Hey breastfeeding moms! Congrats on the new baby and good job sticking out the breastfeeding. As a mom myself, and another on the way, I understand the struggles nursing can bring.. but if you ask me, it’s totally worth it! A lot of my clients and friends complain that they are not losing weight while breastfeeding, and if that’s you, I’m sure there is nothing more annoying than hearing from another mom that she lost all her weight due to breastfeeding…
So, Why are you not losing weight while breastfeeding if other moms are!?
This is a complicated issue as health professionals and experts cannot even agree. Those that claim that breastfeeding is what allowed them to take all the weight off give credit to the fact that they are burning a ton more calories than the formula moms. This is true. You do in fact burn around 500 extra calories a day! Wow. Every breastfeeding mother should be a thin mint! But, sadly it doesn’t happen that way for all of us. The realty is most nursing mothers lose most of the weight but have a tough time with the last few pounds.
Are you one of them struggling with the last 5-10 lbs? Check it out…
This is common. There is no actual factual reason why some moms hold on to the last few pounds until after they quit nursing and the milk supply dries up. But, if you think about it, breast milk comes from fat stores. Could you possibly be holding on to those last few pounds in order to provide enough milk for the baby? This is one theory..
Let me give you my theory.
When you breastfeed, you burn calories. You are also starving. I’ve been there. I’m hungry and thirsty and tired. So you eat. and maybe, just maybe we are eating all the calories that we need and possibly even a few more. You don’t necessarily need to eat a ton more calories to produce milk. You do, however, need to be well hydrated and drink enough water. Many people can confuse their thirst with hunger. If you are eating just a few hundred calories below the number you are burning every day, you will lose weight.
This all means…
Instead of eating so many extra calories to ensure you have enough milk supply, drink a lot more water. And in reality, if you are hardcore dieting, chances are you will suffer before your milk supply does. But why would you be hardcore dieting anyway? It’s simply not necessary. Proper post-natal exercises combined with a healthy, clean diet that is just a few hundred calories less than what you are burning every day will give you fantastic results.
Don’t know how many calories your burning?
It’s ok. You don’t have to know. If you are not losing weight while breastfeeding, chances are you are eating too much. If you are stuck at a consistent weight, try cutting back a few hundred calories a day.. This can be done by simply adjusting portion sizes, switching from full fat to low fat dairy products, choosing leaner cuts of meat, or skipping dessert.
Are you sure it’s just a matter of calories in vs calories out?
Weight loss always boils down to calories in vs calories out. The tricky thing is the “calories out” can be affected by more than just exercise and BMR. Sometimes hormones, prescription medicines, and other tricky factors can get in the way. After giving birth your hormones will be a bit wack-a-doodle. It could be worth getting your thyroid checked out if you are absolutely sure that you are not overeating!
Have you found weight loss success while breastfeeding? Or did you struggle with those last few pounds? Let me hear it, moms!