Weight Loss While Breastfeeding
“When you start Breastfeeding the weight is just going to FALL off”
But maybe not.
When you are breastfeeding your body is burning at least 500 calories a day to produce the milk for your baby. In the beginning, you may find yourself SUPER hungry, I know I am. In combination with the calories you are burning, the extra calories may not affect your body and the weight may fall off. But, depending on WHAT you are eating, your body may be holding onto fat.
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You NEED to make sure you are eating enough food while nursing so that your body has the calories and fat to make milk. The biggest mistake I see women making when trying to lose weight post-baby is slashing their calories WAY too low. I know I thought that was what I had to do.
For years, I thought I had to eat less than 1200 calories and exercise like a crazy person to lose any weight. Boy did I mess up my metabolism! And if you want to make sure your milk supply doesn’t drop, you have to eat enough calories!
This is why I love following the 21 days fix eating plan. This plan is all about eating the right balance of food for your body and can easily be adjusted for your breastfeeding needs. I have been following this way of eating for almost 3 years now. I followed it pre-baby, during both pregnancies and post both babies! The 21-day fix helped me bust through a year plateau that I had been sitting on! I love it because it’s simple, easy, and balanced.
21-day fix for Breastfeeding
Currently, I am eating in a bracket which is around 1800-2099 calories (bracket C). I am unsure of how my body will respond to eating this amount and if my milk supply will drop so I am playing it by ear. If my supply starts to dip, I will add in more food and if I am hungry I will simply eat more until I figure out what my body needs. The key for me is going to be adding in vegetables and not sugary treats that will make me binge eat!
When figuring out your calories, this is the general rule that I follow
- Determine what your bracket would be for the program using the formula in the book
- Go up ONE bracket
- Add in one extra blue a day for those healthy, supply boosting fats (yay cheese!)
Using this formula has helped me lose 45 pounds after my first pregnancy and is helping me now as I work to lose the baby weight with baby #2. The first time I followed the plan post-baby I was in Plan D which is 2100-2499 calories! You can download that plan HERE!
I love using this eating plan because it’s not a diet, it’s a LIFESTYLE! I can adjust everything around my activities and life. And with two small kids, it’s hard enough to remember to even eat, let alone not just shove everything in your mouth.
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