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I'm trying so hard to watch my calories but I don't want to affect my milk supply. Jordan has been going through some sort of growth spurt and eating costantly so I'm eating a little more. I've been trying to stay around 1500-1800 a day to lose weight. Does that sound right?
Weight watchers gives a nursing mother 10 additional points on their weight loss plan. I think 1500 to 1800 cal is low. When we were pregnant i know i looked up how many calories we were supposed to consume and came across a great site that took pregnancy and nursing into consideration.
I think that site has a glitch I put in all my info and it told me, even while bf for less than 6 months, to eat 1200 calories to lose 2# per week! That's insane and will NEVER happen. Sorry. I love food too much. I even put in active activity level and weight, height and all...
Anyway... Julie, I think you may be OK if you are closer to mid/high range on that caloric intake... you also have to consider activity level and your weight and all. I'm averaging about 1850 cals/day (some a bit more/less) AFTER considering workouts too (so, say I worked off 300 calories, I may actually have eaten 2100 kcals that day to avg 1800 kcals total). My supply hasn't dropped at all, if that helps any.
When I worked at Jenny Craig, for smaller gals (i.e. 5'5" maybe, and wanting to only lose about 15-25 pounds or something like that in a reasonable time), I believe (it's been a while, a long while, so don't quote this) we had a program that had them at 1800 calories intake, I can't remember correctly, but I think it so.
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For me, like Gwynne, I go by LoseIt. It tells me (5'3" 122) to eat 1200 to lose a pound a week. That being said, I usually don't net that many calories in a day when I work out.
I notice a very slight dip in my supply, but it only when I don't get my 72 ounces of water. Again, like Gwynne, I've had a pretty strong supply.
Just for kicks and giggles I did the website calculations and it said 1700 for me. So I guess you can take the 1200 and add 500 for breast feeding. But, I know I don't lose weight eating 1700 calories a day. I can maintain, but not lose with that. But every body is different.
My milk supply seems to be the same so I guess 1500 is ok for that. But I got on the scale this morning and gained a pound. I'm 5'4 and need to lose about 20 lbs so maybe I'm not eating enough calories or am I eating too many...IDK