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Trying to lose weight while breastfeeding- 7 1/2 months pp

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 11, 2012 at 8:19 PM

I hope someone can help. I need to know if this is normal or if I have too high of expectations. I am 7 1/2 months post partum with my 3 child. I gained 70- yes, 70- pounds during this pregnancy. I have lost 44 so far. I lost weight quickly at first- 30 pounds in the first 2 1/2 months. I went paleo/primal/low-carb/whatever :) in May. I've only lost ~14 pounds since then. I eat approximately 1800 calories a day. I tried higher fat/lower carb but honestly felt terrible, so right now my percentages are about 60/65% fat. My baby started sleeping through the night (10 hours) at 2 1/2 months but has been waking up at least once since we moved to a different state 6 weeks ago. He nurses about 5 times per day plus whenever he wakes up at night.

So, what can I do? Or just be patient even though it's excruiatingly slow? I am pleased with how I feel but barely have any pants that fit as I have ~25 more pounds to my pre-pregnancy weight... and then I'd like to lose 10-30 more pounds.

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on February 12, 2013
at 05:38 AM

Be patient. Sometimes your body holds on to 10-15 pounds until the baby weans (at least that was my experience).

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on October 17, 2012
at 09:41 PM

i agree with this. with my first, I didn't lose the last bit until she started sleeping through the night. With the second one, I'm still holding onto a bit of the pregnancy weight... and he's still waking up several times at night. I'm in no rush. It is what it is. I went to the thrift store and picked up a few pairs of cheap pants to get me through until the weight finally comes off.

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on October 12, 2012
at 12:51 AM

thank you. i do some walking but i don't get in much with all of the children.

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on October 12, 2012
at 12:50 AM

thank you! i'll be less concerned about the scale when I fit into my pants! :)

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on October 11, 2012
at 08:27 PM

forgot to add- he eats food 2-3x/day

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on October 11, 2012
at 08:25 PM

As a man I have no direct experience with this situation, but as a person who's lost (losing) weight, I would advise to not worry about it too much and be patient. There are a few reasons why:

A) Your body probably wants to hold onto fat while you're nursing, in reserve for the baby.

B) Worrying = stress = stall = more stress = bad for the baby

C) Eating healthy is much more important at this stage than the number on a scale. Throw away the scale!

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on October 12, 2012
at 12:50 AM

thank you! i'll be less concerned about the scale when I fit into my pants! :)

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on October 11, 2012
at 09:25 PM

Excellent answer already provided. I thought I'd chime in, as a mom myself, still breastfeeding past 2 years now --- I initially lost the complete pregnancy 55lbs at around 9 months post partum. 9 months to put it on, 9 months to get it off.

I ate. Lots. 1800 calories might not be enough, to sustain yourself and the extra calories needed for breastfeeding. If you body feels like there is a famine, it will hold onto the pregnancy fat just in case...

I probably ate around 2500 calories, I also walked daily at least 3km usually thought 6 or 7km, wearing my baby in carrier. I nursed through the night, and when night feedings reduced and I got longer stretches of uninterrupted sleep, I noticed faster fat loss.

I do think the other answer is great, especially in regards to stress! Relax. If you keep eating clean, keep moving, keep sleeping, keep drinking water, you'll wake up one day and realize a certain pair of pants fit again :)

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on October 12, 2012
at 12:51 AM

thank you. i do some walking but i don't get in much with all of the children.

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on October 17, 2012
at 09:41 PM

i agree with this. with my first, I didn't lose the last bit until she started sleeping through the night. With the second one, I'm still holding onto a bit of the pregnancy weight... and he's still waking up several times at night. I'm in no rush. It is what it is. I went to the thrift store and picked up a few pairs of cheap pants to get me through until the weight finally comes off.

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on February 12, 2013
at 04:52 AM

I am currently breast feeding my 5 month old and have been eating Paleo for a couple months although on the weekends I tend to eat some gluten free grains and dairy. I read Robb Wolf's troubleshooting guide and realized I was eating way too much fruit and nuts and started eating mostly just meat and veggies. I only eat berries now (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries). I am 3 or 4 pounds from my ideal weight but my pants are still pretty tight. I take naps with my kids but my baby wakes me up at least 3 times each night. I work out every day except Sundays. I started with just cardio but then switched to strength, toning, and agility classes at my gym. I don't count my calories or anything. I eat a lot. If you want my specific grocery list of what I buy and where I get it, message me on Facebook (Caroline smith graef). I was in good shape before I got pregnant but I had a very stressful job while pregnant which caused me to not sleep much, not exercise, and not eat very well. I now just work part time and have made my health a priority.

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