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Old 06-09-2006, 08:15 PM   #1
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Not losing weight while breastfeeding

It seems like everyone says that breastfeeding is a miracle when trying to lose weight after pregnancy. I have many friends who zipped right back to their weight and got even skinnier while they nursed their babies. However, I don't seem to be one of them. Nor did my sister. Does anyone else seem to hold on to extra pounds until baby weans? I would feel better if there was someone else who experienced this and not the "I've never been skinner than I was while breastfeeding!" that I seem to hear all the time. Of course, having two babies 19 months apart might have a little to do with it, too!

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I'm breastfeeding and am fatter than I've ever been! I seem to stretch those extra 500 calories per day into a lot more
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Re: Not losing weight while breastfeeding

I usually lose weight while breastfeeding, but there have been times when I did not, or I gained even. If I'm not losing and I assess my diet I generally find I am simply eating way too many calories. If I cut back a bit (nothing drastic) I generally start losing again, slowly but steadily. I know thats probably a duh, but its my experience.
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I don't but now that my dd is eating solids, I need to readjust my food. I can eat like a truckdriver.
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I don't but now that my dd is eating solids, I need to readjust my food. I can eat like a truckdriver.
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I lost my postpartum weight by the time Aydin was 3 months old, but I don't know how much of it can be attributed to breastfeeding because I never have problem losing pregnancy weight (and I hadn't breastfed my others.) I was at a stand still after that, but when he was about 6-7 months old I started shedding weight again. I dropped 17 pounds before getting pregnant again.

My best friend held onto her weight then found out she had an underactive thyroid. Once she got on the proper medication, she started shedding pounds.

Are you normally pretty thin? Your body does tend to hold onto some of the fat so it can make milk. Just remember it's for your baby!
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I'm breastfeeding and am fatter than I've ever been! I seem to stretch those extra 500 calories per day into a lot more
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Re: Not losing weight while breastfeeding

While I'm breastfeeding I get cravings worse than I ever did while I was pregnant...I think that is what slows my weight loss a little. I pop the girls in the wagon and walk a few miles a day though and that has been helping me work off those extra calories from my cravings nicely. Try to find low-fat alternatives to your fave foods too w/out compromising the healthy stuff!
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