Subscribe: Comments on How did you lose your pregnancy weight while breastfeeding?
http://motherwear.typepad.com/podcasts/2007/03/how-did-you-los/comments/atom.xml
Added By: Feedage Forager Feedage Grade B rated
Language: English
Tags:
baby  breastfeeding  gained  lbs  lose  months  nursing  pounds  pre pregnancy  pregnancy weight  pregnancy  pregnant  weight 
Rate this Feed
Rate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feed
Rate this feed 1 starRate this feed 2 starRate this feed 3 starRate this feed 4 starRate this feed 5 star

Comments (0)

Feed Details and Statistics Feed Statistics
Preview: Comments on How did you lose your pregnancy weight while breastfeeding?

Comments on How did you lose your pregnancy weight while breastfeeding?





Updated: 2007-03-26T11:17:00Z

 



With Maeve I gained a ton of weight while I was pregnant - due emotional eating because my husband and...

2008-08-26T00:15:04Z

With Maeve I gained a ton of weight while I was pregnant - due emotional eating because my husband and...

With Maeve I gained a ton of weight while I was pregnant - due emotional eating because my husband and I were living in separate states for the first 6 months. I'm only 5'3" and when she was born I weighed over 220 lbs and looked huge! Breastfeeding alone didn't help the weight come off and it wasn't until she was completely weaned that I was able to lose a good portion of the weight I'd gained while pregnant, mostly because I was able to find a sports bra that was large enough so that I could really work out.

With Gwyneth I gained about half of what I'd gained with Maeve. But I wasn't at my lowest post-partum weight because 6 months prior to getting pregnant with Gwyn, I'd lost a pregnancy at 22 weeks, so I'd already gained some weight; I didn't really think about losing that weight during the 6 months that followed. Anyway, the weight I gained while pregnant with Gwyn is about half gone (she's 4 months old) but I still feel like I could be doing better. Since every pregnancy is different I think every nursing experience is that way - kids gain weight at different rates and moms all having varying metabolic rates. I try not to compare myself to others, especially in the weight-loss department.

As for the breasts getting smaller, it hasn't been my experience. Prior to getting pregnant with Maeve I was a 36 DDD and while nursing I was a 36 I (yes, you're reading that correctly). I'd finally gotten back to the 36 DDD just prior to the pregnancy prior to Gwyn; because of that extra pregnancy I was already at a 36 G when I got pregnant with her and I'm now somewhere in the I/J cup range. And I can't work out the way I'd like because I've yet to find a really supportive sports bra in my size.




Sent by email from Sarah: "I'm sure that breastfeeding Daniel helped me to quickly lose all but a few of...

2008-08-26T20:59:09Z

Sent by email from Sarah: "I'm sure that breastfeeding Daniel helped me to quickly lose all but a few of...

Sent by email from Sarah:

"I'm sure that breastfeeding Daniel helped me to quickly lose all but a few of the 45 lbs I gained during my 1st pregnancy. But I found that in the 18 motnhs after weaning, I gained back about another 10. Baby #2 is due any day now, and I was a lot more careful with my weight-gain during this pregnancy, I think mostly because of the extra weight I still had from before. I'm psyched to start nursing again, and to jump-start the weight loss. But this time I will probably try to stick with it a little longer if possible, and I'll modify my diet & exercise habits a little better when I do wean!"




Colleen, Thanks for sharing this - you're brave to be open about this struggle! I'm always a little worried when...

2008-08-26T21:09:55Z

Colleen, Thanks for sharing this - you're brave to be open about this struggle! I'm always a little worried when...

Colleen,

Thanks for sharing this - you're brave to be open about this struggle!

I'm always a little worried when I talk about how breastfeeding helps you take off weight that someone in my classes will sue me later! I think I'm going to change what I say slightly, and I have a class tonight in which I can try it out.

What do you think of, "Breastfeeding helps you burn off some of your pregnancy weight (and you put it on for that purpose, etc.), but there is a big range of experience on this area. For some women the weight comes off really quickly, and for others it's gradual, and for some it requires more effort."

How's that? You're right - the weight issue is always a good 'selling point' for breastfeeding, but I don't want women to feel misled if the weight doesn't come off easily.

- Tanya




For me the baby weight dropped right off after both of my babies. Within a few weeks I was at...

2008-08-26T21:02:48Z

For me the baby weight dropped right off after both of my babies. Within a few weeks I was at...

For me the baby weight dropped right off after both of my babies. Within a few weeks I was at my pre-pregnacy weight and in my regular clothes. However I did not lose any additional weight even after nursing for close to two years, both times. Even weighing the same as before my last pregnancy my weight has shifted and I find clothes don't always fit right without going to a larger size. I don't know about breasts deflating, I actually hoped they would having large breasts naturally. For me I am seveal bra sizes larger than before my first child. Even nursing bras I wore with my first child did not fit with my second, I shudder to think what will happen now I am pregnant with my third.




I gained over 60 pounds when I was pregnant - basically I was hungry all the time and it didn't...

2008-08-26T21:04:36Z

I gained over 60 pounds when I was pregnant - basically I was hungry all the time and it didn't...

I gained over 60 pounds when I was pregnant - basically I was hungry all the time and it didn't matter how many laps I swam or how much yoga I did. I dropped 20 pounds the first two weeks, then another 15 by three months. After that I lost about a 1/2 pound a week until six months. I've still got 15 pounds to go and I've leveled off my weight loss. Part of that may be because my eight-month-old is eating solids now, but the other problem is I still eat like I did while I was pregnant. I need to learn to put down the Frosty and back away.




I'm actually about 5 lbs lighter than I was pre-pregnancy. My job is very physical so I think that combined...

2008-08-26T21:06:27Z

I'm actually about 5 lbs lighter than I was pre-pregnancy. My job is very physical so I think that combined...

I'm actually about 5 lbs lighter than I was pre-pregnancy. My job is very physical so I think that combined with breast feeding is why I lost so much weight so quickly. What is kind of worrisome is I've heard that after you stop breast feeding, your breasts deflate to even a smaller size than before. I wore a 34A before getting pregnant, so does that mean I go back to a teenager training bra?!!




I lost weight fairly quickly - when I returned to work at 4 months, most of it was off. By...

2008-08-26T00:15:23Z

I lost weight fairly quickly - when I returned to work at 4 months, most of it was off. By...

I lost weight fairly quickly - when I returned to work at 4 months, most of it was off. By a year, I think I was a few pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight. However, at 15 months, we eliminated the last of the daytime pumping sessions (and so only nursed at bedtime and during the night) and I've been slowly gaining weight back over the last few months. It's time to start exercising more!




I was 102 lbs. when I conceived my honeymoon baby. Sixty pounds later I delivered an almost 9 pound beautiful...

2008-08-26T21:00:10Z

I was 102 lbs. when I conceived my honeymoon baby. Sixty pounds later I delivered an almost 9 pound beautiful...

I was 102 lbs. when I conceived my honeymoon baby. Sixty pounds later I delivered an almost 9 pound beautiful baby boy. I nursed Wes until he decided my milk didn’t taste right; when I was almost four months pregnant with my daughter Claire.

Claire turned two last month and is still nursing. Sadly, I am still exactly where I was at the day I gave birth to my 1st – nearly four years ago.

This is a huge issue for me. I am 4' 11'' and desperately need to lose the baby weight. I never ate sweets until I started nursing, now I can't get enough. It is bad, really bad.

I don't know why I am venting . . . probably because I think about this very subject about a dozen or more times a day. My cute little figure in my 11 x 14 wedding picture stares me down as I walk by it all day.

I am glad you did this poll, Tanya. It made me feel better to know that there were quite a few others who did not lose the weight either. Not that I want others to have the same problem but that every time I hear how “breastfeeding helps you lose weight” I cringe.

Of course I never hesitate to tell the young Moms in the clinic this important benefit of breastfeeding. It is a huge selling point for them. ;)

Thanks for opening up this dialogue. Warmly, Colleen




I'll bet that change in diet did! I was one of those moms who went under her pre-pregnancy weight. When...

2008-08-26T00:15:35Z

I'll bet that change in diet did! I was one of those moms who went under her pre-pregnancy weight. When...

I'll bet that change in diet did! I was one of those moms who went under her pre-pregnancy weight. When I was nursing I felt that I could eat anything and keep the weight off, but all good things must come to an end. As my son weaned the weight gradually came back.




I am still slowly losing the weight- been nursing Gray over 17 months now. I did see a dramatic loss...

2008-08-26T00:15:19Z

I am still slowly losing the weight- been nursing Gray over 17 months now. I did see a dramatic loss...

I am still slowly losing the weight- been nursing Gray over 17 months now. I did see a dramatic loss when we found out he was allergic to dairy & eggs. Going vegan really jumpstarted a weightloss for me! But, I really don't get "serious" about losing it all until I am done weaning, just in case.

Steph