Hi, there! I do believe that you should eat at least your minimum calories for a number of reasons:
1. You could enter starvation mode, making it even harder to lose the weight (as discussed in the Spark Power link that Corina attached)
2. You could compromise the quality of your breastmilk, as it requires a base level of nutrients
3. You could wind up using up your body's own stores of nutrients (for example, calcium) which could compromise your own future health. If your body doesn't get what it needs from your diet, it will take whatever it needs from your stores, leaving not much for you.
4. As you become more active again and burn the excess fat, your body might start cannibalizing muscle. Muscle loss is something none of us need, especially as we age.
I am sure you will get many responses, according to my lactation consultant, every woman is different. Some need more than others and you just won't know until you notice an issue in your supply. The most important is to eat well to ensure you are both getting the nutrients you need. The general rule is that nutrition can be compromised while breastfeeding if you eat less than 1800 calories a day.
Question for some of the knowledgeable women on here - if I'm eating to hunger while bf'ing my 2-week-old, but not eating my minimum # of calories should I be worried? I am in no way restricting calories right now - I'm just not hungry.
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