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Old 09-07-2012, 01:00 PM   #16
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mandalinn, Congrats your son is adorable! Weeeeeeeeee, he is a beautiful addition to your fam!
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Old 09-07-2012, 01:14 PM   #17
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Hi all!

I'm 3 months postpartum, and seriously displeased with my (lack of) weight loss since little man was born. I lost 15 lbs right when he was born, of course, but haven't been consistently down ANYTHING since.

I have a very crummy milk supply (with all kinds of measures to increase it and help from multiple lactation consultants, I produce about half of what my son needs, 15 oz a day). I am dedicated to giving him whatever I can give, so I don't want to do anything to jeopardize what supply I have.

So here's my conundrum - at 1800 carefully tracked, healthy calories a day, with what I consider to be a good amount of exercise (75 min cardio 3 days per week, 45 min cardio + 45 min circuit strength training 2 days per week, plus all of the running around associated with a baby), I don't lose an ounce. If I drop down to 1500 calories a day, not only am I STARVING, but my milk supply cuts almost in half...I did lose half a pound the week I tried this, but between the starving factor and the supply loss, I don't think that calorie level is going to work.

I have also tried tweaking macros - going strictly low carb resulted in a dip in supply. Right now I am focusing on "good carb", and not eating a lot of refined grains, but that doesn't seem to make any difference in my weight loss.

So - any ideas? Am I resigned to being this weight until he weans and I can cut my calories down? How did other mamas out there lose weight without losing milk supply?
Wow - another Mom who didn't experience the "miraculous" nursing weight drop! It's been 10 years since nursing for me but here's my story ...
I dropped about 10 lbs out the gate (pun intended) and everytime I tried to watch my intake, my milk would drop and my little one actually didn't like it!! So..I decided (and this was just me...) to try and not diet and only light excercise. Well, I became a milking machine and my little one loved every drop! He especially liked when I at chinese egg-foo young Needless to say, I actually gained some weight in the first 6 months post birth but successfully breast fed for a little over a year, not a drop of formula was needed and I had plenty left over. For me it was a trade off and everyone is different. But just to let you know - it's not just you
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Old 09-14-2012, 04:11 PM   #18
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I have nursed all 4 of my kids till at least their birthday(my daughter till almost 2)and I have NEVER lost weight breastfeeding.Its just how my body is so dont beat yourself up.If you are losing supply then your body is telling you something.My son is 8 months and I have gained more weight breastfeeding then I did when I was pregnant with him.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:48 PM   #19
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Many women find they can lose some weight while breastfeeding, then stall out on the last ten or so pounds above pre-pregnancy weight. It is something of a metabolic mystery, but large drops in pounds right after weaning are NOT uncommon. I recommend going low carb for nursing, as ketosis should give you your best shot at losing weight if your metabolism is proving stubborn (even moderate amounts of carbs and PCOS, as you know, don't mix very well), but beyond that it may just require patience!
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:05 PM   #20
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ArcticMama - is there a trick to going low carb without losing supply? I did it for two weeks, but my supply just TANKED when my carbs went below 100.

Patience it is! I do think I am getting -fitter-, just not thinner.
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:03 AM   #21
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The trick is having your calories high enough. Nothing about low carb inherently inhibits supply, other than that many galactogogues are carbs. But if you are eating enough fat and protein it should work fine. If you supply is tanking, I'd finger the diuretic effect that happens with ketosis before the foods, and drink more water accordingly. Carbs in the 50-70 net range shouldn't affect your milk supply at all, with calories up in the 1800-2000 range (though upping them to 2200 wouldn't hurt, either).
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Old 09-29-2012, 04:56 PM   #22
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I have an 7 week old baby who spent her first 5 weeks of life in the NICU. I also am having trouble producing milk. More trouble than you actually, I average 4 oz/day. Absolutely horrible! I just got on Domperidone so I will hopefully see an improvement. Honestly, what helps me with my weight loss is a high protein diet. Don't cut the calories, just make more of your calories from protein. If you calculated how much protein your body is supposed to consume (you can google how), and then compared it to how much protein you are taking in, you might be like me and be completely shocked how little protein you consume. Cutting calories slows your metabolism. I do low-cal protein shakes and I eat foods with more fiber and protein in them. I also have a naturally slow metabolism. I wish you the best of luck!
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:08 AM   #23
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Luv - feel free to PM me if you need support on the low supply side of things. I was SO depressed and felt permanently attached to my pump (pumping now, actually, while I post)...it does get better, eventually.
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