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Old 08-26-2013, 08:31 AM   #11
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I wish. I hold onto every calorie and have to diet to lose weight.
Me too - my body is just like "I might need this to make milk later, lets hold on to it". On the plus side, I think I could nurse a small army of toddlers if need be.

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Old 08-26-2013, 08:39 AM   #12
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Has anyone gone through losing too much weight while nursing even though you thought you were eating enough?
Yes. There were about 6months I lost a lot and I was worried. I was eating enough it was like my body couldn't keep up. I had nursed 2 others and that had never happened before. It did eventually stop and the weight came back super fast for me.
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Old 08-26-2013, 08:47 AM   #13
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Re: Losing too much weight while nursing?

I have a dear friend that this happens to every single time. She intentionally gained 100 lbs with her 2nd pregnancy in hopes to curb it some. She eats a pounds of bacon for breastfast + a 3 person helping of oatmeal and continues that kind of eating all day long. She was wearing a size 1 pant by the time her son was 6 months old. She ends up supplementing with formula after about 9 months but keeps nursing a few times a day. As those feeding sessions phase out, she phases out the formula and goes back to nursing, about 3 times a day. For some reason, her body just can't keep up.
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:48 AM   #15
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Re: Losing too much weight while nursing?

Well, I didn't lose right away... my body hung onto quite a bit of the weight for the first several months but then after about 6 months or so I always lost weight without trying... this time I lost more though... But I didn't get pregnant so I never gained weight back and my body kept losing. I was also tandem nursing. My youngest is almost 2.

However, I did stop eating junk food and processed foods and I don't eat a lot of meat. I don't eat wheat. I don't eat sugar usually. I was eating whole milk organic yogurt and cheese (not organic or whole milk.) Lots of avocado, nuts, coconut oil, butter (healthy fats), beans, sweet potatoes, potatoes, and eggs. Lots of vegetables and fruit. I do eat fish and sometimes meat but meat grosses me out plus I feel bad and lean toward vegetarianism. I ate dried fruit and dark chocolate as treats. I eat quinoa and sometimes oatmeal and rice. And I only usually drink water. My portion sizes are either normal or bigger than normal, usually... I feel like I eat too much sometimes.

I just weaned my older nursling and am planning on cutting my younger one down to once/twice a day if not completely because it seems like my body isn't keeping up. I have mixed feelings about it but I am 20 lbs lighter than my pre-children weight and while I feel fine, mostly, it doesn't look healthy and made me wonder if something was wrong. I had someone tell me I looked anorexic when I didn't want to have a piece of cake that was loaded with sugar and dyes. I wouldn't be jealous lol.

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I have to eliminate dairy when nursing. With my second, I lost a bunch of weight- went down two sizes because of it. I didn't look very healthy. I was eating until I was full though. I tend to make better choices when dairy isn't in the picture. I had to eliminate all hidden dairy too (she is still allergic now). I also make most of our food so there are fewer preservatives and empty calories.

couldve written this myself except with this current nursling i also have to avoid all gluten, chickpeas, eggplant, eggs, nuts, strawberries, chocolate, and seafood. my diet consists of brown rice, meats, and tons of veggies and fruits. i gained near 50 lbs with this pregnancy (also normal for me) and at 2 mos PP have already lost all but 12. i eat constantly--its 6AM and im downstairs bc of cruising for my second snack of the night.
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Please Lord let this happen to me when dd weans.
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Hahahahaha same here! My DD is almost 9 months and I have not lost much (maybe a 4 lb victory since the initial weight loss after her birth). I am counting calories and exercising and nothing is happening!
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Re: Losing too much weight while nursing?

Reading these ersponses makes me wonder if cutting out dairy has caused my weight loss. I am still about 8 lbs. over pre-pregnancy weight. LO has difficulty when I eat dairy so I stopped the obvious dairy - yogurt (always low fat), cheese, and skim milk and occasional ice cream or pizza (I'm lactose intolerant so need to take Lactaid with those). I am trying to find replacement snacks but am mostly eating granola bars at work and now hummous and veggies. At home I go to cereal for my snack. I eat 3 meals a day and always snack in btwn. I have hit the gym a few times but mostly walk wearing my son or sometimes in the stroller.
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Well, I have an answer, though I'm not totally sure it's related but it very well could be. I have Lyme.
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Old 09-02-2013, 06:13 PM   #20
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I was 10 lbs below pp weight within a couple months. I think I gained around 40 lbs while pregnant. I really upped the calories as best I could when I realized I was losing more than the pregnancy weight. Ice cream helps

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Seriously what is everyone eating?
Whatever I could. Several small meals throughout the day because she wouldn't let me put her down to eat. Apple slices and peanut butter, tuna and crackers were my go-to snacks. Gallons of water. Usually a good-sized, relatively healthy/balanced dinner once DH was home and could hold her.

She was also colicky and a very chubby...um, fat ...baby. So I was constantly walking around rocking/bouncing/swaying the poor thing, and that contributed too I'm sure. No peacefully sitting in a rocking chair for me.

I don't think my diet necessarily helped me to lose weight. I think some just drop the weight while others' bodies make them hold onto it while nursing. My close friend dropped all her weight in the couple months after her kids weaned.

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