WHAT IS THE SMALLEST AMOUNT OF CALORIES I CAN HAVE? FEELING DIZZY.. i dont want to stop bf..but

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dreamingalone Tue 21-Jan-14 17:41:16

hello please help! few days ago I had 3 coffees and 2 apples. and it gave me the shakes and made me really dizzy,. i dont understand. i used to not eAt for a week or so before i had kids and was completly fine.. so i am assuming its down to breastfeeding. so i need to know the smallest AMOUnt i can consume while breastfeeding without feeling dead maybe 500?? what foods keep milk supply healthy but not to fattening and give energy, also what vitamine supliments will help if i am restricting , so i can put them in my 'safe foods' list. please tell me what the answer is to my question . i dont want to stop bf but i am finding this tough( baby is almost a year)..I dont need LEcture i just need some advice. so far ive lost 2 and ahalf stones in 3 months. now im at a stand still..

noblegiraffe Tue 21-Jan-14 17:45:42

You need to see a doctor about your eating habits, it's not healthy to eat so little, and you need to be healthy to look after your baby.

ShatnersBassoon Tue 21-Jan-14 17:46:13

You need to see a dietitian for good advice. Explain your situation to your GP.

FastWindow Tue 21-Jan-14 17:46:57

I think you know the answer is 2500.just go with unprocessed foods.

Small regular meals work best with bf, just because the nutrients you eat go into the milk. It's your responsibility to ensure its the best possible quality.

If you are considering not eating then perhaps you should see your gp or other professional as it sounds like you maybe have a bad relationship with food in general?

Good luck.

RosesOnTheWane Tue 21-Jan-14 17:47:51

I lost 7 stone in a year while bf twins (wasn't trying, ate cake most days!)

Eat more. Honestly.

EauRouge Tue 21-Jan-14 17:50:15

I won't give you a lecture. You really do need to see a GP though.

Pollydon Tue 21-Jan-14 17:51:31

Did you restrict calories whilst pregnant ?

Chesterado Tue 21-Jan-14 18:00:17

Have a look into slimming world. I have just lost a stone with them whilst breastfeeding. You get additional allowances and lots of healthy filling food.

tiktok Tue 21-Jan-14 18:24:48

It sounds like you have an eating disorder and you need proper help. Your rate of weight loss is very rapid.

TheseAreTheJokesFolks Tue 21-Jan-14 18:26:13

Okay - I am not going to lecture you because I would be a hypocrite given that I ebf and sometimes have days where I eat bugger all (BUT this is not through choice sometimes circumstances mean I have run around juggling 3 kids and not put myself first)...

You need 500 calories to breasfeed full stop ON TOP of what you normally would have. If you try to lose weight by starving and bf without calories and exercise then you will end up with loose skin and low supply.
You need breastfeeding tea with fenugreek to boost supply and oatmeal for breakfast.

I would eat almonds as snacks and avocado as a side with fresh fish or chicken. Take a vitamin pill like pregnacare but not on an empty stomach and try and have plenty of protein, salad, fruit. Cut out sweet and white carbs and do quinoa, brown rice etc - you will then lose weight naturally without putting yourself or baby at risk.

If baby is now 12 months then he or she will be eating solids too now but I ebf until 2+ with mine - sometimes bf means little weight loss as your body does what it needs to keep going but ebf past 12 months is a personal choice and for me and my kids worked out well.

Easy for me to say as I am beyond caring re appearance tbh but please go easy on yourself. BF is tiring in itself as is childcare - trying to lose weight on top is not always wise unless you are doing a healthy low carb diet (even then still need some carb obv) and yoga/pilates etc Now excuse me while I go to stuff my face with oreo cake my DD has made for me shameless

GlitzAndGiggles Tue 21-Jan-14 18:29:22

You need to eat regularly even if it's small and often. When I bf my HV was always saying she could tell I wasn't eating properly from dd's weight. I was too exhausted to eat! I did eventually start eating proper meals and dd gained weight nicely

dreamingalone Tue 21-Jan-14 18:32:29

Oh no ladies i never restricted while pregnant with both. only before and i was ok for awhile.. but need to restrict now.

EauRouge Tue 21-Jan-14 18:33:38

You actually don't need to take on extra calories while BF, but it sounds as if the OP isn't eating enough.

OP, I would start by at least taking a decent multivitamin with iron. There are some guidelines for healthy dieting here.

dreamingalone Tue 21-Jan-14 18:34:09

Tiktok - dont worry hun its not too rapid i didnt even excersise x

Please see a doctor who can advise you properly.

I am absolutely sure you are not eating enough - someone else has mentioned 2500 calories a day.

You need a balanced diet - carbohydrates, protein, dairy, fruit and vegetables - there are some vitamins that cannot be absorbed unless you have fat in your diet.

You are going to be damaging your health - and whether you carry on breast feeding or not, your baby needs their mum, and needs her to be healthy, physically, emotionally and psychologically, so you need to sort this out.

You wouldn't put a teaspoonful of watered down petrol in a car and expect it to complete a journey for you, would you? Your body is a machine that needs the proper fuel.

dreamingalone Tue 21-Jan-14 18:35:28

thank you chester will look into slimming world!

dreamingalone Tue 21-Jan-14 18:36:41

sdtg- i am thinking of having all those food groups in tiny portions minus carbs , what vitamines can i take

dreamingalone Tue 21-Jan-14 18:37:24

eurough! thank you! thats what i need, i know what im doing isnt ideal but i will take all the multi vits that i need.

Rooners Tue 21-Jan-14 18:38:10

On another note, caffeine can make you very shaky if you are not eating any food.

I would ditch the coffee, and eat sensibly.

dreamingalone Tue 21-Jan-14 18:38:20

Glitz- my eating habits isnt effecting him. hes in 70th+ percentile when i last got him weight

TheseAreTheJokesFolks Tue 21-Jan-14 18:38:20

in order to lose weight you need to eat less calories per day than your body needs. To lose 1lb a week you need a negative calorie balance of 500 calories per day. To lose weight at 2lb a week you need to reduce your calorie intake by 1000 calories a day.

Female - 1940 cal daily plus 500 bf would be 2440
therefore for a reasonable weight loss you still need 1940 calories a day
for a faster loss then 1440 cals per day

hence you feeling dizzy love
As I said I breastfed until mine were toddlers (they had purees and then solids obv but breastmilk as opposed to formula/follow-on) and I went down two dress sizes by eating normally as opposed to calorie counting. Please take care of yourself thanks

dreamingalone Tue 21-Jan-14 18:39:31

rooners- yes i think it was the cafeen. i hadnt drank it in years but remembered thats what i used to drink. but it made me feel drunk! so i will not drink it to much but i am way under the limit of cafeen for breastfeeding

dreamingalone Tue 21-Jan-14 18:41:07

this are the jokes- wow you are so smart! thanks for that info! il see what i can do.. but to be honest id like to eat less than that/

HotCrossPun Tue 21-Jan-14 18:41:49

You are being silly.

You don't 'need' to restrict now. You need to eat enough food so that you are healthy and able to look after your baby.

If you can't see why your eating habits are massively dangerous and unhealthy then you need to see your GP ASAP.

TeaAndFag Tue 21-Jan-14 18:45:00

Isn't giving your baby the best start to life by providing him/her with all the necessary nutrients through your breast milk more important than losing weight? Isn't being a healthy, happy mum to your baby more important than losing weight? Now is definitely not the time to be restricting calories. A coffee and an apple a few days ago? I think you need to see your GP ASAP.

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