E.A. asks from Tacoma, WA on February 15, 2008
Overeating and Breastfeeding
I'm a breastfeeding mother and I am very very hungry most of the time. People told me the weight would just fly off if I were breastfeeding. Apparently it burns all these great calories but I only seem to be gaining weight and I can't seem to help myself. I'm hungry. What's wrong with me?
So What Happened?™
Thank sooooo much for taking the time to write me some advice. I processed it as well as possible and I think I'm going to do some experimenting with it and see what's right for me. On Sunday I finally went to the shoe store and bought a pair of shoes (I went with running shoes because I really like to run). My pre pregnancy shoes just hurt my feet after twenty minutes. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, I dragged my ginormous self out and jiggled all the way up the hill and all the way down the hill then all the way up and down again. I hurt in ways that I haven't hurt in such a long time but I was so happy running the first day that I started crying. Anyway, I'm going to see what happens. I do feel better though.
M.J. answers from Portland on February 16, 2008
The same thing happened to me with both of my babies, I actually gained 20 pounds from the first one because I was starving all of the time. The only thing you can do is eat the right things and exercise!! I cannot emphasize that enough. Eat though, you are breast feeding, you need it to make milk, just watch WHAT you eat!
C.P. answers from Portland on February 16, 2008
I don't know what the answer is but I am having the same problem. My daughter is 3 months old and I am breastfeeding, and have not been able to take off any weight. I've decided to start thinking about food only for it's nutritive value, calculating my meals for nutrients and calories...making eating more of a chore...then maybe I won't want to do it so much!
J.M. answers from Portland on February 16, 2008
Like every child is different, every woman is. I too am like you. I have seven children and I have always had a struggle with weight and I even breastfed two of them until 19months.
I have two work hard at losing wieght with portion control, low fat and sugar intake, only one cup of my coffee a day with walking and exercise all week. Things have gotten a little better since it was realized that I have hypothyroidism, but it is still a struggle.
Do not feel alone. Just know it will take more work for you than some lucky gals.
R.R. answers from Seattle on February 18, 2008
I struggle with "comfort" eating in response to all the changes/sacrifices required with a newborn. I've also read that the hunger urge can sometimes be thirst instead. Make sure you're drinking the appropriate amount of water (super important when breastfeeding). Also, I find myself eating more when I feel low on energy, but I'm actually tired & needing a nap, not food! Hope this helps!
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D.M. answers from Anchorage on February 15, 2008
Breastfeeding helps your body recouperate but is not realy a weight loss plan. It realy takes 2 years for your body to completely heal from the ordeal it has been put through!
Check your diet and compare it to what you should be eating for a breastfeeding mom. here is a good link
You can also contact your local WIC office or lactation consultant to make sure you are getting the propper nutrition.
How is your activity level compared to pre-pregnancy? You are now a SAHM and while housework can make you sweat, it's not quiet the same as a few laps.
And finaly check your depression level. Is there a possibilty of post-partum depression? That may make you seek comfort foods more.
Hope this helps!
M.H. answers from Seattle on February 18, 2008
Depending on the weather, you need to add walking to your schedule. For bad weather walk the length of the mall. This would get you and the baby out and about, and away from the food.
L.R. answers from Seattle on February 16, 2008
You might want to have your thyroid checked. Good luck!
C.G. answers from Eugene on February 16, 2008
Are you eating ENOUGH?? You burn about 500 calories breastfeeding and "should" be taking in an extra 300 compared to your prepregnancy time... If you are hungry then EAT! Ironically it's not as much overeating that makes us fat as UNDER eating....if you aren't eating enough, when you do eat your body will store more as fat thinking it's in starvation mode. Try to have 5-6 small meals throughout the day with some protien at each meal(I have protien powder and bars to help me with it) and see if it helps...
C.S. answers from Seattle on May 20, 2008
I feel your pain! I know this is a little late, but I thought I would pass along a good exercise source I found, walking indoors, in place, in my living room! My mother in law passed a video to me, Leslie Sansone. Doesn't matter if it rains or shines, and the funniest thing is my older son wants to do the exercises with me or even by himself!
J.R. answers from Eugene on February 16, 2008
Breatfeeding will burn calories, but only if you're not consuming more than you should be. It's perfectly normal to be hungry all the time when you breastfeed and most would recomend eating every two hours. But you want to eat good things that will keep you from being hungry and provide good nutrition without putting on weight. So eat protien as your main food group, nuts, cheese, cottage cheese, tofu, are all excellent sources of protien. Protien will curb your hunger longer than carbs like bread, chips, pasta will and it won't make you gain weight. Hope this helps!!
C.W. answers from Seattle on February 16, 2008
I also got very hungry while breastfeeding. Do you know how easy it is to eat the 500 calories though? One piece of carrot cake and that's it. That was a drop in the bucket for me. I could easily eat way over my calories that I needed to burn for health and lactating. I, too, gained weight while breastfeeding. My propensity to overeat my whole life + extra hunger from breastfeeding = gaining weight while breastfeeding. It's so worth it though...nurturing your children is so much more important than fitting into pants, I found. But still, I think it's good to work on it. I loved the support group for overeating that I went to. All the best to you and congratulations on your beautiful baby and your choice to give him the best nutrition on the earth.