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Weight loss controversy with BF

Postby JNL07 » Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:52 am

:hi: there!! I have been researching BF lately because I really want to try and nurse our last baby. I have gained some really awesome knowledge from ladies on here,you tube and googling. Im also in the process of trying to find a good book on BF :D But what I cant figure out is wether it actually helps you lose the baby weight or not. I usually put on about 20-25lbs and its not very hard for me to get it off... But on baby center and the bump i read a lot of womens experiences on how BF didnt help at all to lose the weight and how some actually gained weight while BF. i had never heard of that before so I wanting to ask you girls how your experience was as far as BF and weight loss /gain.
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Postby QueenC » Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:52 pm

I am exclusively pumping but so far the weight loss has been great. I am almost 3 weeks pp, I gained 23lbs while pregnant. So far I have lost 21lbs. I am always starving and eating everything in sight, and drinking tons of water. So from my experience so far I would say pumping/breastfeeding is great for losing the baby weight :)
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Postby HoneyBees7 » Wed Mar 07, 2012 3:02 pm

You feel starved when breastfeeding for the first few weeks. Thirst is constant, too. If you are eating empty junk calories that your body is struggling to use for fuel to make milk, you are going to gain or not lose weight. I eat very well (though i do love Haagen Dazs) and have ALWAYS lost all of my baby weight by 7 to 9 months. I breastfed all of my six children and never had a problem with losing weight whle nursing. I eat some veggies, some meats, some of this and that, normal diet, and the fat melts off of me and feeds my babies through my breasts. I hate exercising, though i am very active and do walk, jog on occasion. Don't worry.
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Postby Coreena » Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:50 pm

**Lurking** My delivery weight and pp weight were the same but I've been bfing for 6.5 months and have lost 40 pounds. I don't eat overly healthy and feel like I'm always eating. My weight loss has slowed down now but it still keeps going down so I'd say it is helping me
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Postby JNL07 » Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:07 pm

Thanks for all the replys!! Well that makes me feel a lot better :D :D I was like weight gain? 8O 8O I guess if you are active and eat relatively healthy it shouldn't be an issue.
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Postby MegsIsMommy » Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:30 am

I lost all 30 lbs from pregnancy gain by the end of week 2! 8O

I've since lost another 15 pounds and have sort of plateaued there though I have not given it much more effort to be honest :oops:

I eat everything though! Even at 16 months I have moments of feeling just starved and eating everything in sight! Our feed bill is going to go down significantly when she stops nursing! :lol:
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Postby BeccaM » Thu Mar 08, 2012 5:19 am

I was one of the unlucky few that had trouble losing weight. I gained 26 lbs, lost about 15 right away, and then I was starving, nursing round the clock, and I started gaining a few lbs back (despite eating healthy and exercising a lot). :( I am only just now getting close to my pre pregnancy weight and that is with a lot of effort.

I should add that I do eat quite healthy, but I sometimes eat too much at a time, and I did have borderline GD during pregnancy. I think my blood sugar is and always has been a little whacky, which causes my weight to fluctuate.

Now that he's down to 1 feeding, I started having an easier time dropping pounds. And then I just discovered that I am sensitive to wheat. Now that I've cut that out of my diet and cut back on portion sizes, I've dropped almost 10 lbs!!! :D

So don't go by me, I'm weird :lol:.
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Postby KimmyH » Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:12 am

Exclusively BFing burns something like 600 calories a day, so it *should* help you lose the weight. However, I was also one of the people whose body held onto that last 10 lbs until I weaned. The first 15 lbs or so came off really fast and effortlessly, but that last 10 lbs stayed despite diet and exercise. As soon as DD weaned completely, it fell off within a month without changing anything... crazy! I know several people who had trouble maintaining weight and had to drink Ensure, eat a lot, etc. to keep their weight up. :roll:
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Postby JNL07 » Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:32 am

Thanks so much for all the input!! I also know my Best friend couldn't drop the last 5 lbs till she weaned but I thought she did pretty good bc she gained 45 total. I guess it just depends on the person and how there body reacts. I'm hoping it can at least help jump start some weight loss but if not I think im going to work out and eat healthy too. I guess ya never know till ya try.. :wink:
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Postby alexswife » Tue Mar 13, 2012 6:43 am

My body likes to hold on to the weight until after I stop breastfeeding.I lost 40 pounds after my2nd son weaned himself.
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Postby mommyofgirls » Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:36 pm

Yes, I'm naturally thin and BF'ing makes me store fat. Don't let it deter you. I didn't. I know it will come off when I'm done. To me BF'ing is more important than the 15lbs I have left to lose!
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Postby BeccaM » Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:01 am

mommyofgirls wrote:Yes, I'm naturally thin and BF'ing makes me store fat. Don't let it deter you. I didn't. I know it will come off when I'm done. To me BF'ing is more important than the 15lbs I have left to lose!


This! You'll still lose the weight,it will just take a little longer. I am losing a couple lbs a week now that DS is just about done. :jump:
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Postby Laurina » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:15 am

I'm naturally thin as well and ebf initially helped me drop 3/4 of the baby weight. But then it plateaued and I've been losing it a lot slower. Like a pound every 2-3 weeks.
What I've discovered is that the more calories I take in, the more I lose. And then the less I take in, the more weight my body holds on to. Its so easy for me to forget to eat when I'm busy with the baby.
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Postby Cinder4320 » Wed Mar 21, 2012 5:14 am

Exclusively breastfeeding definitely drains the weight. A lot of friends who say it didn't help had babies on half BM and half formula. They ate like they were feeding their babies solely but they weren't.

I started my first pregnancy at 125lbs, grew to 166lbs and after breastfeeding a year was at 110lbs. I ate everything in sight and never exercised besides my normal and active life. Now it didn't happen overnight but by 2 weeks postpartum I was in maternity jeans and a few weeks after that back in normal jeans.
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Postby aloeberry » Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:53 am

My body holds onto 10lbs when BFing. It stinks, I wish I was one of the lucky ones who got skinny right away. I am back in my old jeans but I know I won't get down to my old weight until I wean.
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