Can't lose weight

by Monica
(Miami, Florida)

I breastfed exclusively for four months. My baby is now four months and three 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 three months. I love bonding with my baby, but I 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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Overweight two years later

by almost giving up

I was 155 when I got prego. Was 223 at full term. Was 212 after I had her. And was back up to 228 at her five days checkup.

Since then been up to 233 to 221. I changed my diet and started to go to the gym. I've eaten out twice since she was born all organic fresh foods at home.

Still nursing at 20 months and still can't get any weight off. My Doc. says it's my food, but my friend weighed the same, and we both did the same diet and went to the gym together, and she lost 20 pounds the first month. I don't know what to do. I also work 12-hour shifts as a health care worker and am lifting people and on my feet most of the day 100 hours every two weeks.

I feel at a loss, and it seems like my Doc thinks My hubby and I must be lying to her about what I eat cause all I get from them is do weight watchers.

Has anyone else not lost any weight while nursing or gained it?

MY kid nurses 2 to 4 times a day on average.Sometimes more. Anyone have any ideas other than eat healthily and drink water stuff I already know and tried and would be great. Thanks, ladies.

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Dec 30, 2013
breastfeeding and weight loss
by: Anonymous

Some people swear they can't lose a pound till they stop breastfeeding. Are you still breastfeeding? I would be interested to know how your weight loss goes when you completely stop. Those who say they keep on weight while breastfeeding say that even if they are nursing one time per day they kept the weight on, it was only when they completely stopped that they were able to shed it. Good luck!!!!!

Mar 30, 2014
You are not alone!
by: Anonymous

Wow - good to hear that someone else has the same experience as me!

Though of course I am sorry that you are struggling - it's really hard isn't it.

I found that after my 1st baby I also gained a lot of weight while breastfeeding - in both cases I have been heavier while bf'ing than I was during -pregnancy.

And yes, I have also done all the hard core dieting and exercise (though that is a bit harder with 2) and nothing changes.

My only hope is that when I wean, it will change. I am also working with a very good dr and we have found that my hormones are strongly out of whack.

He said that my system has essentially gone into stasis and it wouldn't matter what I did, the weight would not shift until my hormones find balance.

We are using herbal supplements to remedy this, but I still think I need to wean now so I can get my health back - even though I wanted to keep breastfeeding till my son chose to wean himself - but I just can't go on another year or two like this...

So, maybe get your hormones checked out ... hope that helps a little. Good luck.

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Breastfeeding Twins for 8 months striving for 11 months - will weight loss continue

Hello! I was at 205 when I got pregnant with my twins. I delivered two healthy babies at 38 1/2 weeks weighing 217.

I lost 7 pounds at the beginning of the pregnancy because everything made me sick. Now, after breastfeeding for eight months - I weigh 170 pounds!

I've maintained this weight for the past three months. I also workout four days (5 when I can) doing circuit training and cardio. I watch what I eat and count carbs because I developed gestational diabetes during my pregnancy.

My question is how do I lose an additional 15 pounds so that when I stop breastfeeding any weight gain will keep me between 165-170. This is a healthy weight for me considering I haven't been this size in about seven years.

I seriously need some GOOD advice because I want to stay healthy and active for my kids ( I have a four-year-old too). I plan to train for a marathon soon ( my goal is to run it shortly after the twins turn 1 in July).

I'm trying to be strong and turn away from my "plain cheese its" craving and "tall cafe mocha with two equals from Starbucks. Please provide any advice you can. Also, I pump anywhere from 38-48 ounces (depending on how many times I pump with nursing) a day.

Thank you so much!!!

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Mar 20, 2013
weight loss
by: Breastfeeding mom


You know, I'm not a dietician or anything close! But, I have had wonderful results with my lifestyle change. I picked up 17kg with each of my children (two of them) and two years after my last baby I had still not lost the weight.

I should also mention that I am still breastfeeding my 20 month old.

Three months ago I discovered the "raw food lifestyle" and decided to give it a try. Since then I have lost a total of 20kg! I feel healthier than ever, I jog 6km daily, and I have more energy than ever!! If you want to find out more about it, YouTube is a great place to start. Check out all the before and after videos as well as "banana girl" and "ka sundance" and "thedurianking"

I should also mention that my skin is clearer, I don't struggle with constipation anymore and my hair looks amazing! Another bonus - my milk supply had increased!

Even if you don't go completely raw, just adding some extra raw foods or replacing one or two meals per day will help your weight loss.

Mar 20, 2013
High Five!
by: Elsabe

First of all high five from a fellow twin mom on achieving you breastfeeding goal and doing so well!

All my life my weight has pretty much remained the same. I tended to verge on the underweight side actually. But now after my twincesses I'm going through a phase I've never known before (also second pregnancy).

At first I lost too much weight. I only gained 12kg during my twin pregnancy, but lost 20kg during the first 6 months which made me fall into the underweight category. It scared me a bit when I realized what a toll caring for twins plus one took on my body. But bf them was too important for me so I just carried on and made a point of it to eat more and better. Actually became easier once they started solids.

My goal was to breastfeed them for two years. We've exceeded that, they are now 2yrs 7mths, but for the past three months (I think), only one of my twincesses is still interested in having boobie and we're only doing it 2-3 times a week.

My weight is busy rocketing and I'm feeling really uncomfortable in my own skin. Even though I'm eating much less than I did while breastfeeding them often everyday, I just keep adding on the pounds!

I've even swapped wardrobes with my sister who's all our lives been a size or two bigger than me. Not that the better fitting clothes are helping much for physically feeling uncomfortable.

But I also have to add I have never been a very active or sporty person. So I think you have a much greater advantage in that area. Don't stop doing it!!!!

My mom's friend and my mom's sister both had twins. They told me that once you stop breastfeeding your weight easily sky rockets...but I thought it wouldn't happen to me since weight gain was never an issue for me... How very wrong I was... It's now happening :(

So even though I don't have any solid advice for you, I just want you to be aware of this fact.

Your body after one baby is one thing.
Your body after two babies at once is a whole different thing!! Your body changes much more than you think.

Hope this helps you in some way. Keep being such an awesome mom!

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Can't lose weight while breastfeeding

I started off 105 5'3, and by the end of my pregnancy, I was 148.

I lost about 20 pounds the first month which was all fluids because everything is measuring the same!

I've been breastfeeding for four months and planned to for as long as my daughter wants.

It's hard though because I know my body is just hanging on to the extra weight til I wean. I eat soo healthy. it's not my fault:/

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Apr 04, 2014
Cant lose weight while breastfeeding
by: Tammy


I found the same, except I dont think it has anything to do with breastfeeding. I think our bodies change after child birth, making it a little more difficult to lose the weight?! It doesn't make sense to me, that breastfeeding would prevent weight loss, since you use extra calories to produce breast milk.

Anyone else have something to add?

Aug 15, 2014
Me neither....
by: Anonymous

I have an 8 month old who I breastfed exclusively for 6 months and still do about 4-5 times a day.

I am a Registered Dietitian so am very aware of the calories I eat, have tried limiting them, have tried eating to hunger, have tried eating however much I want with no restrictions...all the same result of no loss, no gain, just stable.

I introduced solids at around 6 months and this came with SOME weight loss, about 8 of the 18 lbs I have to lose since giving birth.

Am holding on to hope that once my period comes back and hormone levels even out again, that I will be able to slowly shake off those last few lbs.

Also worth mentioning, I have been moderately active since he was at least 2 months old (hour long walks and strength training).

Hang in there and try not to let it bother you too much, but I feel your frustration!

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Weight loss after pregnancy!

by Hira

losing weight after pregnancy appears to be a great obstacle after the baby's birth.. though the first two months pass on good afterward... but even before that people start looking at the excessive fat lying around your belly which makes you conscious about it.

the thing that matters the most is that you want to look the hottest and sexiest girl in the world for your man!

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Losing too much too fast

by Rachel

I have an almost 4-month-old. I lost pretty much all of my pregnancy weight by my six weeks check up.

I have not exercised one bit; I eat three meals a day and snack in between. I have always been tall, thin women but I am a little concerned.

Since my six week checkup, I feel as though I am still losing weight. I started eating (exclusively pumping around eight weeks due to flat nipples). I am still doing so, but my little one seems to be increasing his appetite.

So here are my concerns, I feel like I am not supplying enough milk for him, I have used all that I had frozen for five weeks which was about 60 ounces. And I feel like I have lost too much weight.

Pre-pregnancy I weighed 136lbs, and I am nearly 6' tall. I gained 35lbs during my pregnancy and lost every bit of it by my six weeks check up and have lost several more lbs since then.

None of my clothes fit, my pants fall off of me. I know that most women complain about not losing enough weight, but I am worried that I am losing too much.

I have always been a stick of a woman, and I was enjoying having some curves for once. I have always had a high metabolism; I eat a lot.

I'm not sure what to do, about the weight and my milk supply, I wonder if they are linked?

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I want to lose weight

by ChiamakaChiamaka

I am a breastfeeding mother so which tea should I take to come down in weight.

My baby is 8mouths.

So what will I do?

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Sep 07, 2017
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