Group Forum: No Wiggle Room!!

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Posted: 10 Jul 2012, 12:30
I've found it a lot harder having no wiggle room losing baby weight while nursing!

So I have struggled with nursing and losing weight. I lost weight after my first child by counting calories and making sure I exercised everyday. However, that was after I was done nursing.

Now, after my second child, I have had motivation to lose weight, but its hard not doing too much and getting low on milk!! If I exercise too much I notice low milk volume, and when I count calories I notice low milk (even with plenty of calories).

However, if I would just eat enough, and not over due it on portions and snacking at night... I was doing good for several weeks. I let up on the exercise and just tried to stuff my face with carrots instead of granola bars, and I finally came out sitting at 164!

I've broke 160 by letting the nursing work for me. So if I can't do too much cardio, I think I will work on my belly and do some strength and pilates.

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Posted: 25 Jul 2012, 08:37
CONGRATS!! Sounds like we are in the EXACT same boat (I was at 202 when I gave birth to my 2nd & I'm around the 158 mark now). Hope you are having better luck with your supply now. I've been letting the nursing work for me too. I've been trying to just keep it slow & steady (1/2 to 1 lb per week of wt loss). I don't "exercise"; I just do several 1-2 minutes of exercise all day long (squats while pumping; jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups off the counter, etc. while microwave is going w/ lunch at work; glute squeezes while sitting at my desk; park in the back of the parking lot & walk a bit further; etc.).
I figured it took me 9 months to GAIN all this weight, I should at LEAST give myself the same 9 months to LOSE it!
As far as your milk production goes, you should try Mother's Milk Tea by Traditional Medicials. I've tried other brands (like Yogi) but they don't work as well. The formulas & ingredients are VERY DIFFERENT. I started drinking it all day, every day when my milk supply started reduce with my 1st & it SHOT RIGHT BACK UP!!
Taking lots of Fenugreek helps too. I found it helps more with the FLAVOR of the milk so that the baby wants to nurse more (creating more stimulation).
Good Luck!! & enjoy your little ones.

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Posted: 29 Jul 2012, 21:52
Thanks! Congrats to you as well! I think you have it about right. 9 months to gain, 9 months to lose. I also think the slower I lose it the more likely I'll be to keep it off. I lost 30 lbs after baby 1 doing 2 lbs/week. It was better than doing nothing for sure, but I gained 10 back because I lost motivation to calorie count once I felt better about my body. I've been able to do what I've done so far without calorie counting, so hopefully I can actually make it to my goal weight without gaining and enjoy!

You sound like you work so hard to squeeze in everything you can! I need to be more like you and stop wasting precious time! You motivate me for sure. Thanks again!

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Posted: 03 Jan 2013, 12:11
I could really use some motivation from you two ladies.
Someone will always be prettier.
Someone will always be smarter.
Someone will be thinner.
Someone's house will be bigger.
Someone will drive a better care.
Someone will be more successful.
Someone's children will do better in school.
Someone's husband will fix more things around the house.
So, let it go, and love you and your circumstances.
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Posted: 09 Jan 2013, 17:29
I've been inactive since Thanksgiving... not sure how motivating I'll be... haha. I haven't started calorie counting again yet, but I have been eating pretty good, and as soon has this horrid cold goes away I'll start running again.

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Posted: 11 Jan 2013, 09:07
I'm finding this a struggle with baby #2, also. With my first it was truly 9 months on, 9 months off, but my second son is 14 months now and I'm nowhere near my PP weight. This time around it's like my body is holding onto the weight - the less I nurse, the more I lose. Crazy bodies! Since he's only nursing twice a day now I'm actively training at the gym again, hoping it will kick start something!

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Posted: 15 Jan 2013, 16:46
I can join in the feeling. I'm on baby #2, and I think that my breastfeeding has pretty much plateaued in the help it is providing my weight loss. I've been hovering at the 150-155 range for about three months now. I've been frustrated that with two kids, it seems like the opportunities to go work out for any significant period of time (more than 20 minutes, even) are few and far between after work and the kids' bedtime routine. I'm trying to come to grips with the reality that working out, at least for now, might come in 10-15 minute segments or on a lunch break walk around my office building. I'm definitely having a hard time getting back on the wagon when it comes to putting away all the sweets and fried foods and reaching for fresh foods and small portions. I'm right at about the nine month mark with baby, and 15 lbs (plus lots of muscles) from my PP status. Looks like if I want to get back there, I'm going to have to do it the old-fashioned way: eating less and moving more. No more breastfeeding bonus weight loss for me, it would appear. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who's struggling to lose those last few (or fifteen) pounds!

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Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 15:44
Yeah, I decided to start running, which definitely became the end of nursing. It was gradual. However, I started losing again. Now I'm just trying to recover from the Holidays!

I hear you about finding time to exercise with two kiddos. The only time I can is in the morning when they are still asleep before the husband head off to work. If I don't get it done early, it just doesn't happen for me. I want to add some calisthenics to my workouts, I figure I can do that while they are awake.


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Posted: 21 Jan 2013, 12:24
Hey everyone. I'm new to this group and in a similar boat with 2 little ones and breaking through the plateau of the last 15 pounds. I've recently begun the weaning process for the same reasons of low milk supply when eating healthier and trying to exercise. Finding it impossible to find a window to work out when the nap schedules are so different. I am a SAHM but feel housebound between 9-4 with naps. Glad I'm not alone.

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Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 09:25
Just had a good week! I think I may be back into the rhythm here! Here is to another good week!!