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Losing weight while breastfeeding

creesamacreesama Member Posts: 67 Member Member Posts: 67 Member
Might be a long shot, but anyone else on here trying to lose weight while maintaining enough breastmilk supply? I'm trying not to be discouraged that I gained 1/2 lb this week, but I'm verrrrry overweight, so I should be losing since I'm on the 2lbs a week plan. Granted, I eat about 200 more calories to keep my supply up, but I'm definitely still in a calorie deficit. Idunno, trying not to get frustrated, but also don't want to lose progress.


  • chantalnarcissechantalnarcisse Member Posts: 35 Member Member Posts: 35 Member
    Me too my new baby girl is 3 months. This is my third baby so I’m not worried about my milk supply, as long as baby is satisfied you are making enough. If you are overweight eating less shouldn’t effect supply anyway that’s kind of why we naturally store a little extra fat during pregnancy for breastfeeding. I’m overweight this time I think because we travelled a lot and moved state during my pregnancy so there was lots of eating out and not much routine.

    My struggle is that it makes me want to snack all the time :open_mouth: so I try to intermittently fast during the day to limit my allowed eating hours I like the zero app for this but there are plenty that do it.
  • LoveyCharLoveyChar Member Posts: 1,091 Member Member Posts: 1,091 Member
    My little boy is two now but I breastfeed him for 16 months. I was envious of women who said the melt just dropped off of them while breastfeeding. I wasn't lucky to be one of those women. I ate way more than I should have while breastfeeding him because I was worried that I wouldn't maintain supply if I didn't. I don't have any great advice BUT I do know that there is a breastfeeding calories option, which will add calories in allowing you to consume more. I did a lot of pumping, which helped me gauge, and I do believe it's 20 calories for every ounce produced. I think it's around 500 calories per day for milk production if the baby is exclusively breastfed. I hope in some way this helps...
  • chantalnarcissechantalnarcisse Member Posts: 35 Member Member Posts: 35 Member
    Was your baby born during the virus lockdown, did it change your plans? We ended up having our daughter at home without a midwife.
  • creesamacreesama Member Posts: 67 Member Member Posts: 67 Member
    In February just before the lock down. In fact, I remember my husband offhandly asking if I'd heard about this virus in China while I was in my hospital room. And now here we are. It didn't change much since I already planned to take 10wks off for maternity leave, except I did extend 2 more weeks til May. But now my caseload has suffered, which directly affects my paycheck, and therefore my anxiety. And things are trending up again, so I'm getting worried again. It's so hard to not stress eat these days.
  • chantalnarcissechantalnarcisse Member Posts: 35 Member Member Posts: 35 Member
    That was lucky timing for you, I heard all kinds of crazy things from moms giving birth around the same time as me about no husbands allowed in the room and more complications so I was even more scared of hospital we planned for birth center but only I was allowed in so I was too stressed to continue labor and went home. I definitely stress eat too always on the worst food in the house I have a 2 and 3 year old getting bored stuck at home.
  • ShawnaE10123ShawnaE10123 Member Posts: 56 Member Member Posts: 56 Member
    I just had my 3rd child 10 months ago and have managed to lose 65lbs since having him. I started at 232.0lbs and am 166lbs today. He is still breastfed - teething and always biting currently haha. I find that I need to drink a lot of water. Min 12 cups a day. Otherwise I seem to retain water weight. The slightest bit of sodium really affects me now. As long as I pound water all day long and stay within my calories I normally see the scale moving down.
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