Breastfeeding and weight loss

StayAtHomeAsh StayAtHomeAsh
do you breastfeed? how much weight have you lost?
12/07/2012
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Beck Beck
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Originally posted by StayAtHomeAsh
do you breastfeed? how much weight have you lost?
I did breastfeed both of my sons. I didn't lose weight and I didn't not have my period. At least it was worth it to have breastfed both of them.
12/08/2012
StayAtHomeAsh StayAtHomeAsh
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Originally posted by Beck
I did breastfeed both of my sons. I didn't lose weight and I didn't not have my period. At least it was worth it to have breastfed both of them.
Very true. I had my period too, which I thought doesn't happen. Right after baby was born I weighed less than I did pre-pregnancy and continued losing weight until I started taking medicine that kept me from breastfeeding. If I were to have another baby I would breastfeed longer.
12/08/2012
SaiDiscordia SaiDiscordia
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Originally posted by StayAtHomeAsh
do you breastfeed? how much weight have you lost?
I did and I lost more than my baby weight, but as soon as I stopped, it all came back.
12/08/2012
StayAtHomeAsh StayAtHomeAsh
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Originally posted by SaiDiscordia
I did and I lost more than my baby weight, but as soon as I stopped, it all came back.
I've heard you burn about 1000 calories doing it. I pumped until he was 1.5 months since baby was used to NICU bottles and I still have freezer stock at 3 months.
12/08/2012
deine.kable deine.kable
Lost 18 lbs while breastfeeding.
12/11/2012
StayAtHomeAsh StayAtHomeAsh
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Originally posted by deine.kable
Lost 18 lbs while breastfeeding.
I stopped breastfeeding and went back up to 140 I had the best body I've ever had after giving birth!
12/15/2012
StayAtHomeAsh StayAtHomeAsh
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Originally posted by deine.kable
Lost 18 lbs while breastfeeding.
Have you kept it off?
12/15/2012
RavenInChains RavenInChains
I lose my pregnancy weight very quickly while breast feeding. Keep in mind, by breast feeding you are really just burning a lot of extra calories. It also keeps you drinking a lot of water. There are lots of other benefits too though for the mom, reduced cancer risks and things like that.
12/18/2012
Tibby Tibby
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Originally posted by StayAtHomeAsh
do you breastfeed? how much weight have you lost?
i didn't worry about losing weight till after six months but of course i had to make sure not to gain weight.

needless to say not eating nutella helped
01/15/2013
chicmichiw chicmichiw
Breastfeeding supposedly helps to get your hormones back on track, which aids in the weight loss process. Also, the act of making and using (and therefore making again) of something so nutritious as breast milk is pretty intensive for your body.
01/16/2013
P'Gell P'Gell
I've had three term pregnancies and lost all the baby weight (30 lbs the first time, 35-40 lbs the second time and about 25 lbs the third time) and I Ecologically Breastfed and lost all the weight and them some. I didn't gain much weight until I went on Depo Provera when my second one was about 7 and then HRT when my 3rd was about 10 or 11.

Losing the weight is highly dependent on how one breastfeeds.

Ecological Breastfeeding; feeding nothing but human milk, preferably directly from the breast for the first 6 months at least feeding on cue (when ever the baby cries) sleeping with or very close to the baby (so that cues are picked quickly and stress hormones don't go into over play due to excessive crying) delaying solids until at at least 6 months or more, only using solids during the first year when the baby needs them (most breastfed babies need their solids in the afternoon NOT the morning) letting baby self feed solids (baby gets less solids and learns to self feed) allowing baby to set the pace for every feeding, including when to start, when to stop and when to change sides etc are all components of Ecological Breastfeeding. While Token Breastfeeding, (interspersing breast feeding with bottles of formula or pumped milk, early introduction of solids, frequent and long (more than an hour or two at a time) separation from baby in the early months) is still giving baby a lot of antibodies and lots of good human milk and help a lot with bonding, Token Breastfeeding or part time breastfeeding, or short term breastfeeding (less than the recommended 12 months minimum) will usually not result in much lasting weight loss.

This is just the way the female body works. If breastfeeding is prematurely terminated (and up until the last 100 years or so, babies wouldn't live if weaned before the 12 month mark, so the human infant and the human mother are made to breastfeed for at LEAST 12 months, if not more) If the baby is prematurely weaned, the mother's body assumes the baby has not.... survived and keeps the fat so the next pregnancy will give the next baby a better chance at survival.

It's all Evolutionary Biology. No judgements, but it is the way the mother/infant dyad works after millions of years of evolution.
01/16/2013
fizzygato fizzygato
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Originally posted by P'Gell
I've had three term pregnancies and lost all the baby weight (30 lbs the first time, 35-40 lbs the second time and about 25 lbs the third time) and I Ecologically Breastfed and lost all the weight and them some. I didn't gain much weight ... More
Very interesting, although I kind of imagine time doesn't work around humanly constructed things (such as the concept of 12 months).

Interesting to think about though, and would be very cool if life really would work that way. I would hope everyone wouldn't breast feed if that were the case ;D
01/27/2013
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