I tried babyfit and found it wasn't as good as SP, so I lied about breastfeeding and just manually adjusted my calories on my goals menu to the level that a breastfeeding mother needs (an extra 300-500 calories a day). SP lets you aim for a range of calories on its tracker, so just add 300 to the lower number that SP calculates for you and 500 to the higher number. Your friend will have to make this adjustment whenever she loses about 10 pounds as SP recommends adjusting your calorie goals as you lose weight.
As for dieting/exercise affecting milk supply, it can if you go too intense, too quickly or try to lose a lot of weight very quickly. I have exclusively breastfed my two babies while eating healthy and exercising regularly (I run 2-3 times per week and go to a mom-friendly bootcamp twice a week) without any impact on my milk supply. The thing I have been careful about is consuming the necessary calories that a breastfeeding mother needs each day. I don't try to cut calories. My goal is to eat healthy calories and help get my body back in shape after pregnancy. I have found that the weight comes off fairly steadily (about 1 pound a week or so) without drastic calorie cuts.
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It's true you can't register if you say you are nursing. I tried to register a few months ago and was rejected. I am now at the tail-end of weaning my little one (just nursing twice a day), so I fibbed and said I wasn't nursing. If dieting affects my milk supply at this point it's OK with me since he is nearly a year old and eating plenty of healthy solid food. But for a newer mom who has a baby who is more dependent on breast milk (and especially if the baby is exclusively breastfed), I would not recommend dieting yet. Baby's nutrition comes first :)
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I have been breastfeeding for the last 4 months and haven't had a problem. Babyfit's recipe database is pretty bleak. I just use the same calorie range and just aimto hit the very top. Breastfeeding burns about 300-500 calories, so she chould try adding 500 manually and if that doesn't affect milk supply, drop down slowly.
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She can update her own diet settings through her regular SP page... I believe nursing moms should get an extra 500 calories per day to support nursing full-time, so she can just add that to her upper and bottom ranges and SP should adjust accordingly. :)
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Babyfit is great, but I find the community is pretty quiet and I didn't like having to re-enter all of my manually entered foods again. I used babyfit to work out what I should be eating each day and then just stuck to the regular SP.
So I guess there's no reason why she can't register and just not select that she's nursing. She would just need to ensure that she doesn't take on board the nutritional recommendations as she requires different values than a non-nursing woman.
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I don't know about not being able to register at SP if you say you are a nursing mother.
Hi. I haven't checked the entire message board to find the answer. I tried sharing Spark with a friend but she said she was rejected when she answered that she's a nursing mother. Is that true? This group would seem to indicate that it's not. How can she get around the problem? Thanks.
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