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#1 littleida

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Posted 23 February 2021 - 05:38 PM

hey guys. I haven’t been on here in a really long time. I just had a baby and gained literally 50 pounds and I’ve been breastfeeding him , I was wondering if any of you guys breastfed while eating extremely low cal?

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Posted 24 February 2021 - 08:02 PM

Not personally, but from everyone I know, any time they tried to diet, their milk supply suffered.  


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Posted 27 February 2021 - 11:20 PM

Your milk supply will not only dry up, the milk will also not contain the nutrients it's supposed to have, which is not good for your baby. So please only high restrict if at all! Even better, calculate your TDEE and eat that, you will still loose on that as exclusivly breastfeeding burns about 400 extra cals a day.
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Posted 03 March 2021 - 10:16 AM

Even better, calculate your TDEE and eat that, you will still loose on that as exclusivly breastfeeding burns about 400 extra cals a day.

This is not correct.

 

I ate at TDEE, exercised, breast fed, and still did not lose weight. 

 

OP, just try to eat at TDEE and feed your baby. You have time to lose the weight. Some of the weight will be water and you'll lose it quickly. Eat well, drink plenty of water, and feed your little one.



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Posted 03 March 2021 - 04:24 PM

This is not correct.
 
I ate at TDEE, exercised, breast fed, and still did not lose weight. 
 
OP, just try to eat at TDEE and feed your baby. You have time to lose the weight. Some of the weight will be water and you'll lose it quickly. Eat well, drink plenty of water, and feed your little one.


As far as I know this is mathematically correct, BUT it is also common for a number of women to have hormonal changes influence their thyroid and metabolism, making them keep their weight on until they are done breastfeeding. I just checked some sources in English (the studies I've read when I wrote about the 400cals aren't in English, so there is no much use in me quoting them I guess) and they even estimate higher than this, this page list credible resources and explains it well I think: https://www.llli.org...t-loss-mothers/
So, yes, your experience is valid and normal, but breastfeedind does burn a whole lot of extra calories wheater it is 400 or even up to 700 calories. Not everyone looses a lot of weight due to that, but breastfeeding still burns that much - not loosing weight will be due to other factors like hormonal changes that influence the thyroid and therefore the matabolic rate. Some women also have an increased appetite due to breastfeeding, we haven't even talked about that. There are probably a whole bunch of reasons I'm not thinking of right now, so I think you gave really good advice saying OP should just eat TDEE and feed her baby! I second that!
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Posted 24 March 2021 - 06:15 AM

I'm still breastfeeding my now toddler i didn't serverly restrict until just after she was about 1 as she was established on solids by then and milk wasn't her main source of nutrients. I was able to loose weight prior just by working out my TDEE and calorie counting and my milk didn't dry up at all even now I'm still feeding her often as a 20 month old and restricting quite a bit and all good. I make sure I take vitamins and drink plenty of water tho.
Tbh I was actually really really good the first year good with myself and then I spiralled over the last few months and am back to my ED ways.

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Posted 30 March 2021 - 10:14 PM

Have you thought about formula? It’s what I had to do. I knew I wasn’t getting enough to feed my baby so I stopped breastfeeding at around 10 months.

I’m pregnant now and I’m going to try and make it to a year but I already feel myself relapsing hard. Hang in there.


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#8 deterministic chaos

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Posted 07 June 2021 - 05:08 AM

If you have a lot of excess weight you can definitely breastfeed and eat minimally...how do you guys think all these mothers in third world countries managed to breastfeed their children? Despite a lot of them being underweight, they still had a milk supply.

 

Bodies will prioritise the infant and draw fat from stores in your body, as well as stored nutrients and vitamins so YOU, the adult, will suffer as a result but the baby will not. Breastmilk is made from the blood, not your stomach contents. Just keep hydrated.


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Posted 07 August 2021 - 11:14 AM

I try not to restrict too low, because im almost 10 months strong for bfing! 1500 is my sweet spot

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Posted 08 August 2021 - 09:06 PM

I wouldn't say they're in my way per say, but I just stress binged a massive pile of spaghetti and garlic bread. Was doing good today but between the kid and spouse stress and binge eating being the way I seem to cope... I feel like I'll be fat forever. I just wanna cry but I feel so numb and like just grabbing more food. Idk I hate myself, feel weak willed, and really wanna cry...

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#11 MiaFat

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Posted 12 September 2021 - 07:12 AM

Your milk supply will not only dry up, the milk will also not contain the nutrients it's supposed to have, which is not good for your baby. So please only high restrict if at all! Even better, calculate your TDEE and eat that, you will still loose on that as exclusivly breastfeeding burns about 400 extra cals a day.


I asked this of my GP, midwife, health visitor, psychiatrist and perinatal nurse and they all said the composition and nutritional quality of ur milk does NOT change, but it will eventually dry up if u don't eat enough to sustain its production. Hydrating is crucial

#12 Faedere

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Posted 23 September 2021 - 03:05 AM

Old thread, but to anyone who may see this, please please please do not restrict when breastfeeding!
Your child relies on nutrition from you, and will only not be receiving needed nutrients and calories, but on top may also be subjected to toxins.
Even though our bodies filter toxins that enter, our bodies are not perfect in the matter and we still retain some in our fat tissue and it is believed that if you lose weight (at least quickly that is) when breast-feeding, it will not only starve your baby, put you in a greater health risk than normally would, dry your milk flow but also release the stored up toxins into your milk, since much of it is fat.
As what comes to weightloss during breast-feeding , some who have deliberately tried to lose weight during it have completely stagnated and therefore argue that breast-feeding would not add 400~ cal to your TDEE. This is not true.

Our bodies are Incredible survival machines and when caring for our children, it amps up the survival mode even more as it’s job for now is to keep the young alive and not die in the process, therefore it is likely that it will combat restricting by slowing your metabolism greatly and clinging extremely to any nourishment.

Some have luck losing weight while breast-feeding but barely ever is it through restricting. Worst case scenario it will do so much more harm for absolutely no results.

Just like most healthcare professionals, I from experience advise anyone wondering about weight loss during breast-feeding, or heck even pregnancy, to aim for normal meals, avoid junk food and sugar, and just hands-down focus on healthy eating. Trust me, nature has you covered.

I briefly tried to lose weight when I was just starting breast-feeding as I was really self conscious after pregnancy, and not only did it affect me negatively pretty much immediately (I got SO COLD and grumpy, as well as my milk flow was affected) but also my child got restless so I started searching up on the matter.
Glad I did, as I started seeing negative impact just a few days in so I managed to dodge any potential damage to me or my child.

Been focusing now on just cutting out excess treats etc, ditched my scale a while back so I can’t weigh myself but looking at the mirror it seems I’ve managed to lose some.
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