Can't lose weight

by Monica
(Miami, Florida)

I breastfed exclusively for 4 months. My baby is now 4 months and 3 weeks and I give him formula twice a day with his cereal. I have been unable to lose the baby weight and I think it is because of breastfeeding.

This is my 5th baby and I didn't breastfeed any of my other babies past 3 months. I love bonding with my baby but am very frustrated that I can't lose weight. I am afraid I will get depressed about it. Any suggestions or advice??

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Jul 29, 2015
Breastfeeding and Weight gain/loss
by: Anonymous

In my experience of breastfeeding with my first child, I found I actually put on weight during the first few months, which also surprised me after having read mostly only articles about breastfeeding and weight loss.

But I can attest that after about the 6 month mark, I did notice my weight stabilising and slowly coming down again, and now I've been breastfeeding for 9 months and I'm only 2 kilos above my pre-baby weight of 68kgs (I was somewhere above 85kgs just before I gave birth.)

I don't think we should have the false expectation that breastfeeding at the beginning with help us lose weight - I remember during the first few weeks of establishing breastfeeding, I had a ferocious appetite like when I was pregnant, and I pretty much ate whatever rich and fatty foods that I felt like eating, and I did put on a couple of kilos over the first 4 - 5 months of breastfeeding. Then, after about the 6 month mark, and once baby was also on solids, I was no longer eating so much, nor did I have an irresistible appetite, so it was easier to go back to eating normally, and then I believe the breastfeeding actually helped in getting those extra few kilos off without much effort on my part.

But I wouldn't expect the pre-baby size to be back for at least 12 months with just normal habits.

I didn't try to lose weight by beginning an exercise regime or new diet, so slowly losing a bit here and there seems like a normal healthy pace.

I can't imagine trying to exercise a lot (not with these boobs! Lol) or go on a diet early on when you want the milk production to establish, so just give your body time - a year - and enjoy your extra mama padding while you have an excuse, is what I say ;)

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