SparkPeople Breastfeeding Moms Team Messageboard For moms who are breastfeeding while trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy lifestyle. Please check out our Resource Center! SparkPeople Breastfeeding Moms Team Messageboard workout app Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> My baby is a month old and I am trying to start a fitness routine slowly at home for now. What's a best workout app you have used so far? free or reasonably priced? <BR> <BR> Thank you. <BR> Gagan Tue, 2 Oct 2018 13:52:36 EST Hello My name is Audrey. New to the team, but not to breastfeeding. On baby number 3 now. He's a month old and things are going well. I breastfed my oldest (Xena, now 6) for 22 months, and my second daughter (Isis, now 3) for 34 months. I'll be honest, I haven't weighed myself since I've had Colt. I'm just waiting for my 6 week appointment. I feel good though, and I'm getting a bit more energy now, so I'll take it. <BR> <BR> My biggest problem is being perpetually hungry. I'm definitely overeating... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 15:32:22 EST Getting started, seeking lasting change I'm so ready to lose weight. I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight, but that is still not a healthy weight. My baby is 6 months now and I am ready to do this. Truth be told, I am anxious about dieting and decreasing my milk supply. I set my calorie range to 1600-1800. What are others here doing? I must admit that I never did the dieting thing while breastfeeding right with my first two kids; with kid number three now I am determined to not fall victim again to my fears. Any and all encourageme... Mon, 15 May 2017 15:28:28 EST Breastmilk Super Powers! Check out this awesome bit of info! (It's a FB post, so you need a FB account.) So neat!!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>bid=761278350686757&amp;set=a.10436873<BR>3044392.9194.100004137967542&amp;type=3 </link> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:28:19 EST Depression and Breastfeeding I am new to this and I don't know if this has been addressed before. I'm looking for guidance and help. My baby boy is almost 9 months. I know I went through some depression after he was born. I had a lot of unnecessary resentment towards my husband. Which reared it's ugly head the day of our anniversary. That was little over a week after baby man was born. We talked and worked it out. It took few weeks, but we got through it. But honestly never really got better. We moved a couple of months ... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 18:09:24 EST New Oldie with a Question Hi, everyone! So I used to use Sparkpeople once upon a time, but I can't even remember when, exactly. To be honest, I'd ,forgotten about it, oops! But I'm here again because I'm trying my darnest to get serious about becoming healthier and getting in shape. I'm almost 32 and have two daughters, a 2.5yo and a 6mo. Being able to play with them, setting a good example for their own health, and staving off diabetes which runs in my family are my reasons for being here now. Oh, and I'd love to loo... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:49:58 EST New to breast feeding and trying to lose weight Hello! I'm not a new mom- I have 3 children, but have finally been able to EBF my now 4 month old. I'm afraid to lose too much and wanted to see what everyone is doing to lose the weight. I've had success before with high protein/veggies/fruits so am going that route. Not eliminating carbs just focusing on whole grains. Hopefully it won't bother lo's tummy. Tue, 23 Feb 2016 20:14:05 EST Hello Momma's!! I am a first time mommy of a beautiful baby girl Lola who is now 14 months old. We have been EBF since day 1 and now she only nurses morning/bedtime. She is showing no signs of stopping, actually gets pretty upset if I tell her no to her "na-na" <BR> <BR> I lost my initial pregnancy weight within 3 weeks of delivery but have been stuck with that dreaded 5-10lbs that just won't go away. The more I try it seems the more my body fights back. Hoping to see some progress now that baby girl only n... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 09:56:34 EST Stand-still with the scale My younger son is 7-1/2 months old, and primarily nurses. He gets a mix of babyfood and pumped bottles at daycare while I'm at work, and only has "tastes" of what I'm eating at home. I would consider him about 90% breastfed right now. <BR> <BR> I'm having trouble losing weight. When I attempt to track and stay within my calorie range, I end up feeling starving by dinner time and overeat drastically. I don't think it could be mistaken thirst, because I normally drink 7+ bottles of water per d... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:12:38 EST New to group. Not to SP. Hello all! <BR> I am meretoni, a FTM to my 8 week old (today) daughter and long time SP member. <BR> About 2 years ago I lost nearly 40lbs with the help of SP. I slowly gained back 10lbs over the course of a few months from having a hard time with maintaining, planning our wedding and buying a house. I was getting back on track when I found out I was pregnant. <BR> It was a rough start but overall the pregnancy was ok. No sickness but very tired and super bloated the whole time. I tried work... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:02:36 EST Hiya Hi everyone, my name is Valerie I am 28 /5'4/214lbs/mother of three ages 1,5, & 7. <BR> I still EBF & no supplementing and baby girl has small meals throughout day. <BR> I am working on losing 50-60 pounds I just recently restarted the program, after taking a break for a year or so after having a new baby, I previously lost 65lbs,I started at around 245lbs in 2010 and lowest weight before I was pregnant in 2014 was 181-182lbs.. and now I am hoping to to reach my goal Of 160lbs. <BR> <BR> I... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:46:09 EST New to the group Re: posted...because it was a lot to say :) But looking forward to connecting and being accountable. <BR> <BR> Hi I'm Ulyn a long time struggler with my weight. I am currently atmy heaviest ever. My husband and I are busy parents to 6 kiddles (atually we have a total of 8 but 6 I've given birth to), our youngest being 10mths old. Where do I begin??? I joined Spark people years ago when I was single mom of 4 and my youngest then who is now 6 almost 7 was 2yo. I loved the trackers but never go... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:39:15 EST Hi! I EBF my nearly 12 mo (he turns 1 next week. Yikes!), I work full time, and I'm pregnant!! <BR> <BR> I think my supply has tanked over the last couple of weeks and baby is definitely showing signs of weaning. He doesn't nurse in the morning any more, and he only nurses twice before bed (once when I get home from work, once as he's falling asleep). <BR> <BR> I have a freezer stash so he gets milk while I'm at work and we've been giving him an extra bottle right before bed after he's done nu... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 15:53:04 EST Accounting for your feeding Hello fellow feeding mummies! <BR> <BR> How do you work your feeding into your eating/exercise? <BR> How long do you nurse for each day? <BR> How many calories do you account for? <BR> How old is your nurseling? <BR> <BR> I was just adding extra to my calories, but decided to start tracking it as an exercise instead. I am tracking my 16mo as 360 calories. He drinks about 3 hours a day on weekends and 2 hours per day +8oz EBM in the week. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 18:09:59 EST Hi! Hi everyone! I'm a mom to 8 month old twin girls who I've been breastfeeding since they were born. It was challenging at first, but we stuck to it and it has been great! Now I'm trying to lose weight and make healthy choices! Mon, 1 Dec 2014 07:56:38 EST Hello! Hello everyone! While I am not new to SP I am just recently returning. I have been nursing my daughter for about 9.5 months. I am on the fence about weaning versus allowing her to wean herself. She is still very much into I don't know that I want to take that away from her. I have lost 46 pounds since she was born in November 2013. I am looking forward to getting to know you all! Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:49:26 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:40:12 EST Hello! I am a new Spark member. I have a beautiful 7 month old. I breastfeed & formula feed, I gained 40+ pounds in pregnancy and have 26lbs left to go. I need the balance between bingeing and strict dieting to do this as healthily as possible for both my baby & myself. Excited to start! Tue, 13 May 2014 12:09:51 EST Not losing weight Hey ladies - <BR> <BR> I just reached out to a personal trainer to get some support building strength and getting sleek. She mentioned that in her experience nursing moms just don't lose weight even if they are eating well and exercising a lot. That is most certainly my experience. The past two months I have stayed in my calorie range and exercising quite a lot. And while I was losing about a pound a week, I suddenly popped up again. <BR> <BR> Is anyone else having this experience? Sigh. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 04:31:19 EST New Mommy to Be Hello Moms! I am 32 weeks pregnant and soon to begin the journey of breastfeeding for the first time while getting back into the shape I was pre-pregnancy. I worked very hard to lose 35lbs before pregnancy and look forward to getting this pregnancy weight off while also being able to care for our new addition. <BR> <BR> Neither of my 2 sisters or mother breastfed and have discouraged me from trying. I am looking for support from other mothers in my same situation and really excited to make ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:40:08 EST Back on Sparkpeople My name is Crista and I'm new to the group but not to sparkpeople. I just had baby #3 April 9 and already lost about 12 lbs but I think that is due to having baby lol. I am looking for resources to help me lose weight and seems he never wants to get off my nipple! Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:46:50 EST Am I Getting Enough Calories? I've been entering in my breastfeeding as 400 calories a day into my fitness tracker and following the calorie guidelines, but I've been feeling dizzy lately. Is this a sign I'm not getting enough calories or is this just me being exhausted because I have a five month old? I have been pumping around 8 oz a day at the office and nursing at home, and my baby has reverse cycled (feeds more in the evening/during the night). I am taking prenatals. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:40:34 EST Hello Hi everyone I am new to spark people and to the team. I am the proud mom of 7 great kids and am tandem nursing my 2 year old and 2 month old. I stay at home and am active with my kids but would like to get back to a healthy weight Mon, 7 Apr 2014 01:24:38 EST Hello all I am a first time mom of a 16 months old. I am in the healthy BMI range, but almost at the overweight level. I want to lose weight while still breastfeeding. DD is still not sleeping through the night and nursing a lot. I am also back to work (and have been since she was 2 months old). So finding time to exercise has been difficult (especially after those sleepless nights after she gets a cold or a new tooth). But summer is almost here and I really want to be able to wear ALL my old clothes a... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:21:37 EST Re-joining Hello, I'm Kimberly a brand new breastfeeding mom of twins. Or at least I hope to be. 9 days postpartum and my boys have a poor suck but a great latch. So we are in the middle of the whole getting the to gain weight, learn to nurse, build my supply, keep them awake to nurse, be able to drop the bottle someday thing, oh and get the whole tandem thing down. I belonged to this team when I was nursing my son. We weaned so I left this team and I had a successful time loosing 45lbs! We then found o... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:00:46 EST Strength training > mastitis? hi all, <BR> I'm currently bfing my 10-month old and just had my first case of plugged duct/mastitis this past weekend. I'd had mastitis due to general engorgement when weaning my first child but other than that, this was my first experience with it! <BR> <BR> So I was trying to figure out why I suddenly got mastitis after nursing successfully for so long without it. LO hasn't changed any habits. I haven't changed bras. The only thing different is that I've changed up my classes at the gym t... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:04:58 EST Hi! I am a first-time mom currently on maternity leave with a 10 week old son. I have done SP in the past but it's been a couple of years and really just need the accountability to get back on track. I know what I need to do, it's just now doing it! I'm only 7 lb from my pre-pregnancy weight, but I was at my heaviest then so I really hope to get at least 10 lb below that. <BR> <BR> I exclusively pump due to early latching issues and have a horse of a baby, he eats 35-40 oz a day! I right now... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:48:44 EST New here and to motherhood Hello, I am am a proud mamma to a 7 week old. Just this week I was finally able to do an easy workout at home while my son naps. He was born in an emergency c-section. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:26:52 EST Breastfeeding and couch time- achy back! Hey breastfeeding moms! I'm sure a lot of you can sympathize with how much time I spend on the couch breastfeeding my 3.5 month old. It feels like that's where I spend all my time, but I'd rather sit there and be able to watch something on TV than sit in the nursing chair in her bedroom which is more supportive for my back. My lower back and neck/shoulders are killing me. Anyone have any suggestions for how to alleviate this? Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:17:42 EST Hello! I'm new to this group, but not to breastfeeding! I have 2 children, a 9 year old and a almost 5 month old. :) Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:51:07 EST Hi, I'm new! Anyone listing BFing as a "workout"? Hi! I'm new to this team! <BR> I'm a mom of 4 (my youngest is currently 3 months). <BR> I have a 10 years total of BFing time under my belt (some of that time being tandem LOL) but yeah.... 10 YEARS of my life spent breastfeeding. <em>40</em> <BR> I am actually also a former Lactation Consultant so that might explain a bit more! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I am trying to lose about 75 pounds (already lost 26!!!) and at first I was just kind of factoring in extra calories for BFing in my h... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:38:10 EST New here! I had my baby 7 months ago. I was overweight when I got pregnant, but I gained the appropriate amount of weight during pregnancy. Everyone said, "Oh, the weight will come off when you breastfeed." <BR> <BR> LIARS <BR> <BR> I've been working with a personal trainer for 4 months and I still weight the same as I weighed when the baby was 3 weeks old. <BR> <BR> My husband and I are starting a breastfeeding-safe paleo diet this week. Hopefully this does the trick. This is our first baby and I w... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:15:30 EST Joinging the group Hi! I'm Rachel, a 26yo stay at home mom to 4, my 12yo nephew, my 6yo son, my 4.5yo daughter, and another baby girl born on 12/30/13. I nursed my son for 14 months and my daughter for 10. I'm aiming for at least 12 months with my new daughter. When my son was little, I was able to count my calories (had to keep them above 1550 or my supply would drop), exercise, and I was able to loose my baby weight plus 20lbs. I'm hoping for to be able to breastfeed and loose some extra weight as well this t... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 13:39:36 EST Sudden Supply Drop I'm interested if anyone has had experience with a sudden drop in supply while trying to loose weight? This is pretty much what I've been afraid of in seriously trying to loose weight, but I'm still 20+ my pre baby weight, so I felt like I should be able to loose and it would be fine. I'm not going crazy dieting or exercising - still eating plenty more than I did when I use to try and loose weight, but all of a sudden I'm having a hard time pumping what I use to at work. Will my body get u... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 13:05:15 EST Breastfeeding over the Holidays Hey! I don't know if you guys have seen these, but LactationIndy is putting up a series of tips for breastfeeding over the holidays. It is a company, but it's free tips, so I'm not sure if you'll count it as spam. Not trying to, so just let me know if I need to remove the post. Thanks!<BR>oB6rGzzaFGAew Thu, 19 Dec 2013 23:10:04 EST Always hungry! At the moment I am a stay at home mother with a 2 month old and a 6 year old. I am just now starting to track my food again to see where I can improve my diet (it needs a lot of improvement!) and am starting to exercise again. I am having a horrible time with always being hungry! It's like I can't get enough food. Just trying to get feedback on what other breast feeding moms are doing to help with hunger!! Thanks for any help you can give me! Thu, 19 Dec 2013 18:43:34 EST Newbie here Hi everyone my name is Jessie, <BR> <BR> I am exclusively breastfeeding my 6 week old Lucaro. He was my biggest baby of all of my boys weighing in at 9 pounds 2 ounces. Besides my baby boy I also have three other boys Alex, Marc, and Ben who are 12, 9, and 6. I really need to lose the weight and plan on doing it by exercising as soon as i get the ok from my doctor and watching what I eat. I am happy to say that I have not had any pop for 16 months. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 21:43:21 EST Let's re-introduce ourselves! Hello SP breastfeeders. I'm your new team leader. I noticed that the board has been on the quiet side lately. I'm hoping to spark some new energy here. My goal is to post regularly and respond to member posts regularly as well. I know we must have some new members here who haven't given an intro yet, so let's get to know you. Also, if you've been around a while I'd love to be re-introduced to you. <BR> <BR> Some things that we'd love to know about you: your baby's age, number of kids you ha... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 10:08:54 EST Bra Fitting I'm a huge breastfeeding advocate and have loved being a breastfeeding mom. My 13.5 month old daughter just recently self-weaned. She was ready, but it was quicker than I had planned on. I'm sad but surviving. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I'm running into a bra dilemma. I've been wearing my nursing bras still. They fit perfectly until the last week or so. They're a touch loose now that my breasts are shrinking again. I busted out a non-nursing bra and it's a bit small. So I'm debating what to do. <BR>... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:02:38 EST Hello! My son is 7 weeks and I am getting back in the saddle of exercise and eating healthy. Man, this is tough, but I am excited for the support! <BR> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 17:34:54 EST Hi I'm New! HI I'm a new mom, My beautiful baby boy is 1 month today. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 15:11:54 EST New Mommy! Hi everyone! We just had our first baby and I am about to hit my 6 weeks of recovery time. I am 214 right now and am ready to loose the baby weight. I have always struggled with my weight and want to get off to a fantastic start on Monday. I feel motivated more than ever (especially since we are not using birth control) it took many years to get our little guy. I want to be in much better shape if God gives us a second child. So excited to join the team!! YAY! Thu, 18 Jul 2013 13:05:51 EST Need a pick-me-up from fellow Sparkers Hi Everyone-- <BR> <BR> I'm a long-time Sparker coming back to the boards after the birth of baby #3! I am ready to get back in gear. <BR> <BR> While I am totally smitten with our new LO, my self-esteem and body image is at an all-time low. It didn't help that my OB said that my body is "never coming back." I'm 5 months postpartum, only 8 lbs over my preg weight, but feeling so BLAH! My pre-preg clothes don't really fit well--I am sporting the tummy pooch and muffin top. Let's not talk... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:33:29 EST weaning off night feeding I need some advice. My 7.5 month old feeds every two hours all night long. I am REALLY tired. How do I get him to sleep longer through the night? Tue, 4 Jun 2013 01:45:10 EST Hello! Hi, I'm Jessica and I'm renewing my commitment to SP after a LONG time! <BR> I had the best pregnancy, where I lost 15 lbs, then gained it back by the time I delivered. I came out even, but even after 11 months postpartum, I still haven't lost any weight. So, I guess I should be happy that I'm my pre-baby weight, but this weight isn't where I want to be. <BR> Still breastfeeding (we'll see when she wants to stop), constantly hungry, and eating all the wrong stuff. I think I'm the only mom N... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 22:30:50 EST Calorie intake I have a 7 month old that nurses on demand and also eats one pureed meal a day plus tiny amounts of whatever I'm eating throughout the day. I've read that nursing moms should consume no less than 1500-1800 calories a day as to not effect their supply. I'm wondering, does the amount of calories needed change with the amount you work out? If I were to burn a bunch of calories would I need to increase my intake or keep in the 1500-1800 range to keep my supply up. I have a pretty high goal of los... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 13:32:06 EST New Baby, New Start Hi everyone. My name is Nikki. This is my second go at spark people. The last time I started and was off to a good start. Shortly after I started making some progress I found out I was pregnant and stopped. I now have a healthy baby boy that thinks I'm a dairy cow rather than a mom. I have more motivation then ever to get fit as I want to set a good aexample for him, and be able to keep up with him as he gets older. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 11:03:34 EST Back to sparkpeople after baby #2! Hey! I'm a proud mama of 2 amazing boys and I was a prior user after my first baby boy, Kayden, who was born in 2007. I lost a whopping 85 lbs with sparkpeople! <BR> Now I'm back and I'm struggling with weightloss while breastfeeding my newest edition who was born in July 2012.. I was 190 at the end of end of my pregnancy and lost 24 pounds so far. I'm exercising daily and have increased my veggie and fruit intake. I'm excited to be back and ready to get my body back! Cheers to weightlo... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 19:51:06 EST Weight loss after boy vs girl So I just gave birth to baby #3 almost 5 weeks ago. <BR> My first two were boys, and after birth I lost 10-15lb and that was IT. I kept being told "breastfeeding will make the weight fall off" and it never did. I remained bigger and had to work really hard at losing weight. <BR> This time, after giving birth to my daughter, the weight seems to be just falling off! I am not sure whether it's having a girl or what but I gained 42lb. I have lost 27lb in 5 weeks by doing NOTHING. I haven't been... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 20:51:44 EST spark people vs. babyfit Hi, <BR> <BR> I am trying to lose 20 pounds post my second baby. <BR> I came to spark people and was using range of 1200-1550 calories and working out. <BR> I have been so hungry and new you needed 300-500 more calories due to breastfeeding. <BR> I then found out about babyfit. <BR> It says I can have between 2080-2380 calories a day. I don't trust it because it is not letting me do a full set up and that seems like a lot of calories. Not sure if website works. Does anybody know. Why is the... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 17:24:03 EST how many calories how many calories do you all intake to lose? I'm doing 1300-1700...usually the higher end and burn 500 a day with is happy, healthy, and thriving...definately enough milk supply...just feel like the scale isn't going down...can we do 2 lbs a week while nursing? Fri, 1 Mar 2013 20:42:24 EST weightloss plateau... Me again! Thanks for helping me! I am the happy mama of a 4 month old. I am exclusively breastfeeding him currently (no formula or solids). My weight loss has been at a standstill for a month, where I had been loosing a steady pound a week the six weeks before. I am 5'4", 132lbs currently. My pre-pregnancy weight was usually between 116-120lbs. I adjusted my sparkpeople account to reflect the six pound loss. I am currently eating between 1700-2200 calories, averaging 2100 calories. I ... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 14:20:15 EST keeping calories in check despite hunger? Hey! Im an EBF mama to a 4 mo old... since my baby has turned 4 months I have felt RAVENOUS. My cal range allows for quite a lot of calories but even still I have a really hard time staying in that range, even while drinking a lot and eating lots of fruits, veggies and protein.. How do you all manage to keep your calories in check while breastfeeding?? I just feel so hungry most of the time! Thanks for the help :) Fri, 22 Feb 2013 13:16:02 EST New Member My name is Jenn. I am 25 yr old, and have been married to a wonderful man for 5 yr this April. We have 3 children together; 2 boys and 1 girl. Connor our oldest son was born 9/2009, Trevor our second son was born 4/2011, and Addie our daughter was born 1/2013. <BR> I gained a lot of weight with my first pregnancy, and remained overweight through my second. Before I conceived my daughter last year, I had lost almost 30 lb and was down to 150, a mere 15-20 lb from my ultimate goal of getting b... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 17:25:43 EST Running and BFing Hi - <BR> I have a 3 week old baby girl (#3) and don't plan to start back to exercise FT until she is at least 6 weeks old but I want to plan ahead. I am a runner now and can't wait to get back into a routine. I like to run 3-4 days a week and strength train a couple times too. I am going to run a 5k race in April and a sprint Tri in August this year. <BR> <BR> My question is about training and BFing. I didn't run with my other girls so this is new for me. anyone have advice for how to mana... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 13:47:46 EST Hello! New Mommy New Here Hi everyone! I'm Bri. I've known about for a long time but never really used the tools. Well... I had a baby in November and lost all of the baby weight. Now I'm ready to get healthy and shed the plus size me. I'm been plus size for years now, but it's not until having a baby that I really see the importance of being a healthier me. I want to be around to see my little girl grow. :-) <BR> <BR> An added incentive, I'm participating in a Biggest Loser contest at my job. My husb... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 18:04:53 EST QOTW 2 Sorry this is out so late. <BR> <BR> When do you get "me" time? (i.e. every day at 9AM, once a week, once a month, never) Thu, 31 Jan 2013 13:00:45 EST Back on Sparkpeople after baby Hi I am a 25 year old Mom of an 11 month old girl. We are still going strong in our nursing relationship. I lost all my baby weight. but am unhappy with my post-baby shape. I was in no where near good shape before I got pregnant, but have ha success with Sparkpeople in the past. I look forward to talking with you Mamas. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:47:37 EST Just starting Hey Ladies, my LO is 15 weeks old today and I'm ready to start loosing my weight! Is there a calculator on here for breastfeeding and safe weight loss? I am not sure where to start? Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:48:46 EST Question Of The Week #1 How many children do you want? Mon, 21 Jan 2013 11:23:59 EST Dairy and soy free? Hi! Im a EBF mom who recently (read: yesterday) had to take her 3 month old to the ER because of blood in his stool, to rule out anything serious. So it wasnt the more serious conditions causing the blood, and they suspect an allergen. I hear so many folks talk about how they eliminate this or that while breastfeeding, but read that the conditions are actually quite rare, but then there I was with the ER doctor telling me to switch my baby to formula... Thankfully our pediatrician wants to ... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:56:23 EST Hi I'm a new Mommy here too! Hi there just checking in and saying hi. I'm a new Mom and have a 3 month old son. I want to lose my baby weight and beyond. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 18:08:27 EST Just starting, saying Hello! Hi! I had a baby, he's not soooo new, just turned five months but this is really the first time I have been ready to start thinking about losing some of the massive amount of weight I have gained throughout my pregnancy and five months of breastfeeding. Also - I am looking for whoever says breastfeeding helps you lose weight because I think that is a HUGE lie, I have gained weight! Sat, 5 Jan 2013 12:37:57 EST Saying Hi! Hi fellow mamas! I'm a mom to two girls. A 3 1/2 year old bundle of energy and my current nurseling who was born September 24. <BR> <BR> I lost 30 lbs with SparkPeople beforegetting pregnant last winter and I'm more than ready to get back on the wagon. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to connecting with other moms who are juggling health and parenthood! Fri, 4 Jan 2013 21:13:54 EST Recently weaned My son was 6 weeks premature, and I gave him extra grace with breastfeeding because of that. At 20 months he finally weaned because of teething his canine teeth. Clearly "pain" was the reason he stopped, but the weaning had been long-coming, and it's a gift from God. Although my weaning was emotional and dark--as this may be my last child and I was savoring the breastfeeding bonding with him. Now, a 3 weeks later, I am beginning to enjoy the freedom. I do miss cuddling him at my bosom, b... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 08:08:48 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 3 Jan 2013 12:42:41 EST Brand new mama Hello ladies! I have a 2 month old baby girl and she is so darling. However while pregnant I gained 46 lbs. I am a smaller frame gal and was in great shape before pregnancy. So far I only lost 20 lbs and now stuck. I've heard so many times that the weight just melts off of ya when you breastfeed... well hmmm not true for me :) I do hope that it will change within time, but cannot solely rely on BFing alone. So, with 25 lbs to go towards my goal here I am :) <BR> Katerina. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 10:21:35 EST I think we're done We made it 34 months and we were down to just naptime and bedtime. He had gone several days last summer without nursing but would always come back to it. The quitting and restarting was kind of creating havoc with my hormones. When he didn't nurse for 10 days during our vacation last month I decided it might be time to quit. He asked a couple times after we were home and back to our usual routine, but I told him milky was all gone. He was a little sad but seemed to get over it pretty qu... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 12:37:50 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 9 Dec 2012 00:43:58 EST Hi! I'm new Hello, <BR> I'm Stacy. I had my 2nd baby October 12. I started back up at the gym this week and am looking forward to getting fit again. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 09:49:10 EST i need help I am still breastfeeding my almost 9 month old. I've only lost 9 pounds since the beginning of May. Nothing has changed. I've gained 5 pounds in the last 5 weeks (this brings me to the 9 pounds lost, so technically I HAD lost 14). Nothing has changed. Why am I not losing weight? <BR> <BR> I eat in my calorie range (about 1800). I do not eat any grains. I have not been successful at exercising but trying to get back into it! Wed, 21 Nov 2012 23:31:49 EST help (Please don't judge me or be mean) <BR> I'm really struggling emotionally. Since losing the initial weight right after baby, I've just stopped. I can't seem to lose any more. If I work out too much or restrict calories, my supply suffers and if I just add 500 calories to my daily total, I don't lose at all. <BR> <BR> I've breast fed for 6 months so far and he's my 3rd child and the first I've successfully breastfed. I have never been so proud of myself for anything else in my life. <BR> My... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 10:58:51 EST hi hi everyone how we doing? Tue, 9 Oct 2012 13:53:18 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 2 Oct 2012 15:12:03 EST Jumping the gun Hello Ladies. <BR> <BR> Sorry, I am still pregnant but due on October 13, which means that I have less than 12 days to go before my baby boy arrives. I want to get back into Sparks and back to my body- and better- before returning from maternity leave next year. My goal is to reach 145 lbs, which is a comfortable weight for me usually. In the last year I have gained a bit too much due to miscarriages and pregnancy, but now I want to get back to myself again and feel sexy again. I am tir... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 20:58:05 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 26 Sep 2012 23:50:15 EST Hello, new with a little man Hi all, I'm new to the team. I have a 5 month old son. He's my first. I'm a proud breastfeeding momma. Never knew I would be so bold in my breastfeeding but then again, I've done lots of things I've never expected to since having my little boy. I really would do anything for him. I love being a mom! I am also a wife of 6 years and we have a 4 year old and a 5 year old dog. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 20:00:19 EST Frustrated with recent weight gain!!! Okay...I just needed to vent... so I gained 47 pounds with my daughter... and she is just a little over 7 weeks old now. I had gotten down from 195 to 168 about a week and a half ago...but over the last week for some reason...I have gained back 5 pounds!!! I'm SO frustrated and dumbfounded by it! I've been jog/walking to get back into running shape and even incorporated 2 days of circuit training last week and have been watching my calories.....and GAINED 5 POUNDS!!! I mean...I'm even breastf... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 10:53:00 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 24 Sep 2012 07:57:04 EST Adapting the Tracker So - how do you all handle the extra calories for breastfeeding? I've been adding 300-500 calories per day (which has been bringing me 200-300 calories per day under what the babyfit tracker was telling me) - but is there a better way to do it? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 18 Sep 2012 09:55:40 EST Greetings! I am new-again to sparkpeople, coming over here from the Babyfit boards. I have a three year old and a six month old - I pump for the baby at work and nurse him on demand otherwise. <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose 35 lbs by June 2013. <BR> <BR> Glad to find this board! Tue, 18 Sep 2012 09:52:02 EST XBF mama, trying to break plateau Hi, I'm Heather. I am a mother of three. My youngest son and I just celebrated our birthdays last week: his first, and my thirty-ninth. We're still breastfeeding and based on my previous experience, I expect to continue for the next 6-18 months. <BR> <BR> I've done SparkPeople before, and I've done XBF before. Just never at the same time. My experience has been that after the initial postpartum drop, I plateau and do not lose any further weight until the child has weaned. I am sure that a b... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 12:33:50 EST Extended nursing and Calories My Baby is 20months and we are still going strong. My goal is another 4 months but I am also at a stage where I am re-evaluating my caloric in take. <BR> <BR> While not close to actual weaning we are down to 2-3 nursing sessions a day. Using the add 500 calories just seams a bit high. But how do I find out the right amount? I would love to hear what others do. Sun, 26 Aug 2012 12:29:12 EST Hi Everyone!!! Hello, everyone! My name is Gabrielle and I had my new baby girl, named Ada, on June 5, 2012. This is my second child. My first is Caecilia, and she will turn 3 in October. Both of them were born at 34 weeks, so I am familiar with taking care of a 6 week early preemie. <BR> <BR> After my first, I never lost any weight (and embarrassingly even gained weight) due to a number of factors. I did not gain a whole lot during my second pregnancy, and am already below my prepregnancy weight, but... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 14:59:14 EST Hello everyone! I'm a new mom to a beautiful 9 week old baby girl looking to get back into shape and lose about 15-20 pounds. She was born 6 weeks early so I spent half of my maternity leave at the hospital. I work full time and pump at work. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to reading everyone's story and advice! Tue, 21 Aug 2012 11:55:29 EST Strappin the ladies down! I'm 5 weeks post partum and I would like to start the couch to five k plan again. My ladies swelled from DD's to DDD's. I don't fit any of my nice Moving Comfort super awesome sports bras. I have some of the basic ones from walmart and plan on doubling them up. Although, I'm pretty sure they will not suffice for running and the ladies get tender :( How are you hoisting the girls up when you do higher impact activities? Mon, 20 Aug 2012 17:22:39 EST Did you get this advice? Hi ladies- <BR> <BR> This is more me being nosy than anything else.. :) I'm a big proponent of nursing and tandem nursed my two year old and baby for several months. But I feel like some people out there are getting crazy advice from lactation consultants. I know of two moms who were told to supplement every feeding with formula (for newborns) and to keep up by pumping every three hours. There's NO WAY I would have been able to keep such a crazy schedule and I would have definitely made... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 09:46:06 EST Breastfeeding Milestone!!! As of the 11th, DS has been breastfeeding for 18 months - the first nine weeks of which were exclusive pumping for a preemie! This is exciting for me because my first two only nursed for 9 months TOTAL (between the two of them). And we see no end in sight, though cutting back a bit on how frequent would be REALLY nice. Especially at night. lol Wed, 15 Aug 2012 02:18:35 EST I got bit... So my LO just got her first two teeth in. She's bit me a couple times now. At this point her teeth are barely out, so it really doesn't hurt that much, but I'd like to stop her now so I can keep BFing. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any tips? Most of my family and friends just stopped after the first bite. Tue, 14 Aug 2012 14:16:29 EST Hi Everyone I have just delivered my cute little girl 4 months ago and I am still breastfeeding. I have put up some weight. I am 77 kg now and I would like to have back my 63 kg. <BR> <BR> Hope that we will be able to share our tips for losing up our weigh more quickly and efficiently. <BR> <BR> Waiting to hear from you soon dear moms. <BR> <BR> Bye <em>30</em> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 04:40:23 EST New Mom Breastfeeding and Ready to drop the weight Hello All, <BR> <BR> My name is Airen and I've recently given birth on 6/27 to my baby girl. I was 210lbs at the end of my pregnancy. I've managed to lose 30lbs by breastfeeding alone. My current weight is 182 as of my last doctors appointment on Monday. I want to drop another 52 lbs by 3/19/2013 which is my wedding anniversary. I am not sure why I picked that date besides the fact that it's a special day between my husband and I. I officially will start my diet or new way of life Monday Aug... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 03:46:50 EST Happy to be here My daughter was born 7/9/12 and I'm within a few pounds of my pre-pregnancy weight and now I'm ready to lose the rest (that's what I was trying to do when I got pregnanct!). I've got about 30 I'd like to lose. I'm waiting for my post-partum check up with my OB to start slowly working out. Our gym starts accepting infants at 3 months so I'll work that into my schedule then. I also have a 7 yo DD and 6 yo DS. Both start school in a few weeks and we'll be walking to and from school - good for th... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 14:59:42 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 2 Aug 2012 15:00:07 EST intro-from Kansas City Hi! Just logged in since having Elijah on 7/15. I had a traditional birth without meds. He is my first child with my awesome hubby! I'm way excited to be here. Pre pregnancy I was 244 and i only gained 12lbs. Currently I'm 235 :). My goal is 170. <BR> <BR> Did you modify the calorie plan to account for bf? I don't want to shortchange my calories and not have enough to feed him or compromise my milk supply. Thanks for any advice! Tue, 31 Jul 2012 00:09:31 EST Hello Moms Hello all, <BR> <BR> I'm a mother to a beautiful baby girl, 12/31/11. I've done Spark people before but took a break while pregnant. I've gotten back to my pre-pregnancy weight but I'm ready to get my body back. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 10:07:33 EST Losing weight too fast? Everything I've read says that you should only lose 1 pound per week to avoid decreasing your milk supply. Last week I weighed in as 3lbs down. My non-official weigh in this morning (I weigh in on Thursdays) showed that I've already lost 2 more so quite possibly another 3lbs this week. <BR> <BR> My thoughts: <BR> 1) I already had an abundant supply to begin with so maybe it's okay to lose the weight a bit faster? <BR> <BR> 2) I'll probably plateau in a couple of weeks for a while so it woul... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 17:09:49 EST The babies are sabotaging me! Ok, not really, but I'm frustrated. My body is just so different after having my girls. I know it has only been 10 weeks, but my body bounced right back into shape after having my first daughter. It has been 6 years so I'm older and I had twins so I was much bigger and I wasn't allowed to exercise during my pregnancy, but still, its frustrating. Its not so much the weight, I've been this weight before, but its all proportioned differently. I just have this big tire around my middle. <B... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 16:53:21 EST embarrased to BF in public Ever since that photo that came out with the 2 breast feeding military women I'm kinda embarrassed to BF in public. It feels like its a shameful thing to do it, people stare at you like you are doing something wrong. But on the other hand all the doctors say it is best to do for your baby and we should be doing it till they are a year old. I do cover up when I do breast feed but I don't know how many times I have went to the bathroom or car to BF because I was embarrassed. Does anyone else fe... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 16:49:45 EST Hello Moms Hi, my name is Candace and I am a mom of three kids 5, 2, and 11 weeks. I BF the first two over a year and it's going well with the third. He just started sleeping through the night so I'm starting to get back to the land of the living. I joined SP because I need more energy to keep up with these three. It's great to be part of the group! Tue, 10 Jul 2012 07:31:40 EST Hi! New member/zombie with 2 month old :) Hi! I'm a new member to the group. I'm 32 years old with a 2 month old (and a 3 year old). I'm currently breastfeeding and would like to drop 20 lbs. <BR> <BR> I'm exhausted all the time and am trying to eat better so that I can fit back into my old clothes. I go back to work in a couple of weeks, which is what prompted my zeal for weight loss all of a sudden. I think I was too tired beforehand to care. Now, I'll actually be facing people. <BR> <BR> I look forward to chatting with the ... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 15:51:24 EST Howdy! Hi! My name is Rachel, and I have a 10-week-old little girl named Lane (as well as a 3.5 year old boy named Reid). I'm starting a workout regimen next week, but I wanted to make sure I had some support in the breastfeeding community, since I'm still solely breastfeeding my daughter. I know I have to be on the slow-and-steady track to keep my milk supply fully and healthy, so I know I'll need some extra encouragement along the way when the results take longer. Slow and steady wins the race, ri... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 22:34:05 EST Do you track your breastfeeding? In your (I guess) fitness tracker? And if so, how do you determine how many calories you're burning? I know that it depends on the baby and the mom. <BR> <BR> I figure most people just add a certain amount to their food calories for the day, to account for BF. But just wondering if anyone did it the other way around. Tue, 3 Jul 2012 14:15:08 EST Dieting and BFing I am four months PP, and still have about ten pounds of baby weight to lose. I've lost and gained the same four pounds or so since I was cleared to exercise at my 6 week check up. I think it is time to try a stricter diet plan - any suggestions on something that works with BFing? I want to lose the weight safely, and since my son is EBF, I don't want to affect my supply! Thanks! Sun, 1 Jul 2012 12:20:39 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 28 Jun 2012 09:15:29 EST "Extended" breastfeeding? I'm wondering if there are any Mamas in here who are/intend to do child-led weaning with their nurslings and allow their nursling to nurse until an age of the nurslings choosing? My nursling is only 16.5 months old but I intend on nursing him until HE decides it's time to wean and I'd like to find like-minded Mamas. Tue, 26 Jun 2012 23:14:40 EST 'spose I oughta introduce myself? ;-) My name is Shannon. I'm a 35 year old mother to three children, all boys. Here is our breastfeeding journey..... <BR> <BR> My oldest, now 14.5 years, was breastfed three months before I started supplementing with formula due to perceived low supply. At six months he became fully formula fed. I had no knowledgeable support to help me work through it. I was very upset about it. <BR> <BR> My middle son, now almost 12 years, was breastfed while formula-supplemented for three months, at three mo... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 23:05:27 EST new member, ftm hi, my name is cody and i'm a ftm. we welcomed my dd into our family 19 may 2012. i gained about 25 lbs while pregnant and am starting from scratch working out. I'm 193 right now and wanna get down to 145 again. nice to meet you all <BR> ~cody Tue, 26 Jun 2012 20:56:52 EST How many times How many times a day would a 9 month old baby nurse? does the nursing times get shorter as they get older? Sat, 23 Jun 2012 23:39:58 EST Hello! Recovering from twins. :) Hi all! I've been on SP for awhile--I usually come back just when I need to refocus on my diet/fitness. But now I have 2 6-week old twin girls. They're awesome, but my body has not bounced back at all like it did with my first daughter. I am 6 years older, plus they were twins, plus I wasn't allowed to work out during the pregnancy and had to eat a lot. I can't even remember what my pre-pregnancy eating habits were like, lol. My doc had me eating as many calories as possible. <BR> <B... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 14:51:10 EST Adjusting calorie range on SP?? Hi! <BR> <BR> I am new here and have a question. I have a 3 week old and am trying to figure out when it would be safe to start "dieting". I see everyone saying the calorie range should be between 1500-1800. Spark people has no option at setup to include breastfeeding (years ago I did weight watchers and they did) first I was wondering if I missed something somewhere?? <BR> <BR> If you track calories, I will always be over on SP unless I never stray from there a way to ad... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 10:42:44 EST Solids before nursing or after? I was wanting to know. when do I feed my baby her solids? before nursing or after. I seem to maybe miss the window and she refuses. Mon, 28 May 2012 12:39:47 EST Nursing in public Hey ladies I was wanting to know, when you nurse in public and need to adjust your clothing after and do up the nursing clip, how do you keep your baby still? My baby likes to roll of and crawl around right away after she is done. Bec I am large breasted I find it really hard to concele myself and adjust. There are times I can't put the baby down and I need both hand to do the nursing clip up on my bra. Any insight greatly appreciated. Mon, 28 May 2012 12:37:19 EST Pregnant or... ? I'm bfing my 8.5 month old son. He's definitely not been bfing as much now that he's eating solid foods. My question: I've been feeling weird lately. Bloated, crampy, nauseous (sp?), tired (even with 8 hours of sleep), and lots of clear, mucusy discharge (sorry for the TMI!). My husband and I have not been uber careful when it comes to preventing pregnancy right now (mainly we're just excited that we're doing it at all! ha!). I took a preg test last week because of how I've been feeling ... Mon, 7 May 2012 12:00:30 EST new member Hi everyone, <BR> My name is Jess, I am the proud mama of a seven week old little girl...and not so proud of the 30 pounds I now need to lose! I used spark to lose 15 pounds before conceiving, but now I feel like I don't know much about how my diet effects breastfeeding...let alone how to lose weight while breastfeeding. Mon, 7 May 2012 09:19:09 EST Just rejoined! Hi I am a mother of four and just had my DS about 6wks ago. I am back to nursing and rejoined this group. I found it so helpful last time. Look forward to losing weight while caring for my sons needs as well. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 12:03:15 EST Arching while Feeding My daughter is 2 months old and has started arching her back and pulling my nipple with her while she eats. She will also claw at the sides of my boob and shirt to pull herself closer. She cries when she pulls off while arching but it doesn't seem like she is hurting. Her doctor thinks it is reflux and gave her medicine, but she is still doing it. Is she just not getting enough from me? Or is she getting used to being bottlefed while I work? Has any other working mom gone through this? Fri, 20 Apr 2012 12:35:46 EST hi, I'm new Hi there, <BR> I'm new to the team. I'm currently nursing my 3rd baby boy, he is 7 weeks old. Having issues with what I am eating- dairy is out for sure... still eliminating other foods. Also, trying to find some birth control that works for us- ack. :) I nursed my other children as well. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 22:29:58 EST Hello! Hello ladies, <BR> <BR> I am getting back on Spark People after having my second child in February. I lost 23 pounds here before I got pregnant. Unfortunately, I am not one of those women for whom weight just falls off while nursing. I have to work for it which is a challenge since nursing makes me ravenous. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to getting to know you all. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 20:39:35 EST Anybody tried the Baby Whisperer method? I'd like to get my baby to sleep through the night without letting him cry. He's 6 months, wakes up every 3 to 4 hours to nurse. I've been reading the Baby Whisperer which was recommended to me. I like it in theory, but I know practice is always more complicated. Anyone has had any success with it when implementing it after 4 months? (I just don't do schedules with the baby before that, it's too difficult with the rest of the kids in tow). Mon, 16 Apr 2012 10:35:24 EST Does anyone feel frumpy like me? I feel like I always look frumpy. I am short and big breasted and bras without support are not enough/ even the tank top with built in bra doesn't look that great. I don't want to use a bra with a wire bc its not suppose to be good while breastfeeding. Not to mention that I would like to buy some clothing for summer and when ever I go out I see all these cute tank tops and I can't wear them while breastfeeding. I feel like a bad mom for wanting to be done breastfeeding. I've been breastfeedin... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 13:02:29 EST first time mom Hi everyone. I've been on spark for almost four years, but find myself back in weight loss mode after becoming a mommy. My DD is almost 5 months old, I've been stalled out as far as weight loss goes for weeks, and realized after visiting babyfit, that I wasn't eating anywhere near enough calories. I've also recently found myself a SAHM, and am struggling with not only increasing calories for nursing, but finding time to exercise, and feeling quite lonely. I'm hoping joining some new teams wit... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 18:25:45 EST Nursing Ts for summer Can anyone recommend some summer nursing Ts? Over the winter I wore the nursing camisoles under regular shirts, but that is going to get hot as the weather warms. I've looked online at Motherhood and Gap. They seem so pricey. Wed, 4 Apr 2012 23:19:18 EST Hi! Glad I found this team! I'm a single mom of three, my youngest is 12 months and I recently set out to rekindle my Spark! I want to and need to lose the baby weight, but am not willing to give up breastfeeding. I'll be letting my daughter self wean. Glad to be around like minded mamas! Melanie Wed, 4 Apr 2012 15:42:37 EST Hola! Hey Ladies! My little sweetie pie is 5 weeks old today, I just started working out yesterday and am still trying to figure out the whole breastfeeding thing. Baby boy was 10.1 lbs. and 22 in. when he was born and continues to grow at an exponential rate- is now 13 lbs. and 25+ inches. Needless to say, he needs to eat more than I can feed him with nursing, so we have been trying to find the balance between nursing, formula and getting my supply up. In the meantime, I need to lose 77 lbs. and g... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 14:52:43 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 3 Apr 2012 23:06:04 EST Mommy of four beautiful girls Well, I lost 100+ pounds on Spark People in 2009/2010, but then got pregnant, had a baby and breastfed full time for almost a year now and gained all my weight back. I gave myself permission to eat whatever I wanted while I was pregnant and now I have to start all over. I have four beautiful girls ranging in age from 12 to (almost) 1 and I have always breastfed full time for their first year and then used the following year to wean them off s-l-o-w-l-y. Now that the youngest won't be needi... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 14:34:56 EST Newbie! Hi all- <BR> I am a brand new little guy was born almost 3 weeks ago. So far, breast feeding has been going ok, but I know lots of questions will come up. And I am just learning how to pump and want to be able to mix in bottle feeding with breast feeding. I was part of the Fit and Pregnant Spark Team and really enjoyed it and I'm hoping to find the same kind of encouragement and support with this team! Wed, 28 Mar 2012 23:39:54 EST New mom 2nd time around Hi everyone! I just had my second daughter 1/31 and decided to give breast feeding a try. I have problems with her latching on, so I mostly pump and store. Since I delivered I'm down 33lbs. I haven't been dieting or exercising much, but I'm hoping to ease back into exercising with some yoga and walking. Just wanted to say hi to everyone! Tue, 27 Mar 2012 14:54:44 EST Breasfeeding and coffee I was chatting with another breastfeeding mom this morning about my need for coffee and she said she didn't drink it so not to pass it on to the baby. So now I am a bit concerned about my intake... I think they say that a cup a day is fine, but sometimes I'll have a second cup. What's your opinions? Fri, 23 Mar 2012 12:44:35 EST Weeks 5 & 6 Sexy in Six check in! I think the spring weather is keeping people away from their computers! The challenge has slowed down but that doesn't mean you can't join in now or jump back in! <BR> <BR> Let us know how you're doing! <em>213</em> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 21:21:21 EST Week 4 Sexy In 6 check in! Check in with your progress! <BR> Spring is here! Time to get ready for shorts weather <em>211</em> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 19:10:50 EST Two years of breastfeeding ACCOMPLISHED! Today is my precious boy's 2nd birthday...which also means that 2 years of bf! It hasn't been easy, but it has SO been worth it. I'm first generation bf mom, so I had (and still have) a ton of questions and did a lot of studying, but I was blessed with a supportive family, a persistent baby and a great LC. <BR> <BR> I am so proud of my little one! He is smart, funny, giving and kind. I am so proud to be his mother! Mon, 12 Mar 2012 17:42:00 EST Hello Hi there, <BR> <BR> I've been a member of this team since my son was born I think but have never gotten back into the SparkPeople loop after being pregnant with him. My son is now 2years 8months and fully weaned and I now have an 8 month old daughter. I have 10lbs of pregnancy weight left to lose which is quite depressing as I lost the weight really quickly with my son. I have been quite lax and eaten what I want but I am quite active and wear my daughter and walk a lot as we don't have a ca... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 18:01:43 EST Child's Growth after Weaning? My daughter is 4 and I've noticed the past few checkups that her height percentile has been slowly dropping since I've started weaning her at 12 months (her weight percentile is pretty steady, but low). At 12 months, for height she was in the 95th percentile, but then I stopped pumping and she only got it at home... and at the next checkup it dropped to 75th and now that she's finally fully weaned she's down to 15th. Did this happen to anyone else? Her pediatrician insists that she is very... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 14:33:46 EST Week 3 Sexy in 6 Check in! We are in week 3 (starting March 5) of the Sexy in 6 Challenge! <BR> <BR> Check in here with your progress <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Mon, 5 Mar 2012 08:36:06 EST Does your baby moan while she/he nurses? I think I could have a question every week about nursing. It just seems to change as they go through the developmental milestones. My baby girl seems to be making a lot of noise while she nurses... it is a mmmm sound with a whining tone to it. What does this mean? Fri, 2 Mar 2012 23:41:43 EST Lily Pads I was looking at buying a set of Lily Pads but they are $20 and was wondering if any ladies like them? Do they work? I just hate throwing away the disposable ones and rebuying them over and over. <BR> Thanks Fri, 2 Mar 2012 10:37:35 EST New to the team! Hello Ladies! <BR> <BR> I am so glad to have found a team that I fit into! I am a 31 year old mother of 8. My new little one is 10 weeks old and I am ready to shed these 30 pounds. I look forward to getting know all of you. <BR> <BR> ~Michelle Mon, 27 Feb 2012 10:11:12 EST Week 2 Sexy In 6 check in! Post your progress for week 2 (starting Feb 27 thru March 4) here! <em>306</em> Sun, 26 Feb 2012 10:46:41 EST How many Calories are you eating for wt loss while So the other day my mom told me I was too big. I took this to heart and thought I am bf and my baby is 5 months old. I know I don't have much time to exercise due to the fact my baby will only sleep for 1 hr in the afternoon for her naps... which leaves little time. My dh comes home late in the eve 6:30 ish and btw supper and nursing and trying to get in a workout it is difficult. So I started thinking about my Calorie consumption. I have not been eating the greatest and wanted to know what a... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 14:10:15 EST Loosing Weight Ok, so I've been tracking my eating this week, and I've been having a hard time getting close to 2000 calories per day doing low carb... I feel like I'm eating constantly all day (getting between 1400 and 1900 calories) ! I'm only breast feeding, and I think my milk production's starting to go down some (b/c she's wanting to eat more often, and isn't seeming to eat as long b/c she gets frustrated).... don't know if it's from the diet or exercise... and I haven't lost any pounds since Thursda... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 12:43:02 EST BF more at night than during the day.... My LO is 23 months old. He is down to 2-3 nursing sessions a day during the week. On the weekends we can nurse as much as 5 times a day. ....But at night, he is nursing between 2-4+ times each night! I am torn. I would like for him to night wean, because I would like to sleep <em>102</em> But at the same time, I know that he won't nurse forever and that I will eventually even miss the night nursings. I would like to gently encourage him to not nurse at night, but I don't want to it to be a ... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 09:41:39 EST Fussiness btw latching My baby is now 5 months old and she has been really fussy these last couple of days. She will latch and then delatch and cry. I am not too sure why. I do have a fast let down, which she has become accustomed to. But for some reason now she is crying in btw... Could it be something I ate? Thu, 23 Feb 2012 15:40:30 EST Just joined Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I just joined SparkPeople (had been a member on babyfit long ago, though) as I've decided I need some accountability and encouragement in my efforts to generally "get fit". I have a 20-month-old son who is seriously out-pacing me in the energy department! My goals right now are to do more intentional exercising and to stop eating so much sugar! I still need those extra calories from BFing, but have been finding them in junk food and sweets, instead of in anything nutri... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 21:20:52 EST Help B/F moms! Hi guys! I am in need of some advice.... <BR> <BR> My little guy is almost 7 months old. He is still breastfeeding but is also taking solids as well (normally 2-3 times a day). I am having a bit of a tough time at the moment as he seems to have reverted back to his style of sleeping like he was when he was 1-2 months old. He goes down (yes, I do nurse him down) great. The problem is that when he wakes (I am assuming as he passes through his normal sleep cycles) he wants to nurse. He is... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 10:55:13 EST snacks??? More calories needed Hey ladies, <BR> I'm not getting enough calories and was looking for some good options for snacks. What is your favorite snack? I'm also hoping that this will help boost my milk supply. <BR> <BR> I think my weight is not moving cause I'm not eating enough and the body is on starvation mode, not weight loss mode. <BR> <BR> Thanks for any thoughts! <em>334</em> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 10:59:04 EST Sexy in 6 Challenge! (2012) I thought today was a good day to announce this challenge <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Sexy in 6 will be our new challenge! <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> This challenge will encourage you to exercise 6 times a week for 6 weeks. <BR> <BR> This does NOT have to be a sweat fest each day! <em>211</em> Just getting a 30 min cardio session in 3-4x a week and doing a daily Coach Nicole workout from this site would be great! That's my plan. <BR> <BR> If anyone wants to add losing 6 lbs in the 6 weeks f... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 12:24:56 EST Nursing at my MIL So there has been various time when I have told my MIL I need to nurse the baby that she is hungry and my MIL turns and walks away with the baby in her arms. I tend to get a little mad. I firmly state and take the baby, she needs to eat... it has been x amount of hours since she last nursed. and is now showing signs she is hungry. She often doesn't believe me. She even came down stairs where I was nursing to see if I was nursing the baby. <BR> The other day we stopped over for a visit and I ... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 20:47:41 EST So happy for a BF group I'm so excited to join this group. I gained 45lbs with this my 3rd pregnancy, my cute little guy Jax is 3.5months now. 6 weeks after he was born I jumped into P90X right away and it shocked my system, I wasn't able to pump hardly anything. I stopped and then my supply came back. I have 5lbs left to loose to reach my prebaby weight but in reality would like to loose 15lbs. <BR> Are there any other pumping mommies on this board? Anyone else feel left out at work due to it, I use up all o... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 14:20:09 EST New to team! Hi! <BR> I'm back on sparkpeople and new to this team! I gave birth to my first child in August 2011 and have been exclusively breastfeeding him since then. We went through some rough patches in the beginning, but now he's a champ at it! I'm hoping to continue to breastfeed him to 12 months or as long as he wants to. I'm excited and nervous to start my weight-loss journey again, but I only have 10 pounds to lose to get to my pre-pregnancy weight. Fri, 10 Feb 2012 15:47:31 EST I'm New and I need MAJOR support! Hi All! <BR> <BR> Im a mom of three, but I have been pregnant 5 times in the last six and a half years. I have been continuously pregnant or nursing :) I have never really tried to lose weight and now I am realizing that I don't have very good eating or exercise habits. I Have 25 lbs. to lose and I am nervous about trying to lose weight while BFing. Any good tips? I don't want my supply to go away, but I do want to wear a bathing suit in summer. I'm glad I found this group! Thanks all... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 23:34:14 EST Help, Looking for a new Nursing bra Just wondering if anyone knows of a affordable (Under $35) Nursing bra? I have a 13 month old so I am not sure how much longer we will be day time nursing. I plan to go two years but I am thinking we may be mornings and evening before too long. <BR> <BR> My last two Bras the under wire broke on me. I am a size 40GG although I hope to be loosing weight soon and hopefully a cup size. Just another reason I don't want to get another $60 bra <BR> <BR> Any suggestions would be appreciated <BR... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 10:07:00 EST Thank you to all who encouraged me It is really sad for me to say that I have had to officially stop breastfeeding. After seeking out a lactation consultant and following her advice for over a week, my body is just not producing milk. We have tried and tried. Aiden still refuses to nurse. I have been really upset these last few days and I am not quite over it. I am disappointed in my body. I feel as it has failed not only me but Aiden. So I am just wanting to say thank you to everyone that helped and encouraged me along the wa... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 22:03:54 EST Emotional eating Okay, we just moved to South Korea from the US, and we did so when my daughter was 3 months old. She is now 5 months, nursing is going great, but I am hungry ALL. THE. TIME. I keep trying to log calories and such, but then I go way over in the evening because I'm starving and blow it. Not sure if I'm emotionally eating or if my calorie range is way off. I have it set to 1500. How do you ladies do it? I have been the same weight for the past 5 months, which is 20-30 pounds over where I'd like ... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 20:25:30 EST Are you done? Or are you planning another baby? Just wondering who is where in their family planning. <BR> I have a beautiful 6 year old daughter and a cuddly 16 month old son and I find myself aching for just one more baby. <BR> But I'm terrified of having three kids! Sun, 5 Feb 2012 10:01:08 EST my last baby Hello everyone! My name is Amanda and I have 4 beautiful children (8,5,4 and 4 months). I may not be new to SP or to the mommy thing but I am glad I found this group. I have reciently had some problems with my LO not wanting to nurse for very long, but if i sit her up then she screames bloody murder! I also work full time and pump when at work. As she is my last baby I want to BF as long as I can. Until now I havent reallybeen watching what i eat but as i put my pants on for work they are... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 15:49:42 EST I'm glad a found you Hi! <BR> <BR> I'm Julie, a mother of three, breastfeeding for over 5 years non-stop. In fact, I breastfed my two sons when the second was born then my daugther was breasfed with her brother for a few months also. <BR> <BR> Anyway, since my last baby is 10 months old, I wanted to start loosing all this pregnancy/breastfeeding weight I gained over the years. Well, I'm not sure if it's not pounds I kept for breastfeeding because I always keep 2-3 kilos from my pregnancies. Well I also move ... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 07:41:30 EST New mom here! Hey everyone! My name is Nicole and my beautiful little Mila will be 2 months old tomorrow. I gained 40 lbs while pregnant, 25 lbs came right off in the first 2 weeks, but I've been stuck there since. I joined Spark for motivation and to keep track of my fitness. I exclusively breastfeed so I'm not watching calories at all, just trying to make healthy choices when I reach for food. Tue, 31 Jan 2012 13:02:28 EST Who Still Nurses to Sleep? Hi all! I am wondering something... my little guy is 6 months old and I have him in a pretty good habit of nursing to sleep. I am wondering if anyone else in the group does this? It doesn't bother me and yes, he does still wake in the night to nurse (normally just once) but I am not sure if it is out of need or want. I was wanting to pick everyone's brains about thoughts on this. Is this a not such a good habit to have him in? Should I be working with him to fall asleep on his own? Am ... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 09:00:40 EST Nursing an agressive 14 month old Hi Mommies! <BR> <BR> My little boy is still nursing at least 5 times a day. He wants to nurse whenever the thought crosses his mind. Like when I walk in the room lol. I stay at home with him so it's usually not a problem. But when we have visitors over, he will whine, grunt, put his hands down my shirt, open my shirt & look in, ect! I'll try to distract him with a cup of milk or juice and he will throw it. I'll tell him to wait until nap time. Just wondering how to teach him some manners. T... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 02:15:03 EST 40 Preggo Pounds Still Hanging on After 10 months! Hello! I have a beautiful 10-month-old baby boy, and I am back on Sparkpeople to help me lose the 40 pounds of baby weight that just doesn't want to let go! I have used Sparkpeople in the past and LOVE it, I have lost weight using it and I also use it to track whether I am getting what I need (protein as I am vegetarian, etc.) I think I know my problem... I am eating WAY too much of the wrong foods, and also I am eating dairy, which my body does NOT tolerate! I quit dairy about 4 years ag... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 00:43:11 EST So glad I found this group! Hi all! I'm Michelle, 27 year old mommy to two. It would be so great to find some buddies here. <BR> My highest weight was 272, I lost down to 199. Then once I got pregnant with my second child, I hit up to 260. I've started the new year at 246 and am hoping to get down to 219 by my birthday in May. I'm going slow of course because I'm breast feeding, so I'm looking at losing a pound to pound and a half a week. <BR> I stay at home during the day, so I have a lot of time to think about ea... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 00:59:48 EST New to the group! Hi everyone! My name is Michelle and I am a mother of two beautiful children. My son, Haden is turning 3 in March and my daughter, Hailie was just born December 20th, 2011. She was a little early (I was due January 5th) but is a healthy little one. She weighed in at 6 lbs 14 oz. and 21 inches long (tall like her daddy!). My husband, Ethan and I have been together for 5 years, married for 2 of those years and he's still the love of my life! <BR> <BR> Anyways, I am exclusively breastfee... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 13:07:30 EST Having a rough time I am having such a rough time breastfeeding. My supply has gone super low that we have has to resort to supplementing. I tried pumping 3x at work today and got maybe 2-3 ounces. I really don't want to give up. He is 10mth and I was hoping for longer than 12mths but I am not sure what else to do. The lactation consultants were really rude. I tried to go to a breastfeeding class and they pretty much did not help me at all. I was highly disappointed. Any ideas? I have tried Oatmeal, lots of wate... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 22:15:52 EST Nursing necklaces what are they and do you use? Do you use a nursing necklace? I am trying to figure out what I can do to get my baby to nurse under a blanket for privacy. She wants to hold on to my cloths and my bra while nursing and often my fingers. Has anyone else had this problem? she is just about 4 months old. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 21:49:13 EST sleep deprived with a two week old..and loving it! I just had baby #3 two weeks ago and things are going well, other than the fact she is awake more at night than she is during the day. It is amazing how tiny they are when they are born (though she wasn't all that small....9 lb, 15 oz). You forget quickly how little they are once they start to grow. I compare her to my 4 and 6 year old, and am amazed once again by their little lives! <BR> I am motivated to go back to my weight loss now that she is here. I gained about 45 lbs with this pre... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 14:36:49 EST An exercise program that works for me! A huge, heartfelt thank you to the mom who pointed me to ChaLEAN Extreme. I asked for it for Christmas. The class times at the gym weren't working for me and I was having trouble sticking with any videos or spark programs. I was once very small and strong, but 7 years of university and 2 babies later and I'm at my heaviest ever - 160 lbs. I love the heavy weights, the positive attitude Chalene has - "This is hard, and I can do it!", the inspiring moms who are on the video, and all the variety... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 10:57:02 EST Hello at six weeks and two days Hi All, <BR> I had a beautiful baby girl six weeks ago. Nursing is going well, sleeping less well. I have gained about 10 pounds from my lowest post-pregnancy weight, and I want to try to start eating healthier. I'm not really interested in dieting, and I'm being pretty patient about plans to start trying - I figure I have enough going on right now. But I want to start thinking about things and eating right for better energy and I'm up all hours with nothing to do but surf around on the c... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 07:44:44 EST Back in saddle w/ 6 mo, 4 yo, 6 yo I am sooo ready to get my body strong and healthy and lean again. Relieved to be done having babies and ready to get strong enough to PLAY with them like I want to in my heart. Had a crazy pregancy- 2 months bedrest on a pre-existing back injury that I had spent 1 year in physical training for and had made amazing recovery from, lost lots of weight...all down the drain during the 2 months of bedrest. Starting at square one, but my little nursing guy is helping me drop some weight :-) <BR> <B... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 16:23:00 EST Hi!! Hi! I'm Kristin. I've been on Sparkpeople before, but I've never really participated in the sparkteams. I need to lose some weight. I would be satisfied with about 20 pounds. I've lost 15 pounds without being on a particular diet plan, but I am day weaning and I know I will struggle with weight gain. I have been breastfeeding for a year and will continue in the afternoons and evenings as long as LO wants. I am on the BabyCenter boards a lot, and I love them, so I thought this would help me as... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 13:19:38 EST Hello from NC! I am new to the Team, but not to BFing or SP! <BR> <BR> I am Kyria from NC! I am a 28 year old wife and mother to two. DH and I have been married 6 years. Our son is 4 and our daughter is 6 months. <BR> <BR> I BFed my son for a 12 months and a week or two, he weaned himself. I am currently BFing my daughter and have been exclusively for the past 6 months (she started solids this past weekend). I plan to continue BFing until she weans herself. <BR> <BR> I have struggled with my weight for ... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 11:38:14 EST 2 years! Today is my son's second birthday! I officially made it to the two year mark with breastfeeding! There was a time when I wasn't sure we would make it to 12 months and look where we are now. <BR> <BR> About a month ago we cut back from twice a day to only once a day but we still include it in our nighttime routine. I'm not sure when we will quit. Maybe in the next 6 months. I probably won't be having more kids so I'm trying to savor this while it lasts. :) Tue, 3 Jan 2012 13:10:32 EST new mommy here! Hi everybody! Happy New Year! I'm so happy there's a group for breastfeeding moms! I know I just gave birth almost 3 weeks ago, but I want to try to get on track with my nutrition. Since I gave birth right before the holidays i of course didn't mind eating :) <BR> <BR> I'm breastfeeding 8-12 times a day and i know that helps with burning calories. I'm currently 159 pounds, already lost 23 pounds from the pregnancy and i know that breastfeeding will not cut me losing the rest, prepregnanc... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 13:14:06 EST Chatting in the New Year 2012! Happy New Year Breastfeeding mamas! <BR> <BR> So what your plans for the new year? Any big changes? Any great habits you established that you are going to continue? <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a healthy and successful 2012! <em>247</em> Sat, 31 Dec 2011 19:26:11 EST catching up Hi ladies, <BR> <BR> I haven't been on since in signed up for the group in Sept (EEK) I have been sooo busy with babies i never get a free moment. I am happy to say that BF is going great and soooo happy i don't have to have the all consuming breast pump relationship this go around cause i resigned from my job! I wasn't for sure if i was going to so know i have to figure out what to do with the 100+ oz of milk i already have strored up in the deep freeze. <BR> <BR> My diet and exercice... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 08:11:57 EST Back again! So this is my fourth time back to Spark and this team... Zac was a total handful and nursing has almost ended several times because he was such a handful, but we seem to be on track and gaining again at last, I hope it continues this time... You would think that a fourth time nursing Mum would have no issues, but SURPRISE!!! First off he didn't have the greatest latch and he got thrush and I had a yeast infection. My supply took a major hit and he lost over a pound in weight. thankfully he wa... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 02:34:20 EST Sort of new! Hello! <BR> <BR> I joined sparkpeople a long time ago and became motivated back in May to lose the baby weight. That kind of fell by the wayside and I stopped working out and eating well. My son just turned 1 and I am proud to say that I've nursed him the entire year! I'm planning on continuing for a while too. <BR> <BR> My motivation came when I saw the videos and pictures from his first birthday party and could not believe the bulge on me. All I could see was that and not even focus on my... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 09:41:43 EST Anyone else go dairy free while nursing? My son was diagnosed with severe GERD. I figured out very quickly that dairy is a huge trigger for him, so I have eliminated it from my diet. Something else is bothering him, but I haven't been able to figure it out on my own, so we recently saw a naturopath and are waiting on the results. Anyone else going through this and trying to lost weight? Any tips/tricks? Wed, 28 Dec 2011 20:15:27 EST Hello Hey Everyone! My name is Jessica. I'm 28 yrs old, mother of 2 girls, wife of 4 yrs. My oldest Daughter is 2 1/2 yrs and my 2nd daughter is almost 8 mo. I joined spark people a few years ago and did nothing with it. Needless to say, I'm still overweight, and hate every minute of it. I've battled my weight my entire life, but this is the heaviest I've ever been. I'm realizing every day that I need to lose this weight so I can be a better mother, to be a better wife, and to be a happier person. ... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 16:04:01 EST Hope it was good! Hi there all! I hope your Christmas was everything you hoped it would be! Mine was! Not only do I have my new little girl with us but we had 2 days of gifts for the older kids with both sides of the family.. My husbands parents and us haven't been in contact for almost 3 years till last summer! It was amazing! I missed them so much but do to some problems hubby said we need some time. But now we are a whole family again! :D And I hope all of you have a WONDERFUL NEW YEAR!! <em>107</em> <em>... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 05:06:48 EST Happy Holidays to you! Wishing all who celebrate Christmas a very Merry Christmas holiday <em>446</em> and wishing all a Wonderful New Year! <em>411</em> <BR> <BR> I hope all of you have a great time celebrating and relaxing with friends and family! <em>220</em> Sat, 24 Dec 2011 19:50:54 EST Hi there.. New to group! Hi there I am new to this group. My name is Brittany I am a young mom to now 3 children! my husband and I have been married for 7 years this feb. and we have 2 girls and 1 boy. Our daughters are 6yrs and 10 days old. Our son is 4yrs old. I had a very complex pregnancy with Gestational diabetes but I made it threw healthy and so did my little girl. I lost a bunch of weight while I was pregnant and I am still making the same healthy choices to loose even more and get down to my goal! :) I am ex... Fri, 23 Dec 2011 06:05:17 EST My baby is 5 months old and I'm ready to return! Hi there! I decided to return to Spark as of yesterday, came in and re-did my page and re-did my goals to make more sense for me and now my crazy life ever since having my first baby 5 months ago. I have been breastfeeding him ever since he was born, since I have returned to work I have had to supplement with some formula, I have to blame my busy life and my not so great pump but I am pleased with his growth and development and choose not to sell myself short. I do plan on continuing to breas... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 13:29:00 EST When are the growth spurts for a baby? My baby seems to be nursing every hour and half - 2 hrs today. She has been sleeping a lot as well. I was wanting to know when a babies have there growth spurts. She is just three months old now. Tue, 20 Dec 2011 17:11:21 EST Here we go again! I am bsck after a year away from SP! I am a new mommy and have a 3 month old son. I rarely have time to get on the computer, exercise or do anything for myself. I was overweight before getting pregnant. So now I have an extra 10 lbs of baby weight to loose. I am excluseivly breastfeeding. I need some help finding some simple exercises I can do at home. I am starting to feel a little depressed and I know that the lack of exercise and being overweight make this worse. Any advise would b... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 20:36:32 EST Is it my imagination? Ever since I started tracking my fitness minutes, calories, and water I've noticed an increase in my milk supply. My DD isn't nursing less often or energetically, however I seem fuller by the next time feeding rolls around, especially on the days I do well with my fitness minutes. Could I have increased my milk supply with the changes I've been making? <BR> Fri, 2 Dec 2011 14:48:01 EST Finally over We are officially done nursing. We made it to 15 months!!!!!!!!! I'm hoping now I can finally lose this weight. This was the first baby that during nursing I didn't lose every pound of baby weight. Hopefully now I can change my diet completely and really burn some calories. Wed, 30 Nov 2011 15:07:12 EST Losing weight while breastfeeding I am currently breastfeeding my 3 month old son and am ready to lose some weight. With my daughter, I left the hospital back to my pre prego weight, but this time around was different:( I have about 10 to go and was just wondering what the guidelines are for losing weight without sacrificing supply. My nutrition tracker recommends I eat 1200 to 1500 calories a day, is that enough to maintain my supply and lose weight??? Wed, 30 Nov 2011 13:55:05 EST Fall flu Well, bad news was I got the flu. Three days of grossness. Good news is I feel like I've had a detox. Bad news - it was the first time that my milk's dropped off - it was hard to stay hydrated. One evening at 9:00 I was having an extra meal and a litre of water to catch up. Good news - neither kid got it, milk supply is back, and I lost 3 lbs. I don't lose weight breastfeeding very easily so this was a nice surprise this morning when I got on the scale. <BR> Hope you're all healthy! Tue, 29 Nov 2011 10:33:09 EST Discomfort while nursing My son is 14 months old and he still nurses first thing in the morning and again before bed. I don't think he's ready to give up nursing entirely, but I'm finding it increasingly uncomfortable. It's not painful, but it is a terribly irritating feeling. The only reason I've been able to stick with it is because he is finished fairly quickly. My nipples seem to be getting more and more sensitive as time passes. Has anyone else experienced this? Is it just because he nurses less often and for le... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 10:03:49 EST Fluctuations in milk supply Is anyone else obsessed with her milk supply? <BR> <BR> After a rough start and a lot of work to get my milk to an adequate supply, I freak out every single time there's a change. I'm down on supply today and I don't know why, and I'm panicked. Usually I can pump about 4-6 oz, last night three hours after a regular feeding I could only get 3, and this morning 4 hours after a feeding I got the same. I've had to nurse three times since as my breasts just aren't filling up as fast as usual <em... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 15:31:37 EST HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving! <em>429</em> <BR> Have a wonderful holiday with your family and friends! <BR> <BR> <em>429</em> <em>471</em> <em>426</em> Thu, 24 Nov 2011 10:33:06 EST Interesting Research on Calories burned BFing... I found a very intersting research paper on the calories expended during breastfeeding here: <BR><BR>86e0b.htm#TopOfPage <BR> <BR> It's a report on energy ependitures at all stages of life and this points you to the section on lactation. I can't speak to the accuracy of the report but it appears well documented. It looks like it was a report based on a convened group of experts for the world health organization. <BR> I think it's worth a read if you... Tue, 22 Nov 2011 15:13:11 EST First SparkTeam Hi All. <BR> <BR> I'm a mom with a toddler and an almost-four month old. I have extra weight from last pregnancy and then some from this one as well that I'm looking forward to losing. Weight loss does not seem to happen easily for me while breastfeeding and it makes it difficult to continue doing the right things when I don't feel like I'm seeing results on the scale. The good news is my muscle mass is WAY up and I went and bought a new pair of jeans last week because the size 14 post-pregn... Fri, 18 Nov 2011 22:42:42 EST Weigh in question.... I was curious how accurate your weigh in's are while BFing. I mean my weight could be off by quite a bit just based on if he ate well at his last feeding. I don't want to get discouraged when my weight goes up and down so I have been staying away from the scale, but I do need to weigh in once a week. I have been weighing in first thing in the morning after he has his morning feeding so that should help. Just curious how it is for everyone else. Tue, 15 Nov 2011 18:22:50 EST Pro-Brea tfeeding Organizations? Anyone know of any pro-breastfeeding organizations to support or donate to? Tue, 15 Nov 2011 17:40:07 EST Nursing in Public? War stories... I just came across a story about Natalie Hegedus, who was called out by a judge for breastfeeding in his courtroom. The report of the court transcripts sounded so humiliating that I got mad and it wasn't even me. I live in CA, and here if it's legal for you to be in a place, it's legal for you to nurse there. I'm from the conservative Midwest, and think CA's a bit too liberal in most cases but in terms of legally protecting breastfeeding I think they've got it right. Has any of you been a... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 17:39:21 EST what made you smile today <em>334</em> Playing with my little baby! and hearing her <BR> baby sounds in response. <em>183</em> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 12:55:51 EST Back to SP, New to Team Hello All! <BR> <BR> I am a new, first-time mom and ready to get in shape! I had started my program with SP about a year before I got pregnant. I gained more weight during my pregnancy than I had wanted, and have had a HORRIBLE time with it since. My baby girl was born 10 weeks early, and life in the NICU was not very conducive to weight loss. After a real struggle to get it going, I am now exclusively breastfeeding, so want to make sure I lose my weight gradually and healthily, so DD still ... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 14:16:21 EST Green Poop Okay guys... I am having green poop issues. I am not 100% sure what to make of it. Here is the thing, I don't know if it is an over supply issue. He has had the tendency to get green poop and I asked his doc about it and she said that green poop is normal she said it was a good sign that his liver was doign what it was supposed to be doing and delivering a shot of bile. Lately though, it has been green pretty much all the time. I am wondering if it could possibly be oversupplly -- hind/f... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 13:54:41 EST Hello, I'm new! Hi everyone! I just had my baby girl 3 weeks ago and Ialso have a little boy who will be 2 at the end of December. I'm a working mom who is on maternity leave until the end of January. I'd really like to lose this weight by then. I gained 25 and have lost 16, but I still had an extra 10 from my son's pregnancy. I learned from nursing him for 12 months (weaning during the 13th) that I do not lose weight while breastfeeding. I'm definitely going to be more pro-active about the eating righ... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 15:17:21 EST Sewing my own apron for bf Has anyone made there own apron with a booby trap so you can see the baby? I am going to buy material soon. <BR> <BR> I would like to make something with fleece for the baby and I... any suggestions. <BR> Have a great day everyone. Mon, 7 Nov 2011 13:04:09 EST I'm back and SO excited Hi everyone. Olivia Josephine was born 9-30 and I am so glad to have the BF group back on my spark page! It was such a life saver and invaluable source of info that helped my nursing experience with my son (who will be 2 in january) become such a success! Sat, 5 Nov 2011 17:01:05 EST Bf question This may be a simple question: I wanted to know, when I start of bf on one breast and the baby goes to sleep after finishing... do I give her the other breast the next feed. I sometimes wonder if she got the hind milk.. if she only feeds for 10-15 mins on the one side? <BR> <BR> 2. I often forget which side I nursed on. Anyone have any suggestions. <BR> 3. How long does it take the baby to get the hind milk? <BR> 3. do different holds burn more calories? do to the latching? <BR> 4. can a ba... Sat, 5 Nov 2011 15:25:45 EST I Hurt my neck breast feeding I think I pulled a muscle in my neck while breast feeding two days ago. It could have been bec I was using a chair with no arms and trying to use this nursing apron that doesn't have a big enough neck hole to see the baby. Are there any exercises I could do to take away the pain? Fri, 4 Nov 2011 11:25:59 EST Do I have to leave this team? I know I'm not very active in here and now I can finally admit to myself that we are done nursing, So I am no longer a breastfeeding mom. I can try to offer advice whenever I can? <BR> <BR> Last month I had to be put on heavy antibiotics and was in the hospital for three days so we got a push from outside forces and when I came home I was on the drugs for two weeks and they made me so sick that I didn't want to pass them onto my little guy. He has struggled with losing his 'num-nums' as h... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 21:58:34 EST 100 by January To go with the losing 10 lbs challenge...who wants to walk 100 miles with me by January 1st? That's 9, a little over 10 miles a week...just a little over a mile a day!!! It can be as fast (or slow) as you want... <BR> <BR> We can update our miles as we do them. <BR> <BR> Miles walked: <BR> Previous miles: <BR> Current miles: <BR> <BR> Anyone up for it? Sun, 30 Oct 2011 13:49:05 EST Back to SP!!! I'm Eliza and my lil man is 6.5 months old and finally getting back into the groove of things! We're still mostly breastfeeding with a few solids here and there ;) Sun, 30 Oct 2011 10:27:36 EST Tracking Calories burned I am having a really hard time trying to figure out my calories burned. On SP, there seems to be no area to include breastfeeding mothers. And when I go to other sites to use their calculators, I get figures much higher than the tracker on here gives me, almost 100 calorie difference. I walk at least 3 xs a week, and I am trying to accurately count the caolries burned. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks alot <em>311</em> Sat, 29 Oct 2011 12:19:34 EST Breast feeding question <em>251</em> I am new to breast feeding and I have some questions. <BR> 1 I am wanting to know. I noticed at times when I am bf the baby will latch on and then delatch and then start crying... she has had some milk at that point. She just starts to fuss and I can't get her to latch. I then try to burp her.. which is successful at times and not other times. Perhaps I am misreading her hungry signals? <BR> <BR> I have also started to try and nurse with her in my arms. I was using the footb... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 17:48:15 EST Return of periods??? I'm exclusively bf'ing my 7 week old daughter, and yesterday my period returned! WTH! <BR> <BR> I thought breastfeeding would keep the monthly visitor from returning for much longer than this. When I was pumping and supplementing with formula for DS 2 years ago, it took 4 months for my period to come back. I don't understand. Has anyone else had their periods return this early? <BR> Mon, 24 Oct 2011 11:40:01 EST Hey There! Hi all! <BR> <BR> I have been an on again, off again, sparker for awhile. I joined during the last 10 lbs of a 30 lb weight loss right after I got married. <BR> <BR> Now, I had my first baby 8 months ago! Breastfeeding is going great, and weight maintenance WAS going great...until I started working out!!! Now I seem to have a hard time keeping up with eating enough, and I end up bingeing at night. <BR> <BR> I'm really trying to find something that is going to work. My baby seems t... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 23:23:37 EST Hey, back after having a baby <em>251</em> <BR> Hi everyone, I am returning to SP after having a baby boy 8 weeks ago. I am excited about my weightloss this time around. I have already 5 lb less than my pre-pregnancy weight. I didn't gain alot, only 14 lb, and my baby was 9 lb 13 oz, and 23 in. long. But with PCOS, I have had a hard time losing weight. So this 5 lb is alot to me. Well, i'm glad to see that there is a team for brestfeeding moms here. Thank you. <BR> <BR> And goodluck to all! Sun, 23 Oct 2011 12:44:51 EST Period Returning Hi, I my DD is 8 months old and I still haven't started a period yet. How long before everyone else started? Sun, 23 Oct 2011 12:34:07 EST Hi! Hello Mommy's.. <BR> I am a new mommy to a 6 month old baby girl! And I & cherish every minute of breastfeeding—the benefits are definitely a plus, for both baby & me!! I still have some pounds to shed until I reach my prepreg weight—but with the help of my daughter, I should be a-okay bcz my calorie burn is in overdrive! Take care... <BR> <BR> -Keish <BR> <em>211</em> Thu, 20 Oct 2011 17:09:41 EST Fall chat-what's up? It's been a while since our last chat-time for a new one! <BR> How is everyone doing? How are those cute nursing babies?? Tue, 18 Oct 2011 17:31:10 EST 10 in 10 Challenge! (2011) Hello Breastfeeding Moms~! <BR> <BR> This is the 10 in 10 Challenge! Lose 10 lbs in 10 weeks! <em>7</em> <BR> I thought this would be a good challenge during the holiday season. Nothing too heavy duty but enough to keep us all in line and looking great for those holiday gatherings! <em>446</em> <BR> It will also be a great motivator for us to start the New Year on the right track! <BR> <BR> First weigh in is Monday Oct. 24 <BR> 10/24 <BR> 10/31 <BR> 11/7 <BR> 11/14 <BR> 11/21 <BR> 11/28... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 17:27:36 EST Question about Suddenly Cutting Too Many Calories Hi Girls, <BR> <BR> I know that we are not supposed to go under our calorie range while breastfeeding, but what if we have been eating way more calories than we need for a while now. For example, what if I have been eating 3000 calories a day, when I only need 2000 while breastfeeding. If I suddenly cut my calories to 2000 or so, will it impact my breastfeeding? Should I gradually decease these calories instead? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 19 Sep 2011 12:35:54 EST New BC causing weight gain? Hi there! <BR> <BR> I had to switch to a medium strength bc pill because I got pregnant on the mini pill in June. Unfortunately, I lost the baby. I just started the new meds this week. Yesterday, I weighed, and it said I gained 7 lbs within 24 hours.....Okay, that obviously can't be right. I feel like a bloated mess. My clothes don't fit. But this week has been my best week for activity and food in over a year!! I lost 3 lbs at the first half of the week....What gives? Do you think it's the ... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 15:44:59 EST Back to SP and Frustrated! :/ Hello! I just had my third baby last week and I am trying breastfeeding with her. I really want to and surprisingly enjoy it. I heard it is hard to lose weight while BF, and that is a big concern to me because I am at my absolute heaviest I have EVER been!! I have been a member of SP for a year and a half now, and I was successful with it. I want and need to lose weight, and I want to BF, but I have become very frustrated with it unfortunately. Baby wasnt latching on to one side very well, so... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 16:48:14 EST New to team My husband and I just had our 5th baby three months ago and little Kelsey joined the family. I am at my highest weight ever and because I am breastfeeding and need to lose weight, I don't want to hurt my milk supply. Looking forwad to learning some new stuff and losing weight healthily. Fri, 26 Aug 2011 22:00:07 EST Back to to Team Hi mamas! I'm coming back to Spark after giving birth to my 3rd child, Penny, born in late July. Let me tell ya, 10 months of ice cream cravings took their toll, and I feel absolutely 100 percent disgusting :D I know we're supposed to be all positive and eliminate that type of language, but what can I say...I feel like a fat jiggling pile of steaming poop right now!! <BR> <BR> I know this is gonna be the slow train (especially since I'm nursing and intend to for at LEAST the first year (i... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 15:30:11 EST Hello! My name is Becky and my baby girl is 16 weeks old. I breastfeed and supplement formula as I was never able to produce enough to EBF. I've been a member of SP for years and joined Babyfit when i got pregnant but it was not the same as SP so I was eager to get back. I am back down to my pre-preg weight but need to shed about another 40 lbs. I'm glad to find other BF moms trying to loose weight since I know its not really recommended. I just joined a biggest loser challenge and I'm not aiming to... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 14:46:35 EST New! Hi everyone! My name is Nathalie, I'm 29 and I'm a mom to a beautiful 3 year old, and sweet little two week old, lol! I know it's early to think about losing weight, but I'm more interested in living a healthy lifestyle, so I rejoined Sparkpeople shortly before I had Olivia, so that way I could get back on track, starting with eating healthfully. I've been shrinking back to my pre-pregnancy size fairly quickly though, and right now I'm not worried about the quantity of food I'm eating, since ... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 22:18:01 EST Are you low carbing while BF? I know what the concerns are out there about low-carb while breastfeeding. That's not what I am asking about. What I am wondering is if there are any others out there like me who are low-carbing (even daring Induction) while breastfeeding? I'm not looking to start a debate here, just looking for others like me for support away from the message board. <BR> <BR> Thanks, gals! Happy nursing! Mon, 15 Aug 2011 21:30:07 EST New... sort of. So I did a really silly thing... I went to reset my goals. I needed a fresh start. Instead, I accidentally closed my account. So I'm in the process of finding my friends and teams. Wish me luck! Sun, 14 Aug 2011 15:11:54 EST New to the team! Hi fellow breastfeeding moms! I'm new to SP altogether. I'm the young (22) mother to 3 beautiful girls--4, 3, and 6 months old. After having the first 2, I immediately shrunk back to (almost) my prepregnancy size. Not this time!! I don't have that much to lose--maybe 15 lbs or so, but I have GOT to start eating and living healthy again for the sake of my whole family. I keep trying to start eating right but after a week I start sliding in the wrong direction! So I'm hoping if I join a communi... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 21:25:53 EST New to this team! Hi! My name is Jocelyn and have been on SP since Feb '10. SP helped me lose over 25 lbs until I became pregnant in Sept '10. I gave birth to my second DD who is exactly 2 months today. [I am in love all over again!!] <BR> <BR> As most of us on this team, I now have post-baby weight that I am anxious to lose! I need to lose about 16-17 lbs to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, but then I have another 15 or so lbs to get to my original goal weight (which I was working towards before becomin... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 01:01:38 EST Tips for keeping baby interested in nursing! My baby turns 9 months tomorrow and I have started noticing that she goes through spells where she would rather play than nurse. I nurse her before naps/bed and when she wakes up and also before she eats (or more if she likes, which isn't happening). Right now things seem back to normal but on Friday I was sure she was weaning and I was freaking out because she refused to nurse so I eventually gave her a bottle (she has probably had a bottle less than 10 times her entire life) that she read... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 14:50:53 EST hiya! I'm a first time mom with a seven week old baby girl. Last year I worked really hard on becoming healthy. I used Sparkpeople to help drop 20+ lbs and started running & cycling, but when I got pregnant the exercise tapered off and my eating went out the window. I ended up gaining about 50 lbs from my lowest weight (from 166 to around 213). <BR> <BR> I just went to my 6-week post-partum appointment and got the OK to return to my normal activities, which is great because I've been itching to g... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 14:33:13 EST New..again! This is my first time to this board, however, I've been on spark for a while-just took a break for a year due to life changes. <BR> Let's see-a brief intro of me. I have a 20 yo daughter and a 15 yo son with Asperger's syndrome. In the last year, I divorced my husband of 14 years, moved across state, got re-married, and bought my first house. My husband also has 2 children-a 20 yo daughter and a 19 yo son. We also have a friend of my stepson living with us. In addition to the 2 legged creatu... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 11:14:44 EST The incredible eating monster I started up work again, and have been increasing my workouts, and now I feel like my appetite is through the roof! I'm trying to fill up on salad and so forth but I worry that I'm eating much more than I should be. Eek. <BR> <BR> Or maybe it's all the pumping and feeding at night? My daughter is drinking a little from the bottle sometimes, but not entirely on it. (We were thrilled when she drank 2.5 oz. the other day - and when I'm in the office I'm gone from 4:30 AM to 4:00 PM, so as you ... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 08:56:47 EST Newbie Hi everyone *wave* <BR> <BR> I've got an 11 week old little one who I am exclusively BFing (despite Murphy's Law holding true - I'm so glad we have such an active chapter of La Leche League where I live or we wouldn't have made it). Thanks to 9 months of "morning" sickness, I didn't put on much weight when I was pregnant, but also can't lose what I did put on and seem to be putting on more now, despite trying to eat sensibly and exercise! I don't know if it is me trying to make up for 9 mo... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 08:08:03 EST back/new again :) Hi there :) I took a break from sparkpeople since I was pregnant yet again. I just had my 6th baby (our first girl after having 5 awesome boys!!) and want to get back into shape!!! I'm exclusively nursing and having a hard time fighting the wanting to eat all the time. Or at least trying to trade my cravings for something healthier. Any advice would be AWESOME!! Thu, 28 Jul 2011 22:16:32 EST New and need help! So yes I would like to loose weight but haven't been concerned with this lately. I lost quickly the first month and then nothing since leaving myself with 12+ pounds over prepregnancy weight. But at this time I am more concerned with my milk supply, my very slow let down, and a striking baby. I have been getting depressed lately because I feel like this is it for breastfeeding. My baby has been striking for over 2 weeks now. He has had a few good morning feeds and sometimes still wakes in the... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 02:45:39 EST Night weaning a bad sleeper? DD was 2 in June, and she LOVES her milkies. She still nurses several times a day when I'm not at work, and a lot at night too. She is also a horrible sleeper, always has been. Often times I give in and I let her co-sleep with me, but then hubby has to sleep on the couch, and I don't sleep well either so that is no longer working very well for us. We feel that at age 2 she should be able to sleep in her toddler bed. <BR> But the problem is, we can't get her to sleep in there. She keeps askin... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 00:50:47 EST new here Hello I am new here. I am a mother of three ages 6yrs,3yrs, and 2 months. I am a full time breastfeeder and did with all three kids. Hoping to get rid of this baby weight cause I gained 45 pounds with this one :(. I am really glad to be a breastfeeder this time lol. I have been with spark people for 5 days and have already lost and I think its amazing. I am currently trying to eat 1900 calories, does this seem good? Thanks for any answers. :) Thu, 21 Jul 2011 09:57:39 EST Breast Pumps Hi all! I am not quite to the b/f stage yet (I am almost 38 weeks along) and I recently got my breast pump and had a question. I seem to remember in the past that they had to be sanitized before each use but the one I got (the Lanisnoh Manual one) says to sanitize before first use and doesn't say anything about it beyond that. I was curious what you other breastfeeding mommies are doing? Sat, 16 Jul 2011 12:00:32 EST Biting while Breastfee ding!!!!! My son is almost 10 months old. He is still mostly BFed, he does eat some solid food. He has had 8 teeth for about a month. When he started to get teeth he started to bite me when he was nursing, usually towards the end of a nursing session which I would typically end at that point. I realized at the time that I had been letting him kind of gum my nipple at the end of nursing sessions, but it didn't register until it hurt!!!! <BR> When he was getting his teeth he seemed to bite more, I was th... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 14:41:43 EST New here, need to loos lbs but not milk supply I had my baby in Jan 2011 I lost about 25-30 lbs right off while nursing. Now I have stopped. I need to loose weight and the flabby belly and thighs make me sick and want to cry...however I'm finding it hard to get and stay motivated and I think my milk supply is super sensitive to working out. It might be in my head. I need to loose weight but want to continue BFing until Jan 2012 any suggestions, anyone else milk supply sensitive to exercise? Thu, 14 Jul 2011 13:29:33 EST Summer Chat! Summer is usually slow at SP but I wanted to start this to see how mamas were doing over the summer months. <BR> <BR> What are your ups and downs so far this summer? <BR> <BR> I know I've been indulging a little too much with the ice cream and paying for it now.... <em>40</em> Yep, gained a few pounds that I'm working off now. I KNOW I should resist when the kids are getting some but it's so hard when it's hot out <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> On the upside, my youngest is turning 2 this week!... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 11:38:37 EST Does anyone know... Is it o.k. for me to pump my breastmilk if I am sick? I want to keep pumping, but I'm sick right now. Any info would be helpful! Thanks! Tue, 28 Jun 2011 20:40:09 EST Freaking out about Daycare/Going back to work Hi All! <BR> I just needed a space to vent, and I know the people here can be really supportive. <BR> My son is almost 10 weeks old starts day care in about a week, and I go back to work full time a few days after that. I'm totally freaking out about being able to pump enough milk for him while at work, making sure he has enough at daycare, etc. etc. <BR> I talked to my boss this week about pumping, and they're being really good about it and are going to try to find me an empty office to use ... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 21:09:55 EST Hi I'm new here! I just wanted to say hi to everyone. =) I'm new to this group but not new to spark people. I used spark people successfully in the past and I'm hoping it helps me again this time. <BR> <BR> I have 2 daughters. One born in November 2009 and one born April 2011 - 16 months apart. Eeek. I did not lose much weight after the first girl, but luckily I gained less with the 2nd baby so I didn't pile on additional weight from the 2nd pregnancy. So here I am needing to lose at least 50 pounds. 60 wou... Wed, 15 Jun 2011 14:09:17 EST New here.. not new to BFing Hi all! I am the mom of three kids, a five year old girl, a 3 year old girl, and a 13 month boy. I have been pregnant or nursing for about 6 years now, almost non-stop. (there was a 2 month break between my 3 year old nursing, and getting pregnant with my son). I, like many others, was always afraid to diet while nursing. But we are, I'm pretty sure, done having kids, and my sone is only nursing a few times a day, so a week after his first B-day, I decided to start loosing the weight. <... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 06:36:41 EST New mommy, about to go back to work Hi all!! My little guy is now 8 weeks old, and I go back to work in just 3 weeks. Breastfeeding has been going very well, but I'm starting to worry about fitting in all I have to do in a day once I go back to work full-time! I'm glad I found this group! <BR> Wed, 8 Jun 2011 10:54:51 EST Maternity Leave over... Time to pump! Happy Monday! <BR> <BR> This morning was tough, it was my first day back to work. I'm trying to change my attitude and be positive about things. <BR> <BR> * I know my children are in good hands <BR> * I brought healthy snacks so going back to work didn't trigger unhealthy stress eating <BR> * I have a wonderful job that has no problem with me taking breaks to pump. <BR> <BR> It was a pretty successful day. I am so lucky to work for a great company that is very supportive of breastfeeding... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 16:08:41 EST BF is my excuse..."But I'm a nursing mom!" Hello everyone! I'm a mom of two and currently nursing. And I make excuses for the food I put in my mouth. I can't count the times I've actually said out-loud, "well, I'm a nursing mom, I have to eat!" I try to justify my unhealthy eating by saying I'm nursing and need the calories. Or some other version that excuse. I'm hear to stop the excuses and realize this is the perfect time to get healthy, not continue down my usual path of excess. <BR> <BR> I am looking to build a support sys... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 20:25:02 EST Hi! First time mom here Hi everyone. My name is Cristin and I welcomed my first child 4 weeks ago. I was on spark before getting pregnant and want to get back into it. I am dying to go running again since I wasnt able to while pregnant. Hoping this team helps me figure out the weight loss while breastfeeding and keeping my daughter healthy. Thu, 2 Jun 2011 13:15:37 EST New here My name is Jenn. I am 23, a wife and am the mother of two boys, 20 months and 1 month old. <BR> <BR> I gained over 60lbs with my first pregnancy and maintained all of that weight between pregnancies. So I am back to my "birthing weight" of almost 200lbs again. I miss my pre-pregnancy weight of 130. Lol <BR> <BR> I started using Spark People last year right before I found out I was pregnant again, and the site and motivation from everyone was amazing. So I have decided to come back and get ... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 23:01:35 EST Plans for this weekend??? So what plans does everyone have for this weekend??? <BR> Anyone out of town? <BR> I was suppose to be, but are plans changed so now we are stuck at home. :( :( Sat, 28 May 2011 03:06:55 EST Who is here? Just curious this group seems kind of slow but I know I can not be the only Breast feeding Mommy out there trying to get healthy!!! Thu, 26 May 2011 21:54:35 EST Hi, I'm Tricia I came out of pregnancy on the under side of 200 and would like to stay there. I am breastfeeding a great big boy. He's had some health issues that have made life pretty interesting, but we got over one big hurdle yesterday, and we're 8 weeks out now. <BR> <BR> When I am stressed and have to remind myself to breath like a person, I think that if I were exercising I'd be breathing deep automatically. So I think it would help my mental health and stress level. <BR> <BR> I've been eating too ... Thu, 19 May 2011 12:02:03 EST Hello Everyone! I have not been on her for name is corina and I am a mother of three children..ages 5,3 and 1 years old. I have exclusively nursed all my children. My first born only 3 months supply second born 10 months..he self wean..and now my one year still exclusively breastfeed/ with solids. I am so happy we made this far and we both enjoy our nursing sessions.I still have some weight to lose but do not intend to restrict my diet because I do not want to lose my supply. I need to ... Thu, 19 May 2011 02:44:07 EST One Year does not like Whole Milk My baby girl Chloe turned 1 on mothers day!! We went to the doctor and she said I need to introduce her to whole milk. She never had a bottle.. she uses a sippy cup she drinks I tried the whole milk and she does not like at all she says no and throws the sippy cup. The doctor said I need to feed her more solids (she eats 3 times a day) and should only nurse twice a day. I have always nurse on demand and never force feed her..she weighs 16 pounds 14 oz and is in the 2% in weight heig... Thu, 19 May 2011 02:38:06 EST Baby #5 is here and mommy is sick of being fat... So I just had my fifth child (third in 16mths! Yes I know I am nuts). I had just weaned the twins and was just starting to lose the baby weight from the them when I hit a plateau. Took me a few weeks to realize that I was pregnant again (surprise!). Anyways my son is 3 weeks old and I am ready to start counting calories (not restrict, just count) and have been cleared to begin light exercise this friday. Hoping that with some exercise and controlling my calories I can stop gaining at least, a... Mon, 16 May 2011 18:48:15 EST 4 more weeks of matern. leave - pants don't fit I gained about 30 lbs during my second pregnancy. I'm down almost 20 lbs, but I go back to work in 4 weeks, and I don't want to have to buy a bunch of new clothes, and my pants aren't fitting. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that a bit of daily exercise (when I can fit it in!) and some more controlled eating will help me out. <BR> <BR> Fri, 13 May 2011 20:54:47 EST Baby is almost 4 mos time to get back on the ball Hello team! I have a 2.5 year old and a 4 month old. I did babyfit while I was preggo and up until now. But I feel like they allow you too many calories and I am not losing any weight, so I thought I would come on here and just add 300 calories to my calorie range to see if I can get some of this weight off. It seems so much harder to lose anything because I am breastfeeding. So I figured this would be a good group to be in so that I can get motivated by others in the same place as me. My goa... Fri, 13 May 2011 20:45:36 EST Obese Mommy of 9.5 Mos Trying to Kick More LBS Hi everyone!!! My name is Lauren and I'm the mother of a 5 year old boy and a 9.5 mos old girl. DD breastfeeds 4 times per day, eats 3 solid meals, plus a snack or two. I watched my diet closely while pregnant, only gaining 13 lbs. and I've lost close to 30 pp. I started my workout regamine about 5 weeks ago, and I'm not sure if I'm eating enough calories to support weight loss. My supply seems to be fine, but I'm ready to drop these pounds!!!! Any suggestions or info anyone could offer... Wed, 11 May 2011 15:10:22 EST Mindful eating Over the past two+ years I have become conditioned to eat all the time. I had to eat often when I was pregnant to help with the nausea and needed extra calories. For several months after my son was born, I had to eat whenever I found a moment because it was my only chance to eat (colicky infant). <BR> <BR> Then, I had to keep eating frequently, because I needed the extra calories for breastfeeding. Now that he's 16 months and I don't need to keep this up anymore, it seems to be a bad ha... Tue, 10 May 2011 17:49:05 EST Exercise with plugged ducts and large chest? Hi! My baby is six months old and nursed - tried a bottle of breast milk a couple of times and she wanted no part of it. I would love to be able to run again, or even walk fast but my chest is huge and I have a problem on one side with recurring plugged ducts. My chest even suffers when I ride the recumbent bike. I wear either a Bravado or Glamourmom nursing tank for a large chest (like a 38 G or something). I would love advice on how large chested women exercise and don't have painful p... Mon, 9 May 2011 10:20:08 EST Do I need to wait two months? I've read in a few places that a nursing mom should wait two months after birth before dieting. They didn't explain why. I'm curious whether it's due to concerns about milk production, or that your body just isn't ready to respond properly to calorie restrictions. Did you wait? If not, how did it go? Any tips? <BR> <BR> It's been a month. I've been starting to track calories and working on fitting in more workouts, and I'd like to get on track, especially since I have a wedding to go to in ... Fri, 6 May 2011 12:15:09 EST Mother's Day So what do you want realistically and what would you dream of having? Wed, 4 May 2011 23:20:48 EST Haven't lost a pound! Hello all! <BR> My name is Sheree. I am a mother of 2. A 8 year old girl and a 4 month old boy. I am breastfeeding/pumping exclusively and haven't lost a pound since delivery. I am trying to get on track to eating healthier and working out so I can shed the weight I gained during pregnancy. Thu, 28 Apr 2011 12:01:14 EST Arg Weightloss + BF So I am currently pregnant, although in my defense I got pregnant right after I stopped breast feeding my last baby. LOL I am one of those people that does NOT lose while breast feeding no matter what I do. As I sit here getting fat again with this pregnancy I am watching my good friend who is BF and lost all her weight the first 2 months and is now below her weight (she's under weight) because she can't stop losing. I just don't get it. Has anyone found any scientific evidence as to why ... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 16:41:28 EST BodyBugg, BodyMedia Fit/GoWear Fit and BFing Does anyone know if these will work while breastfeeding? I'm trying to decide if I should get one, but I don't know if it will somehow pick up calories I burn while BFing. Mon, 25 Apr 2011 21:22:12 EST Hi from Washington (State) Hey all my baby just turned 5 this week and I am unfortunately 5lbs heavier then I was at the height of my pregnancy weight. My issue is I used nursing (We nursed for 21 months) as an excuse to eat more. <BR> I got the best Christmas gift ever last year a new baby boy after years of trying for a 2nd. Did really good at not gaining much and walked out post partumn check up at the same weight I was 9 months earlier. <BR> I am nursing again want to make it to 2 years. I need to loose the wei... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 10:43:21 EST BFing WWs Mother of 2 Hi everyone! I am a breastfeeding WeighWatchers mother of 2...DD will be 4 in June (sob! where has time gone??) and DS just hit the 5mos mark last week! I am married, but am a single parent 5days/wk as DH works 4hrs from home. I am currently doing weightwatchers and am on maternity leave until November-ish. I live in a small rural community in Saskatchewan. Sun, 17 Apr 2011 22:30:47 EST Odd BFing concern. . . Ok, so in June my Husband and I (along with a few other couples) will be taking a two day trip which we will be leaving our kids with my brother and SIL for three days, two nights. I obvously won't be able to BF during that time and while my 15 month old is only nursing about 3-6 times a day I know we won't be weaned by then. I don't really WANT to be weaned by then! <BR> <BR> The problem is we are going by motorcycle and I won't be able to take a pump-precious limited space issue and I do... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 23:28:21 EST Pedi told me to wean I went to my son's 12 month check up the other day and was very shocked at his pediatrician's recommendation to wean him. She said it was bad for his teeth. All I could say was "Really? That's interesting. I haven't seen that research." I was floored. She's never really been pro-bf. She recommended ff when he was anemic (blamed it on the bm) and supplementing when he was first born.... <BR> <BR> I've been studying to beef up my research. Of course, people are starting to ask if... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 09:56:22 EST Baby 2 is here - time for me to get back on track! I just had my second baby (she is gorgeous!) and I'm excited about getting back on the healthy bandwagon. <BR> <BR> After my first daughter, I got to my goal weight thanks to SparkPeople. This pregnancy was much healthier than the previous one but I still have some work to do. <BR> <BR> I'm excited about getting to know you ladies and getting healthy together! <BR> <BR> I'll be starting slow and working up to my healthy habits again. Wed, 13 Apr 2011 13:25:11 EST Hi! Hi guys! I am Tara. I am not new to Sparkpeople but it has been a while. My page needs some major updating. I will get to that soon. Anyhow, i have three kids, (7), (3) and (4 Months) and am exclusively breastfeeding. I am so ready to lose some weight as i havent lost any past my first month after having my newest addition. I am sort of nervous about dieting and bfing as my milk supply took a nosedive when i tried it when my 3 year old was a baby. Any tips, ideas, etc are greatly appreciat... Sat, 9 Apr 2011 23:20:46 EST Hello! Preggo Mom Checking In! I thought I would go ahead and join the team even though I am still expecting (right now, I am 23 weeks). However, this is baby #4 and I have breastfed my three others and fully plan on breastfeeding this wee one, too! I love the experience and can NOT wait for the day to come that I can do it again! Such an amazing bonding experience for mom and baby!! <BR> <BR> BTW, my name is Amber, I have been on SP for over 4 years and currently lead the Natural Healing team and co-lead the Fit & Pre... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 16:07:32 EST Active EBF Moms, calorie range? I'm new to this team, and I've read through the Dieting 101 thread. I've figured out my calorie goal (at least I *think* I have), but want to know what you ladies are having success with for weight loss. I have become pretty active over the last few weeks. I'm doing about 6 hours of cardio a week and 3 days of weight training (burning at least 2500 calories/wk with exercise). I'm getting a range of 1850-2050 calories/day for weight loss. Do you think I'll need more since I'm more active?... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 11:19:53 EST Milk Supply Taking a Nosedive.... Ever since my kiddo has been sick, my milk supply has plummeted. I am not making enough to cover his bottles. In fact, I'm 2-3 ounces short every day. :( :( Unfortunately, my freezer supply was ruined because of a house fire... <BR> <BR> I just started taking Fenugreek today. I am eating SO much oatmeal, I could care less if I ever see another oat in my life. What else can I do? <BR> <BR> I was curious if any other mamas had this problem when their baby was sick. How long did it take for y... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 11:16:11 EST April Chat-what gets you motivated? Hello mamas! <BR> Come on in and chat about whatever you want! <BR> <BR> I thought to get us started I'd ask "What gets you motivated?" <BR> <BR> Overall, I just want to be healthy and toned. But right now, it's the thought of bare legs <em>40</em> Sun, 3 Apr 2011 18:14:14 EST Hi, I'm midge! I introduced myself in another place too, but it doesn't look like the different boards cross paths too often :) So I'll x-post my intro! <BR> <BR> I'm Midge! I'm a 31 yo mom of two awesome girls, aged 2.5 and 9 months. I am here to lose the last 10 pounds of baby weight. <BR> <BR> I'm a stay home mom, I'm a breastfeeding, homebirthing, cloth diapering advocate (not to say the alternatives aren't okay...just that I promote those things) <BR> <BR> My husband and I own a restaurant fo... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 10:47:24 EST This is kind of silly...but want your feedback So my calorie range is 1200 ish to 1550, which I'm adding 300 to because I'm still nursing my 9 month old daughter. (she also eats a fair amount of solids) <BR> <BR> Anyway...If I properly track and add those calories to my daily log sheet, I'm obviously almost always going over my allowed amount of when I look at "how I did" at the end of the day, I'm always getting the "you went over you need to do better" message. <BR> <BR> So yeah, like I said, kind of si... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 10:36:57 EST Hi! New mom here! Hello- <BR> <BR> I just wanted to introduce myself! My name is Andrea and I am a first time mom to 9 week old Eloise. She is the joy of our lives! I cannot imagine life without her now! The first few weeks were so hard, especially after a traumatic birth experience (induction, laboring for two days, followed by a C-section :(!) and a tricky start to breast feeding (was in the NICU for two days and bottle fed, then couldn't latch!), but she is a beautiful, calm little girl. <BR> <BR> My h... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 18:58:13 EST Help! Losing milk supply after working out So I am pumping and giving my daughter breastmilk exclusively. Well a week ago, I really started to work out to try to get started losing this baby weight. I overproduce and normally pump out 5 1/2 oz every feeding. Well by last weekend, I was only pumping out 3 oz or so. I rested over the weekend and by Sunday night I was back to normal. Well, Monday morning and this morning I did some intense workouts, and I am noticing I am decreasing again. I thought at first it was me lowering my calorie... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 22:23:21 EST So frustrated I've been on a plateau for about 2-3 weeks now and it is making me CRAZY!!!! I mean what's the point of doing all this if I'm not going to see ANY results?! Sometimes, I just feel like weaning b/c then I could really cut the calories and not have that variable. UGH But DS seems so attached still, at 2 years old. I didn't think he'd be so attached at this age. UGH, I'm just so frustrated! <em>46</em> <em>39</em> <em>46</em> <em>39</em> <em>46</em> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 20:09:50 EST New mommy, glad to be here Hey ladies! I'm a new mommy to a beautiful little girl. She is exclusively breast fed and I have heard so many horror stories about exercising/dieting and tanking supply. <BR> I am looking forward to encouragement, information and support from other ladies who understand! :) Mon, 28 Mar 2011 14:28:59 EST Calories question So, I was eating a range of 1700-2000 (average 1850) for a long time, and I was losing weight VERY slowly (about 1 lb/month). So I decided that I would lower my calorie range, since my nursling is almost 2, and not nursing that often, to a range of 1600-1900. I averaged about 1750 on that plan. I did that for the last 2 weeks and have not lost anything, and in fact have gained a little (which could be water weight, I guess.) So, should I lower my range some more, or should I raise it back... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 11:37:20 EST Double Jogging Stroller Suggestions? I'm looking into buying a jogging stroller. So I can walk. Right? LoL Anyway, I was thinking of getting one of the bike trailer kind that have the conversion kits for a regular stroller because one of my future goals is to buy a bike for DH and I. Is it smart to get one of those now or better to go with a 'real' jogging stroller? <BR> <BR> I have a 3yo and a 1yo who will be in it. I may only get decent use out of this year since my 3yo is 43lbs as of last week and I'm thinking the weig... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 15:59:43 EST New mommie to 5 month old daugher... Well to share a little bit with anyone who can help and is interested. I am a new mommy, and before I found out I was pregnant with my daughter I had went from 176-145 by completing a round of P90X. I LOVED IT!!! I felt good it was great. I looked great! However I let myself go when I got pregnant and i'll never forgive myself, because now I am struggling. I couldn't wait till I had her and my six weeks post pregnancy recovery was over. I was so determined to start P90X! I had gained 82... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 00:35:36 EST Mommy of two boys wants to join you ladies!! Hello! <BR> I name is Laura and I have two amazing boys. I am mostly a SAHM, but do work a little at my old job when they need extra help. My sons are 2 years and 6 months old. I was not able to BF my first son, but I am so proud to day that my second son has not had a single drop of formula yet!!! I am going to be starting solid food soon based on his doctor's recommendation. I am having a much harder time losing the weight this time around, but I am getting close to my pre-pregnancy weight.... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 10:05:00 EST New Member Hello everyone! I've used this website after my 2nd son and now I'm turning back to it for help after my 3rd son. I am exclusively breastfeeding and having a hard time eating what I need to. My son is 9 weeks old and is gaining normally. I'm too exhausted each day to try and plan meals so I'm hoping this site will help. My only complaint is that I have a milk-allergy and so I need to modify the meals. I believe my baby does as well. Wed, 23 Mar 2011 21:37:37 EST Ready to dig in after baby #4! Hi everyone, <BR> I have lurked on and off for a while, but this week I decided it is time... I am ready to focus on getting fit and losing weight! <BR> My name is Jen, and I have four kids- DD12, DS8, DS5, and little girl baby 9 months old. I have exclusively breastfed all four, but gained a ton of weight which never came off after baby #1 and then kept a little on after each one after that. My goal is to lose 50-60 pounds, and my plan is to segment that into three minigoals of 20 pounds e... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 00:31:10 EST New Here Hi all! My name is Theresa. I'm 26 years old and had my first baby back on January 4th. I am EBFing and really really trying to lose the extra weight. I gained about 50lbs while pregnant. I've lost about 30. I was over weight before getting pregnant, by approx. 30 lbs, so I have about 50 left to lose to get to my goal weight. I've been doing the Insanity workouts, tracking my nutrition, eating about 1800 calories a day and still not having luck. I'm thinking that it's possibly the type of foo... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 19:55:30 EST Thrush :-(( I have thrush in my right breast. I don't know if any of you have ever had it, but it's horrifically painful, and EXTREMELY hard to treat. I know how to treat it, I just don't know if I have it in me. <em>39</em> <em>39</em> This may force me to wean sooner than I want. I'm one sad puppy right now. <em>39</em> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 11:55:35 EST back for more spark after baby #2 Hi I'm Lila, mother of two amazing kids. Big sister Isabelle 21months to Mr. Myles 5 months! Our family grew quite quickly and unexpectedly, needless to say our lives will never be the same but i wouldn't trade it for anything int he world. <BR> I never got back down to my pre- 1st baby weight, before i got preggers again. I did good weight and health wise with both pregnancies and feel good that i didn;t have Ges Diabetes, but my BMI is still too high,I want to run and play with my kids with... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 21:47:12 EST baby with a milk allergy :/ my 5 mo old baby boy may have a milk allergy. He has had ezcema since he was about a month old. It didnt really get really bad until I started introducing rice cereal about a month ago. I have a call into the pedi to get a referral to a pediatric allergist, but since I've eliminated most dairy from my diet he is doing a little better, skin is clearing, colic is less, sleep is better andmore consistent during the day. but this momma misses her cheese, and i can't even believe how manyfood item... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 21:20:40 EST Help! I want to go back to breastfeeding Hi all! <BR> <BR> I have a 1 month old baby. She is a horrible breastfeeder (doesn't open wide, gets really impatient and only latched correctly once in 3 weeks) For the last week and half or so I switched to pumping exclusively because my nipples were so torn up and I couldn't take it anymore. I am almost completely healed and would like to return to breastfeeding. I am worried that it will be hard for us to switch back since she couldn't latch before and wouldn't open wide before and now... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 17:48:57 EST Weaning gently - when and how So, DS is turning 2 in 2 weeks, and I'm feeling like I at least want to start moving down the path to weaning. I can't say why exactly, I'm just feeling like it's time. He seems like he could be ready too. I wouldn't do it if he *truly* didn't seem ready. Of course, I want to do it very gently and gradually. I force weaned my older child before he was ready and I still regret it. Anyway, question for those who have done a child-led, but sort of parent-encouraged - I like the term "natura... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 20:52:44 EST Anyone else gain weight when weaning? By the time I returned from maternity leave (at 8 weeks), I was 5 pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight. But when I stopped pumping (at 24 months), I 5 pounds and have slowly gained 5 more pounds since then as my daughter, now 36 months slowly cuts back. With the help of SP, I managed to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight again by last December, but I noticed in the past couple weeks since she stopped nursing before bedtime I've gained it all back. Does this happen to anyone else? Thu, 10 Mar 2011 13:17:48 EST Breastfeeding and ear piercing ? My daughters almost 3 months old and I'm thinking about getting her ears pierced (after I speak with her dr about it on the 16th) I'm just concerned because her ears usually tend to rest on my arms while nursing.....can anyone suggest any nursing postions so that her ears won't be bothered? <BR> Does anyone have little girls that were breast fed with freshly pierced ears? Did it bother them while nursing? <BR> just trying to think ahead :) Wed, 9 Mar 2011 17:18:17 EST Night weaning, calorie changes? We moved my little guy (almost 8 mo) into his own room this week, and although I hadn't intended it to mean the end of breastfeeding at night, he's obviously ready since he's not asking to nurse anymore through the night, he's sleeping 10 hours plus straight. He was a pretty active night nurser, and I've had to pump 1 or 2 times a night to get through it while my supply adjusts. <BR> <BR> Just thinking I should back off my calories a bit, wondering if there are other changes I might expec... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 15:53:38 EST any recs for a swimsuit for laps/racing? Hi guys, <BR> I am trying to add crosstraining to my usual gym routine and maybe do a half-triathalon in August. I just went to a local sports store and tried on a few swimsuits... they are definitely not cut appropriately for nursing mothers. Do you folks have any recommendations of swimsuits that have worked well for you for laps or racing (and haven't been crazy expensive)? Wed, 9 Mar 2011 02:40:39 EST *Save the Nipples Campaign* HELP! HE JUST WON'T STOP BITING ME!! <BR> <BR> Its been since he started getting teeth and it just won't stop. First I thought ok, he's just not hungry and wants to play so I would put him down and he would cry and cry but then still bite me when I give him another chance. <BR> <BR> He likes to come to bed with us in the am when he first wake sup to nurse and we all fall back asleep for a little longer and now he is killing me by biting me just when I'm drifting off to sleep again! AHHH!... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 20:13:04 EST