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AMANDAREB SparkPoints: (4,069)
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8/6/13 6:47 P

My little one is just shy of 3 months old; I started off exclusively pumping (had some early breastfeeding issues she and I have worked out), and now I breastfeed full time. I stopped working cause my husband is in the military and we're being transferred to another base, so I'll be a stay at home mom for the time being. I gained 45 while pregnant, lost 20 within two weeks. Once my milk supply was fully established, and I started running again, I started watching what I was eating... getting back to my normal diet of lean proteins, low fat dairy, and lots of veggies and fruit. Since then, I've lost another 5 lbs, so I have 20 to go. I'm fine taking the weight loss slow, I've given myself a full year from her birth to get back to pre-pregnancy weight minus 2 (I was 2 lbs away from goal when I got pregnant- go figure), so in 9 months I want to lose 22 lbs. Right now I'm not tracking calories or exercise cals burned, I'm going to see if I keep losing til I hit the inevitable plateau, then start to track.

I'm just wondering if there's any advice on what you need when you're exclusively BFing the 1st 6 months or so, and after, once you start supplementing with solids?

DASHKATH Posts: 861
8/6/13 5:24 A

Good for you for breast feeding. I did with both of my girls. You are doing a great job.

God bless

MARGOLIS Posts: 86
7/21/13 12:04 P

I'm breastfeeding too. I have been really lazy with trying to eat right and exercise, partly because I've enjoyed the freedom that breastfeeding has given me and partly because I don't have any idea as to how much I should be eating. I've heard the "add 300-500 calories" but I guess I've always been a little lost as to what I'm adding that to. Now that I have an idea from you ladies, I'm curious to see how I do.

Best of luck to us all!

SFDGNALR SparkPoints: (1,119)
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7/19/13 11:26 A

I am on both sites, I have in the past adjusted my tragets here to match my babyfit. If you are pumping then I would stick with the 500 extra.

LMRYAN2 Posts: 44
7/18/13 9:16 P

I found that I couldn't exercise with jumping activites while nursing, and now that my son is weaned, I wear 3 sports bras, or a bra and two sports bras. It makes a HUGE difference to add more bras. Hope this helps! :)

EMMA8168 Posts: 25
7/10/13 11:03 A

I also add about 300 calories to my total of 1200-1500 for breastfeeding. I feed at night and at home, but pump during work. I have had good luck with SP in the past. Good luck. I find the hardest part of breastfeeding isn't the diet (although thats always a challenge because I could live on chocolate) its the exercise... my breasts get so sore, even with a good sports bra :-)

MISSY_MAGOO Posts: 1,517
7/3/13 4:35 P

I'm breastfeeding and on Spark. I asked my doc and he said to add 300 calories to whatever Spark told me to eat and if I notice a change in milk production add more- so since Spark had me at 1200-1550 calories a day I aim for 1500-1850 and my milk is fine. Not to say that's what you should do- talk to your doc first :)

THISCHICKRACHEL SparkPoints: (3,309)
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6/28/13 2:25 P

Thanks munchkin is still eating a lot but I know that 500 calories is for full time I wasn't really sure what to put for part-time feeding

ZEDMAY Posts: 41
6/28/13 12:38 P

I tried BabyFit and found it was not as good as SparkPeople. Lots of glitches. Maybe they have worked some of that stuff out by now, but if it is still a problematic site, just add about 300-500 calories to whatever your recommended calorie intake is to make sure you are getting enough calories for breastfeeding. I have been doing that for the last 8 months and have lost about 23 pounds.

THISCHICKRACHEL SparkPoints: (3,309)
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6/28/13 12:10 P

Thank you!

KENDILYNN SparkPoints: (11,070)
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6/28/13 12:40 A

SparkPeople has a related site called BabyFit.com that has more resources for pregnant and also for nursing mothers. I think they recommend you stick with that site for better targeted advice while you're breastfeeding. I remember using it and liking it when I was pregnant with my youngest.

THISCHICKRACHEL SparkPoints: (3,309)
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6/27/13 4:09 P

I am just wondering if there are any other breastfeeding moms on SP or maybe is there a way to change the program to be more accurate for bfing moms. Just curious to see who is out there. I work full time and bf when I'm not here my adorable 11 month old son.

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