Post # 1
I’m a breastfeeding mom and I’m wondering what kind of weight loss I can expect. I’ve used Weight Watchers in the past with success, so I’m used to weighing myself regularly. I delivered on 9/29 and in the past week alone I’ve lost 4 lbs. I’m definitely eating when I’m hungry and a good mix of foods, so I’m by no means starving myself.
What’s a healthy weight loss for a new mom who is exclusively breastfeeding?
Post # 3
I do know that breastfeeding does help with losing weight, but you also want to make sure that you’re adding more calories ON TOP of what you were taking in while you were pregnant.
Here’s a quick run-down on calories I found:
Calories. Nursing a baby requires more energy than a pregnancy. To make enough milk, you must eat about 500 additional calories every day (in pregnancy, it was 300). Most women will need about 2,700 calories daily to produce adequate amounts of milk for their babies. If you’re thinking of fitting into your prepregnancy clothes, no doubt weight loss is on your mind. Go slow. You’ll need at least 1,800 calories a day to continue breastfeeding. Eating fewer calories can decrease milk production. If you’re dropping more than four pounds a month, increase your calories to adequately nourish yourself and your baby simultaneously.
Post # 4
I didn’t bother calorie counting, I just used WW online. They are approved for BFing mothers. I lost ~2lbs per week and was back to my pre-pregnancy weight in no time. Shape on the other hand…well that’s a different story. But the weight did go fast.
Post # 5
i am interested to learn more about this too. i am newly pregnant, and am worried about keeping weight on after delivery. 🙁
Post # 6
I think it is important not to overdo the “eating for two” idea. Don’t use pregnancy as you excuse to overeat while pregnant. Try not to gain 45lbs during pregnancy. The less you gain, the less you will have to lose, and the faster you will be back in pre-pregnancy jeans. While you are BFing, you do have some extra room for calories, but not much.
Post # 7
I gained 30 lbs and lost it all in 3months (while I was nursing) It took 5 months for my body to look almost back to normal.
A lot has to do with genetics though, because my identical twin did NOT nurse (our babies are three weeks apart) and our bodies did pretty much the same things during the same time period. We look exactly the same now at 7 months out.
Post # 8
ive read to aim for 1-2 lbs per week while bfing. any more can make your milk supply drop. rapid weight loss can also release excess toxins in your bloodstream and affect the quality of your milk.
i gained 34 lbs during pregnancy and lost 18 without trying by my 6-week follow up appt. but since then…my weight has stalled 🙁 i’ve done ww in the past with success, and i know its approved for bfing mamas (you get 10 extra points), but i don’t feel like paying for it (is that horrible? =/)so far i’ve just been taking daily walks with my baby, lifting weights, and doing aerobics on my wii, but not much change yet…
Post # 9
I completely neglected these lovely responses. Thanks and my apologies!
I gained 65 pounds during pregnancy, and six weeks later I’m already about 30 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. I’m sure a lot of my initial weight loss was not only baby but fluids. At this point, I’m kind of at a plateau, which is fine with me for now. I imagine that my milk supply is doing well because my daughter is gaining plenty of weight.
I may join Weight Watchers, as I’ve had great success with them in the past and I do like that they support breastfeeding.
Thanks for the tips.
Post # 10
I gained 30 lbs with my daughter BF for about 3 months, lost 5 lbs. I recently started the P90X (she is now 7 months) and one month and I lost 7 lbs. Its pretty intense.. Its not as easy to lose the weight as some people think, there the belly, hips, thighs, breasts. I thought it would be easy being a skinny girl, but not so easy.
Post # 11
@Trish2211: I love P90X! That’s what I used to get myself into shape before getting pregnant. I loved the results and I can’t wait to start doing it again.