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by Megan

I’m reading the book “Eat Well, Lose Weight, While Breastfeeding,” and it says this:

“While you breastfeed, you should lose weight more slowly than you would otherwise. Safe weight loss for most adult women when not nursing is thought to be one to two pounds per week, or about eight pounds a month. For breastfeeding moms, safe weight loss after the first postpartum month is thought to be only one to two pounds a month for the first four to six months, and not more than four and a half pounds a month after that.”

That is the opposite of everything I’ve heard! Most people say that you lose weight faster when you are breastfeeding, because of the extra calories your body burns making milk. At the same time, I’ve heard that you hold on to the last 5-10 pounds while you’re nursing.

Well I’m not going to let that deter me! I was planning on only nursing for six months anyway, but we’ll see how I feel about that when we get there. Maybe at that point I’ll stop nursing and then work on the last of the weight, or maybe I’ll continue and hold on to the last few pounds for a little longer. Who knows what will happen in the next 4.5 months? I suppose different women’s bodies do different things.

Anyway, I’m going to read the Body for Life book while I’m on my trip this week, and then I’m starting the program the Monday after I get back! Hopefully that will jumpstart some more serious pound droppage!

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rachbug October 13, 2008 - 4:24pm

It really does depend on your body but if you stay active and watch what you eat you’ll make it. David is 19 months and I am finally down to my prepregnancy weight. The last five pounds stuck with me for several months even after I stopped nursing and I was working out six days a week. I think it was all because my metabolism has changed since I am getting older. But it has been worth all the hard work. I also wanted to tell you that you inspired me to keep a food journal. It has really made me more aware of what I eat instead of grazing all day. I have a hard time being at home all day with food surrounding me. I am definitely an emotional eater too and it is helping with that! Keep up the good work!! Cute picture of Carter!