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Dieting while breastfeeding

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JenF79 Mon 27-Jun-11 23:26:22

Long time lurker, first time poster. DD is just turning 6 months old and I'm now feeling the need to get back into shape and generally firm up. I'm bfing and would like to continue to do so. I've got a few ideas about exercise I can potentially do at home, I'm just finding conflicting advice on whether it's safe to diet too. Does anyone have experience, advice or good sources of info?


AnnieLobeseder Mon 27-Jun-11 23:28:37

Slimming World has a plan for bfing mums. It's a very sensible eating plan and I lost 3 stone while BFing DD2.

MarisCrane Mon 27-Jun-11 23:31:31

I started weightwatchers when DS was about 3.5 months, EBF. I was fine for a while but then started feeling a bit tired and faint so stopped. He's now 5 months and I'm going to increase my exercise but keep eating the same (not an excessive amount), for the next couple of months.

UnseenAcademicalMum Mon 27-Jun-11 23:35:54

I also followed the Weightwatchers breastfeeding plan from 4 months whilst EBF. I really noticed a difference in milk supply, so not sure I'd recommend actually dieting. Maybe other diet plans are better. I felt permanently hungry on WW and lost about a stone v. quickly - good for me, not so great for ds2.

LaCiccolina Tue 28-Jun-11 09:41:56

The usual clubs weightwatchers/Slimming World are fine but with bfing using about 500 extra cals a day (approx) you might find you don't need to.

Could get a couple of DVDs? Davina was ok. Tracy Anderson Method was something to work up to I found but once you find yourself able shes pretty stellar. Best suggestion is to take the pushchair out for walks. By walk I mean 20/30mins a time or work up to this (and longer) as you feel able. Stop driving everywhere or getting buses. Our local council and childrens centre run a buggy walk at local park - does yours? Phone either, or the sports dept for info. More walking will definitely = fitter Mum. Not all about food...

RitaMorgan Tue 28-Jun-11 10:19:49

I can't imagine dieting would have much effect on breastfeeding unless it's a very extreme crash diet/you become dehydrated/you are underweight to begin with. Your body prioritises milk production.

EauRouge Tue 28-Jun-11 10:25:54

I have lost a fair bit of weight without dieting by carrying DD2 everywhere in a sling (whilst running like a loon after DD1). It means you can walk in more interesting places than you can with a buggy and your DD will love it smile

Kellymom has some good advice here.

watto1 Sun 03-Jul-11 21:17:25

I did WeightWatchers. They give you extra 'points' if you are breastfeeding. I had no problems with milk supply but lost weight at a rate of roughly 1-2 pounds a week.

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