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hotmama426

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Posted: 22 Jan 2014, 21:23
I just had a baby October 18th, I gained 26 pounds while pregnant and have since lost that weight. I am currently breastfeeding so I am having a very hard time losing anymore weight as I am always hungry and from what I've researched I should eat between 1500-1800 calories a day to keep up milk supply. I would like to lose 40 pounds to put me at 160. This puts me in range of the healthy weight for being 5-8. I have the lapband I got that in October of 2009 and weighed 280. I now weigh 201 and do not want to get my band tightened while breastfeeding it will be too hard to get enough calories and water. Please help I would like to lose my baby belly before summer.
Aandcmom

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Posted: 23 Jan 2014, 07:43
Are you exercising? I know it can be uncomfortable while breast feeding (I used to put on two sports bras). Nursing requires you to keep your calories up but take a look at the nutrient density of your calories
mummydee

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Posted: 23 Jan 2014, 08:47
Your #1 concern right now is the beautiful baby, If you eat healthy, good veggies, a little fruit, good protein and fats you will do fine. Leave out the processed foods that have little nutritional value for you or the baby and you will see the weight drop off.
If you eat healthy fats like avocado's, olive oil and salmon, you shouldn't be hungry.
There are many videos on youtube to do exercises with your baby. It's fun and good for both of you.
mmpearce

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Posted: 23 Jan 2014, 10:16
My doctor told me that my body wouldn't really be my own again and act normally until after breastfeeding and to give myself time. Hormones remain different during this time. This was not to encourage me to stop breast feeding, but to give myself a break for the first year, a time when I might also be exhausted too (I was!). I thought this was good advice.

Still, after about 9 months I started doing more exercise (mostly just biking to work), but never ate less than 1800 and never created more than 100-200 cal/day deficit. Pumping at work, it's hard enough to keep the supply up, so I didn't want to jeopardize that.
learning...

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Posted: 23 Jan 2014, 12:02
All good replies. It takes a good long time for body to adjust, with or without breastfeeding. As long as you're not gaining, and not eating processed foods, and no sugars, you're fine. Drink tons and tons of water, and maybe up the protein.
mummydee

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Posted: 23 Jan 2014, 12:14
Spirulina capsules are a wonderful source of protein and safe for breastfeeding mothers.
Emily...

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Posted: 23 Jan 2014, 13:04
If you're having a hard time staying away from those yummy processed snacks I have a great fix! If you like Cheezits then you'll love this! Take a few slices of American cheese and slice them into nine identical little squares. Place them around the perimeter of a paper plate and put them in the microwave for about a minute and a half. They'll crisp up and they're a super healthy alternative to regular processed chips! I also like to being them when I'm babysitting for the kids.
tj0413

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Posted: 23 Jan 2014, 13:14
I had my son last April, and what worked best for me was walking. He and I would go for at least two walks per day when it was nice outside. I would download a book to listen to, and we both enjoyed it so much. When he was very little I would put him in the Baby Bjorn or in the stoller. Without even realizing it I was walking 5-6 miles per day.
rnpam00

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Posted: 23 Jan 2014, 13:31
Those sound awesome...going to go try them right now! Thanks!
learning...

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Posted: 24 Jan 2014, 14:20
Yum to the cheese-microwave snacks! I do the same thing with pepperoni!



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