Re: When does the weightloss kick in?
The general "safe" weight loss for a nursing mom is 1/2 to 1 pound per week, so weight loss that slow takes a LOT of time. That said, statistically, women that breastfeed loose weight faster and more easily than their formula feeding counter parts.
What you eat makes a big difference in hormone levels and over all weight loss. Eating lots of protein instead of high carb snacks will go a long way to curbing hunger and weight loss. Fruit, vegetables, etc. I am a tandem nursing mama. I generally lose a ton of weight initially post partum due to my body going hyperthyroid then I crash and go back to using my synthroid with minimal weight loss. A ton being about 25 lbs of pregnancy weight (I generally gain between 30-35 lbs). That said, for my body, something magical happens between 9 months and 1 year and my body starts shedding weight again. I am usually at my pre-pregnancy weight by 12 months post partum. My goal is to go 10 pounds lower this time so my next pregnancy will require less weight loss, but I'm pretty lazy, so won't actually do anything to make it happen. I am just borderline high BMI for height, but I'm sure at least 5 lbs of that is excess breast tissue, so I don't worry about it too much.
Tibeca, Certified Breastfeeding Specialist
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