rid of my thighs lol its that n my love handles lol my little flab of a tummy doesn't bother me lol

Arlene - posted on 03/28/2014

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Def know what u mean my thighs are my biggest problem right now n it's hard to look in the mirror sometimes. I use to find aerobic exercise classes worked but not enough time.

Arlene - posted on 03/28/2014

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I know me too but once I put on maternity jeans I dont even bother with any other. Figure this is one of many kids so my weight will fluctuate . Still wanna lose weight but don't wanna spend money on clothes.

Shelly Capree - posted on 03/23/2014

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I used to have that problem before I was pregnant with Tori I had a bad problem
I started running on a treadmill and then jogging then I did the gym I layed off the junk food oh yea I was nice and skinny

L - posted on 03/23/2014

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Everyone told be that same thing, eat heaps for milk creation and don't worry about weight gain, the kilos melt off whilst breastfeeding. Rubbish. Just eat healthily and ensure you have a nutritious diet! Oh and exercise is the key, try taking your bubs for walks, it's easy and it's free!

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