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Posted: 16 Jul 2012, 15:19
I'm 3 weeks away from baby #2 being born and I plan on breastfeeding afterwards. I've only gained 11lbs so far since I've been pregnant but I'm a big girl to begin with so I've been losing belly fat and gaining baby instead so all in all good results. My daughter is 5 so she's kept me active as well. Not on a specific diet other than I have no appetite for meat. With my daughter the first round of breastfeeding I stressed myself out too much about intervals of feeding and quantity and eventually wasn't eating enough healthy stuff for myself and baby and exhausted my production to nothing. I'm hoping this time I'll be more relaxed and will find it more enjoyable and be able to use it to my advantage of not only losing baby weight I've gained but even more so. Good luck to all of you who are already in the process and hope this is a friendly and supportive group. Very Happy

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Posted: 17 Jul 2012, 09:21
GOOD LUCK!! I too am on baby #2, she was born Dec 5. My son was born Dec 10, 2008. I've breast fed both & each have been VERY, VERY DIFFERENT. So don't stress about what happened with the 1st b/c the 2nd is his/her own baby & will do things her/his own way.
If you can keep the breastfeeding going it SHOULD help you lose weight. I was a little stagnent in the weight loss department for the 1st 2-3 months (healing from C-section) but months 3-6 after I got back to a more normal daily routine, I started dropping about a pound a week (on average). All I did was my normal daily routine (no real "exercise" to speak of) and cut out the chocolate & junk food; eating more fish, veggies, soups, fruits, etc. I'd gained a LOT (around 48 pounds!!) So far, I've lost about 42-45.
I KNOW you can do it!! Just remember to BE PATIENT & RELAX!!

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Posted: 05 Sep 2012, 12:35
Well I gave birth to a healthy 7lb 12oz baby girl on Aug 2nd. I was 272 when I went in and I visited my doctor on the 28th, weighing in at 244! I've started tracking my calories, going by what the books say in that while nursing you should add only about an extra 500 calories. I've noticed a slight drop in milk production but I don't know if that's calorie related or the fact that I was over producing and have been block feeding to try and limit my daughter's fore milk intake so she can get her calorie rich hind milk. But regardless I'm still exclusively breast feeding and I'm not stressing about it and just letting her eat and be happy which in turn makes me extremely happy and saving us tons of money.

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Posted: 05 Sep 2012, 17:32
Congratulations on your second baby! I'm on my second, too; she's almost four months old now. I definitely second the commentds from Cindaian: my second baby is totally a different experience from the first. I did notice that the biggest difference both times, however, wasn't so much how much I ate or didn't eat, but how frequently I ate and how much water I took in. I got up to 205 before she was born, (55 lbs gained--eek!), and am down to around 165 after almost 4 months. I've been eating between 1500-1800 calories/day (per my dietician's recommendation), and only recently started any significant exercise (30 min cardio 3x/week). I was so nervous with my first daughter about what I ate and how much and when, and transitioning from breastfeeding to pumping. But as long as I pump frequently enough (I had to switch to bottles for reflux/cholic issues), drink tons of water, and eat every 2-3 hours (even just 100 calorie snack helps), I haven't had a problem yet. I even have extra. I know the books say to add an extra 500 calories....but apparently with all my extra 'reserves', my body didn't really need that much extra. I'm losing 1-2lbs/week on average. Good luck on your journey!

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Posted: 10 Sep 2012, 07:49
Hi, I'm new to the group. I just had my son August 10. Congrats on your little girl