Just a quick question on nursing and calories. Heres a quick run down of my story I lost 100lbs. before getting preggo last March, gained a whopping 50lbs. this pregnancy :( and now trying to lose again. I had my baby 3 weeks ago so I know I can't be too hasty since I'm still healing and everything. But I've gained 1lb. since coming home and I'm trying to eat healthy but maybe not enough, its almost like Im scared to eat nd gain more weight. I went to ahealthyme.com and it says I should be eating 3030 cal/day this is on very light activity! This seems like so much food. Please help me I want to get enough milk for baby but I'm scared to eat to gain anymore weight :(
First let me say congratulations and great job on breastfeeding!
Then I would like to say you should just put away your scale until at least 8 weeks post partum and let yourself just enjoy your new nursing relationship and your new baby. It can take up to 8 weeks to get your milk supply established and the extra stress of counting calories probably won't help.
Then once you have established your milk supply a little better, I would eat your maintenance calories plus 500 for a week and see where you are weight wise. If you have lost that's great if not adjust it down 200 or up 200. I ate around 1800-2000 calories and have lost 50 of the 60lbs I put on during my pregnancy within the first year.
Remember it took 9 months to put it on it will take at least that to take it off.
Well, not knowing how tall you are or your weight, it's hard to say for sure. I'm willing to bet 3,000 calories is a bit high but probably not off by too much.
Try the calculator below instead. It allows you to select "pregnant" or "lactating" before giving your estimated burn rate.
I put in my own stats on that site and was told I burned 3200 calories per day. That's definitely way off since I'm only 5'3" and lightly active. When I was breastfeeding, I ate 1900-2000 calories per day and lost weight.
I'm 5'6 and 260lbs. I went to the website you posted but it only says the calories burned not how many I should be eating. It says I burn 3279 calories/day so are you supposed to have a 500 deficit even if your not working out?? I had a c-section so I definately can't start working out yet, I've been trying to walk but the weather won't allow it right now its too cold to bring the 3 kids out, especially the newborn. Anyways if you need a 500 cal. deficit that still puts me at 2700cals/day give or take? which still seems like a lot of food? I don't know when I was losing weight before and working out I ate 2200/day roughly. I guess adding the extra 500 for breastfeeding would put it at 2700 calories but I thought 3500 cals equals 1lb. lost/gained. I don't want to eat so much. I guess I need to be patient.
You also don't your milk to fail. Eat and drink enough to keep your production up and nursing and chasing 3 kids will take the baby weight off.
Congratulations! Such an accomplishment!
I have three month old and trying to loose 40 lbs. When my baby was three weeks old I was so tired of nursing every two hours and not having enough sleep that I wasn't even thinking about loosing weight or counting calories. Give yourself more time to heal and most important get as much rest as you can, some people gain weight under stress. Good luck with the little one!
The problem with trying to have a deficit while breastfeeding is that you won't know if you're not eating enough until your milk supply suffers. I found out the hard way by restricting too much and having my milk supply cut in half. I was luckily able to up it to the point where I was able to continue breastfeeding but only after increasing my calories by 500 daily.
Start at 2700 and see how you do. I bet you'll be surprised at how much you can eat and still lose weight while nursing. I didn't really try to lose weight while nursing but my baby weight was gone by 4 months postpartum. I had a second c-section, too, so I wasn't exercising.
I really like Kellymom.com, they have some great information there on dieting while nursing:
Congratulations on the birth of your little one!
My little girl will be 4 months on Christmas Day. I'm 5'3" and as 238 when my daughter was born on 9/4/09 via C-section. I am 198lbs as of today (!), which means I'm back to my pre-pregnancy weight! Just a little celebratory hooray for me! Now to get into deficit territory!
I didn't worry about calories at first. I was just losing weight as fluid decreased, etc. I went back to work 10 weeks post-partum, and since then I've been eating between 2200 and 2400 calories/day. I've settled on the calorie level by using CC.com's recommendation for someone my height and weight, but I've stepped up my activity level from, "sedentary" to "light activity," to get the extra calories. I'm shocked that I can eat this much, but I'm not complaining!
Good luck to you, and I second hotharmony's thought: It took 9 months to put the weight on (and to create a human being!). Allow yourself 9 months to take the weight off!
I agree with pp-ers. Don't be in too much of a rush, wait until at least your 6 week check up before doing anything and start off slow and easy.
over 3,000 calories seems a lot. After a lot of research, and I think on ASk Kate, don't go BELOW 1,800 when breast feeding. I am 5ft6 and moderate activity. I eat between 1800 and 2200 cals a day and my milk is great. I don't fret if I go over the 2200 either, its just a guide.
Actually, you may not have to worry.
I ate like crazy when I was breastfeeding. I remember eating spaghetti in a large plate, litterally a mountain of it piled on my plate, I would finish that then go back for a second, similar plate, and that was only one of about 4 similar meals a day and I still lost 1-2 pounds a week.
Over the year that I breastfead my son I lost 50 lbs. I think there is something with the hormones that speeds up a metabolism. I tend to eat a lot anyway, but when I was nursing it was insane! I couldnt' stop eating and eat I did, eat, and eat, and eat, and eat, and I kept getting thinner and thinner and thinner. Wierd.
But it was slow to start. I didn't start loosing weight until about 3 months post-pregnancy. I remember when I went for my 6-week post delivery check up I was the same weight as I was right after my son was born.
3030 is WAAAY to many calories. The latest research shows that breastfeeding Moms don't actually need that many more calories as long as you are following a healthy diet (http://www.babycenter.com/0_diet-for-a-health y-breastfeeding-mom_3565.bc ) Also don't forget that for hte next several weeks your body will be shedding all hte extra blood and other fluids it's created/retained for the last 9 months. Don't worry about the 1 lb. You milk can be affected by lots of stuff (including anxiety) but it's actually very rare for a Mom to not have enough milk unless she's had breast surgery that interferes with the ducts.
When I was breastfeeding I ate very sensibly didn't calorie count tooo much and managed to lose 30 of my 38 lbs by the time my son was 6 months old. But I didn't even weigh myself for the first 6 weeks.