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How can I loose weight whilst breastfeeding?

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littleblackdress26 Thu 28-Apr-16 13:37:35

I was thinking to have less carbs and increase protein and fat. But after looking at other threads it seems a bit technical, I thought it was simply less bread or potatoes etc more veg chicken fish.
I have tried 5.2 and it did work but as I'm breastfeeding I can't be fasting.
I don't want to be on a calorie counting diet as I haven't gt the head space for that right now?
Any ideas?

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Newquay Thu 28-Apr-16 13:42:08

My Buggyfit instructor tells us to use my fitness pal app and set the nutrition ratio goals at 40 % carb 30% protein and 30% fat and calorie goal of 1800. That seems to work for me. I find with bf I'm so tired that I keep going for sweet stuff - but if I am clever and eat protein more often (hard boiled egg, that zero Greek yoghurt, nuts and turkey) then I can resist sugar for longer. Good luck smile -

littleblackdress26 Thu 28-Apr-16 13:53:24

Ok I'll have a look at that app thank you.
So your fitness instructor she said 1800 calories whilst your breastfeeding? Is that right?
I too have a sweet tooth but I'm trying to have dark chocolate instead of milk when I'm in need! I'm trying to step up exercise by walking with the buggy but my sweet tooth let's me down !

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catkind Thu 28-Apr-16 19:59:52

How old is baby? I am normally overweight, but as baby got near 6 months I found I was naturally dropping a lot. You may find it just goes as you keep active and keep feeding a growing baby.

Tigresswoods Thu 28-Apr-16 20:05:42

Catkind so true. I've never been so slim as when I was EBF!

The trick is to go out for a walk with baby & not sit on the sofa eating cake.

littleblackdress26 Fri 29-Apr-16 08:00:58

Lol sitting on the sofa is what I have been doing . I guess I will step up the exercise and just try to eat healthier. Baby is 6 months. Thank you

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CallMeMousie Fri 29-Apr-16 08:07:41

DS is 5 months and if I stick to 1800 calories a day I drop weight very fast! Usually at least 3lbs a week. I've been using MyFitnessPal to do it, it's a bit of faff but you can still eat proper meals and just need to cut out snacks. Which is admittedly hard when EBF and dealing with broken nights! I tend to have a week of 'dieting' then relax it for a week or two so not very intense. I've lost 8 kg (about 1.5 stone I think) and 3kg to go before the baby weight comes off. So not in a rush!

littleblackdress26 Fri 29-Apr-16 17:54:53

Thank u mousie that sounds very promising . Your right ebf and broken nights makes it a bit harder but I really would like to lose some weight before summer.

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TheTravellingLemon Fri 29-Apr-16 17:55:45

I did it on slimming world

KindDogsTail Fri 29-Apr-16 18:20:30

What Newquay said, if you can have protein snacks with some complex carbohydrate you feel less hungry for sugar, especially if you keep trying. It may be difficult for the first few days then your body will begin to rebalance.

If you do eat chocolate try dark and have a bit after your protein and vegetable rich meal, that way it does not set up cravings so much. If you have it with a hot drink even a little bit feels like a lot.

Some small snack examples: cottage cheese or houmous/ryvitta or celery or chunks of green or red pepper or some carrot pieces
plain greek yogurt with some seeds nuts (dessert spoonful of seeds)
a small apple and about eight almonds
egg with one small piece of brown toast.
Small piece of left over omlette and an oatcake.
One heaped teaspoon of peanut or almond butter on an oatcake or ryvitta.

Have some good oil every day or good fats in nuts seeds and avocado but do not over do it.
Piles of green vegetables with your other food help you feel full and are full of vitamins.

Meals: chicken/other protein and a lot of green vegetable a small amount of brown rice or boiled potato or quinoa.

Breakfast porridge with some milk or else some seeda
two eggs and a piece of toast
Sugar free (lots-of-raisin free too as raisins can be very sugary) nutty granola not too much
Plain Yogurt and seeds, some berries or apple cut up or about eight grapes
Not orange juice

Walking with your baby.

You should not need to count calories with this sort of food and walking around with a oush chair or a carrier.

The only danger would be too many nuts, too much brown rice etc

Do not get too hungry or lose to much weight a once though!
Have a lovely time with your baby.


eurochick Fri 29-Apr-16 18:26:06

I couldn't. Any form of calorie deficit killed my supply. I dealt with it when I no longer had to worry about my milk.

KindDogsTail Fri 29-Apr-16 22:31:48

Do you think eurochick might be right OP? Do you have to worry about this now?
Have you asked your GP?

Jemappelle Fri 29-Apr-16 22:41:21

Baby is 6.5 months. Here's my story.

Lost nothing in the first 6 months. Zilch. Nada. Felt bloated emotional and ravenous. Famished. Developed a sweet tooth. Felt pregnantly huge and hungry and heavy.

Baby took to solids very well about 25 weeks. By 26 weeks breastfeeds came down to 3/4 a day and is now 2 a day which I will retain around work.

And voila! Period returned two weeks ago. Appetite disappeared in a week. Cakes no longer call me by my name. Salads and long walks and feeling fresh. Weight has started sliding off. 3 kilos gone already. Without trying.

littleblackdress26 Sat 30-Apr-16 14:33:31

Lemon - I'd love to do slimming world but I can't atm.
Kinddog - that is exactly the kind of thing that would suit me and i can definitely do it. I'm not sure if it would effect my milk supply there are some days I feel like I don't eat much and my supply seems ok but then again that's not everyday... i should take it up with the health visitor to make sure...
Jemappelle - So cutting down feeds helped you to lose Weight ? Hopefully that will happen when I finish feeding but she won't take bottles so I have a long wait until then!
Thank you all .

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KindDogsTail Sat 30-Apr-16 16:35:02

Good luck, LittleBlackDress.

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