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Cadbury

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Posted: 03 Jun 2009, 13:36
Hi! I'm new on this site, and a new mom. My daughter is 3 months old, and I'm trying to balance losing weight with maintaining milk supply... I'm trying to do WW POINTS on my own (I'm not an "actual" member, but tracking pts here...) but my milk suppy feels like it's tanking this week.

Also, I've never dieted seriously before - I need help! I don't know what works, and I'm not sure I understand the 35 extra points?? can you just use and extra 35 points a week? Confused Confused Help.
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mickeyc513

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Posted: 04 Jun 2009, 19:39
Are you making sure you are eating enough points? You really need to eat all your points. I know the 12 extra points for nursing seems like a lot, but you really need to make sure you eat enough and that you are eating enough healthy foods to keep your milk supply up. If you want you baby to get lots of nutrients you need to eat lots of nutrients. And yes you just add the 35 points each week. You could split them up evenly throughout the days or indulge in a special treat each week; you can use them however you want.

What makes you think your milk supply is tanking? I remember right around 3 months my son started wanting to nurse like crazy and I was worried that he was feeding more frequently because he wasn't getting enough at each feeding. It turns out it was just a phase for him that is common. It's like a growth spurt, they nurse like crazy for a few days and then go back to a more normal routine. As long as you are giving your body enough fuel you should be able to keep your milk up.

I hope this helped! Smile
Cadbury

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Posted: 04 Jun 2009, 20:00
I'm exclusively pumping so I can see how much I'm pumping each day... it seems I'm pumping less. I think you're right, I should be eating more. I was eating very healthy foods, but never meeting the total points, I'll have to step that up. I've never been a big eater to begin with, but before I was eating more sweets than anything else! Now I'm eating healthy but maybe not enough!

How am I suppose to lose weight if I'm eating so much. I don't get it!
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raindrop132

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Posted: 04 Jun 2009, 20:54
Hi Cadbury! I just had to say that I have heard way too many people say that you just can't lose weight while you nurse and I am walking proof that it isnt true! I have lost 53 lbs since having my latest child (who is still nursing almost exclusively at 8 months...we just started adding food). I dont do points, I simply dont eat junk food anymore and try to give my body lots of nutritious foods (fruit, veggies, whole grains, sensible stuff!) But the biggest key to my weight loss was exercise. I have to eat more calories for the milk production, but my body reacted really positivly to adding 30 minutes of walking a day. If you can possibly fit regular exercise into your schedule, I cant recommend it highly enough! Smile Keep up the good work, the biggest hurdle is wanting to lose the weight!
godlybuns

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Posted: 05 Jun 2009, 06:54
I am also an exclusively pumping mother of a 3 month old. I have found that my supply does vary from day to day. Losing weight is becaoming a balancing game between milk and not eating too much. I have found that when I notice a dip in production I take some fenugreek and drink some extra water ( and eat an extra snack such as cottage cheese or a few slices of cheese)
Nichole
rchavez

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Posted: 09 Jun 2009, 13:22
Hello Cadbury! I think we are in the exact same situation. I just started counting points and I was worried about my supply going down. Mine varies day by day. Somedays I think its going down but then the next day it will be back up again. Just stick to the points and make sure you're eating enough. That's my problem too. I don't eat all of the points and seldomly use the 35 extra.
iwantahotbod

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Posted: 26 Jun 2009, 15:23
Hey there, I have a 3 month old also and I am exclusively breastfeeding. I pump here and there and I've heard that sometimes your body can just quit responding to a pump. Also, I've heard from a friend that her milk supply went down almost drastically when she was on her period but that it went back up as soon as it stopped and her doctor told her it was normal, just a few examples!

Good job for losing seven pounds! I just started all this and still have 15 pounds left till I get to my pre-preggo weight. Honestly, my advice would be just eat when you're hungry, drink lots of water, and make sure you take your vitamins, for your sake and your LO's!
perra_flaca

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Posted: 30 Jun 2009, 17:29
My supply changes from day to day it seems like. Just make sure you're eating enough and as long as your LO seems satisfied and is gaining weight, you should be doing fine.




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