Loosing Pregnancy Weight While Breastfeeding

Updated on July 24, 2016
E.L. asks from Mountain View, CA
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Hello moms,
I gave birth to two beautiful sons in June'07. During the pregnancy, I gained about 35 pounds, which is considered healthy, and was under the assumption that just as I'd give birth I'd start shedding these pounds easily and without effort. Well, it has been 7 months, and I am still at the same weight as I was one week after the labor -- $168 pounds!!! I'm breastfeeding, and we are not sleeping well yet, so I cannot really diet, but I eat very healthy (always had including during the pregnancy) (read: no chocolate, not much sugar, I'm a vegetarian too) and I started to exercise a bit. But the weight is still here! If you have any advice or tip of what worked for you in the weight loss, while breastfeeding, I'd appreciated it.

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Thank you, everyone, for great suggestions. I've been following some routine already, but after reading your advice, decided that exercise is crucial for the weight loss, and I also stopped eating after 7 pm. That seems to have done the trick: I started losing about 1 to 2 pounds a week, which is the rate I want. I have a lot of pounds to lose still, but I cannot stress enough how helpful and great the exercise feels. I do not like gyms, so I do it at home, and we we go for long and intense walks with my boys and hubby. Thank you again!

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answers from San Francisco on

i don't know how to do it with twins, but i wore my baby in a baby bjorn and later a soft structured carrier similar to an ergo and took him for LONG walks. about 1-1.5 hours at a time. i know you can wear twins, but at 7 months, that might be more challenging to start baby wearing now. they may be starting to crawl, and my son rejected baby wearing after he figured out how to be mobile. essentially, i walked while carrying around 15 pounds.



answers from San Francisco on

For me, I used Herbalife shakes, which are based on soy & whey protein, with fruit and soy milk in the blender, twice a day, and a healthy dinner. Worked great! I had been gaining weight even breastfeeding my son at 18 months, and in just 3 1/2 months, my baby weight was gone. I am pregnant again now with #2, and continue on Herbalife products and even became a distributor. Let me know if you want more information. Thanks, D. ###-###-####


answers from Fresno on

I hope I don't depress you with this, but my oldest daughter just turned 5 and only now and I finally losing the baby weight I gained with her!! (I have had one more baby since then, 2.5 years ago.)

My suggestion is just to be as healthy as you can be - go for walks (walk really fast and push your baby jogger!) and eat whatever you need to in order to continue your milk production. Once you wean your babies or once they're mostly on solid food and you don't need to make quite so much milk anymore, you can try to watch your portion control. For me it really ended up being not so much WHAT I was eating, but how much. (It's so hard when you're breastfeeding though! If you don't eat enough, you don't make enough milk...)

Just be healthy and be happy with your body that worked so hard to give you these 2 babies and that works so hard still to feed them, and realize that one day these babies will not be breastfeeding anymore. And then you can do whatever you need to do to lose the weight. Keep at it and don't be discouraged!



answers from San Francisco on


After giving birth, I had a difficult time figuring out what was the appropriate amount of food to eat while breastfeeding and trying to lose weight. Your caloric needs are slightly higher while breastfeeding, so it's possible to eat too little and end up slowing your metabolism down, making it difficult to lose weight. It's also possible to delude yourself into thinking you can eat a lot more than you should just because you're breastfeeding.

I decided to join Weight Watchers online, and I was back at pre-pregnancy weight (I gained 45 pounds during the pregnancy!) approximately 7 months after giving birth. I've maintained the weight loss for over 9 months, following the Weight Watchers plan (not perfectly of course, but doing the best I can.) Doing it online is very helpful and easy to do when you have a baby. I take about 5 minutes each night to plan out the next day's meals. I'm also a vegetarian and do not eat any sugar. But sometimes even vegetarian food can be high in calories...especially when portion sizes are out-of-whack.

Also, try not to think of this in terms of going on a "diet." Think of it as a lifestyle. Remember that you want to keep the weight off--there is nothing more humiliating and demoralizing than losing a bunch of weight only to immediately regain it back. Been there, done that--haven't been on a "diet" in years and years. So have a plan to keep it off. Lifestyle changes are key.

Good luck!



answers from Sacramento on

im right there with you -- its been about 5 months since my son was born -- and i lost 20lbs right after he was born. Well -- im still here at 178, and it hasnt budged one bit. I just recently started working out regularly and signed up for weight watchers. The weight hasnt dropped significantly, but i have noticed clothes are fitting better. It is definitely hard to diet when your breastfeeding. slow weight loss is the way to go. i have a good network of friends that are also trying to lose baby weight -- having a workout partner, who is in the same boat is really helpful! Just having that person be at the gym, or ready to go walking around the park is motivation enough to go. Its like, well if she can do it, so can i, type of mentality!



answers from Bakersfield on

I'm still trying to lose weight after my little man is 2 already. I've actually gained 13 pounds. Getting out and walking at faster speeds sure helped me lose it the first time, but it took my kids being older for me to do it. I'm actually thinking of joining weight wathcers online to see about losing the weight. I actaully had dropped so much weight the last time that my former sister in law was jealous and told me I looked sick. Well, I don't think I looked sick, in fact I know I looked pretty good. Maybe eating smaller meals but more frequently might work for you. I've been told that is how many people lose weight because your metabolism is constantly working. In stead of eating 3 big-noraml sized meals try 6 small meals. Take it one pound at a time. I have found out two days ago that my hormones are all out of whack and that would explain my weight gain. I'm not breastfeeding anymore but eating the smaller meals helped my first time around. My 2 year old is my 3rd. My first two are now teens.



answers from New York on

I am breastfeeding my baby and lost all my pregnancy weight and belly fat with the help of drinking an organic tea called Mummy magic weight loss tea.



answers from Sacramento on

To me, losing weight after a pregnancy is such a misconception. After all three of my pregnancies I gained weight, and that seems to be the consensus from everyone I've talked to. I only gained 18 lbs during my last pregnancy (which was fine, I was a diabetic and on a very strict diet during the pregnancy), and two weeks after I had her I was thinner than I've ever been since high school. Now, 5 months later, I have gained so much weight it's just sad. I don't know what I'm going to do. I know that because I was so deprived of sweets during the pregnancy that I'm subconsciously trying to make up for it now but it's been terrible for me and my clothes. Hopefully I'll get back on track and leave the sweets alone, I know now that that is why I've been overweight for most of my life... the prenatal diet proved it.

Good luck, let me know if you find something that works!

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