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Question on Weight Gain After Stopping Breastfeeding


I am asking to see if anyone has any advice for me in regards to some issues that I have been having since I stopped breastfeeding. I haven't breastfed for about one month now, & I am not eating anymore than I was before (in fact I am eating less) & I have continued the same amount of exercise I was doing before, & I have been gaining weight, & I don't know why! I am very upset by this, & I am just wondering if anyone can relate, or has any advice on this for me. Secondly, I still do not have my period, & I am wondering why it hasn't come back now since I have fully stopped breastfeeding. Any advice on this too?? If someone could give me some advice or a suggestion, that would be great! Thanks!!

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I just wanted to say thank you to all of the great advice that you all gave me on this! I am so glad to hear that I am not the only one who has ever had this problem!! I went to see my Dr. & she had two blood tests done: one for pregnancy & then a second for my thyroid. I will be getting the results on Monday. If those both come back negative, then she wants me to take some progesterone pills to see if that makes me get my period. Anyways, I just wanted to say thank you all very much again & have a great weekend!!

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Hi Natalie, first of all let me say, job well done. Not many women make it past the first month of breatfeeding. I breastfed 4 babies. Just a couple thoughts- 1) Your body is still in the mode of being a milk factory. Hormone levels take awhile to regulate. It is saying reserve what fat you have and even store some extra fat just in case you change your mind or have another baby. 2) Have your Dr. check your thyroid. Gaining weight and no periods are symptoms of Low thyroid. If you have never had your thyroid tested it could be a good place to start. Test now and them if symptoms continue test later and see if there are any changes. Normal thyroid levels have a wide range so you could test normal but still be low for your body. Just a couple thoughts from someone who has walked in those shoes. God bless. B. in BV

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Weight gain could be caused by and underactive thyroid. Ask your doctr to check yours. If you truly are eating and exercizsing the same/less cut back on carbohydrates, every waist lines enemy. Sometimes women take a while for their periods to come back after breastfeeding stops. Enjoy it while you can. If you are truly concerned, ask your doctor.

Its been 3 months since I stopped breastfeeding and I still haven't had a regular period - so don't stress out. It will take a few months for your hormones to regulate.
As far as the weight gain - breastfeeding burns a lot of calories so maybe you just need to restrict your calorie intake even more. Or who knows, maybe its just water weight from your hormones leveling out. Be patient... give it a few months to see what happens before you start making any major changes.

Try a home pregnancy test to rule that out. Then check with your doctor to rule out any other possible medical issues. After that, just a little adjustment to exercise or calorie intake should do the trick.

Congrats on being able to nurse so long. SOME of us women who didn't make it past the first month sure wish it had been possible to do so.

I gained 35 pounds after I quit brestfeeding and my hormones got all out of whack. Which after talking to docyors I learned is completely normal, just nobody told me until it was too late. I went in to post partum after I quit breastfeeding and never saw it coming because I was fine up until then 9 monthes after giving birth. Definetly go slow and with some help from an unbias person to tell you if they notice any changes to keep you aware of what is happening to your body. I wish I had wheened my body off of if. Good luck

Hi Natalie, The biggest culprit is of course a change in hormones. Once you stop breastfeeding your body stops releasing certain hormones. Another problem to look at is the amount of water you're drinking. When we are breastfeeding we naturally drink more water, but then when we stop we don't feel as thirsty. That whole 6 to 8 glasses a day is no joke. It really does keep the pounds off. Try to remember how much water you were drinking before you quit breastfeeding and that should solve the problem. Also remember to drink pure water not from tap. Congrates on your new bundle of joy.

Hi there. Are you sure your not pregnant? I ebf my 15 month ol who still nurses, and I started my perid when he was only 3 months! Im sorry I dont have a solid suggestion! Good Luck!

Hi Natalie,

Ah yes...breastfeeding is wonderful in so many ways, and one of those ways, is keeping our metabolism going strong. I bet things will level off soon but if you continue to gain weight, I would just check in with your doctor.

Is it possible that your body is preparing for your period and thus you are retaining water? I ask because I just got my first period a few weeks ago. I scaled way back on breastfeeding after my daughter hit a little over a year and am just doing it in the mornings. It's barely anything. Anyhow, I noticed that I put on weight all of a sudden and panicked but realized it was pms, and, after my period, I felt more normal. With that said, I definitely weigh a little more than when I was breastfeeding.

Your period can take up to 6 weeks after you stop breastfeeding. Maybe even longer? All of our bodies are so different. Some women get their period back during breastfeeding early on.

I would check in with your doctor though if you're concerned!


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