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3/4/14 8:24 P

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Hi! I am in a similar situation to you - breastfeeding does not magically erase pregnancy weight for me after the first 8-9 weeks or so. My daughter turned 6 months today and I continue to nurse her, though now am starting her on more solids, and I nursed my son for 2 years. I understand the most important consideration of nursing to be "supply and demand" - if you nurse frequently, ie, several times a day, you can probably drop your calories without damaging your milk supply. Generally, although certainly not for everyone, if you net 1500-1700 calories per day you will see slow steady weight loss without hurting your milk production. If you are concerned you could try Mothers Milk tea to up your supply, or try a week or 2 of serious pumping which would also likely protect or even increase your milk supply. Good luck!


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3/4/14 11:54 A

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I was banking on me losing weight through breast feeding but it just isn't that easy for me. I absolutely have to be active at least 15-20 minutes EVERY DAY and seriously count calories for me to lose weight. I've always been like this and I guess breastfeeding isn't going to work for me. My baby is 9 months old and I plan to nurse him as long as he wants, but definitely for at least a year. I was never one to have an overabundant milk supply so I'm so nervous about cutting back on my calorie intake. My son eats table food now which takes a bit of the stress away, but he LOVES to nurse. I'd hate to lose my supple just because I want to lose weight. He's way more important than the weight I could lose while I'm still nursing. Any advice?

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12/27/13 4:14 P

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Very helpful - but I'm shocked to see that for the first time in my life I'm above a health BMI :( Argh!

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As a first time exclusively breastfeeding mom, I am so glad I found this team and forum. A few weeks ago I was all gung ho about losing weight then I found this team and since my baby was not yet two months old I gave myself some slack and decided to wait a few weeks. After all I want to do this the best possible way for my baby; she is way more important than my waist size. Now that she is almost three months old and I go back to work at the end of this week I decided that I can start to slowly take off the pounds while still breastfeeding/pumping. I used the link someone provided in this topic www.dietitian.com/calchelp.php to find out what I should be consuming. Thank you so much to everyone who provided resources here (years ago or more recently), I am so excited about being able to do this the healthiest way for my baby and myself and I am so glad I am not alone.

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1/28/13 6:54 P

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This is so great! Very encouraging. Am more confident to start trying to lose weight after baby number three!! Milk supply is just what I was worried about!

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7/3/12 11:20 P

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I'm glad to hear you have a lot of milk! I just got Hip Hop Abs and am about to start a Beachbody Challenge group, and I know I'm going to have to up the calories to keep my milk supply going. Knowing someone else doing a tough program still has enough milk is a great encouragement!

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I am so glad I have found this forum. Losing the baby weight has been hard and I've been feeling very isolated. I have some awesome clothes packed away that I want to wear again! Before we go for baby #2! I really liked your two quotes. The one about the food being more important than the exercise. This is where I struggle most, since I enjoy being active. But I LOOOVE to eat and I am always hungry. And surely I can do something active for 15 minutes today that I wasn't planning on. Anyway, thanks for the positive message. I'll be hanging out a lot in this forum over the next few months.

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2BFITMOMMY1~ I hear you on the difficulty of working out with a sidekick! My 5mo DD does not want to let me out of her sight, and in fact, doesn't like it when I'm not paying enough attention while right next to her, ie. I'm working out and (wishing) she's playing with her gym/activity mat. I've started just working out after she goes to bed. There's no way that I'm going to get up earlier to workout, I have enough problems with sleep deprivation and I know that it's just as important to get enough sleep. REALLY looking forward to warmer weather (I live in central NY, snow and sleet today :( ) so that I can get out with her in a jogging stroller. I did restart ChaLean Extreme two months ago, but found that I couldn't carry her around all day when I lift that heavy, she's a chunk!

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4/3/12 3:00 P

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I know it can be very hard to fit nutrition and exercise in with a little one tagging along. It was extremely hard for me because I had no support nor resources to know what I could safely do while preserving my breastfeeding relationship. I have found that losing weight is totally different when breastfeeding and there are lot of things that you could do that would limit your breast milk supply or even reduce the nutritious properties. That is why I built a website to help moms like me to find those resources to make sure I wasn't hurting my baby or reducing his milk supply. www.mybreastfeeding-diet.com
I hope my site helps those you out there that are striving for a better way to lose weight without losing your breastfeeding relationship.

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3/31/12 9:49 P

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Hi! I was waiting for someone who's more successful at this whole thing to reply.

I'm losing a steady 2lbs./month and I have a lot of milk. My body shape has changed drastically and I'm enjoying all the muscle I'm building and how my clothes are fitting. Counting calories is the most important piece for me since I can easily tack on another 500 cal at the end of the day if I'm not careful.
I bought Chalean Extreme and am doing it 3x/week because I know that this is sustainable with two little kids and a husband who comes home tired from work. I just tossed out the chocolate I was nibbling on daily. I've made myself a list with my goals and it's on my day planner:
- walk with stroller/kids/dog everyday
- take vitamin D
- 4 veggies
- 3 fruits
- lean protein with each snack and meal
- stay away from sugar and wheat

My two mantras
"You can do anything for 15 minutes" - Flylady
Weight loss is 80% about what you eat and 20% about exercise - Chalene Johnson

I'd like to fit into a size 6/8 dress by a wedding in the summer, but I also want to create a lifestyle change that's sustainable. I love the advice from earlier in this about slowly cutting back on calories while monitoring milk supply. This is such a short phase of life. Breastfeeding, sagging belly skin, chronic sleep deprivation, a sweet baby. Crazy.
PS There's a sugar/diabetes challenge you can join. I like their posts.
Good luck!


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3/29/12 9:45 A

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Is anyone still active on this board? The last post I see was in 2011. I'm in a crunch to continue breastfeeding my 7 month old with a minimal supply and lose 20 or so pounds in the next few months. Would love some helpful tips that helped others. I HATE tracking my food and calorie count, but as I have struggled with getting a sweet tooth under control and working out with a little one who refuses to let me, I have to do something!

I started tracking my food 2 days ago and have been averaging 3.5 miles outdoors when its nice. Being a former personal trainer, it's very hard for me not to be able to do a "traditional" weight lifting and cardio program (I love p90x and Insanity), but it's so hard to get it in with a sidekick!

Looking forward to anyone being around.

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I just started tracking my food intake on Spark, I'm tracking 2200 calories, but I still feel a bit hungry, is it the adjustment? I'm 5'5'' and with 2month old fully breastfed - and 4 older kids. I don't have much time to exercise, but do plenty of running around, usually I'm sitting only when I am nursing or eating (quickly...)

I found the website you were referring to, I am reposting it so the next person doesn't have to scroll down too low!

http://www.dietitian.com/calcbody.php

Based on that, I should take in 2000 calories a day, but that seems low to me.

Babyfit gives me a nutrition goal of 2100 to 2400, which seems more realistic, but I am not sure how much weight I will lose with that.

Edited by: MOMPPCL at: 12/14/2011 (14:19)
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I went to babyfit (connected to sparkpeople) and logged in to the nutrition tracker there as a breastfeeding mom. Then I went back to my spark nutrition page and edited my goals. I found it really helpful. I found each site I went looking at had different caloric goals, but didn't necessarily break it down to proteins, calcium, etc.
My son's 4 months old. Second baby. I don't seem to lose weight easily while breastfeeding, but do have plenty of milk and my shape is gradually changing.
Good luck everyone! This is quite a journey we're on!

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As an experiment, I've been tracking my calories all week, eating what I want to and with no effort to lose weight and I'm coming up on the high end or over the recommendations on most calculators.
I'm 5'6" and 120-122 lbs and EBF. I don't want to lose weight. Currently I'm minimally active(which is about to change now that baby is 6 months!).
My before baby calories to maintain my weight with an active lifestyle was 1850. They say I should have 2000 calories while EBF and I've been having around 2200.
I'm actually going to bump my calories up to 2500 when I start full workouts again.
Am I the only one that has such high caloric needs?

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Thanks so much for all this information! I was unsure what my caloric intake should be while breastfeeding and trying to lose weight and this information helped so much! Thank you!

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Thank you SO much for posting this! There's so many women who try to diet (and seriously cut their caloric intake) in the postpartum period - which is understandable, we all want to fit into those pre-pregnancy pants! You burn through serious calories (and that's with a singleton pregnancy!) while exclusively breastfeeding (and continue to do so even when solids are eventually introduced).

I'm a first-time expectant Mama (I'm just focusing on changing my dietary habits, and getting eating under control right now) - but I can't imagine being so hungry (I've barely been so while pregnant). I plan on EBF as long as I possibly can; the longer you go - the bigger the benefit on baby's development! I'm so thrilled to see that there's a positive, and resourceful breastfeeding group here on SparkPeople!

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i have used the calculator below, these are my results,

* Daily Caloric Requirement
* 2827.31 cals/day
* Optimize calories

* Daily Calcium Requirement
* 1500 mg
* Calcium sources

* Daily Carbohydrate Requirement
* 349.10 g/day
* Healthy carbs

* Min. Daily Fat Requirement
* 38.79 g/day
* Adjust fat intake

* Max. Daily Fat Requirement
* 77.58 g/day
* Adjust fat intake

* Daily Protein Requirement
* 56.03 g/day
* Too much protein?

* Daily Iron Requirement
* 15.00 mgs/day
* Iron Food Source

2827.31 cals/day takes into account me being moderatley active, strength 3x per week, cardio of running 30 mins 3x per week, plus areobics, walking, yoga on ohter days

so if this is what i should have including this then how do I calculate what I should consume to loose weight?

I now partially breast feed so only need an extra 300 cals per day, not 500 as i suspect thsi calculation has used

so i thnk my cal range is aroudn 2600.

I know to loose 1lb i have to burn 3500 cals, or consume 3500 cals less per week, so that is 500 cals per day, so woudl i be right in saying my calorie range is 2000-2100??

Any help would be appreciated as I am having difficulty loosing weight, as i thin ksome days I consime too little for the amount of exercise i do, and other times too much.

Edited by: SHARONMANC at: 7/25/2010 (17:28)

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I am proud to join this group of women who are so dedicated to sticking with the breastfeeding. It's so easy to get discouraged, question myself, and want to give up on losing weight. What I will not give up on is breastfeeding. I'm pumping at work as I type this with one hand. It's such a challenge to balance the sedentary, but peaceful, nature of breastfeeding with the active lifestyle I need to lose weight. THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE WITH ME TOO!

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Thanks for the link! I am trying to figure out how many calories I should eat while breastfeeding. I am 31 weeks along so I have some time left but trying to figure it all out before hand....

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http://www.annecollins.com/dieting/calorie
s-fat-carbs.htm www.annecollins.com/dieting/calories
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at-carbs.htm


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I'm following my own plan, but I just added an extra 300 calories to my low and high ranges. I also found this website
http://www.annecollins.com/dieting/calor
iesfatcarbs.htm

and adjusted the rest of my nutrition ranges...it took some calculator work, lol, but I based it on spark people's recommendations that fat calories should be 30% of your calorie intake, carbs 55%, and protein 15%. Example to figure up the new fat range, I took my new calorie range (1500-1850) and figured up what 30% of each number was and then divided it by 9 to get how many fat grams I should be eating. If that's confusing just send me a PM. =)

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I am also concerned about that too! I am breastfeeding my 2 month old daughter and already have milk supply issues. Are you following the menu or eating from your own food plan?

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Hi there!

I am new to Spark People (been dieting for 2 weeks yesterday) and I am breastfeeding my 10 month old. I followed their suggestions for my height and weight which were 5'3" and 170 lbs, and I've lost 6.5 lbs already in two weeks eating the 1200-1550 calories! I think that's a bit too fast. I have also noticed my milk supply is not what it was so I came here for some help. I am thinking I need to bump my calories up an additional 300, making my range 1500-1850. If I do this, I assume I will also need to adjust my fat range, protein range, carb range, etc. Where can I figure out what those ranges should be now? Thanks so much!

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Help ok I went to the websites ya'll listed and it told me that I need to 1650 in calorie intake but I'm still losing at a very quick rate. I'm worried please help.

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this is exactly what I need thank you everyone

In the past it's been all about losing the weight, today it's about enjoying the journey.


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Great ideas, thank you!!! I feel guilty if I don't hit my calories. I want my little man and I to stay healthy and get all our nutrients, losing at a healthy rate is so important while breastfeeding!

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I have the same thing happen on days when I don't work out. Overall, I look at my calorie intake over a week's time rather than from a daily perspective. However, I think it is important to hit the minimum calorie requirements on a regular basis. Otherwise, you might stop losing weight because your body will think it is starving. Consider adding a couple of tablespoons of hummus when you eat raw veggies, a few slices of avocado to a salad or sandwich, or a tablespoon of olive oil when cooking veggies and/or chicken. These pack some decent calories and nutrition in small quantities.

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Does anyone have trouble meeting their calorie goals? I just started tracking again, (little man is 2 months old). I'm finding that with healthy eating, I'm only hitting around 1500 cal on some days. Of course I can grab some chips or something to bump it up but that is just all junk and seems silly if I'm not hungry. I take a prenatal vitamin and a DHA supplement.

Is it terrible to be under by a little if all my calories are nutritious foods?

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omg this sites awesome thanks!

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I have another resource for you all, On Ivillage there is what is called a health calculator, click check all, then fill in the spaces, it asks for age height, weight, and waist and hip measurments and if your pregnant, menopausal, breastfeeding, then calculates daily cals, fat, carb, protein, and other things, its nice and accurate and One Ive gone to time and time again in fact I lost about 30lbs with it before the last 2 pregnancies and Ill use it again :)

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Thanks for the info. I knew I should have 500 extra calories but my question was what am I adding those calories to?????? That really helped.

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http://www.dietitian.com/calchelp.php

Take a couple of minutes and do this calculator. It will give you very detailed information about what your body needs based on who you are not an average.

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Hello, I am brestfeeding and trying to lose weight.. I have no idea how many calories I should be eating or basically what I should be doing I want to make sure I give my baby enough though. But I still want to lose weight. Any advice

- Message Posted by: TPETTIT06 - 5/13/2009

There is a really simple formula to determine your caloric intake need. Take your desired weight and multiply it by 10 then add 500 calories if you are EBf the first six months and 300 once you introduce solids or baby turns six months.

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I plan to start working out for an hour from now on. I know it will probably make me even more hungry but I'm willing to make some changes for the health of myself and my child. Thanks for the reply! I really could use some support. I've been so down lately about my weight but I am trying to change that and make everything a little better. Have a good day everyone!

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Sorry to hear that you are having such a hard time adjusting to the new (temporary) starving nursing mom. The first 3 months or so, I don't even try to cut out junk food, we just try to eat some really healthy meals, and the bag of Oreos at night is just fun. I try to tell myself that the extra 300 calories that the baby requires makes some treats available to me, just try not to gain weight, and enjoy the desserts. By 4-6 months or so, I seem to be able to get a handle on it. It is just a frustrating battle when dealing with a newborn, I prefer to postpone, and give into nature a bit. It is a very out of control feeling, but if you enjoy it, and work hard at good meals, I don't see why a snickers bar is so bad.

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I am so upset that nursing makes me SO HUNGRY! I am already way overweight without having cravings for junk all the time. I'm sorry I'm venting. I'm just so mad at my body. Today I tried to kick the craving with an apple, Yeah right! I was so ravenous once I got that snicker bar from my husband. I wonder if it's all breastfeeding or am I just greedy. What do you think?

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http://www.dietitian.com/calchelp.php

This website is a fairly complete online dietician. If you fill in the information it will tell you exactly what you need daily. Unlike sparkpeople, it can adjust for breastfeeding, and even adjusts for the first6 months of breastfeeding versus the second 6 months. Really good information, and you can input your requirements into sparkpeople


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Hello! My name is Lucianna. I am originally from Brazil, where the weather is great and the food is healthy... When I first signed up for SP I was single, in Brazil and waiting for my american boyfriend to arrive there (that was in 2006 and we met on match.com). Well, things went well and we got married and moved to the US. I now live in Chicago. Unnecessary to say I put on A LOT of weight since I moved here (the food is REALLY bad!). Well, but I was already overweight when I got pregnant. My baby is now exactly 2 months old and I am at 221 lbs. I want to go back to my previous 150-155 lbs (I am 5'8"). I am EBF and want to do it until the baby is 6 months and then start to introduce solids. And I plan on BF until I can - as long as he wants it and I have the milk, why not, right?
I found this team and I am loving all the information and support. I was really scared to start a diet and lose my milk supply, but I am getting more and more confident! Thanks a lot! :)

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Hi, My name is Angie. I've lost 60lbs before getting PG w/ my 3rd child. I gained quite a bit back and now that my little guy is a wk shy of 3 months I'm ready to start the wt. loss again. My goal is to loose 45 pounds. I know my body works slow and I'm willing to be patient esp. while BFing. I turn 30 Jan. 2010 I would love to have lost 20-25 pounds by then. Wish me luck.

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Hello, I am brestfeeding and trying to lose weight.. I have no idea how many calories I should be eating or basically what I should be doing I want to make sure I give my baby enough though. But I still want to lose weight. Any advice

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Hi,
I'm back , I left sparkpeople when I become pregnant , I had my baby 3 weeks ago, I 'm 23pounds more , I back to tray again to lose the wight.

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3/29/09 7:55 P

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I wish I'd have read this sooner. I thought I was loisng weight a little fast but I figured it was because I was so big and had so much to lose. But I think maybe I'm haven't been eating enough, which shocked me (LOL!). If I wasn't breastfeeding I'd be stoked to lose at this rate but since i plan to continue another 6 months or so with the baby, I figured I'd better be careful.

I'm doing breastfeeding WW and am supposed to eat 38 points (not incluidng flex points) so I figured about 1900 calories for my low range and about 2200 for my high range.

I totally ignored the SP recommendations since I'm breastfeeding. But I went back just now to see what they recommend and the recommendation was 1730 to 2080 so I added 300 to the bottom and 500 to the top and got 2030 to 2580 for my range. Wow!

That makes more sense. I tried using BabyFit's recommendations but that was "scary" high for me. It says 2760 to 3060. I can't do that and feel comfortable.

Hi, I'm Shayla!


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2/27/09 10:10 A

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You are very welcome! Just remember for the first few months you really want to be careful as your supply is so tempermental!

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2/27/09 3:09 A

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thanks so much for this. i was getting impatient with the weight loss, and considering the baby is only 15weeks old.... this has motivated me to be patient. i am surprised at how many calories i burn breastfeeding. i had no idea they were that many!

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2/19/09 11:14 A

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2 pounds max is the healthiest for anyone mama.. I have that frustration with my dh as well.. but I know from my past that the faster I lose it, the faster it comes back.. my weight loss is down to.. nothing for about 4 weeks and then I lose like 4 in that next week... who knows.. lol..

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2/19/09 10:34 A

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Your message makes me feel so much better! After I lost 47lbs in the first 3 months after the baby I was so psyched about dropping those lbs so fast, but the doctor said it was mainly water weight. I was very puffy! LOL ! Anyways, More recently I have been only losing 2 lbs a week! Exactly! I was getting frustrated cuz my husband is eating more calories and doing the exact same work out or less... and losing like 5 to 7 lbs a week! I was getting upset, but now I know I am right on track! Thanks!!

"You are what you eat, and remember to consume your food, don't let your food consume you!"


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2/11/09 11:15 P

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I have learned if I don't eat enough calories, I actually GAIN weight.. however, I did have to do some playing around once my LO started solids. Good luck mama!

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This is very helpful, I had mo idea how many calories we burn producing milk, this helps me to not be so restrictive when it comes to what I'm eating. I'll be focusing more on being active and eating healthy.

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1/29/09 7:56 P

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glad you liked it!

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1/29/09 7:53 P

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Great information. Maybe this time..

'' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

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1/5/09 6:56 P

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Team members speak out:
While everyone is different.. therefore you need to find what works for you.. a happy range that your body will lose weight at a slow rate, and you can keep up your milk supply, these are what other members have said.. this should give you an idea of where to start finding your happy range!

I got this website somewhere that helps you figure out how many calories you burn each day along with other things. I thought it was pretty cool. It shows you what you are burning with breastfeeding too.
www.nutritiondata.com/tools/calories
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I have looked for hours trying to find the the correct formula.. This is what our sweet co-leader Corina gave me:

"500 extra calories for EBF - but as long as baby is nursing, you should always have at least an extra 300... So usually once baby starts either some solids and/or supplimental formula, then the added calories should be 300 on the low end and still keep the 500 for the high end."

She also was wonderful enough to give me these links:
Calories and breastfeeding

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another discussion: How many more calories should I be eating?
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and another: "When to adjust calorie range "
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calories needed ??
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This one talks about why its important to NOT go below your range:
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Share with us, one tip that has helped you with your weight-loss while Bfing!
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Edited by: ROAD2HEALTHY at: 1/5/2009 (21:49)
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1/5/09 3:53 P

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Breastfeeding 101: Dieting
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Since this is why we are all here on Spark People, I really want to go into more dept with this subject, so...I will be adding more to this later.. just want to post what info I have at my fingertips before I lose it!

DIETING

If you're anything like me, then you're noticing those pregnancy pounds sneaking up on you. Clearly, we want to get back to a normal, healthy pre-pregnancy weight. But how?

I have some great news for you! More breastfeeding moms, on average, have lost their pregnancy weight by six months.

Losing weight while breastfeeding allows you to eat more food than any other method. (In fact, you need to eat more food.) A restrictive 1200-1500 calorie diet is a BAD idea. It is likely to cause your milk to dry up or your body to rebel and refuse to let go of the weight – possibly both.

Here's the hard part: You need to be patient and wait about two months before actively dieting. Your body needs time to heal and your supply needs time to become well established. If you haven't already noticed, 2 months is a big deal in breastfeeding. It comes up a lot, even in the dieting section. It really is a turning point.

Once again, I am going to recommend a Kelly Mom article for some weight loss advice:

www.kellymom.com/nutrition/mom/mom-w
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WARNING!!!!!!

Please do not take weight loss supplements. If you are having trouble losing weight through diet and exercise, talk to your doctor and/or a nutritionist to get some guidance. But the so-called herbal supplements have proven to be dangerous. This applies whether you breastfeed or not, so if you switch to formula, my warning still stands. Here's some information:

www.kellymom.com/nutrition/mom/mom-h
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I would like to give a sweet mama from babyfit a special thank you for giving me permission to use her info. Thank you Christine Amsden!! Also, I want to invite you all to look at her new website! www.christineamsden.com



Edited by: ROAD2HEALTHY at: 1/5/2009 (18:52)
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