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I've always been quite tall and thin - blessed with a metabolism that seems to operate at the speed of light.
At DS"s 4 month appointment I was told I looked gaunt and after intense questioning regarding stress, eating habits etc I was told that I should consider weaning as "bf'ing wasn't doing great things to me"
I managed to get her to back off and agreed to talk about it at his 6month checkup which is next week.
Just wondering if anyone has had trouble with keeping weight on while bfing? I really don't want to wean yet - he's growing fantastically and its so convenient.
I always eat my 3 balanced meals a day plus at least 3 substantial snacks. I take the pram out for a casual walk once or twice a week - so its definitely not over-exercise! I was thinking of drinking something like sustagen (not sure if you have it over in the US - its a protein based nutritionally balanced drink thing they give to people in hospital, or they have a sports formula too) in the mornings in addition to my breakfast, WDYT? Any suggestions or advice??
Do you feel that you're healthy? Has anyone else in your family expressed any concern about your weight? Calculate your BMI (unless you already know it): http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/bmi/adult_..._calculator.htm and if you are considered to be in a healthy weight range, then I wouldn't worry much about what the doctor says. It sounds like you eat enough and that you don't really feel concerned about your weight. You know yourself and your body better than your child's pediatrician does, who has known you, what...4 months? If she says something to you at the next appt, I would tell her to give a reccomendation to a nutritionist to evaluate things. I'm not sure when you typically start solids over there, but usually 6 months is when we start introducing them here. By 12 months, my DD was eating 3 meals a day and nursing at least 1/2 of what she was before. Once he's nursing less, if breastfeeding is causing you to lose too much weight (as the doctor thinks) he'll be nursing less and that should take care of the problem.
Andrea, mom to Abigail (6) Annabelle (4) and Alexis (1)
You know, I'm kinda surprised that Sean's pedi said something to you about your weight, but maybe things are different in Australia than they are in the U.S. Personally, I wouldn't wean until you and he are ready, unless there's some kind of health emergency or something. My doctor told me to think about weaning because I wasn't sleeping well. It seems like they jump on weaning as the solution to all of your problems (or in your case, maybe not even a problem) before suggesting anything else.
If you're worried that you aren't getting enough calories to support bfing, then you might try the nutritional drink for awhile and see if you feel better. It won't hurt to try, right?
Oh its not a pedi, you don't see a pedi over here for well baby checkups. Actually, you only see one if your child is severely ill, otherwise its just a GP. Its a maternal and child health nurse so she's trained to look after mums and bubs.
I bought a tin of the drink to shut my partner up cos he's on my back about my weight too. I'm not sure its making a difference but it tastes good so I'll keep it up for a little while at least.
Sean's been having solids since about 4 months but only this week have I upped it to more than once a day, and its only been an inch big chunk of banana extra.
Anyway, I'm not going to wean. I'll weigh myself at the scales in the MCHN office, do my bmi than go from there.
Ahhh... makes more sense now. I kinda wish they had those nurses here. Good luck with the drink. Did the nurse say anything about your thyroid? Sometimes that can get off after childbirth an hyperthyroidism would cause weight loss.
Ahhh... makes more sense now. I kinda wish they had those nurses here. Good luck with the drink. Did the nurse say anything about your thyroid? Sometimes that can get off after childbirth an hyperthyroidism would cause weight loss.[/b]
Ditto...an overactive thyroid can cause a person to have a very high metabolism.
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