I agree, wait to see if a problem crops up and then deal with it if/when it does.
You may never have a problem. I didn't with DS - though I gained a LOT with his pregnancy, I lost almost all of it with basically no effort other than what I would call sensible eating, such as not buying cookies etc, but not actively restricting intake or tracking food.
With DD, I have had to pay a lot more attention to what I eat in order to lose weight, and I have had to actively track my food intake. I don't know if I am just older, or if it is because she is smaller and nurses less, or some other reason.
So my guess is you won't know whether you will hit a plateau or have difficulty maintaining supply until it actually happens, so just enjoy your little one and keep doing what works!
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Oh, the other thing you could do if you don't want to change your caloric intake is to change up your workout routine. That in fact might be the best way to get out of your plateau without impacting your milk supply. Say if you run, try a workout DVD. If you're doing the same workout DVDs, get a new one. Or if you're doing the same weight training exercises, break it up by doing different ones. Or if you're using free weights, try bands instead. Hope this helps...
Typically breastfeeding woman are told to eat 300 to 500 calories more than they would if they weren't nursing. What I did was allow SP to calculate my recommended caloric intake and then I added on 300 calories given that my daughter doesn't nurse very much anymore (maybe 3 times a day, so not far off from your baby).
I suspect that you could probably use that guideline as well, but be sure that you allow SP to calculate the correct caloric range for you by inputting your actual calories burned per week instead of just the minutes. I find the minutes misleading, because I do different kinds of activities (such as walking v. high cardio workout DVDs) so the amount I burn per minute varies.
Else, I might suggest that you drop in 100 calorie intervals every couple of weeks, i.e. drop to 1400-1700 see if that has the desired impact without hurting your supply. If the scale doesn't change and your supply is still okay, you could then try dropping to 1300-1600.
Hope this helps. Maybe someone else has something more "scientific".
Edited by: ONE*BUSY*MOM at: 7/30/2008 (15:36)
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Does anyone have any more specific info? Sorry, but I recently just pushed through a 2 month plateau (really didn't change anything to do so). I'm between 1500 - 1800 calories a day. My DS is 8 months old and only nurses 4 times a day. I want to go lower on the calorie range, but I want to make sure I don't hurt my milk supply. I drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Any suggestions are welcome and REALLY appreciated! Thank-you in advance!!!!
I'm trying to figure out when to adjust my calorie range. I'm still loosing right now so I don't think I'll play with it yet, but how many lbs before you changed yours? I'm about 5 lbs below pre-pregnancy weight now. I have a ton to loose still. I want to move slowly but be aware when I should drop my range. Do you just wait to hit a plateau? thanks, Melissa
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