Thank you for chiming in! I have been so discouraged because most of my friends either don't BF very long, or lose easily. I have been worried about my supply the past few days, and I ate a bunch of pizza one night (I know, slap my hand, gluten bad) and the next day got more during my one daily pumping session. I think I am going to have to eat more, now I just need to eat good while increasing!
Originally Posted by Rueben
Hey! Thanks for chiming in. Let us know how it goes for you. So strange how it is different with each babe. I am on my first, so I have not idea what might happen next time. I am early thirties, started out overweight, barely gained while pregnant, then started gaining like crazy while BFing! One of the reasons I loved being pregnant was I could literally eat anything I wanted, and not gain.
Originally Posted by Juliemama
I definitely don't want to sacrifice my supply to weight loss but... isn't there a way I can have both? Please! At least it's winter so I don't have to be seen in shorts or a swim suit.
Yes, this was one of my first thoughts too. I am hypothyroid but controlled with medication. I got tested again a month ago, and was very within normal range. (I was actually hoping that it was off, and that would be the solution!)
Originally Posted by Meghanner
Interesting idea, but it doesn't apply to me... I barely gained, lost it right away, then started gaining again while BFing. At least right now I am no longer gaining.
Originally Posted by girlhk
It's so true that we must eat as nutrient dense as possible. I think I remain much more satisfied when I'm not eating junk. Not that it matters -- even when I am eating to appetite, I think I am not eating enough to keep my supply up. Ahhhh, I guess I'll figure it all out eventually!
I gained very little during pregnancy, really, and then when nursing, it very slowly came off. DS was about a year old before i started to look normal (from the waist/belly down), and I held all of the weight in my chest, shoulders, arms, and upper back.
Apparently, this is a common adaptation for some breastfeeidng women.
DS was breastfed exclusively until natural weaning. he started eating solid foods around age 8 months, but with baby-lead weaning "before 1, it's just for fun!" which means that his primary nutrition came from me. When he it 14 months, that's when his nutrition went from being ME to being FOOD, and so while I was still producing, my body let go of that extra fat in 6 weeks with no changes on my part! It was a christmas miracle! I went from being a size 4 pants/12-14 shirt to being size 4 pants to size 6/8 shirt (i have broad shoulder bones, so that's partly why. And large breasts -- size medium, anyway).
So, I wouldn't worry about it too much at this point.
I exclusively nursed both my daughters until they were both 15mths old. I never lost weight due to breastfeeding LOL! It works for some, but not for others
I'm feeding my 25 month old. Started paleo this summer and have lost 40 lbs so far. Can't attest to pregnancy weight, being super-large mama we generally don't gain at all during pregnancy and was same as prepregnancy weight two weeks post artum. Was frustrated that bf wasn't helping me lose, but then I was living on oats crumpets and potatoes lol.
What do you mean by "strict"? Please dont jeopardize your milk supply. You are going to do this once (for this one kid, I mean), and you dont want mess it up. There is no going back to it and fixing it later!
When I nursed my DD and then entire time, didnt lose anything. I lost weight once I was done with nursing. Everyone's body is different.
Sounds like lots of Mamas hang on to that weight...good for baby, bad for Mama's self esteem....
I think my strategy will be to concentrate on maximizing my nutrition, staying away from the "empty" calories I could get away with while pregnant, keeping up with fluids (I struggle with this) and working some exercise into this dreary winter.
The sorry state of my tummy has me more worried than my weight, honestly...
Oh, "strict" for me, well it's not that impressive! I am not doing VLC or anything. I'm talking about no sugar or grains, and minimal processed food. I do not restrict potatoes or fruit while pregnant or BFing.
Originally Posted by reallygravity
I can't believe how many women have the same experience --- all you hear about is the other side of things. I feel so much better!
To me this is one more piece of evidence that CICO is not the whole picture. Your hormones play such a huge role in how much fat to hang onto or get rid of.