wow thats a lot of calories! sure doesnt feel like Im expending that much breastfeeding :) my son is about 2.5 months- I've only had access to scale once in the past month, and before then I wasnt really keeping track, so I dont know yet how quickly Im loosing (or if I am at all!). The next time I have access to scale Ill get a better idea. Right now Im eating about 1700-2100 cals... Ill see how many cals Spark recommends for 1/2lbs a week then add about 400-500 to either end. Thanks Becky!
It would depend on the age of your infant. A newborn would increase need by about 400-500 calories. An infant 3-4 months old--would increase calorie need by 500-700. Even an older infant who is using some baby food and still nursing can increase need by 800-900 calories daily.
track calorie intake and your weekly weight loss--the goal is to lose no more than 1/2 pound weekly while nursing. Increase calories if you are losing too quickly.
Hey! Does anyone know what you need to do to calculate how many calories you need to maintain milk-supply and achieve slow, gradual weight-loss while exclusively breastfeeding? I can provide more specific details if necessary- thanks!
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