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9/3/07 9:06 P

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kellymom says you should get a minimum of 1500. I started at 1800 and slowly worked my way back to about 1500 over a couple months. it coincided with starting solids, so not sure if that had something to do with it. It seems to have worked out though.

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8/24/07 12:35 P

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OMG, this stuff is too confusing!! I don't know where I should be. I guess you just have to feel it through! I ate 1800 calories and ran 3 times a week and lost only .5 lbs every two weeks. I lowered it to 1350-1600 and I lost .5 lbs every week. (You can sense my frustration if you see my blog!) UGH! I have yet to see a 1 lb or 2 lb weight loss in a week. I'm feeling a little down today.

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8/19/07 4:10 P

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its Sunday. Are doctors offices open on Sunday

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8/19/07 4:09 P

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Hi CAT0804,

Welcome! As to your recommended calories, have you tried calling your doctor? You should be able to call the office and leave a message and a nurse should call you back without having to go in for an appointment. I'd ask both your doc and the pediatrician and see what they say. The answers may be different but at least that would give you a target range.

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8/18/07 2:29 P

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8/17/07 1:34 A

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There are so many different calorie ranges here. I am BF 3 month old twin girls. How can I find out what my caloric intake should be to have enough milk and still be losing?
Anyone know where I can get this info?

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8/11/07 9:58 A

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I am finally getting back into this and trying to really lose weight. I have lost 5 pounds in the last week and I have been eating between 1700-2000 calories a day. I don't want to consistently lose at that rate though, so I will up my calorie intake if I continue losing so quickly. I just realized that I have to stop eating as many sweets as I do and that I cannot snack constantly. I think that is making a huge difference. I do need to up my protein intake. Although I haven't noticed my milk supply diminishing at all, so for now I guess I'm ok.

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8/9/07 8:10 P

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I don't believe in willpower. I believe in prior planning to prevent (ahem) poor performance. I am not actually convinced that "willpower" as it is popularly described exists in the real world.

So, I don't buy foods I can't have in the house without overeating. And I don't bake foods I don't want to overeat. I do bake if I need to send treats in to school, or if I'm baking something I can eat in moderation. For some reason, Bob's Red Mill whole grain cake mix is okay for me to bake for my family and I can eat one serving and quit. Maybe it is the whole grain and extra fiber? Anyway, I can trust myself around it so I will bake that.

Also I sometimes bake Jiffy Corn muffins for the family for breakfast, and there is portion control built right in since they only make 6!

For moms who are avoiding eggs, a baking tip that helps a lot - use 1 T ground flax seed meal whisked into 3 T of water in place of one egg. Let the mixture sit for a minute before adding it to other ingredients. I don't know whether you can cream this when making frosting since I haven't tried that, but it works in baking cakes and cookies.

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8/9/07 12:54 P

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That's great! If we have any baked goods in the house, I binge as well. I can do so well on eating, but as soon as we make a pan of brownies, my entire calorie intake goes out the window for the week. It's frustrating that I don't have enough willpower to force myself away from the delicious, gooey, oh-so-good brownies. *sighs*

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8/9/07 11:50 A

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There are lots of good ideas on breastfeeding here, and I thought I'd add my 2 cents. I finally had to cut out sweets... so no more cake, no cookies, no pie. It's not like I ate a lot of these things to begin with, but if they were in the house, I binged. I'm going to have to cut out pudding (unless they're in the single-serve containers) and graham crackers because I just keep eating it. I think I'm going to have to be more careful with bread too, but that's beside the point.

I've got a good milk supply for my 7-month-old, but she's consistently eating solids and is at a phase where she's not as interested in feeding as she is seeing what's going on...

I also have a hard time with energy; I think I'll try to up my red meats and take iron again.

So... finally, to the calories question. SP has me at 1250 - 1800 calories. Most of the time I hit about 1800 and I've been losing about 2 pounds a week. emoticon

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8/6/07 1:38 P

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From everything that I have read, doctors don't really recommend dieting while nursing. But as you can see, there are quite a few of us on here who are trying to form healthy eating habits, and yes hoping to lose some pounds along the way. :) It sounds like you might need to either cut back on the amount of exercising you are doing, or up the caloric intake to counter-act the calories you are burning off by both exercise and nursing itself.

When I first joined, I too was having a run down feeling, I guess I wasn't eating enough, and certainly wasn't eating the right kinds of food. Once I really started watching what I was eating and making it a truly well-balanced diet, I started to notice a slight difference. But then when I followed the advice of another nursing Mom on here, and upped my protein intake to at least 100 grams a day, I really noticed a huge difference.

Hope this information helps... a least a little. :)

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8/6/07 12:30 P

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Anyone find that they get really fatigued and just plain worn out sometimes? I've notice when I'm being really "good" with diet and exercise, after a few days I wear out. My son nurses frequently during the day and night, and I sometimes think that it's all taking a toll on me. I'm hesitant to up my calories because I want to lose!!! I'm trying to eat in the 1700-1900 range, but who knows maybe I've got to up it a bit...

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8/5/07 12:28 A

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I'd say 1400 is definitely too low. A 3 month old generally nurses a whole lot. I'd bump that up to 1700-2000 calories. With my 11 month old Jenny Craig has me on a 2300 calorie diet (at a high weight, though).

 
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Is 1400 calories a day too low? I'm losing 1-2 pounds a week and my milk supply is fine but I'm concerned that this may not be enough calories for exclusive breastfeeding of my 3 mo old.

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I am ranging between 1600 and 2100 and I am losing well, though I have upped my exercise a lot recently and the past few days I've been *really* hungry which I take as a sign that 1600 is probably too low for me at this activity level.

Also, do folks know BF moms are supposed to eat at least 100 grams of protein a day? At least that is what my nutritionist told me - I am just nursing one baby.

I cannot find any way to tell the SP system that I am BF so I just add the calories to my range myself. I also find that while I am not by any means a "low carb" fan, I do end up having to skip grains at least one meal a day in order to get 100 grams of protein and not go over on calories.

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7/7/07 12:40 P

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The trouble is that breast-feeding greatly varies between the first few months and later on too. I am still nursing my 3.5 yr old but she snacks and not sure how much milk she is actually getting now. Its hard to know what to do calorie-wise.

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I am pretty sure that I was told by my ob/gyn that a bf mom only needs to add 300 extra calories a day to her total caloric intake, but maybe I am wrong. I have been trying to keep my calorie count between 1200 and 1850... I lost 5 lbs the first week and a half that I joined SP... but maybe that was a fluke? This week I am trying to concentrate on the protein intake along with the calorie counting.

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7/2/07 10:07 A

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My biggest issue is nursing twins. I workout ALOT and at 2200 calories (which is less than 3K, which is what my ob wants me to eat), I can have a hit or miss with losing.

I've talked to numerous professionals about it but noone can seem to provide a consistent answer. I still nurse the twins about 7-10x/day too and alot of the night.



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5/24/07 12:53 P

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I'm somewhat the same way. If i try to eat just mini-meals, I end up obsessing bout food all day and am always hungry. If I focus on my 3 main meals plus small snacks, then I am much better off. Everyone is different...some people are just naturally grazers and do great with the mini-meals. A lot depends on how we are structured.

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5/24/07 12:22 P

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I think the big issue is to watch baby's diapers. I need to eat around 2100 day to keep my supply from changing. I can lose while eating that amount.

While breastfeeding its not recommended to lose more than 1-2lbs per week. Fat, unfortunately, stores toxins and those are released into the milk. If you lose too much, too fast then that is in there.

I was pleased to see Prevention publish that new research shows that 3 meals a day, plus a snack, is great for dieters. I've found I can keep track better and feel satisfied more with that compared to the mini-meals idea.

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I eat about 1000 calories a day and take pills to increase supply. I am loosing weight pretty well, I gained 70 during pregnancy, and have only 11 more pounds to loose to get back to prepreg weight, my son is 6 months tho, so its taken a while

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I agree with what was said. But I have found that when losing weight before, I personally had to eat about 1800 to lose (so I eat around 2000-2200...or that is my goal, I haven't been real great at sticking to that and eating healthy the past few weeks).

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5/19/07 5:17 P

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I have my calorie range at 1800-2100, and I'm breastfeeding around 75% of my daughter's intake (my estimate). I figure that if I am exercising consistently and not losing weight consistently (I'm losing inches, but not pounds at this point, which is fine with me!) at any point I'll lower my range by 100 cal/day each week until I do. I'm consistently eating around 1900 cal/day right now, which makes me wonder what I WAS eating before I stopped mindless snacking. Anyway, if 1700 feels right to you, aim for that for a few weeks, and if it isn't working lower to 1600. If your milk slows, up to 1800 as your goal. That's what I plan to do!

 
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Since you figure that you need about another 500 calories a day when exclusively breastfeeding, 1700 a day should be plenty for you if you are losing. If you find that you aren't losing at that level you may want to increase it to 1800 a day.

For some reason, SP tells everybody that they need 1200 - 1600 calories per day, regardless of their starting weight. Not sure what is up with that. Add on another 500 for breastfeeding, and that gives you a range of 1700 - 2100 calories per day. Putting you at the minimum calorie range each day.

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5/19/07 8:56 A

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I know this topic was on here already but I had a question about my calorie count. According to SP I should be at 1200-1600 cal. a day. I didn't input that I was breastfeeding though.

In the last five days I'm usually around 1700 calories for the day. Is that still low enough to lose weight? My supply is fine as long as I drink a lot of water (something I noticed even before SP) and my daughter is growing well,not fussy and filling diapers. I would take that to mean she's getting plenty to eat. :)

Any input? My exercise has been inconsistent due to rain and busy kids. I'm sure that that's the key to losing weight faster. What do you all think?

 
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