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I've lost a LOT of weight since Teddy was born. I'm starting to worry about my health, and my milk supply. My milk seems fine... but still i worry.
Teddy is allergic to a lot of things, so my diet is pretty limited. I get busy and then forget to eat altogether sometimes. In 5 months, i've lost over 60 lbs. I'm under my prepregnancy weight, and my prepreggo jeans have to be belted because a lot of the weight i lost seems to be in my non existant butt. I've also lost 2 cup sizes... but i guess its normal to even out. I went from an A to a DD, and now i'm a C. I know there are people who which they were in my position, but i think it can't be healthy for me or my supply, and i'm wondering how long i can keep this going. Thoughts?
i lost a ton of weight from BFing alone. by the time jacob was 6 months old, i was down to a sickly 112 lbs (i'm 5'6"). i do recommend going to the doctor to rule out anything more serious. my OB ran a bunch of labwork, and i'm healthy as can be! no thyroid issues as they suspected. so i simply had to eat more. 3000 cal/day just to maintain my weight. i added boost/ensure drinks in between meals. it wasn't until jacob turned 1 and i stopped pumping at work that my body put some weight back on. for me, i had to eat and eat and eat in order to maintain my supply. sure, i'm still BFing at 2 years, but it was a struggle to pump FT at work. my body definitely needed a lot more calories than usual (and a lot more than most women) to stay "healthy" and make enough milk for jacob.
ETA i went from a small 34B pre-pregnancy to a fuller 34B after delivery, down to a 32B now, and i've always had plenty of milk. breast size isn't a good indicator of how much milk you have! i have tiny, tiny boobs and was very successful at BFing!
Alice, the same happened to me. By 6 weeks pp, all 40 lbs of pregnancy weight that I had gained was gone. By about 6 months pp I think, I had lost 25 more lbs. As you know, I'm also on a dairy and soy free diet. My LC told me that I should be eating atleast 2500 calories/day, 700 of that for breastfeeding. I've found that if I go below that, I start losing again.
Healthy snacks on hand to grab and eat when necessary has helped. If you have time, you might try baking lactation cookies...supply boost and a snack! I have a couple of recipes in my notes on FB. I don't know if my weight loss contributed to my low supply that started around 6 months, but there is no way of ever knowing, and I certainly wasn't starving myself at any point, so I don't think there was anything that I could have done to change things either way. I think that if you are doing your best to eat as much as you need, then stressing about your supply might just be counterproductive (as hard as I know it is not to!).
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I gained 22 lbs during pregnancy and I've lost 46 pounds in 4 months but it seems to be leveling off a bit. I eat whatever I want (veey healthy though, and mostly oeganic) but a lot of the time Have to remind myself to eat. I do wake up starving. Its mostly lunch that I'm not that hungry. I think your body just needs to find its equilibrium.
I gained about 35 pounds in my pregnancy. Six months later, I've lost all of that plus an additional 12 pounds.
(Boob wise, I started out as a 38C and am now a 34E.)
I agree with the suggestions to have snacks and meals ready on hand.
My doctor recommended some of the diet shake drinks - it's liquid protein and easy to supplement your diet. I don't use them to lose weight, I use them to increase my protein intake and keep my fluids up at the same time.
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