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Old 05-15-2008, 11:50 AM   #11
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Wasn't true here.

But, I think it's probably more likely with Mamas who BF but forget to feed themselves (so not an issue here )

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Old 05-15-2008, 12:32 PM   #12
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The basic numbers of it should make it true, what I have read before is that your body burns an extra 300 calories a day when pregnant with a single child, and once you have the baby and are nursing you burn another 300 calories on top of that, so to make the milk you burn 600 calories more each day than you did before you were pregnant.

Now of course, you have to take into account that to lose weight, you need to use 3500 calories more than you take in to lose ONE pound. It doesn't matter if this is done by burning more calories or by taking in less calories, that is just the basic number.

I didn't lose all my weight after I had dd1 because I was totally not paying attention to how much I was eating and was snacking a lot and not having good meals. If I had been paying attention I could have lost a lot more. I have lost almost 65 lbs now since I had dd2, 52 of which was pg weight from dd2 and now I have about 7 lbs left of pg weight from dd1 left to go.

I have read that a lot of BF women will hold onto a little bit of weight until they wean, it's kind of like your body trying to have a little insurance to make sure that in case something happens you will be able to produce milk for the baby (have extra fat to burn to make milk, that is).




With all that said, I have to say the following, which may get me flamed, but that's OK. I lead a weight-loss support group in my town, so I have seen a lot. And I myself am still in the process of losing a lot of weight, I have 49 lbs to go to reach my goal weight of 150. So I am not a stranger to the real issues of losing weight.

But honestly, when I see a lot of people who say they couldn't lose weight or gained weight while breastfeeding, I have to. I think that a lot of people just don't keep track of how much they eat and fall prey to the "eating for two" kind of mentality that some people have while pregnant. A lot of people also get into the habit of "mindless eating" and can consume a lot more calories than they mean to, which makes it awful hard to lose weight. I hear so many excuses from ladies who just need to start being accountable for what is really going on and own up to the fact that they are overweight/weigh more than they want to because they eat more than calories than their body requires. Yes, I know that it is said that if you are nursing you need to eat more calories, but when you are nursing your body will make milk first and give nutrition to your body second. So in my (very humble) opinion, as long as your nutrition is good you can eat less (as long as it is still a healthy amount) and lose weight. A person can have provide the nutrition their body needs to be healthy at 1200/1500/1800 calories or at 3000 calories, so the idea that you have to eat more to provide adequate nutrition and not be "malnourished" while nursing is a crock, once again IMHO.

So, I'm not picking on anyone here at all, and this was not directed at anyone in particular. Just taking a bit of time to put my opinions/thoughts on this subject out there.

So, should I duck & cover?
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Old 05-15-2008, 12:41 PM   #13
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I understand your point about the basic numbers of calories in vs. calories out. And, I do want to point out that I did not really do much in terms of trying to lose my baby weight after I had my kids, so I probably could have gotten more weight off more quickly. But, I also did not change my eating habits or (non-existent) exercise routine and effortlessly shed between 8 and 10 lbs once I had stopped nursing.
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I understand your point about the basic numbers of calories in vs. calories out. And, I do want to point out that I did not really do much in terms of trying to lose my baby weight after I had my kids, so I probably could have gotten more weight off more quickly. But, I also did not change my eating habits or (non-existent) exercise routine and effortlessly shed between 8 and 10 lbs once I had stopped nursing.
My SIL was like that, she was stuck and couldn't lose the last 15 or so pounds and then they just came right off after she weaned. If only the rest could be that easy!

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Old 05-15-2008, 01:03 PM   #15
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Oh no, not offended at all! I just want people to realize that not everybody just drops all of their baby weight really fast because they are BFing. So many people told me that they BF and the weight just fell off and they ate anything and everything they wanted. One friend even had trouble maintaining a healthy weight because she was just losing weight like crazy. After hearing these stories, I thought I wouldn't have any problems at all getting rid of my baby weight. And, I got pretty discouraged when it didn't happen right away like I had hoped.
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Old 05-15-2008, 02:25 PM   #16
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My ds is 3 months and I'm 5 lbs below my pre-pregnancy weight. I actually lost weight so fast in the first couple months that my milk supply would drop. I started eating more and got that cleared up.
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Im not going to lie I am somewhat excited about the idea of losing weight IF I can do it while BFing I have always worried about my weight & I somewhat am already getting anixety about people coming over to see the baby afterwards. I KNOW that people are expecting me to still have the baby weight but its just a mental thing for me BUT I want to BF and that is the most important thing for me is to nourish my baby
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i gained 33lbs with my son and with breastfeeding by 6 weeks old i was down 40 lbs
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I think as long as you are eating right as well......I lost 41 lbs in 16 weeks.
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I barely lose any weight while nursing, even though I eat properly, exercise daily, do pilates and my elliptical and nada. but the second I stop nursing it all falls off like that. It's kind of annoying, but it's worth it.
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