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9/28/10 3:24 P

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I struggle with this all the time! My body seems to be far too hungry when I eat less than 1900 calories a day. I just try to listen to it and fill up on nutritious calories, like avocados for instance instead of empty high-calorie junk.

"Someone who really wants something will find a way; someone who doesn't will find an excuse."


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9/22/10 1:40 P

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Mew, the number that equation gave me does not seem right at all. I got 1692 calories from it.
(655+(9.6*(155/2.2))+(1.7*(52*2.54))-(4.
7*31))*1.2=1692

And I should be able to subtract 500 calories from that, making my intake about 1200-1700 a day while breastfeeding?! That seems dangerously low, especially since I have been eating 2000 calories a day and losing weight. Are you sure that formula is correct?

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Ladies I have been in school for Dietetic Technician since after the birht of my DS2. After his birth I was heavily motivated to lose weight and found SP. Long story short I'm here with tons of weight to lose again due to falling off the wagon for 3 months and then getting pregnant again. My princess is here now :)

Anyways. My professor, Mrs. Zwick, is a RD and I've had lengthy discussions with her on proper calorie intake for a nursing mother and she has given me the formula any RD uses when you go to see them for nutritional help. Its long to figure out BUT it is easy. I will post the instructions below and keep in mind this is the formula to MAINTAIN weight. If you want to lose then you can subtract 500 calories per day to lose 1 lb per week. She said she has never experianced this affecting anyones milk.

First calculate your weight in kg by taking your weight (say 175) and dividing by 2.2 (175/2.2= 79.55)

Calculate your current height in cm by taking your height in inches (say 65) and multiplying by 2.54 (65*2.54=165.1)

Now plug in the numbers to this equation:

655+(9.6 x weight in kg) + (1.7 x height in cm) - (4.7 x age in yrs)

This number is your BEE

Take your BEE and multiply by (0.2 sedetary) (0.3 light activity) (0.4 moderate activity) or (0.5 heavy activity) This number is how many calories you need based on activity level.

Take that number and add it back into your BEE and there you have it. Thats how many calories you need to maintain your current weight and milk supply. You can safely subtract 500 calories for a slow weight loss and not have it affect an already established milk supply. If you have been struggling at all with BF or your milk do NOT subtract any calories.

If you would like to know how much fluids you need:

Weight in kg x 35ml

To convert ml into oz know that 1 ml = 0.0338140227 US fluid ounces (I round that ridiculous number to 0.0338)

If you need 2,000ml that is 67.6oz. That is a total fluid oz. If you are eating alot of fruits and veggys you can subtract up to 24oz.

I know thats alot of numbers for some so if you want to post or pm me your weight in lbs and height I can figure out all your numbers for you. I've done it a zillion times for the class! LOL.


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I haven't been exercising, I always have a low supply whenever I do. I just eat when I am hungry and I lose weight only when my son nurses a lot, like a growth spurt. Nursing is more important than weight loss.

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I bought the bodybugg and I am hoping it will help me determine the right calorie range. Anyone else doing that?? I was losing so well but the lat 3 weeks I have lost nothing. I am only 7 weeks pp so I am not stressing over it yet but you get so excited watching the pounds fly off and then they just stop.

One day at a time....

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Earthnut - your link gave me a daily energy expenditure of 2744 kcals! Another one gave me 2550 to maintain my current weight at my level of activity... and dropped it to 1500-odd to lose 2lb per week. SP has given me a 1300-1550 range. Interesting!

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5/23/10 3:31 P

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I found this calorie calculator to give me a reasonable estimate:

http://www.nutritiondata.com/tools/calor
ies-burned

I used its number for maintaining my goal weight (sedentary and not breastfeeding) as my lower limit on SP, and its number for maintaining my current weight (sedentary and breastfeeding) as my upper limit on SP. That makes my range 1823-2326 calories a day. It's higher than SP's numbers (even with 500 calories added on), but lower than BF's numbers.


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Hi, all. I just thought I'd add my two cents. I've read that most breastfeeding moms need about 300 to 500 calories more than they would normally eat, so given that my daughter is 20 months and no longer nursing exclusively, I just add 300 calories to the range determined by Spark People. That said, I think it's pretty important to be critical of the range determined by SP. I've found that the range determined has been most accruate when I input the number of calories I anticipate burning as opposed to just exercise minutes. So for me, I plan to burn 1200 calories a week, so SP determined that my calorie range should be 1500 to 1700. After adding in my extra 300 calories for breastfeeding, I eat 2000 calories a day and I seem to be losing about 1 lb a week.

So I figure as long as you input a true picture of your calories burned into SP, let SP calculate your range and then add anywhere from 300 to 500 calories depending on how much your baby is nursing.

BTW, I also read in a couple of books (The Breastfeeding Sourcebook and Eat Well & Lose Weight While Breastfeeding) that breastfeeding moms should lose no more than 2 to 4.5 pounds a month to protect their supply. That makes sense to me. I know that when I first started SP, I was eating 1600 calories a day, lost 2 pounds per week, and my milk supply just plummeted. So I think it's important to be careful while losing weight and breastfeeding, particularly if you are still nursing exclusively.

Anyway, just my thoughts... Happy Sparking!

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7/18/08 12:49 P

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Dear CMA8133,

I agree with B1ONDIE420, and I'm sure you also know that weight loss rate is not sustainable and not likely to keep up. Above all you do NOT want to shut down your metabolism and go into starvation mode.

It is sometimes difficult to be patient, but we must keep in mind that the weight did not show up overnight and it would be a real shock to our systems to try to get rid of it overnight too. Patience also gives us time to adapt to new, healthy, LIFETIME eating patterns that will not just land us back where we were when we go off of a temporary "diet".

Best to all,
Sheila

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CMA8133 - I fear your calories may be TOO low and that is likely why your mood is suffering. 1/2 lb a day is definitely too fast for a breastfeeding mommy.

I eat between 1900 - 2200 calories a day and I am steadily losing 1.5 - 2.5 lbs per week. That is a safe rate and I am able to get all of the nutrition I need each day without feeling hungry or deprived.





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7/18/08 8:38 A

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your math looks right! i eat 1200-1500kcal per day, but i think i might be loosing too fast. this week i have lost about 1/2 lb per day! that would be nice if it would last, but i doubt it.

from what i've read, you shouldnt attempt weight loss until 4 months of breastfeeding. even then, it can lower your milk production. this happened to me at 6 months after baby, so i waited until she turned 9 mos to try again.

does anyone feel depressed when loosing? i'm happy to see the scale move, but my mood is lower than usual. i'm sure it is the catabolism of my body making me feel crummy. any suggestions? i know the answer is "eat more" but i really want to lose wt!

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CMA8133: Thank you for the formula! It took me a while but I think I have it!

Ideal weight (kg): 50
Current weight (kg): 67 (sounds so much better than 147 pounds!)
Dosing weight (kg): 54
Height (cm): 157 (love that it sounds so much taller than 5'2", hehe)

1,556 calories a day.

Does that look right? (The first time, I got 15,000 or so calories a day - hah! That would be interesting : )

Not so sure I can do 1,556 a day - I get soooo hungry now that I'm breastfeeding. Lately I've been hitting around 1,900 to 2,100. Maybe I'll try for 1,750 a day and try to incorporate more exercise. It does make sense to me that I would need less calories than a taller or more active nursing mom.

I read that you don't want to lose weight too quickly while breastfeeding, so my goal is half a pound a week. It sounds like so little, but it does add up. The only problem is, I really like the gratification of a smaller number on the scale! I'm trying to be happy for now just fitting into my pre-pregnancy jeans.

Heather, you can get a model at http://www.mvm.com. It's really fun actually! You can dress them up.


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7/15/08 8:03 A

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FATMAMAOF3:

I have read the exact same thing and have lost almost a pound this past week by staying right around 1800 calories!

Also, how did oyu get that cool "model" profile pic??

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I have seen quite a few people here use 1800 cals as their magic number. I read that cals should not go below 1800 while breastfeeding, but not for supply reasons as much as quality reasons. Check out La Leche League online for more info.
I am currently starting up WW at home and am having a little trouble with all the extra points they give you while nursing. I just do not feel that they are necessary at my weight.

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7/2/08 4:39 P

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i am a registered dietitian and nursing mom (for 9 mos). here is how to calculate calorie needs:

first figure out your "dosing weight": Height in inches minus 60, multiply by 5, then add 100, then divide by 2.2. (this is "ideal body weight" in kg)

then take your current weight and divide by 2.2 (this is "actual weight" in kg).

next take actual weight in kg minus ideal body weight in kg, multiply by 0.25, then add to ideal body weight. (this is "dosing weight" in kg)

now you need to convert your height to centimeters. take height in inches and multiply by 2.54. (this is height in cm)

now do this equation:
655 + (9.6 x dosing wt in kg) + (1.7 x ht in cm) (4.7 x age)

lastly, multiply the final number by 1.2.

this is your energy expenditure. typically you add 500 calories for breastfeeding and you would subtract 500 calories for weight loss. so i would just use the number without any adding or subtracting.

hope this helps everyone..............

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7/1/08 12:10 P

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Athena that makes a lot of sense

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Hi Katie!

So how much are you drinking then?

How old is your baby? She's a beauty!


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6/28/08 11:30 P

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hey everyone! i know im a few days late on this but think i can help and answer your questions. i been nursing for just about 4 months now and gained 60 with my daughter and lost 35 the first 6 weeks and 10 the next 6 and my third 6 week weigh in is coming up BUT i usually stay within 1300 to 1500 cals.and my ob and nursing consultant from the hospitals nursing hotline both told me its all about how much you drink and not your cal. intake and my daughter is almost 17lbs! i just eat lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean protein like chicken, fish, and or veggie burgers and it works!!!

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No problem. I understand the frustration you are feeling all too well!





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B1ONDIE420,

Thank you!!!! That is JUST what I needed to
"hear" this morning!! Congrats to you!!

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Just wanted to let you know that I am losing 1.5-2 lbs per week and eating around 2100 cals per day. I did not lose any weight for a while, but suddenly at 16 weeks pp it finally started coming off. I suppose my body just needed more recovery time.





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Thanks CIOLIBALL, you are right!

I did not track yesterday at all, just listened to my body and I am down for the first day in 8 days. We will see if the trend continues. I still feel like my body is recovering, I just thought it would be back to "normal" by this time - I guess everyone is different. BTW - your baby is adorable!

Here it goes!

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Heather,
If you were losing before, I would go back to doing what you were doing. Track what you eat for a while before trying to hit a calorie range. 7 weeks is still pretty soon, your body will be recovering for a while yet. Good luck!


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6/24/08 1:14 P

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Heather,

It could possibly be that you;re not eating enough calories. If you eat too few calories, your body will go into starvation mode and will inhibit you to lose weight.
So, increase your calories, exercise and see what happens.


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Hi everyone! NEwbie here - I feel the SAME WAY the rest of you do! I was doing nothing until last week due to c-section and was losing pretty consistently 1lb per week, now I have GAINED by following the calorie range suggested when I KNOW I was eating more before...perhaps my calorie range is too low??? My Dr. told me I should eat more calories than when I was preggers which averaged 2000 per day and I gained only 27lbs during pregnancy. Perhaps I do need more than 2000???

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6/19/08 1:08 P

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Right! You hear so much about how nursing helps you lose weight, and how this person or that one lost the weight so quickly... My Dr said the first 15 pounds come off pretty quickly, the rest takes diet and exercise.

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Goal 3 - 135 Manicure
GW - 125 - New Car

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I've been struggling with a plateau too :( I've been playing around with my caloric intake and keeping track of my calories, which has helped me budge a pound over the past few days. It's frustrating though, I thought the weight would come off so much easier!

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Thanks! I had never heard that.

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Hello there,

My daughter has had GI issues and sees a GI specialist and a Nutritionist. The Nutritionist is the one who told me 30 cal/oz, though on different web sites I've seen numbers quoted from 15-35 cal/oz. I'm sure there is considerable variation.

Best,
Sheila

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What a great thread! I just blogged about this issue last week. I used Babyfit and their calorie range 1800-2100 calories with my oldest son,and didn't drop an ounce. I was so scared that if I dropped my calories my milk would dry up that I just kept the same range. After 14 months I switched to SP and their recommened range 1200-1550. My milk never dried up,but I felt like I had wasted my time...
Now I have an 11 wk old who's EBF and most of the time the SP range feels good to me- above that and I'm eating junk. But it makes sense that the more milk the body makes the more calories it consumes. I will be sure to eat more when LO does.
TeacherH where did you find the stat that the milk = 30 calories / oz?

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One sure way to tell if you are not getting enough calories is if your supply dries up, even though you are not dehydrated or taking antihistimines.

If you are not losing weight, you could either be getting too many calories or too few (making you go into starvation mode), but if you stop producing enough milk, that is a sure sign you need to add back a few more calories.

Best of luck! emoticon

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I am going to try 1800 - 2000 calories this week and see what happens. I was eating 2200 calories and that was working for maintenance, but I was not losing any weight. Very frustrating!





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The website you listed put me just a bit higher than babyfit's guidelines did. (for the high end) thanks for the site


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One thing I never hear mentioned is that how much your baby eats makes a huge difference. My son was a huge, very hungry baby. I knew how much he got because I pumped and sent milk to daycare, at by 6 months he was drinking 9 oz every 2-3 hours. Breastmilk has approx 30 cal per oz so that is 180 cal x 3-4 bottles = 720 cal just from what he was getting at daycare, never mind the nursing he was doing at home.

With him the weight flew off with almost no effort. With the baby girl, she almost never took more than 4 oz in a bottle - very petite and she also grew slowly. It has been a lot harder to lose weight, of course!

So I think it makes sense not just to use the average calories approach but think about how big and how hungry your particular baby is.

Best,
TeacherH

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An 1800-2200 cal range has been working for me. Some days are high, some are low - like a lot of you have suggested. I think for some of you who say they've lost when they "fell off the wagon" may actually need a higher range.

I've read the you should never go less than 1800 because you just wouldn't get the nutrients you need for both you and your baby. That is WITH a multivitamin!

Definitely tweak it a little. Realize this is a process. You didn't gain overnight, and losing it will take a while. Shoot for a loss of only 4-5 pounds a month.

Hang in there and Good luck everyone!!

BTW - that calorie range website that was suggested by a previous poster said I needed just over 2500 cals. So, it wasn't exactly accurate for me either.

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That site told me that I should be eating over 2600 calories! No WAY can I do that and still lose weight! I don't think I would use their info. Sorry.

 
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I checked the site also it told me to eat 2690 calories to lose weight. So I need to figure out if my problem is maybe I not eating enough ,but that doesn't sound right lol.

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Thanks for the link, Ally! Wow! It says to lose weight I need to eat 2404 cals! I had just added 500 cals to what Sparkpeople recommended and was aim for between 1800 and 2000. Now I'm even more confused...

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Hey you guys, I found this web site that really is suppose to work. They tell you exactly how much calories you should have while breastfeeding based on you height and age. The web site is http://www.revolutionlifestyle.com/resourc
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When you get there click on Calorie Balance Calculator and meal planner. I believe it really works. Good luck ladies emoticon

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5/22/08 9:51 P

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I can't either. On babyfit.com it tells me to eat between 2600-2900 but that seems way too much have been trying around 1800-2000 but I still can not lose weight. I have been exercising at least 5 times week for 40 mins or more. It is very frustrating. I'm not sure if I should eat more or what. My first child I eat whatever I wanted and lost weight so I don't get it. If anyone has advice I love to hear it. I have a 2 month year old. emoticon

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5/22/08 1:19 A

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I just want to make sure I am getting enough calories so my breast milk will keep up but I have been doing fine so far:) I just started to work out and eat more healthy, my son is now 2 1/2 months old. So if anyone has any advise, I would love to here from you:) emoticon

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If you're exercising you will need to eat more than 1800.. I know my range with exercise is more around 2000. I also try to do some high days and low days to keep my body guessing and burning. I haven't been eating the best this past week but planning on getting it together this week!! Good luck ladies

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5/18/08 12:08 A

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I had problems losing weight while breastfeeding in the past as well, so I kind of expected it this time around. I am one of those people that holds onto the weight while b'fing and then can lose it much easier when I wean. My biggest problem right now is maintaining until I wean! I have gained 10 lbs since I had my son, he is nearly a year old now. I am not weaning in the near future, so I hope to find a caloric range that works for me....so that i can at least lose the 10 additional lbs without jeopardizing my milk supply.

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Nichole,

To answer your question, yes I just changed the recommended calorie range in my Spark Goals to reflect the fact that I was breastfeeding. I added 300 calories, and so far that has been working well, as I've been losing quite a bit. In fact, I may be losing too quickly (although I had a gain this weekend).

I lost weight initially after the baby was born, but then started to eat like crazy when I went back to work 5 months later. I don't know how many calories I was eating, but it was a LOT. I gained about 10 pounds. When I rejoined Spark People a few weeks ago, I started eating between 1700 and 2100 calories a day*, and those 10 pounds came off. Now we'll see what happens going forward. I may need to tweak.

*you can check out my SparkPage if you want to know my height, starting weight and all that to put these numbers in perspective. Everyone's needs are different.

Grateful to be on the path to recovery from compulsive eating--one day at a time.


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5/12/08 2:19 A

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Wow, this was really eye-opening for me. I am going to have to focus more on eating breakfast again, it looks like.

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I have a question: do you up your calories on your nutrition tracker per your BF needs? I put in my goal weight and date to get there and it says I should be between 1200-1500 calories a day. I know that's not right since I'm BF. Should I just change it and ignore what it's telling me?

I'm just coming back here after doing weight watchers for the past 4 1/2 months. My little one is almost 7 mo. old and I'm not seeing the changes I'd like to. I've had great results with WW in the past, but not this time. Maybe doing Sparkpeople will change things up and bit and get the weight dropping off again. Maybe...just maybe!



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Last time I posted, I wasn't sure of the calorie range that I needed to lose weight. I have finally found the right range for me. I have been eating between 1900 and 2000 and have been successful with it. I will keep it at this number until I am done breastfeeding or I stop losing the weight. I think your calorie range depends on your body and how much weight you have to lose. I am 232 lbs. So , my body needs a little more calories, than a woman who is, say, 170. Play around with the numbers a little if you are not losing. You will find the perfect calorie range for your body. Good Luck!



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Wow, I thought it was just me! My son (my third child) is going to be 13 months on the 29th, and still loves nursing as much as I do. But no matter how little I seem to eat, I actually end up gaining weight. And I seem to have less milk for him (though I do drink plenty of water). I've continued to gain weight since he's been born, and am now (hope you're sitting) 15 pounds HEAVIER than right BEFORE he was born. That's right, I was lighter when I was 9 months pregnant. I've been thinking (hoping?) it'll melt off once he's weaned, which is the only reason I'm not beating myself up more about it. Perhaps my body is in starvation mode? Tracking calories had been hard since I'd usually either lose the paper by 11AM or do not know how many calories were in something and not be able to look it up. But hopefully that's now going to change thanks to this site! OK, I'm off for a walk now ...

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I stayed closer to 1600 calories when I was losing the bulk of my prego weight. My daughter was about 6 months old and nursing all the time. If I was still hungry before bed ( really starving) I would have another snack (100-200 calories). I lost about 1 -1.5 lb a week. B-feeding moms can burn UP to 500 calories more, but I don't think that's true for everyone. Drink your water! Now that my babe is 18 months old and nursing a lot less I really have to rethink my calories.

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I'm sticking between 1800-2100 calories daily, which is interesting because I'm really struggling to actually achieve the calories while consciously making good choices. I was obviously having no trouble flying past 2000 calories daily when I was eating crap, but now? MUCH more challenging. I feel like I'm eating constantly. I've found that upping my water intake (I'm aiming for at least 80 ounces daily) has helped, as has incorporating oatmeal into my diet. I've heard fenugreek helps with milk production, too. Good luck!

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I'm thinking that it probably has something to do with the baby taking all that it needs from breastfeeding and than the body is not left with much, so it goes into starvation mode and tries to hang onto the fat. I guess what we need to do is find out what calorie range each of us needs to lose weight, but not get into the starvation mode. I have mostly been around 1800, but I think it is too low for me. I'm gonna play around with the numbers a little and hopefully come up with the numbers that work for me.



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2/23/08 10:58 P

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Does anybody think it's weird that BFing moms really have this issue in common? I have never seen such a bunch of plateauing Sparkers in all my sparking days! I wonder if it is related to BFing?

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I'm so happy I found this thread. I have been so frustrated this week. It was especially bad today. My daughter will be one on the 28th and I will breastfeed as long as comfortable for both of us. I have been trying to keep my calories between 1700 and 1900 and it seems like my body is trying to hang onto this weight. It is so frustrating to workout 6 days a week ( I'm normally a couch potato, so I really have to push myself), and try so very hard on my eating and see the scale barely move. I'm happy to see that I am not alone. I will try going up 100 or 200 calories and see if that helps. Thanks for all the info. :)



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Lexi just turned 7mos this week. She is eating some solids, but still mostly BFing.

We live in Saskatchewan and right now I would love to be in Texas!!! I bet there is no -41*C WindChills there!

You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there...keep your head up and be strong.

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CanadianTracie:

How old is your litte one? Mine is coming 6 months and hasn't started solids yet. I'm thinking that I should probably shoot for low and high days, too. As that seems to be what happens when I'm off program and lose.

BTW - I'm Canadian, too. We live in San Antonio, TX but are originally from Saskatchewan...

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I know when I am too low I do not lose, I often gain. With the help of my doc we have set my range at 1500-2000...I try to do a couple low days and a couple high days each week so my body doesn't know what to expect and so far it is working.

You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there...keep your head up and be strong.

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January 2004 - 230lbs
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I read in one of the pregnancy magazines that we can safely lose weight staying between 1800-2300 calories per day and if we're not getting enough calories we won't lose weight. So maybe slowly start raising those calories until you start seeing a loss?

I will be trying to calorie cycle between those numbers to see if that helps.

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I don't have any answers. Just jumping on the bandwagon because I'm having the same problems. I've been doing 1800 calories and my OB tells me it's not enough calories. So maybe I should jump up to 2000??? It's difficult because 1800 seems so high already. When I try to watch I don't lose. When I throw all caution to the wind I lose. Whatever! :)

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I'm struggling with this exact same thing! Someone Please Help!

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I so know what you mean. I haven't dropped a pound this week and I am frustrated. I started exercising two weeks ago and thought that I would see something, but no.
I've tried between 1500-1700 until my doc said I need an additional 300-500 calories because of breastfeeding so I also try to stay around 1800 but no change.
I would like to know as well.

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Okay....I'm seriously struggling with my caloric intake range. I've been exercising and watching my intake (trying for about 1800 calories a day) and the scale simply isn't moving. Last week, I fell off the wagon, I didn't exercise and I didn't watch my eating too well but I lost two lbs. I'm not sure what's going on with my body but I just can't find the magic formula for weight loss and breastfeeding.

This is seriously affecting my motivation..... Any suggestions? Words of wisdom or encouragement????

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