I'm a nursing mom who is 6 months post partum. I'm moderately active and eating around 1800 calories per day and... THE SCALE ISN'T BUDGING! I went onto my plate.gov today and they recommended someone at my current weight who was breastfeeding eat around 2600 calories per day to lose weight. I am so frustrated with this situation. Any one else going through this? I feel completely alone. It doesn't help that I have a friend who can't seem to keep from losing weight just from nursing. I feel like I'm still hungry most of the time and am really, really struggling with this. I've been overweight most of my life and feel like I'm never going to be successful. I want to eat nutritiously for my baby. I don't regret gaining the weight I did with her. I just also want to not feel like I'm always the 'fat friend'.
Your weight is stuck and you are hungry most of the time.. it's clear to me that Your body is sending you a very strong message that you are not eating enough.. heck, even the numbers are telling you that too!
You said the recommendation for your intake was 2600 calories and you are eating significantly less than that (1800).
I know you want to lose weight but your #1 priority while you are still breast feeding is getting enough calories to provide nutrition for your baby.
A breastfeeding mother will use an extra 3-500 calories per day just from lactating. So you can minus at least 300 cals off your 1800 intake to account for that... now you are down to the minimum intake for most adult women (1500) and this number doesn't even take into account your daily activity or exercise.
IMO you are under-eating and your body is reacting to this by storing away any immediately unrequired calories instead of burning them off.
I think you'll find the scale is unlikely to budge until you increase your intake and I suggest at least 2000 calories while you are still Lactating and add more than this if you are exercising too.. whatever calories you burn through actual exercise, add half of those back onto your daily intake that day. eg if you burn 350 calories in the gym, then you add an extra 175 calories to your basic 2000 intake that day
If you do this, you will probably get three positive results in a short time...
1. you will not be so hungry and you will have more energy
2. your weight will start to go down
3. your milk production will improve and be better quality
When you are ready to wean your baby you can then reduce your intake back to 1800 calories per day. But for now, your deficit needs to be smaller and your focus should be on good nutrition to provide the best possible milk for your baby.
And if you want a piece of cake eat it. Don't deprive yourself. Everything in moderation is fine. I tend to eat every couple if hours don't ever starve yourself!! It's just about making healthier choices and having a better lifestyle
this has been a heartening forum to read. My baby is six months old and i have been exercising like crazy for four months , eating very carefully and have lost almost nothing. After having three other children i know it is always easier for me to lose weight when i finish feeding them at one year of age, but i really wanted to shed the kgs earlier this time. Perhaps it just isnt meant to be for me either.
Still there must be a way to get to a desriebale weight while i am feeding surely. is this really true, you may not be eating enough to lose weight? i would be terribly nervous to add more food to my diet to see.
If anyone has any miracoulous suggestions i would be very keen to her. them. i currently run 4km every day in 20 minutes and pretty much am on my feet for the rest of it with two boy toddlers aged 3 and 2. I should be a skinny as a rake, alas i am not,
I know that you could do this. I can relate to you since my body isn't as slim as others and also my sister is also trying to lose weight after getting pregnant. It is really a hard struggle for her but thanks to the people around her, that always supports her, she get through it all.
you are not alone. My baby is six months too and i have been so careful with my eating and have vamped up the exercise to two sessions a day. Under normal circumstances iwould have lost heaps of weght, but in the last two weeks i have managed 2.5 kilos (not sur ehow many pounds that is). But i am going to stay motivated - as if i can just drop little by little when I finish feeding my babe the rest should just drop off. ? right?
You certinaly are not alone i think about it nearly all day cant work out why i seem to be the only one that doesnt shrink to the soixe of nothing while feeding. But as this is my forth child i do know that once you wheen the baby it does come off. Hang in there.