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#1 Jazzylyn_



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Posted 11 December 2019 - 11:59 AM

Ok guys before I get any hate on this topic let me start off by saying I want an idea of how many calories to eat to maintain my milk supply BUT also not to gain too much. I feel like my mental health wont be able to take it if i gain any more weight but I dont want to compromise my supply since I'm still breastfeeding my 10 week old. I read that I should be eating about 300 to 400 more calories than my normal daily intake..but the problem is I dont have a "normal" intake. Before I got pregnant I was restricting a LOT sometimes fasting but usually just staying under 1000 calories.

Here's my stats if it helps
Pre pregnancy weight: 148-150
Weight during pregnancy: 197
Weight after delivery: 180
Current weight: 176-178

If anyone can give me a good idea of what's considered healthy for please let me know. I'm not extremely worried about losing a ton of weight right now but I definitely dont want to gain.

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#2 greenteavegan



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Posted 21 December 2019 - 02:51 PM

Your height would help for a more accurate prediction. Assuming you are about medium height and are aiming for slow weight loss while staying generally healthy and keeping your milk supply up I would say you need at least 1500 calories plus breastfeeding calories, all in all aiming for 1900 calories. In the beginning you need about 400 calories because of the extra fat in you colostrum, then 300 calories, but it actually gets more every month until 6 months by about 40-50 cals, so by 6 months you need about 500 extra calories before it gets less again when introducing solids. So even 2000-2300 cals shouldn't make you gain at this point, that's about your maintainance calories. Your body is still healing and repairing for about 9 months postpartum and needs some extra energy.
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Posted 02 January 2020 - 04:51 PM

I have wondered this as I’ve exclusively breastfed my three month old who feeds on demand. At first I was hardly eating, and even though I didn’t see a drop on supply, I found she didn’t ever seem satisfied. So I settled in an increase. On average, you’ll burn ABOUT 500 calories so I always sort of think of reaching at least 1,000 but usually 1500 to be safe.
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#4 Pineapple Lumps

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Posted 04 January 2020 - 12:58 AM

Even if the things that you do eat are good for boosting supply e.g. try incorporating flaxseed and brewers yeast into your diet as it stands in some way - I ate heaps of this when I was breastfeeding and it helped maintain my supply feeding twins.

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Posted 13 February 2020 - 12:32 PM


If you follow the maintenance level your supply shouldn’t drop but still lose weight

I will get there one pound at a time


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