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#1 JKC81

Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:18 PM

Just wondering if anyone has any tips on how to lose weight while breastfeeding? When I breastfeed I just seem to store everything just the same as I do when pregnant. Is there a way or something I can do to get my body to start using my fat that been stored while pregnant instead of it continuing to keep storing it?

#2 Escapin

Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:22 PM

Is this your first baby? Are they only 2 weeks old? I ask because 2 weeks is such a short time and your body will still be getting used to the new state of things. Just don't starve yourself, whatever you do!

#3 Ice Queen

Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:29 PM

Hmmmmm I actually found it quite hard to shift those final few kg's while b'feeding.  My appetite is huge when I b'feed so I found it hard.

With bub no 2 I walked a lot with the pram and the weight did move quicker.

#4 Fright bat

Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:33 PM

I only lost weight after I stopped breastfeeding.

#5 Mamabear2010

Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:38 PM

This was my experience:
When I was breastfeeding, I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight after 6 weeks (good genetics). For the first 6 months or so,  I found I was very hungry and needed to eat frequently and I didn't lose any more weight until my ds was 8-9 months old. I ended up breastfeeding for almost two years and I lost 8kg off my pre-pregnancy weight. I didn't do any specific exercise so I put it down to breast feeding and chasing after a baby/toddler.

There is a recommended amount of weight loss when breastfeeding. I think it's 0.5kg. Someone else might be able to confirm that.

I think the best idea is to eat healthily, snack frequently, drink lots of water and do some gentle exercise like walking. It's best to not push it in the first 6weeks post birth.

Congrats on your new bubba!

#6 Domestic Goddess

Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:39 PM

Weightloss doesn't happen overnight hun. I gained a whopping 34kg during my pregnancy. I lost half that direct after birth. I breastfed exclusively for 14 months and I think I was back to pre-pregnancy weight at about 6 months.
I didn't start to loose weight until the 2nd month. That's when I noticed some of my clothes to fit better again......

#7 mandala

Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:45 PM

I didn't lose the last of the weight until DS started solids and started sleeping better.

#8 Roobear

Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:49 PM

I lost weight just by breastfeeding. I eat quite a bit of cake too  wink.gif

When I fell pregnant with DS I was 85kg, I gained 9 kg and now almost 7 months after birth I am 77kg. I would like to loose another 5kg or so so I have just joined a gym and going 3 times a week ... and trying to cut out the cake! Lol.

As the PP said, your baby is only 2 weeks old and you are establishing your milk supply. I would just concentrate on eating healthily and maybe going for a walk with the pram if you feel up to it. Good luck original.gif

#9 JKC81

Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:59 PM

QUOTE (Escapin @ 17/02/2013, 06:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Is this your first baby? Are they only 2 weeks old? I ask because 2 weeks is such a short time and your body will still be getting used to the new state of things. Just don't starve yourself, whatever you do!


This is baby number 4  biggrin.gif I love food way to much to starve myself lol. I know the weight takes months to come off but with my 3rd baby I didnt lose any weight at all no matter what I did (breastfed until he was 8 months then fell preg with number 4 bout 2 weeks after stopping breastfeeding) so I just know that I will most likely store it again, so wondering if there is a way to encourage my body to use the fat stores instead of keep storing them?

#10 Domestic Goddess

Posted 17 February 2013 - 06:01 PM

QUOTE (JKC81 @ 17/02/2013, 06:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
so wondering if there is a way to encourage my body to use the fat stores instead of keep storing them?


Gentle exercise? I did walk a lot (with the pram) in the first 6 months. Exercise releases endorphins as well, so keeps PND at bay. It's a double winner biggrin.gif


#11 whale-woman

Posted 17 February 2013 - 06:10 PM

QUOTE (AvadaKedavra @ 17/02/2013, 06:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I only lost weight after I stopped breastfeeding.


This. Hopfully thing will be different this time.....

#12 pippityroo

Posted 17 February 2013 - 06:13 PM

I just cut out all junk foods.

I only gained about 4kg during my last pregnancy, and 6mths post birth I am 11kg under my pre-pregnancy weight (I lost 10kg incl pregnancy weight in the first 7-8wks). I haven't been exercising, cut dramatically back on bad foods, no soft drink, drink lots of water. Eating as healthy as I could.

I am tandem breastfeeding though, so that may have an impact on my weight loss. I've never lost weight while breastfeeding before though.

#13 JKC81

Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:02 PM

I have put on 23kg with all my pregnancies.  My height is 160cm and I weigh 81kg and want to get down to 63kg and was hopefully wanting to do it in 6 months.  Guess only time will tell

#14 eachschoolholidays

Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:10 PM

I did weight watchers after both my pregnancies and both times I ended up less than my pre-pregnancy weight.

#15 Kay1

Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:29 PM

With baby #1 I dropped weight fast through stress and lack of sleep. With #2 and 3 I found I was just so hungry that I didn't shift the weight and actually gained more. However this sorted itself out around 3 months when I started getting a bit more sleep, getting out and about a bit more and eating a bit better.




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