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Breast feeding & losing weight after baby??

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hi guys!! So I'm super, super excited that my son is due in 8 weeks. 😍😍😍😍😍 I plan to breast feed him and I have heard and read conflicting views on how breast feeding affects women's weight. I will still be following my calorie range from spark and going for walks and such. I've heard women say the weight just fell off while they are whatever they wanted and others who say they piled on weight. Does anyone care to share about their experience?
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    Seems like there are plenty of experiences on both sides of the weight loss/gain saga re: breastfeeding. From my experience, it's a lot like pregnancy (and parenting) in general--everyone has a unique experience and it's not something you can predict. You try your best to make it a loving, healthy, nurturing, bonding time while understanding that we're all just winging it! emoticon Enjoy your time with your baby and know that wherever the path leads you (weight-wise, how long/successfully you breast feed v. supplement or replace with formula, and even later choices in your child's life), your care and love will nourish you both.

    All best wishes to you!
    1968 days ago
    I gained 55 lbs with my son, lost 20 lbs asap after. Now it's been damn near impossible to lose weight. Nursing makes you hungry. I'm still logging all my food, but I am having a lot of issues getting under 2000 a day. I feel like when I stop nursing I will have a lot more luck losing. I donno if I believe that woman burn 300-700 calories a day nursing. I would love to know how they came up with that number.
    1969 days ago
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    Oh, also, I lost like 10 pounds right after birth and 5-7 from breastfeeding the first month, and then it plateaued after that, but I want exercising or counting calories at that time.
    1975 days ago
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    I would add about 300 calories to your normal weight loss calorie intake to make up for breastfeeding. If you restrict too much, you can lose your milk supply. I'm BFing now and losing weight eating 1600-2000 kcals per day.
    1975 days ago
    I had every intention to breastfeed our son but I had no luck as I wasn't producing much and it was a lot of work and pain so I gave what I could and filled him with formula. I lose weight after having him just because I was under a lot of stress and well I've gained it all back now LOL and I'm pregnant with baby #2. Just do what you can it will all work out for you!
    1980 days ago
    Thank you for your response! I will talk to her about it! 😊
    1981 days ago
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    I think it really depends. People might say they ate "whatever they wanted" but what they wanted to eat might not be as much as other people wanted to eat. Catch my drift? My sister had a baby three months ago and she's pretty much back to normal already, but she's always been tiny and never had problems with overeating.

    Conversely, a coworker of mine had a baby almost two years ago and she's still struggling to lose the weight. She was also really tiny before, but she eats whatever she wants, and what she wants to eat is a lot of cake. You should talk to your doctor about it!
    1981 days ago
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