(Closed) Holding on to fat while breastfeeding?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Yep! For every quart of milk produced, the body carries three extra quarts of water. I wouldn’t fret. Once you are done, those pounds should come off quickly!

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I always heard breastfeeding made you lose weight faster. O.O Not true?

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’ve heard many women say that as soon as you’re done breastfeeding those last pounds drop away.  I have no experience with the subject but it seems like everyone is on the same page.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

@mommytobee:  How long has it been since you gave birth? My weight did fall off pretty quickly, but I was more the exception than the rule. I even came home from the hospital in my regular jeans that I was determined to squeeze into.

If it’s only been a few months, I wouldn’t worry about it. It will happen.

Post # 7
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: February 2013

It’s true that breastfeeding burns calories so you may lose weight, but you also have to eat enough to allow your body to breastfeed, so I’ve heard from people with both experiences.

For me, I had trouble producing enough milk from the start, and after a few months, I lost a bit of weight and my supply quickly declined so I couldn’t breastfeed anymore. Now I’ll know better next time to make a conscious effort to consume more food so I can continue to breastfeed. So I would definitely follow your hunger and just hold on to a few extra pounds until you are done breastfeeding!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

When did you have your baby? I find women are so into losing the baby weight, right.this.instant.  And it just isn’t possible. Give yourself some time. If you eat right, and excersise your body will be where it is meant to be, no?

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@mommytobee:  where are you holding on to the weight? If you are more busty, then that could explain a few lbs.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@mommytobee:  It’s not 10 lbs, but it could be 3 or 4.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

I still think you’re doing fine. Many women never get that close to their ideal weight after giving birth, so 7 lbs. is nothing to worry over. Enjoy this time in your life as it’s over way too soon. 🙂

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@mommytobee:  

Ok well I breastfed my son for a year. I got back to my pre-pregnancy weight within about 9 months, give or atke a month. I did as you did, go back to my prior eating habits, and physical regime. I don’t think I retained weight because I was breastfeeding, but I did gain 43 lbs, so it did take some time to lose. Congrats on your son btw.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I lost most of the baby weight right away. (Gained 35, lost 25 in the first 3-4 weeks, had a 10lb 9oz baby.) I breastfed exclusively for 7 months and was scared to try to lose the weight because I wanted to make sure my supply stayed up. I wasn’t eating very well, but tried to be mostly healthy and ate when I was hungry. (Easter falling when DS was 4 weeks old was rough – I ate a lot of chocolate!) I ended up putting a few pounds back on and hovered around 10-15 pounds above my pre-preg weight.

Once I was done breastfeeding when DS was 8 months old, I didn’t really adjust my diet much and had to start consciously eating less and more healthy foods as well as work out to lose the rest of the weight, but I was able to drop to 12 pounds below my pre-preg weight in about 3 months. (Total weight loss 28 pounds.)

I think it’s best to eat when you are hungry, but maybe try to swap in some healthier or low calorie options for some things. When I was losing weight, eating salad and other raw veggies really helped to fill me up without adding extra calories.

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