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Can I lose weight while EBF without affecting my milk supply?

(17 Posts)
Wishfulmakeupping Tue 07-May-13 12:02:21

EBF my 13 wk old dd going well am pumping once a day too so I can give her expressed milk supply seems good she's putting on weight steadily is there any way I can lose weight while EBF?
I know I'm eating too much at the minute as constantly snacking and eating big meals at night too but am worried if I stop eating as much supply will go down.
An exercising and weight coming off very slowly but with the warm weather I'm starting to panic and need to lose some weight before I can start wearing my summer dresses!

imtheonlyone Tue 07-May-13 12:08:03

Yes you can! In order to keep your milk supply tip top you need an extra 200-300 calories per day. If you eat sensibly and include plenty of calcium rich stuff you will be fine. Slimming world is excellent for this!

Wishfulmakeupping Tue 07-May-13 12:19:22

I'm probably having around 500 extra calories over daily allowance so can cut down a bit. Was thinking of trying sw how did you get on I'mtheonlyone?

Cloverer Tue 07-May-13 12:23:05

The amount you eat won't affect your supply unless you literally starve yourself - milk isn't produced from the food you eat, it's made from your body. Your body will prioritise milk production over storing fat.

Cloverer Tue 07-May-13 12:24:25

I haven't heard that you need calcium rich food to produce milk before. You just need the same amount of calcium as anyone not breastfeeding needs.

imtheonlyone Tue 07-May-13 19:53:50

I've never tried it, but I used to be a sw consultant. They have a special plan for bf mothers. It includes all the normal foods plus some extra calcium. You don't need it necessarily but it has been proven to be beneficial to the mother not the baby! I've known women shed weight by doing the sw plan and bf at the same time! Go for it, it really does work and is easy to stick to!

Springforward Tue 07-May-13 19:56:05

Yes, Slimming World support BFing mums, you just do a different plan which includes lots more "healthy extras" than the standard one. I lost my baby weight with SW while BFing.

WouldBeHarrietVane Tue 07-May-13 20:27:08

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Soupa Tue 07-May-13 21:29:32

You can diet as much as you want, it won't have an impact on your supply.

lucywiltshire Tue 07-May-13 22:01:43

I did SW when I was breastfeeding. I am not one of the lucky ones who loses weight just from brastfeeding but on SW the weight came off steadily - took about 4 months to reach my target (about 3 and a half stone) and then I got pregnant again!!! It is a brilliant plan if you stick to it.

WouldBeHarrietVane Tue 07-May-13 22:15:17

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PoppyWearer Tue 07-May-13 22:16:11

I lost weight whilst bf'ing with WeightWatchers, they were very supportive.

SingSongMummy Tue 07-May-13 22:21:26

Weightwatchers give you a bf allowance which was brilliant and I lost a stone and a half whilst bf without ever being hungry.

redandyellowbits Tue 07-May-13 22:22:48

Same, I lost 2st 2lb with ww whilst breast feeding still can't shift the last half stone though

I didn't eat anything particularly different.

Trying2bMindful Tue 07-May-13 22:23:49

I would not try a restrictive diet yet but sensible eating & exercise will help. My weight stayed stuck until LO hit 6mo. Then the weight dropped off over a few weeks. I've still a way to go but the choc bourbon habit is slowing progress!!!
Good luck & don't fret. It will come off if you are sensible.

Wishfulmakeupping Wed 08-May-13 08:48:33

Thanks all fab advice gonna have a good read through links now. I was thinking about joining a slimming club need to get enough courage to actually do it and stick to it!

PinglePongle Wed 08-May-13 12:05:06

another vote for slimming world here, I'm already at my pre pregnancy weight 6 weeks after birth

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