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Old 04-25-2009, 08:20 AM
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Weight GAIN??

Everything I have read/heard is that breastfeeding helps you lose weight... Then why have I gained 5 pounds back that I had lost?? I lost almost all my baby weight 2 weeks after Mia was born, but now I am 10lbs over my pre-preg weight and it is not budging! I am so frustrated that I am so flabby. I am hungry ALL THE TIME. I am working out. I have never had to think about what I eat and now I do but I cannot seem to control my cravings. HELP!
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Old 04-25-2009, 08:50 AM
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The pounds come off with breast feeding, but you have to give it time. Especially after the baby is 2-3 months, because they consume a lot more from months 4-6. How old is Mia? I would say eat if you are hungry and try not to obsess about it. Your body is still adjusting. Give it time
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Old 04-25-2009, 08:56 AM
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Hormones, pretty lady, hormones.. I am sorry you feel fustrated, just have to be patient and trust that your body is adjusting to a big change. Your thyroid levels could be out of whack for a bit. Relax, deep breath... -xoxox-
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Old 04-25-2009, 08:56 AM
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Mia is 7 months 1 week. The pounds did come off but they came back on, which is why I am so frustrated!
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Old 04-25-2009, 09:15 AM
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Before I had kids I was tiny and ate whatever I wanted. A couple weeks after having my first child, I had lost more than half the weight and was doing good. Then it started creeping back on until I was 5 pounds over the weight I was when I DELIVERED. It took until my son was 2yrs old to lose it all and I still remained almost 10 pounds over my pre-preg weight (but that was ok). Then I decided to get pregnant again. Same exact thing happened.

Your situation doesn't seem quite as extreme because you are only 10 lbs over your pre-preg weight and it's only been 7 months. I'm sure you will lose it, it just may take some time. Just stick with the working out and see what happens over the next few months. If you still don't lose or are gaining, then see your doctor to have your thyroid checked.
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Old 04-25-2009, 09:24 AM
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I have never been pregnant, but I know that there are a lot of fluid fluctuations involved in pregnancy and childbirth. I would bet that accounts for at least half of the weight. If you were a bit dehydrated 2 weeks after birth and have extra fluid now to produce breast milk, that could easily account for 10 lbs.
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Old 04-25-2009, 09:29 AM
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Liz You are so hard on yourself; 9 months up, 9 months down.

Here are some factoids:
Breastfeeding will help you lose weight initially, and you can continue to eat higher calorie meals for as long as you are exclusively breastfeeding. Once you either start supplementing/feeding solids/scale back on breastfeeding due to even simple age (nursing 4 times a day versus 6-8 times), your body will need fewer calories to continue to lose weight.

Also, some women's bodies don't like to let go of the last few pounds permanently until you wean completely; it's the body's "famine" protection. It's like the body thinks it can't properly nourish the baby without those 5-10 irritating pounds. This usually happens when the mommy loses weight too fast after delivery.

You will lose the weight, Liz; for now, listen to your body. It's telling you its needs. I'm not sure what you are eating, nut higher protein diets balanced with carbs will keep you satisfied longer and will curb those hunger pangs you get. Be sure to stay very hydrated as well; water is a great way to deter (even temporarily) frequent cravings.

Oh, and hormones don't help either.
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Old 04-25-2009, 10:24 AM
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I started feeding my babies solid food at 6 months, so the amount of milk consumed decreased. This would mean less calories burned for you after 6 months and a possible weight gain. I quit breasfeeding at 6 months though for all mine. Be reassured you are doing the best thing for your baby and once you stop, you can worry about the weight. For now, I would recommend feeding your body what it craves.
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:18 AM
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I have all the intentions to eat the right things, but I rarely follow through. We just started solids about a month ago. So far she doesn't eat much though. It does seem like she is nursing less frequently. Oh well, I am just really embarassed that I am so blubbery. I hate clothes right now. None of my pre-preg clothes fit so I have bought a few things but I pretty much have one weeks worth of outfits, so I wear the same thing to work week after week. I am just not going to be me until I lose this weight
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:31 AM
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Be kind to yourself. Your body has been through a lot, Liz.
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:37 AM
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UGH, Liz I FEEL YA honey!! I am in THAT EXACT situation. I literally have like 8 more pounds to lose to get back to pre-preg weight, and I feel like I can't do it because I'm breastfeeding. I think it's partially what you're talking about - I'm SOOO HUNGRY ALL THE TIME!! And also Shi's dead on - I think your body is acting like it does when you're on BC - for some reason, your body thinks it needs that back up reserve and it won't let go of it no matter what. I did start doing a teeny bit of cardio, but not really consistently. I have been doing consistent pilates and yoga for the past two weeks and it definitely has helped shape up a little bit. I didn't realize how weak all my muscles had become from pregnancy and not working the past 6 months. Oh well, good luck!!!
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:43 AM
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Yeah, I'm honestly shocked I lose all my pregnancy weight since I breastfeed exclusively. I don't start solids until one year either; I am truly am the exception though.
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Old 04-25-2009, 02:40 PM
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i know how you feel. those last stubborn pounds can make you crazy! agree with some of the other posters.. about losing it all quickly and bfing helping with that tremendously but for bfing you also do need to hold onto some reserves for that.. i lost my last lbs after i stopped nursing with all three of mine. and wheni was nsg, i, too was starving all the time bc it is so exhausting and burns through so much of your calories. give it just a little more time (as i write this i am cringing bc i used to hate when ppl said that to me, too re thelast few lbs). you are doing all the right things for a nursing mom and you will get there love the name mia, btw!
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Old 04-25-2009, 05:25 PM
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I bet you still look hot, goof.
I obviously haven't ever breastfed, but my best friend didn't lose her pregnancy weight until a year with her first, and she gave birth for the 2nd time the same time you did and she is still up about 10 pounds and she is breastfeeding exclusively, too. She also said her hips seemed to spread enough that even when she lost all the weight, her pre-preg (skinny) size wasn't comfortable anymore.
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Old 04-27-2009, 11:51 AM
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I lost all mine after I stopped BF
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I'm in the same boat. I am about 5 pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight right now and it is not budging. I am also very "soft". Like you, I am not eating as well or as clean as I did prior to and during pregnancy and I am also wearing the same things over and over until I lose the rest of the weight. Don't despair, it'll happen! Give it a little more time!
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Old 04-28-2009, 07:56 AM
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I didn't lose my last 7 pounds until I stopped breast feeding...right after I weaned him they just fell off. I think your body is hanging onto what it needs to support both you and your baby...once you wean you will probably drop those last few lbs
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:21 AM
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Liz,
To my knowledge by breastfeeding you're spending up to 500 calories. This on top of what your calorie expenditure was pre-pregnancy. My advice is also to be patient with yourself while eating a balanced diet.
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I hear you on the blubbery complaint. My mid-section is a mess right now, but I haven't gotten motivated to start working out yet. I will say that my appetite has decreased noticeably has Ava has started to eat more solids. She has just started to eat a significant amount 3 times a day. She just turned 9 months and is nursing 3-5 times a day depending on my work schedule. We won't talk about nighttime. Ugh!
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I didn't lose my last 7 pounds until I stopped breast feeding...right after I weaned him they just fell off. I think your body is hanging onto what it needs to support both you and your baby...once you wean you will probably drop those last few lbs
Exactly what happened to me. I lost it in about 2 weeks.
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I agree with those who have said to be patient (and kind to yourself). Having said that, I can relate...L. just turned 7 mo. and my figure is not where I want it to be either. I have started weaning and he is now onto solids; I'm curious whether I'll see a shift now. But the biggest factor, in my opinion, is sleep. He just started sleeping through the night. And I finally feel like I have enough energy to really try to get fit. It's too exhausting to have a baby (plus other little ones), a house and a job, and, and, and... and still be committed to weight loss.
(ok, now I sound like I'm whining )
In any case good luck, you'll get back to where you want to be eventually.
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don't be so hard on yourself liz.....i bet you will lose it once weaned as well...i hate that blubbery feeling too..and z is almost 3 and i still have it..i actually lost a lot within a year he was born and then gained 10lbs back since because i started eating badly..but i also BF him til he was 2 and exclusively up til he was 1 so my body was all over the place..still is..
not even sure if this makes sense..
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My husband lectured me this morning that I am not trying hard enough. It's not just me being hard on myself, apparently I am too fat for my husband. I'm so incredibly hurt.
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That is not cool at all!
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Old 04-29-2009, 10:54 AM
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My husband lectured me this morning that I am not trying hard enough. It's not just me being hard on myself, apparently I am too fat for my husband. I'm so incredibly hurt.
I am sorry, but that is just mean and insensitive If he is trying to motivate you, he is going about it completely wrong!
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