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Does anyone have advice how to lose weight safely while nursing? My son is nearly
months old, and I haven't loss any postpartum weight through nursing alone. I
want to compromise the quality of my breastmilk, but I would like to be able to fit
some of my pre-pregnancy clothes! Any advice is appreciated!
Exercise! You need to walk a lot... it is pretty simple--you
need to eat a lot while nursing (I think they say like up to 500
extra calories per day) but you will not loose weight if you are
not using the calories as energy. I would continue to eat (do
not diet, unless you are eating unhealthy foods, which in that
case, do change you diet!) as you have through pregnancy, and
just try to walk as much as possible. Or if you can exercise
with a video at lome--but I think nonstrenuous exercise is the
mama of 2
Hi nursing mama,
I recommend the nursing diet through Weight Watchers. I wanted
to lose my pregnancy weight but didn't want to compromise my
milk supply, so approached this diet cautiously. As it turned
out I lost all my weight and continued to nurse my son until he
was 15 months old. Call WW for a local meeting location and
A now slender mom!
You can do alot of exercise without compromising the state of
your breastmilk! You would have to be a serious athlete to
have problems - especially since your milk supply is well
established by now. Go to Babyfit.com for mild-moderate
postpartum workout ideas.
But don't get your hopes up. I returned to running 8 weeks
after giving birth and very quickly returned to my pre-
pregnancy weight but very few of my pre-pregnancy clothes fit.
You'll maintain the saggy skin on your belly and even wider
pelvis for about a year.
Good luck and definitely do make time to workout. It's worth
it for more than just weight loss! It's a stress reliever,
chance for fresh air, and just some thinking time!
Weight Watchers is a great weight loss program that REALLY works
if you stick to it. They make special adjustments in their
program for nursing mothers and have an overall focus on good
nutrition, so I think it would be quite safe to join the program
while nursing. I am newly pregnant now, but at the beginning of
the year I lost 14 lbs on WW (my goal), and there were a number
of new moms at the meetings. I plan on going back when I am
postpartum for sure! Good luck to you
Of course you want to fit into your clothes, but try to be
patient just a little while longer -- I found with both my kids
that the 9-months-in-9-months-out saying held true for losing
the pregnancy weight (and my weight was substantially up when I
conceived my first child to begin with!). That is to say, by
the time 9 months had gone past, I had somehow, almost
miraculously (since I put no dietary restrictions into place)
lost virtually all, if not more, weight than I had put on in
the pregnancies! Down to a size 4, no problem! The trouble came
when I stopped nursing -- instantly 5 pounds up. So enjoy the
nursing, keep at it, and be patient!
A Mom who knows that Nursing is the Wonder Weight-loss program
I actually lost more weight after I stopped nursing. So, don't
despair. Also, some exercise will help. I'm taking a great Baby
Boot Camp class in Point Richmond. Check out babybootcamp.com
I recently picked up a book on this very subject being 7 months
post-partum myself. It is called ''Eat Well, Lose Weight While
Breasfeeding'' by Eileen Behan, R.D. She is a dietician (and mom I
think) and has a very reasonable approach to losing weight
post-partum. A very down-to-earth and doable plan it seems. I
have yet to actually do the plan due to a hectic schedule and
procrastination but I think that it balances out the nutritional
needs of the nursing mother and baby well. Good luck!
Unlike many mothers, I also never lost the weight while nursing!
But as long as you are eating healthy: lots of veggies and no
junk food, you are doing well. Drink lots of water instead of
juice or soda. It's also very important to make sure you are
There are many things you can do while your baby is with you.
Walking is excellent, taking baby yoga classes or check out
Stroller Strides (www.strollerstrides.com) they have classes all
over the area and specialize in working out with Moms who keep
their babies in the stroller with them.
You'll be back to your old self in no time!
Try weight watchers, either online or at the meetings. You can
go when you are nursing (and you get 10 extra points a day, I
think) and lose weight
I recommend Weight Watchers. They accomodate for breastfeeding
and you can eat a really healthy diet (whole grains, veg, fruit,
Good luck! AS
I have a six month old baby who has been almost exclusively
breastfed (we've just started a little solids recently). Ever
since he was born -- within the first month, anyway -- people
have been telling me I'm looking thin, and I'm starting to
worry about all sorts of horrible possibilities. I am going to
get checked by a doctor, but I wondered if others have
experienced this. I am loathe to ask my mom friends because I
think most of them are still trying to lose weight and would
prefer to be in my position.
My baby is large (97+ percentile in height, a little less in
weight), and I do get a decent amount of exercise walking with
him in the Bjorn. I think I'm eating a good bit, but I have to
admit that although people have been telling me I'm too thin
(mostly mother-in-law types), part of me has resisted
intentionally gaining weight -- it's just hard to not think
that ''thinner is better'' even if you know gaining some weight
would probably be healthy. I guess I'm afraid I'm going to
start eating a ton and not be able to stop after I'm done
breastfeeding. I was medium-to-thin before, and I'm now about
7 to 10 pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight. I'm not sure if
I lost it all at the beginning or if I'm still losing weight.
Has anyone else had this experience?
A Good Milker
After the birth of my first child, I lost weight really quickly.
My midwives told me to start eating the full-fat version of
everything I already ate---yogurt, sour cream, milk, etc etc.,
and that felt really good (and tasted good, man oh man). I
didn't gain much weight, but had enough fat for the little one
I was also a good milker who got to below my pre-pregnancy
weight, somehow. I've been enjoying looking at the scale and
seeing numbers I haven't seen since I was a freshman in college,
20 years ago. The most important issue is whether your baby is
getting enough milk, which it sounds like he is, considering his
But what is concerning is the way you describe things: ''people
have been telling me I'm too thin, (but) part of me has resisted
intentionally gaining weight -- it's just hard to not think that
'thinner is better' even if you know gaining some weight would
probably be healthy. I guess I'm afraid I'm going to start
eating a ton and not be able to stop after I'm done
breastfeeding. I was medium-to-thin before, and I'm now about
7 to 10 pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight.'' It reads like you
have a negative body image and/or eating disorder. I agree with
you that you should see a doctor.
I had your situation after I finished nursing my son after 5
mths. I dropped down to 123lbs and I'm 5ft9. This is the
lowest I can remember weighing in a long time, I looked like a
string bean. I didn't gain much weight during the pregnancy
(about 25lbs) and I lost alot in the first 3 weeks after my son
was born. During nursing I exercised daily and ate 3 meals but
I could not keep the weight on, breastfeeding just ran my
metabolism high. My weight is still low because I chase around
after a 17 mth old all day and hardly have anytime to enjoy my
meals anymore. But I do enjoy looking slim and I am very
grateful for my figure and how breastfeeding help me loose a
few extra pregnancy pounds. If you feel healthy and look good
don't worry about it. Mother-in-law types always tell people
they look too thin, I thinks its programmed into them.
Enjoy being able to eat that extra cookie.
It seems to me that nursing moms fall into two different camps: those that
lose weight right away and end up 10-15 pounds under their pre-
pregnancy weight when they stop nursing and those that hold that extra
10-15 pounds until they stop nursing. In both cases, although I am the
former type and most of my friends are the later, we were all back to our
pre-pregnancy weights within a year of weaning. It's the same for me
the second time around, I can't eat enough to keep the weight on and
people keep remarking that I'm looking thin (I'm sure the bags under the
eyes from the sleepless nights doesn't help matters). I've even heard of
women continuting to nurse as a weight-control aid. I have to tell you
that most likely you will return to your pre-pregnancy weight after you
stop nursing -- so enjoy the fast metabolism while it lasts!
Another ''skinny'' new mom
I lost a bunch of weight during and after my pregnancy. Turned out I had
developed diabetes -- Type 1, the kind normally developed by children.
That's one of the primary symptoms of either type. You may also
experience thirst, frequent urination, and exhaustion.
And just in case you think lost weight is always good, about 10 pounds
of the weight lost was due to dehydration. Definitely not good.
When my son was 6 months old, I was 30 pounds below my pre-
pregancy weight. I was so skinny and so uncomfortable about it
that I was getting up to eat in the middle of the night, just
like I did late in pregnancy. When we went to visit my inlaws,
I asked my husband to call first and ask them not to say
anything about my weight.
My son, it turns out, has an appetite much bigger than other
children his age (and he's skinny). There was no way that I
could have measured that while exclusively breastfeeding. I
think he just drained me. When we quit nursing, my weight came
Sure, talking to your doctor wouldn't hurt, but don't worry
yourself. It happens.
Not Skinny Anymore
It sounds like you are taking good care of both your baby and
yourself! I wouldn't worry what anyone else says to you, but
if you are concerned about health issues, have your blood work
done. My daughter is only 3 months old and like you, I am 5
pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight (and just had blood work
which showed everything was fine). Everyone is different in
terms of gaining and losing, just consider yourself fortunate
and make sure you are getting the extra calories you need for
I also lost a lot of weight very quickly shortly after I gave
birth to my daughter, who is also a big baby (95% all around). I
am now about 5 pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight and my
daughter is 5 months old. It does get a little uncomfortable
sometimes when people comment that I'm too thin; and so many
others are struggling to lose weight, but I am confident that
this is just a normal reaction some women have to
breastfeeding. In addition, its hard to get good solid meals in
when you have a baby. My doctor isn't concerned at all, but I
do think its important to have your thyroid checked, as thyroid
imbalances are common after childbirth. Your body needs tons of
calories, so I would stop worrying about gaining weight and
focus on eating very heartily.
it's not uncommon to lose a lot of weight while breastfeeding-
the info i heard was that 800-1000 calories a day goes to the
baby. my personal experience is that i lost all of my pregnancy
weight (20 lbs), plus another 15 lbs., by the time my baby was
about 8 months old. this is with me eating constantly, three
meals and three to five snacks every day, with almost no regard
to what i was eating. i.e., i ate ice cream every day under the
theory that heck, it was calcium!
when i started to wean my baby, i started shifting my eating
habits- i still ate almost as frequently, but i tried to eat
stuff like fruit and veggies rather than cookies and brownies
for snacks. i did gain some weight back, but at 3 months post-
weaning, i am still 10-12 lbs under where i was before.
in my case, though, being 10-12 lbs under is a good thing- i was
kinda chubby before and in fact i wouldn't mind if i had lost
another 10 lbs. i can see how it would be a concern to you and
others who see you, if you were on the skinny side before. i
think the important thing is your energy level and a good diet.
if you feel good, you think you're getting enough calcium etc.,
then i wouldn't worry too much about being thinner. however, i
don't think you should go hungry now because you're afraid of
gaining weight later- it's important to both you and your baby
that you keep your strength up. your appetite will probably
decrease as your baby gets bigger and nurses less frequently.
talk to your doctor if you are very concerned. if you feel
mothers-in-law etc. are bugging you too much about it, maybe you
can just smile and say 'you know how it is- my baby really keeps
me on the go.'
You're not alone! I weighed close to 140 pounds when I got
pregnant with my first son and after my second son was born I
got down to 120 lbs. I didn't do anything really different in
life. The only things I can point to as potentially
contributing to my weight loss are going off the pill ( a
maximum of 3-5 pounds of weight loss) and eating poultry (I was
mostly a vegetarian prior to my first pregnancy and ate a ton of
pasta and cheese to fill up). I definitely recommend getting
tested by the doctor - I had my thyroid tested and I got checked
out for diabetes as well (rapid weight loss can be a sign of
diabetes). My girlfriends teasingly said they were going to
hold an ''intervention'' to get me to eat - so I know how you feel
about not being able to really talk about it with friends. As
long as you know that you're making good eating choices, I
wouldn't worry about it. I bet that running around taking care
of your child, while still trying to do all the other things in
life has just led to a drop in weight!
enjoying being skinny!
I don't think it's so much a question of thin vs. fat and which
is better. It's more about what's healthy for your body and of
course your baby's. I guess it might depend on what your ideal
weight should be (like, maybe you were overweight before
pregnancy) and your body mass index, but I think you should guard
against losing too much weight, since breastfeeding requires so
many nutrients. You may be losing more than fat... muscle as
well. You might also be losing calcium from your bones and other
important minerals. Though nursing protects from osteoporosis, it
also does cause a decrease in bone density during the nursing
itself (which is regained after nursing stops, from what I
understand, but if you lose too much calcium, maybe it would be
hard to recoup the losses). I'm still attempting to follow the
diet outlined in ''What to Expect when you're Expecting,'' even
though it's very hard to consistently eat that well, and I'm
still nursing a 17 month old. It seems like I lost a lot of
weight during the first couple of weeks (no appetite and little
energy to prepare all that food), but then gradually have lost
some weight, but I'm not concerned about losing the rest after I
stop nursing, since then I won't feel the need to eat so much. I
have also noticed that the times I've lost weight quickly have
been times when I've let myself go hungry off and on. I figure
I'm eating enough if I don't ever get too hungry, but I also
don't feel like I've gorged on food.
Hello! Your message resonated with me. I was lean before
getting pregnant and now I'm a little leaner. My baby is 10
months old and starting to wean. I've been eating a ton- very
frequently. Sometimes I feel like I have a tapeworm but I know
it's making the milk. I'll sometimes finish a meal and feel
hungry again an hour or two later. I've just eaten whenever I'm
hungry, healthy foods. I think your natural body weight is
probably where you should head. It's probably healthier to eat
lots now and just trust that you'll taper back to your normal
diet once the baby weans. It sounds like you're probably
underweight right now. It's probably better for you and the
baby to put on a few pounds. Good luck!
a fellow breastfeeder
In my experience, nursing really, literally, sucked the weight
off of me. I'm down 22 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight, and 64
lbs from my weight at term. I wasn't thin to begin with, and am
now a size 10, so I definitely don't look too thin, but there
was a period of time where I was really worried about the
weight loss. I was having some other strange medical symptoms,
so I imagined the worst about the weight loss. My doctor didn't
think it was normal just from breastfeeding, but she didn't
have an explaination either. I turns out I'm in perfect health,
and the weigh loss finally tapered off when my son was around
15-16 months. We're still nursing at almost 2 years of age, but
now I have to watch what I eat or the scale starts creeping up
again. My son, too, is in the 95+%ile for height and was the
same for weight for a long time, though now he has thinned out
a bit. I think big babies take a lot out of mothers.
Lost weight breastfeeding too
I was slender before babies and quite thin while nursing. The same people who
commented on how thin I was often also seemed concerned about how chubby
my nursing babes were. I did gain a bit of weight back in the year after my last
child weaned and am now back to slender without being ''too thin.'' My
observation is that naturally slender women loose weight easily and rapidly
while nursing. If you are eating well and feel healthy it's probably just a gift of
genetics and nothing more. A good idea to check in with your doc though...
slender mama with chubby babes
When I was breastfeeding and had similar
concerns my midwife said ''The baby will get what it needs, but
you could be robbed.'' Meaning: you can be as skinny as a stalk
and the baby will get all the nutrients from your breastmilk.
The problem, she explained, is that you are being *stripped* of all
those nutrients. She said you need at least 300 extra calories a
day to support breastfeeding, and if you don't consume that
extra, your body will just take everything and put it into the
milk. This is a real concern -- calcium loss, bone density,
osteoporosis, etc. are serious issues for women. I know a mom
who got rail thin after the birth of her baby (determined to get
back into her size one jeans ASAP), and her ankle snapped like a
stick just stepping off a curb. No proof that those things are
related but it makes sense to me. (There are plenty of old wives
tales/sayings about ''A tooth for a child'' -- it was not uncommon
for a mother to lose a tooth after the birth of a child. I met a
mom in the playground who said she lost SIX!) So your
nourishment is what's key here.
Breastfeeding is very draining on your body's resources -- it
will keep you thin even if you eat like a horse! (As you've
noticed -- you're already thinner than you were pre-baby.) So
don't worry so much about your weight, eat well, and know your
baby will be nourished either way. But *you* could suffer
life-long health effects by not eating enough to protect yourself.
This happened to me too, all three kids. It just resolved itself after weaning,
I did feel a lillte unhealthy at times. By the third kid, I swallowed my vanity &
head off. Didn't help, I was still too skinny. I didn't get much sympathy from other
mommies! Just be sure you're eating enough to stay healthy, consult a lactation
specialist, she'll tell you what kinds of foods to eat.
Try as I might, I could not gain weight while breastfeeding. I lost over 60 pounds,
and weighed 98 pounds at my lowest! You didn't say this in your posting, but I
know that there was a tremendous cost for my body in this: I was tired much of the
time, slept badly etc. Once I stopped nursing my son (at 14 months), I slowly
gained all of the weight back and finally felt like my normal self again. I think
some women just burn more calories during breastfeeding: I wouldn't worry about
gaining too much weight now or later. You are eating for 2!
I am also a skinny mini.. even more so now that I am breastfeeding. I think it is
totally normal- you are burning so many calories this way. I remember my Mom
saying that she was also super tiny after nursing my sisters. In my family, the weight
tends to catch up to us later. Maybe you are like us. Just be happy you are the way
you are, and eat as you would like to! And you'll be fine.
5'7'' 105 lbs...
I had a similar experience after the birth of my son 2 and a
half years ago. He was a constant breastfeeder for about a year
and a half and always demanding to be bounced and held. I didn't
realize how skinny I was at the time, but I was about 10 pounds
less than pre-pregnancy. My theory is I either had a temporary
thyroid problem, or my metabolism simply went into high gear,
since I really was eating a ton. In the last six months I have
gained all the weight back, and I am now trying to come to terms
with my bigger body (completely normal, but it's still hard when
all your clothes are too tight!).
Too skinny as well
I have a good friend who was also losing weight during
breastfeeding. After seeing her doctor, it turned out she has an
overactive thyroid which is causing her weight loss. She didn't
have this problem before the pregnancy and was told it happens
sometimes. She has been prescribed a thyroid medication, (though
she refuses to take it until her child is weaned). I obviously
don't know if this could be your situation, but it might be
something to mention to the doctor when you see him/her.
I have a nearly 9 month old and I too am about 10 pounds less
than my pre-pregnancy weight. While I LOVE the compliments I too
have worried about something horrible being wrong, but I feel
great (well, aside from the sleep deprivation). My guy is big
too and he's not into solids, so he's nearly exclusively breast
fed. I think that have lost the weight because I'm no longer
sitting all day ( I quit my office gig) I don't get to snack the
way I did before (no time!) and I do baby squats all day and baby
bicep curls. Of course the other bummer is that NONE of my
clothes fit anymore and I can't afford new ones. Sigh. Poor me
;). I'm interested in what others have to say, maybe I'm
overlooking some horrible illness, but again, I feel too good to
really worry about it. I'd say, enjoy it, and ignore your
Post Partum Size 6
If you're worried, you should see the doctor, but I think it is
possible to lose a lot of weight while nursing. I also lost
weight while breastfeeding (though I don't think I got back to my
pre-pregnancy weight until my baby weaned), and I definitely know
what you mean, that it's hard to get over the 'thinner is better'
attitude. So, first of all, don't worry about what happens once
you wean the baby. I was wondering about that, too, but my
apetite really did decrease once I stopped nursing (and I lost
more weight). Second, remember that breastfeeding takes A LOT of
calories, so make sure you eat a lot of high energy foods (e.g.
nuts, cheese, meat, if you're not vegetarian, etc.), snack a lot,
and don't worry about fat intake - remember that you're making
whole milk! Third, remind yourself that eating well will ensure
that your baby is getting everything s/he needs. And finally, I
wanted to add a note regarding weight. I used to be underweight
when I was in college, and didn't really understand how skinny I
was until I stopped menstruating. The one thing that helped was
that, when I went to my doctor, she gave me an estimate of what
my 'normal' weight should be (I was well under at the time). I've
kept that number as a guide, and it gives me an 'objective'
measure of how skinny I am. I make sure I don't go under, and if
I do, I eat. Maybe you can figure out what's normal for you and
just aim to stay in that neighborhood... and give yourself a few
extra pounds for nursing :)
Eat well and enjoy your baby
my daughter is seven months old and I've had the exact same
experience as you. I have been breastfeeding intensively, and
though I do eat three meals a day (AND snacks AND dessert) I've
lost a hell of a lot of weight. I'm figuring I'll gain a little
bit back after I wean her. Anyway, I wouldn't worry about it.
As long as you are actually eating, and drinking lots of water,
you're probably fine. But such dramatic weight loss is a little
unnerving, I realize.
Your baby seems to be thriving on breastmilk just the way
nature intended. It is pretty impossible to be too thin for
breastfeeding. Even truly malnourished women are able to fully
breastfeed their babies. Your body automatically takes the
nutrition it needs to create milk for the baby. Of course, this
means that it could be pulling the nutrition from your bones
and organs if you are not properly nourished. Breastfeeding in
and of itself is the perfect weight loss plan. You typically
only need 500 extra calories but a good rule of thumb is eat to
satisfy your hunger and drink enough to satisfy thirst. As our
babies get older it is also easy to start thinking we can get
out and do everything when really our postpartum bodies still
need plenty of rest and nutrition. Breastfeeding is the best
thing you can give your baby and yourself. It not only protects
and nourishes your baby but it protects moms against cancer and
other diseases. In order to fully take care of your baby also
take care of yourself and eat plenty. This is no time to worry
about watching your weight. Nursing will keep it off naturally.
La Leche League meetings are a great place to be supported and
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line for more info 510-496-6009.
I don't have much advice, but I can sympathize, being in the same
position myself. I was EBF until a couple of weeks ago. My son
is 6.5 mo, and at 20lbs and close to 29'' he's also towards the
95th percentile in height and around the 75th for weight. I walk
him in the Bj?rn and stroller usually daily, and given the hills
where we live, this is quite a workout. I think it's easier for
some people to lose weight carting around a heavy baby,
especially if you're inclined to be on the thin side.
If you're worried you should probably talk to your doctor, but
your situation doesn't sound much different from mine. I lost
the 40-odd lbs I gained during the pregnancy within about 5
months, and lost the first 35 or so within closer to 3 months.
People generally commented that I looked good--and I too assumed
it was because of the societal bias toward being thin. Then they
started saying I was looking thin. I wasn't trying to lose
weight but was just eating three reasonably healthy meals. I
stopped regularly snacking on pregnancy favorites like big peanut
butter sandwiches, ice-cream, and burgers because I also didn't
want bad eating habits to set in for after I stopped nursing.
For what it's worth, I think you're wise to start healthy eating
now rather than later.
I'm now about 4 lbs below my pre-pregnancy weight. (I figure that
with my breasts being bigger--and so heavier--I could take off a
few additional pounds on top of this.) Once I hit my
pre-pregnancy size, old ''tight'' clothes started looking baggy,
and I kept losing weight, I started to become concerned. I
started ''compensating'' by eating muffins, scones, homemade pies,
etc. But I gave up this strategy when I realised I was just
loading myself up with a bit too much saturated fat (as much as
my husband loved my between-work pie-making frenzies!) It does
seem better to eat as healthily as I can because I enjoy eating
this way too.
I'm sorry I don't have a whole lot of advice. But I wanted to
share my experience because the frustration in your post
resonated with me. It _is_ hard to talk to friends who are
frustrated to not have lost their pregnancy weight. I attempted
to complain about losing too much weight once and didn't get a
whole lot of support. There are others out there in the same boat!
Briefly, I had a similar experience with nursing both times
(weaned around age 1). The first time I worried that when I
weaned my ''nursing eating'' would continue and I'd gain a ton of
weight. But things self-regulated - I did come back up to my
pre-pregnancy weight (not that I necessarily needed to). But most
important, my appetite naturally diminished and instead of
snacking constantly I found myself forgetting about food for
hours at a time without trying. I did have to stop reaching for
the hot fugde sundaes whenever I wanted, but don't worry too much
about weaning. Given good health and lifestyle otherwise, you'll
probably find yourself +/- back where you started without really
trying one way or another.
- nursing: the ultimate diet plan
I'm sorry to all of you ''too thin from breastfeeding'' posters,
but I just have to add this: Although my weight was in the normal
range, between losing babyweight and breastfeeding my son (18
years ago), I lost about 50 pounds, weighing in at around 100 lbs
at 5'6''. I felt marvelous -- wonderfully skinny and with big
boobs to enjoy for a few years! Then, the kid got older and I did
too, and now I'm 50 pounds overweight. So... assuming you all
aren't malnourished, I'd say, enjoy it while you can!!
Be aware of exteme weight loss. I lost most my pregnancy
weight and then some after my first daughter was born. Also
resumed menstruation 7 weeks after she was born even
though I was breastfeding. When she was almost 2 I ws
diagnosed with extreme hyperthyroidism which frequently
has an onset after the birth of a baby in those with a
likelyhood to develop it. Is in check now after taking
noninvasive prescription meds.
I have been breastfeeding and taking Domperidone to
increase my milk supply for about four months, since my
daughter was born. I have not been able to lose any of the
weight still left over after pregnancy -- in fact, I seem to have
gained a few pounds. My diet and lifestyle don't account for
this. Could it possibly be the Domperidone? Has anyone
else had trouble losing weight while taking Domperidone?
If so, is there anything I can do, other than wait until I'm done
breastfeeding? Thanks for your thoughts!
Hi - I can't comment about the domperidone factor, but regarding
weight loss, I've had two kids & the big weight loss didn't
really hit till after 6 mo of breastfeeding. Around 9 mo - 18 mo
I could eat ANYTHING and still lose weight while breastfeeding.
The ability to eat anything tapered off after 2 yrs of nursing
(I'm sure due to the much lower number of calories my child was
needing from me). But the first 4-5 months were pretty minimal
weight loss (for me). Now at 6 mo with my baby, I'm starting to
notice weight loss. By the way, I'm doing minimal exercise -
outside of caring for a toddler and infant :) - and I'm not
dieting in any way - just eating as healthily as I can.
Here's also some unsolicited advice... take care of yourself &
love & appreciate your amazing body that was able to create this
child and nurture it. I have many friends that couldn't conceive
and I'm very grateful that I was (after a bit of struggle) able
to conceive, carry the babies to term, and nurse. It is hard to
remember sometimes, but we are so very lucky - and your body
(even if it isn't runway-ready) is the foundation.
Best of luck,
I'm not sure why you're taking domperidone
to increase breastmilk supply. It seems to be more of a side
effect than aid. You might want to consider switching to more
of a natural alternative such as fenugreek, Mother's Milk tea
from Traditional Medicinals, or drinking lots of warm broth.
Also check if your baby is latching on properly because your
body knows how much to produce milk if he/she sucks enough.
Regarding weightloss while BF, it took me 6 months (with no
effort) after baby was born to see any significant weight loss.
I was losing weight successfully with nursing, exercising
and healthy eating and I am even 10 pounds under my
prepregnancy weight. I think it was so easy to loose
because of nursing. Before I always exercised and ate
healthy but the weight just never came off. I am afraid the
weight will come back when I stop nursing. I now that
hormon levels are very low when nursing and the female
hormon estrogen is the kind of hormon which makes you
gain weight. very easily. I would like to stay at my current
weight but I am just afraid what happends when I stop
nursing. Do most women keep the weight off when they
stop nursing ? I would like to know about other womens
experience with this issue.
To my dismay, the weight did come back. I was enjoying wearing
clothes I hadn't worn in years! My daughter started weaning
herself about six weeks ago and I am now only nursing a couple of
times a day and I've gained back quite a few pounds. I think part
of the problem is I got used to eating a lot when I was nursing
constantly and I haven't really cut back at all.
I lost more weight after nursing, I stopped when my daughter was
8-9 months. I had overabundant milk supply and I ate lots of
food during nursing, not always healthy (lots of p.b. sandwich I
remembered). I have lost all my weight during nursing and I lost
more after I stopped, I think I actually slim down since my
breast are not as big. I'm back to my normal weight, 5 lbs
overweight for my height.
So far, so good for me! I always struggled with my weight and
was shocked when the weight came off so easily after birth. I
breastfed for 19 months and ended up about 10 pounds below my
pre-preg weight. Right after I stopped nursing I gained a few
pounds, but then I realized that I was still eating extra for
that milk! I started listening to my hunger signals again and
those few pounds dropped right back off. It has been nearly 3
months now and I am still at my lowest weight in many years. I
hope it goes this way for you too!
I am still nursing my 16 month old boy. He nurses an averae
of 2 times during the day and during the night he nurses
from 3-4 times. My question is that I have lost all my
pregnancy weight and am thinner than before i got pregnant.
That's nice, but I am worried about what will happen once I
stop nursing, which I don't have a ween date for, probably let
him ween himself. Anyway, what are your experiences of
when you stopped nursing. Is it that I am burning those
nursing calories or is it because I am running after my baby
OR both. What can I do when I do stop nursing? My eating
habits are bad. I sometimes cannot eat enough.
I had that experience with my first child. When I quit nursing
after two years, I found that my fertility was shot (as measured
by ovulation kits). I went to an acupuncturist who got me back
into shape pretty quickly and I went back to my normal
pre-pregnancy weight. I was 41 at the time--it may have been
different if I had been younger.
If you are thinner than you were before you were pregnant and
you are nursing, eating a lot and not exercising, you may want
to get your thyroid checked. There was a thread about the
opposite problem a week or two ago - pregnancy affects thyroid
both ways, making it either tough to keep weight on or tough to
take it off. I have a friend who had the former problem. After
her first pregnancy she had to take medication (it affects your
heart, or something) and after her second one she is borderline -
very thin but her heartrate is OK. In any event, I don't think
nursing is keeping you thin - most people seem to say the
Are you sure that your weight loss is due to nursing? You don't
burn *that* many calories while nursing. I lost a lot of weight
with my last baby, and it turns out that I was hyperthyroid, which
comes on after pregnancy (I got it with my second baby, but not my
first). You might check this out with your doctor (some of the
symptoms are weight loss, shaking hands, fast heart beat,
irritablility, poor sleeping...). A simple blood test would tell
you the results.
I'm due with my second child in a month and I've had the
fortunate problem of not being able to put on much weight during
my pregnancies, less than 10 lbs. We keep a VERY close eye on my
baby and me to make sure my lack of weight gain is not harming
the baby. I lost lots of weight when nursing my first one and I
assume the same will happen with the second. I'm about 30
pounds overweight normally when I'm not pregnant/nursing, so my
Doctor wasn't too worried. I don't have great eating habits and
I don't exercise regularly. I hate to tell you, but after a few
months when I stopped nursing (when the baby was about 7 months
old), I put all of the weight back on. I didn't have my thyroid
checked then, but I've had it checked twice during my current
pregnancy and it's fine right now. The interesting thing is
that with this second pregnancy I've had a rougher time
physically - probably just age (38), the fact that I have a more
stressful job and the fact that I have a two year old to watch
out for. I really feel disabled or as if I'm getting a glimpse
into old age - I can barely walk up three flights of stairs. I
curse myself for not exercising more during this pregnancy, but
when could I find the time? What it has made me think about is
that after the baby is born I WILL strive to start exercising
more so that I never feel this out of shape again. It would be
lovely if I lost more weight again as well while nursing. I was
much more active before I had my first child - hiking, biking,
running, etc. I'm just going to have to miraculously make some
time to start taking better care of myself. I really can't
stand to be this incapacitated. One of my best friends also had
a similar weight loss/gain experience with her two children.
She credited her weight loss to the fact that she was going out
less, so she wasn't eating as many rich restaurant meals, nor
was she drinking. She too put the weight back on once she
stopped nursing though. We've often joked about how our best
diet was getting pregnant. Unfortunately, like most diets, if
you don't make permanent changes to your lifestyle it doesn't
Like you, I am now thinner than my pre-pregnancy weight. Like
you, when I stopped nursing my toddler about two months ago I
wondered if I'd gain the weight back. I haven't had any weight
gain since, but I have noticed that my appetite has decreased
(but it's only been a few months). Personally, I don't think
that it's automatically a thyroid problem. I think that it's
more an issue of your body type. I've always been thin, I've
never had a problem with weight, and I've never had to be really
careful about what I eat--but I am a reasonably heathly eater
and moderately active. I have a few friends whose body types
are like mine and whose nursing weight-loss experience has been
similar to mine. If this weight loss is completely abnormal for
your lifestyle and body type, then I'd be worried and check with
a doctor to see if it's another problem. Otherwise, I think
that once you stop nursing you'll just have to be cautious about
what you eat and how you maintain a healthy lifestyle if you
want to stay in the area of your current weight.
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