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7/10/12 2:11 P

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There is a supplement you can get from a health food store called More Milk Plus. It comes in liquid and pill forms. I did the liquid and suffered through the taste but it worked. I also rented a hospital grade pump and pumped every 3 hours even after I nursed and it brought milk back.

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7/10/12 2:03 P

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Hello all! I am a BF mama as well and was hoping some one could give me some thoughts/information on milk supply. My DD is almost 7 mos old and we are BF along with baby food. My milk supply seems to be dropping off pretty quickly, and was doing so before I started to work out regularly. I work full time, so I pump during the day. I pump anywhere from 5 to 12 oz, but she consumes at least 12 oz a day, usually closer to 18, while at daycare. (I had similar issues with my older daughter and eventually had to start supplementing with formula.) We were on vacation last week so I was able to BF all week. Now my milk is lower than it was before vacation. Any one have any ideas? I'd like to be able to nurse her for a full year.

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7/10/12 10:37 A

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Ask about baby Zantac. It's a clear liquid that doesn't have to be mixed for you and does not taste bad. It's as effective and she may not object as much :) you're lucky you can lay her down. I wasn't able to til Gabriel was almost 7 months old.
I hope things go beautifully for you and your little one!
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To update my previous post: My daughter is now 4 months old. We found out she did have reflux. She's on baby Pepcid and doing better. I can eat chocolate now too, but in moderation. She still spits up, but I can lay her down and not have to worry she's gonna spit up half of what I just fed her. She goes for her check-up on Thursday so I'll see if she still needs to be on it. She takes her medicine, but doesn't really like it.

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7/9/12 3:31 P

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Hello:) I just joined this team as I found this page looking for info on breast feeding and calories used. Upon reading your post, I noticed you were having the same issues I had with my son when he was younger. I had to eliminate chocolate, lettuce, broccoli, and cabbage type veggies, limit my grains and acidic foods like no tomato sauce of any kind...stuff like that cause he had serious gas. The dr originally said colic and that there wasn't anything we could do. We even tried formulas thinking maybe it was my milk. Finally after changing pediatricians, we found out that he had severe acid reflux. He was born 5 weeks early, and the muscle that closes off the stomach after you swallow wasn't fully developed. So every time he would eat, once he was laid down, it would all come up, burning his throat and causing serious pain. The dr put him on baby Zantac and within a couple days he was a whole new baby. He also had to sleep relatively upright. So he slept on my chest or in his cradle swing til he was about 8 months old, when we started weaning him off the medicine.
Now he is 17 months, sleeps flat finally, still nurses at night but is weaning and eating solids now. It took a lot of patience and persistence to find out what was happening to him but once we did, everything got better.
Apparently acid reflux is a side effect to babies sleeping on their backs. So it's a trade off. Less risk for SIDS, but maybe a need for medicine.
He's ok now, but it was tough at first.
Good luck!
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4/16/12 1:21 P

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This is my 3rd time around for breastfeeding. I didn't really watch what I ate with my 1st two and I lost more weight after I stopped bf, but maybe it was due to watching what I ate too. I gained less weight with my last pregnancy and dropped a few more pounds in the first couple weeks, but now I'm stuck at 166-168. I only need to lose 15 more pounds. I'd like for it to happen sooner than later, but if I have to wait til I'm done nursing her then so be it. I also heard that if you lose weight too fast it puts toxins in your milk which get passed to your baby. Not sure if it's true or not. I also went over to Babyfit when I was pregnant and it's like someone had an idea for the site but never finished it. The groups on SP are way more active and the people more supportive. I just added the extra calories and stayed here.
My daughter, who will be 6 weeks on 4/20, is really gassy & fussy. I stopped eating chocolate and that seemed to help, but only slightly. I tried mylicon drops and that didn't seem to help either. I do eat a high fiber cereal and am wondering if that could cause it. I just hate to see her in pain(and having to listen to her scream). And I don't really want to stop nursing her either. She's gaining weight okay so that's not an issue. I also never seemed to have this problem with the boys. Oh well, only another 5-6 months of no chocolate. Glad I'm not a chocoholic.

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4/10/12 3:35 P

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My daughter is 12 mos old and still bf's quite a bit, but I need to get 50-60 lbs off to help my knees and back.

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4/5/12 12:36 P

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Wow, I am pleased to hear that you actually loose more weight after you stop BFing. Pretty cool. That gives me hope. I've been trying to loose weight for so long while nursing. Perhaps when we stop doing it, the weight loss will be easier.

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2/27/12 12:25 P

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Wow, @HABELICIOUS our stories are similar! DS 3.5yr, DD 8 months. Good luck mamas!

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2/27/12 12:18 P

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Hey mammas. Thanks for the tips... guess I can't add pumping and BFing to the "exercise" column, LOL! We are also extended BFing (took #1DS to 2 yrs, we'll see how long I can manage it with DD!). I too was at BabyFit because I BALLOONED during my 2nd pregnancy and I needed visibility to my diet/food choices. Anyway, I'm back to SparkPeople because I plan to use it as maintenance once the 50lbs are gone. There's no rush to lose, however I really need to get fit so I can have more energy for everyone demanding my time!. I see my body morphing into my mom's, so I really need to nip that and avoid replicating her health concerns!

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2/18/12 12:15 P

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I was told an extra 500 calories a day and no less than 1,800 total calories. Just remember that providing for your child is more important than losing the weight. There's plenty of time for that, so just try to be healthy while your breastfeeding and remember that it's definitely worth it.

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2/18/12 10:51 A

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Thank you for this thread! I added to my caloric goals, but I keep falling short. Guess I need more evening snacks! emoticon

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2/18/12 10:20 A

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My DD is 10 months and almost exclusivly breastfed. I have been on Weight Watchers for 5 weeks and exercising for 3 weeks. This week I have noticed a significant drop in my milk production. I have read to add 300-500 calories to your calorie reccomendations, but what I am confused on is do I need to eat extra since I am also buring 500-800 additional calories through exercise 5-6 days a week? I eat around 1700 calories a day (I have 60 pounds to lose).

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2/5/12 6:47 A

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Hello.. I am breastfeeding too. Just thought I would stop by and introduce myself. My son is five and a half months old, and we will start solids soon. I was worried that I will gain weight after we start solid foods. Which is why I was interested, to know that you lost more weight after stopping BF.
I gained 22.5 lbs with my pregnancy, and am back at my pre-pregnancy weight. (However, I was overweight to begin with), and of course, my body has changed, so I don't fit into any pre-pregnancy clothes. I have been finding it really difficult to track my intake - I don't have a smartphone and it is tedious to access a computer everytime. Maybe I should carry a small diary around and log in my intake with SP at the end of the day.
Nice to meet you all :-)

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2/3/12 4:17 P

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Yep, I lied to! BFing momma here. Heard about this site and didn't want to go to BabyFit. I love it so far and it's been three weeks. My daughter is almost 4 months old. I lost 3 lbs the first week and 2 lbs the second and third weeks. I also adjusted my calories by adding 300 to both sides of the range. I actually am exercising more than I thought I would so if I hover around 2000 I'm okay with that. I gained 62 lbs with this pregnancy and am detemined to lose every last lb. (22 more to go). Slow and steady wins the race and I am going to win this race!

I've also noticed with previous pregnancies that my weight falls off quicker once I stop BFing. I'm hoping that's the case again this time. Just trying to be patient.

Congrats to all the mommas!

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2/2/12 2:16 P

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I didn't even go to BabyFit, my coworker referred me here and I just went for it. My son is 11 months and we're going to start weaning soon. I lost a TON of weight really fast when he was first born - I was down 15lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight at my 6 week follow up. Once he started eating baby food at 4 months - even the little bit he was getting at that time, it's been creeping back up. Now only a couple pounds less than pre-pregnancy weight. I hate it. I don't feel like my diet is that horrible. I had gestational diabetes with my son so I kind of went crazy once I didn't have to be so structured with my diet, but that really only lasted a month or less. Now pretty much back to normal, I don't get it. I try to keep my calories around 1800 which was my diet while pregnant which should account for regular1500 plus the 300 for Monkey.

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2/1/12 11:22 A

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Another mom here that is breastfeeding and doesn't like the setup over at Babyfit. It's nice to see other like-minded people!
For caloric intake, I adjusting mine to be between 1700 and 2200. I may readjust it later if I'm not losing or losing too fast. So far not really noticing the weight falling off at all- only that I do get super hungry! My goals are necessarily to be tracking calories but just eating much cleaner and working towards being a clean-eater. But, the tracking will help immensely and I need to start looking at what I'm putting in my mouth when I do get super hungry after breastfeeding.

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1/16/12 5:45 P

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My doula (who is also a lactation consultant) said that you burn about 300 cals a day on an EBF baby. Once they are older, you burn more. For me I think I burn WAY over 300 calories... There is no way I have lost as much weight as I have if it wasn't for breastfeeding. I think its more around 600 for me.
You can take into considering that a baby burns x amount of calories a day by this equation (45xweight in lbs. For a baby over 6mos its 55xweight in lbs) I don't think that means you burn that many calories but if that is how much they are consuming then you would figure it would be around that number, right?
So eat around 300+ daily

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I am breastfeeding my 15 month old son, but we are in the process of weaning. I dropped a lot of weight initially (when he was 4 months old, I was 15 lbs UNDER my pre-preg weight) but then started gaining. Currently, I am about 10 lbs over my pre-pregnancy weight. Not thinking about how far that is from my "ideal" weight, at the moment, LOL.

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1/10/12 2:49 P

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Im breastfeeding too! 1/2 and 1/2 really but still aiming for 1700 calories a day! its so hard! goodluck ladies!

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I'm so glad to find this post. I'm also breastfeeding and was wondering about calories. I'm aiming for 1800-2000 a day and will see how that goes. I tried Babyfit, but I like this site much better!

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Hello! I just wanted to say that I am a breastfeeding mama too! I started my weight loss journey in the middle of September. My son was born in the middle of May. I only gained 20lbs with him, but like you, I had about 40lbs on me that I never lost from my first child(my daughter). LOL. I am happy to be here and losing weight slowly, but steadly. I also joined Weight Watchers in the middle of September. Because of all the support that I have been receiving, it makes the weight loss journey a lot easier! I wish you all the best! emoticon

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I am so relieved that there are other BF-ing mom's out there on this site. Didn't care for the Babyfit site and was nervous I was "alone" out there. Thanks for all of the tips and how much extra we need a day to provide for our little ones!

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9/20/11 10:28 P

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I forgot to mention that my dr said I could lose 3 -5lbs a week but only for the first 2 weeks, then I need to make sure that I am only losing 1-2 lbs a week after that and that 1.5lbs would be ideal.


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9/20/11 10:27 P

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This is what I was told.....do not eat less than 1800 cals a day....drink lots of water. Breastfeeding burns 20 cal ber oz of milk produced. What worked for me in the past, was I shot for a goal of burning 300-500 cals a day and didn't go under 1800 cals eating. I was also told that it would take about 2-3 weeks to really be able to tell if it was working. When I did this last time it was toward the end of my breastfeed time(I was weening, but it took a little over a month) I am planning on breastfeeding for atleast another 3 months if not more.
In the past, I have not really lost weight while breastfeeding,I don't know why either. It wasn't until I stopped that the weight started to come off. My baby is now 6 months(this week) and I still have 20 lbs to lose. I am hoping to drop 10 lbs by halloween.

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9/14/11 10:41 A

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LOVE this thread!! Everyone told me that once I started breastfeeding the weight would just melt off. Well that is definitely not happening! I'm not gaining either, which I guess is good, I started tracking food yesterday to make sure I"m not eating A TON more than I realize (which is kinda how I found SP in the first place). Good to know that it might just be "normal" for my body to not want to lose weight right now.

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8/24/11 8:39 A

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Hi Ladies! I clicked on "breastfeeding" while signing up and was re-routed to the BabyFit site which I did not like either. I used Sparkpeople back in 2007 and it worked great for me. Since then I have had 2 babies and now have 50lbs to lose to get to my ideal weight! Mind you I wasn't really at my "ideal" weight before getting pregnant... Anyways, my first daughter is 2.5 and my new little one is 2.5 weeks. I'm mainly using Spark so that I don't OVER eat. I too am aiming for 300-500 calories over my prepregnancy requirements to make up for breastfeeding. So glad to see that I am not alone here! Congratulations to all you mommies out there and good luck in your journeys!

PS - My ticker should be lbs not kg but not sure how to change that...

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Yeah I'm a breastfeeding mommy too!! My baby was born 7 weeks ago and I only gained 16 lbs. Fortunately for me I lost all that, but after my first child I never lost my 40 weight gain from that. In fact I gained an extra 40 because of the stress of a divorce... But hey I'm here now and glad to be here!!!! emoticon

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7/14/11 10:57 P

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I'm breastfeeding a 13 month old and added around 250 calories to my top range and eat that.. I'm on domperidone for low supply and it has a side effect of making you hungry. I'm ravenous all the time.. I can be super hungry all the time and still gain weight because of the medication :(

I only eat lean protein, veggies and whole grains pretty much.

I tried WW before this and ended up gaining weight on it because their new program isn't as good as it used to be.

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6/15/11 11:50 P

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I poked around on BabyFit too and didn't really care for it. It seemed more geared for the pregnant and not the newly unpregnant. :) I need to lose weight while breastfeeding and I didn't want to have to hunt around for the necessary resources. Luckily, I know what I need to do so I just wanted to use this site as my help with motivation and finding like-minded people.

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6/15/11 11:48 P

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Before I say anything, I want to say that I really really like SparkPeople. It is meeting my needs very well. I only just started three days ago but it is already working better for me than Weight Watchers "new" Points Plus program (which I despise).

But...the old WW program was very very successful for me. And I was nursing. I lost fifty pounds on WW and only started having trouble when I stopped nursing and needed to drop 12 extra daily POINTS. Then I felt like I was just not getting enough to eat every day.

In my personal experience, it isn't that you can't lose weight while nursing. I know you feel sooo hungry and I understand that totally. Man, I could eat all the time. And I have and so that's why I'm here with the need to lose 65 pounds. BUT...if we choose lean proteins and whole grains and fruits and veggies (which is fiber), that will fill us up better than, say, two slices of toast with butter. We need something that takes the body longer to digest and a lot of our favorite processed stuff just gets digested too quickly.

If you are interested (and you totally may not be), pm me and I'll see if I can't find that list of so-called "filling foods" and I can share some of those with you.

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Hi, I just joined this group. I am glad to see I'm not the only one putting back on some weight due to breastfeeding. I already have a low supply, and I worry about it getting any lower if I restrict my diet too much. But I also feel SOOOO hungry all the time. I know I can make better food choices to fill me up, and that's what I'm working on now. I used to belong to babyfit.com (while pregnant, but I joined Spark before that), but I like this site much more! I manually added 300-500 calories to my lower and upper ranges based on the recommendations here. Still, the scale has slowly been moving up since it's lowest level. Maybe I just need to come to terms with the idea that I might not lose any weight until after I stop breastfeeding.

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I'm also glad to see other people on this site who are breastfeeding. I tried the BabyFit site and it just didn't seem to fit for me. It looks like this group is more active than anything I found over there.

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My Xander has been nursing now for about 9 months, and I have dealt with this problem as well. In the beginning I found that if I let my calories drop too far, I would loose my supply but at this point in the game it doesn't seem to be affecting my supply to be working out everyday. I know most LC's will tell you that you burn 20 cals for every oz of BM you produce. The average baby drinks *About* 25 oz a day (on average) so the "average" body will burn 500 calories in 24 hours breastfeeding. Now if you pump like I did, I was killing off WAY more then that because alone I was pumping between 16 and 20 oz at work (over 8 hours) and then my son would nurse over the other 16 hours in the day. I wasn't pumping for a while so things kinda regulated, but I'm back to work full time again and have started pumping again and I know I'm not producing nearly as much as I used to, but he also doesn't nurse as often...

That was my long answer my short answer... it depends on the baby and the momma emoticon

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5/22/11 8:35 A

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Thanks for posting this! I had been eating the extra 300-500 calories because I'm just STARVING all the time! So now I feel justified LOL! I was blaming it on breastfeeding but my husband said I was just making excuses -- good to know I'm not just making it up! :D thanks again!

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5/21/11 10:49 P

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Good to see other people on this site are also breastfeeding even though you have to say you are not breastfeeding to join the site. I also wanted to join the site, so I just add extra calories to my range. I thought I had read you should have 300-500 extra calories when breastfeeding. My baby is 4 months old now and I don't seem to have any problems with my milk supply.

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5/20/11 10:41 P

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Thanks for this post...I am breastfeeding my 2 month old and would like to lose weight, but it's so hard. I do good for the day, and then when he wakes up for his nightly feedings that's when I feel like I am starving, and blindly eat carbs...I know it's not mindless eating because I will stop when I am full, it's just hard to keep track of what I ate at 3 am...

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5/19/11 10:06 P

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Hi, new here.... I've been struggling with this too! I added 300 calories, but I am not sure I will be able to stay within my range. It seem like I wake up starving if I don't eat at least 2200 calories. Also hypoglycemic which tends to make me overcompensate in fear of my sugar dropping. But still determined! :)

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5/11/11 4:34 P

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Glad u made this post! Everyone around me made this general assumption that i would lose weight if i simply breastfed- Load of crap! have been doing it for 3 months now, and i just recently started diet and exercise and am only now seeing results.

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nikk1084 (sleep deprived sorry if this is not fully correct ) I usually gain weight while I nurse. I am just so hungry! I lose good for the first couple of weeks and then I notice I am gaining it back. UUGGHH! It is frusterating! I had got down to 174 and am now back up to 180. But was told by my dr at my last appt that breastmilk will add about 1.5lbs per boob :P So, consider 3lbs of your weight milk!

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5/3/11 9:21 A

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I am nursing as well and everything that I read said to eat the same amount of calories you need for your pre pregnancy weight. THen add 300-500 cals for nursing. I set mine at 1600-1700 cals. I did this last time I nursed as well and didn't lose my milk supply. You need to make sure you drink more than the recommended 8 cups of water a day especially if you are exersicing.


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4/19/11 11:27 A

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I was just about to post this question. When I signed up I had to say I wasn't breastfeeding so it wouldn't lead me somewhere else, lol. They say I should be eating about 1200-1550 calories, which is too low even if I'm not breastfeeding. My son is 11 months and takes a lot of milk. I've been trying to stay around 2000 calories. I hope that's good enough.

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1/27/11 11:31 P

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i was wondering the same thing. thanks ladies!!!

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1/9/11 9:46 P

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I fibbed too since I was already used to (somewhat) the sparkpeople site rather than going over to babyfit.

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1/6/11 2:42 P

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If you check breastfeeding, SP tells you to go to BabyFit to track. I just add 400 calories to what SP suggests. I started with adding 500, but was not losing weight. At 400, I am losing weight (about 1/2-1 pound a week) and still making enough milk.

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1/6/11 10:39 A

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If you can, I would talk to your doctor just to get an idea just how hard you should be working out. But as far as I know you can, just be sure you are getting enough nutrients to sustain yourself and the baby! :)

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1/5/11 2:10 P

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Thanks for this information! I knew you burned calories from breastfeeding, but some reason I've gained 10 pounds after having my daughter. LOL. I have 30 pounds to lose...is it possible while breastfeeding?

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1/5/11 11:35 A

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Spark actually asks you if you are breastfeeding, and if you check yes (I fibbed) they suggest you go to their sister site... I forget what its called but its pregnancy related. I am doing extended breastfeeding and talked to my doctor about my fitness plan before starting. He told me to drop 300 calories of food a day and see how I felt. But he said a ball park number of calories burned making milk was 300-500 ish. I just really listen to my body. Its pretty evident to me when Im not getting enough calories.

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The lactation consultants I worked with said you need to add about 500 calories to what your intake was before you were pregnant. She also pointed out to me that the act of breastfeeding doesn't "burn" calories. We are just sort of passing the calories along, they are not being used by us or converted into fat.

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Thanks. Definately good to know!

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12/30/10 11:04 A

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I think depending on how much your baby eats or how big they are, our bodies will burn anywhere from 300 to 500 extra calories a day, just by breastfeeding. So you need to make sure that your eating enough to compensate for the caloric burn of breastfeeding. I found this article helpful. It mentions that you need about 1800 calories a day, minimum while breastfeeding. Hope this helps.
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/re
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Can anyone tell me if Spark has a section that you can check off if you are breastfeeding, or do I need to add additional calories myself? If so, how many more calories do I need?

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