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1/15/14 11:53 P

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Jaudon,
I see what you are saying now. I definitely did not mean to imply that breastfeeding moms should lose the weight faster, only that it is possible in most cases if the right factors are considered, which is not always easy.
In fact I don't think whether someone loses weight or not is a moral issue at all and I don't think anyone, breastfeeding or not, should ever be blamed or looked down upon for not losing weight and/or body fat. There are simply too many factors involved that have nothing to do with will power, character, amount of exercise or any other factors we can control. Hormones are so complicated and there are so many of them that play a role for both women and men and micro-nutrients, especially mineral balance, can play a huge role, too.
So my message was more that I would not give up on losing body fat just because someone is nursing and will be for a while. It may take a little more problem solving/fine-tuning and obviously the baby's needs should come first. But I have seen too many women in post-partum depression that were at least in part depressed because they felt they could not lose the weight. I also wanted to discourage anyone from considering stopping nursing early to get back to normal weight faster. The benefits of nursing for the child under 1 year of age are simply too great.
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1/15/14 8:55 P

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Sure, I agree with all that, but that's not what I meant. I just get a tad offended at the idea that breastfeeding moms should lose the baby weight the fastest. It's just not true, and not backed by science, and puts a lot of unfair pressure on those women that have a hard time doing that.

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1/15/14 12:35 P

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Jaudon,
I'd have to do more research to be sure, but while prolactin encourages fat storage this may only be the case when a lot of carbs are consumed and insulin levels are high as well. It is also possible to nurse and be on a ketogenic (very low-carb diet) because many people groups that traditionally eat a minimal carb diet (like the Inuit) have no problem with lactation. It is only a rapid transition to a ketogenic diet from a high-carb diet that can bring a very temporary reduction in lactation that lasts about a week while the body is changing to using fat as fuel. It is important, though, to increase protein intake during lactation as this is an essential nutrient.
Birgit

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JAUDON's Photo JAUDON Posts: 1,881
1/15/14 8:17 A

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Actually, breastfeeding CAN hinder weight loss. The main hormone produced when lactating, prolactin, encourages fat storage (so the mother will have enough "reserve" energy in case of food scarcity". Lots of women are unable to lose all the baby weight until they wean.

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1/14/14 11:39 P

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Welcome to the team! Don't blame breastfeeding. That should be a help for losing weight if anything. But eating paleo will take care of the extra body fat if not the weight and will be very healthy for you and the baby.
Birgit

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1/14/14 6:47 P

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1/14/14 2:52 P

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Hey Ladies!

Congratulations on your babies! Regardless of the weight, enjoy every minute!

And speaking of the weight, so many things can be contributing:

First of all, actually having a baby is stressful to your body, and it may take some time for your adrenals/cortisol levels to even out enough to allow weight loss.

Then, as you've pointed out, you're breast-feeding, and that is another stress on your body, not to mention that your body is programmed to hang on to calories right now.

I don't how easily your babies have ajusted to some sort of a schedule, but if they are anything like mine was, sleep is anything but regular, adding yet another stress.

Finally, the hormonal disruptions of preganancy can take some time to level off.

With all of the above to consider, pushing to get the weight off will only make things worse because the more stressed your adrenals are coping with stress, the more they will program your body to hang onto weight as though your life depends upon it. Our bodies are programmed to hang onto weight when experienceing any stress to our systems.

Truly, try to just relax and enjoy your babies... don't push the wieght loss or you'll just prolong your own agony over it. :)

Eating paleo while you give your body time to adjust and normalize will work... and it will improve your body composition even though it doesn't seem like you are losing any weight. Here are some good sites for understanding what your body may be doing:

Gender Differences in Fat Metabolism
www.marksdailyapple.com/gender-diffe
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nces-in-fat-metabolism/#axzz2qP2FSJo6


Nursing and Ancestral Food Plans
www.marksdailyapple.com/nursing-prim
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-blueprint-diet/#axzz2qP2cBVWp


Postpartum Weight Loss on Paleo while Breastfeeding
paleohacks.com/questions/162855/post
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rtum-weight-loss-on-paleo-while-breaR>stfeedin.html


Paleo Diet and the Breastfeeding Mom www.reddit.com/r/Paleo/comments/1dh5
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Paleo for Women
www.paleoforwomen.com/

Paleo Mom
www.thepaleomom.com/about-sarah-2



For future reference:

Healthy Baby Code (Paleo based nutritionwhile pregnant)
healthybabycode.com/blog








'An Apple A Day' keeps the doctor away...
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JAUDON's Photo JAUDON Posts: 1,881
1/14/14 1:36 P

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Welcome! I could have written your post emoticon My baby is 14 months old, and I've been unable to get rid of these these 13 pounds to get to pre baby weight. I, too, blame it on breastfeeding! I've been mostly Paleo for about 2 months, and was very very slowly losing, but I'm on day 9 now of the 21 day sugar detox and have lost 2.6 pounds in those 9 days. Paleo is great while bf'ing because you can still get plenty of calories. Just don't go too low carb or it can affect your supply (so I've heard). Good luck!

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1/14/14 1:28 P

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paleo is the ay to go but many will quit after seeing a comprehensive list of foods that is PALEO APPROVED AND NOT. i will give you links to further your education on the Paleo regimen as I have been on the eating lifestyle for a year and a half and have lost over 20#. let me know what you think fo the links ok?

Bernard

http://paleogrubs.com/healthiest-paleo-d
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http://paleomagz.com/burn-the-fat-by-con
suming-paleo-approved-foods/

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1/14/14 1:20 P

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HELLO! I had a baby June 6th. I started working with a personal trainer at Crossfit 3 months later. Now I weigh the same as I did on June 21st. I blame breastfeeding. WTF. I still have to lose 15lbs to get to my pre-baby weight. I need a safe diet to do while breastfeeding and paleo seems to fit the bill. It is more about choosing the right foods than about restricting calories. I am making a few modifications for my baby's sake, but following it pretty closely otherwise.

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