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Anonymous asked in Pregnancy & ParentingPregnancy · 1 decade ago

Off the wall breastfeeding question?

I wasn't able to breastfeed either of my daughters. I couldn't produce milk. I also had toxemia with my first child and the got pregnant with her sister when she was 2 months old. That being said, It's taking me quite a while to lose all my weight. My question is this; When I go to have another child, and I'm able to breastfeed,don't get pregnant again right away, and don't have a complication where I gain 100 pounds, is there a chance I could lose more weight than I would gain during the pregnancy? I mean, If I gained 25 pounds during my pregnancy, is there a chance I could lose say 40 pounds if I breastfeed? I'm just curious. I'm not pregnant and don't plan on having another child for a couple more years,


I'm doing the exercise and diet thing; and have lost 15 pounds in the past month and a half. I was just curious about it though.

12 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    You will burn about 500 extra calories by breastfeeding, but one of the key points of breastfeeding is healthy eating. If you simply choose healthy foods as your main diet, you'll lose weight even if you don't add breastfeeding on top of it. Of course, breastfeeding is the most nutritious for your child, so give it a go and see if it's something you can keep up with! You could also hit some plateaus while you're losing weight, so if you hit a wall, don't get too discouraged. If you burn more calories than you consume you will lose weight, bottom line.

  • momof3
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    1 decade ago

    I gained 70lbs with my first child, 50 with my second, and 60 with my third (who is three months old). I breastfed my first two, and I am currently breastfeeding my third. After the initial weight loss (about 25lbs for each), I lose about a pound a week. Sometimes I lose two. I am not "dieting," but I am careful about what I eat. After I finish breastfeeding, I will still have to really diet to finish losing the weight. With my other two, it took about a year and a half to feel "normal" again. Good luck!

  • 1 decade ago

    I am breastfeeding, and I now weigh almost 8 pounds less then I did when I got married 6 years ago. It burns 500 calories a day. I eat like a horse, and I'm skinny! I heart breastfeeding. It's great for the kids, and great for me!!

  • 1 decade ago

    It helps you lose it but that is over about a yr or so i would try to be health about it and focuse on eating the right things so that you dont have to worry about losing so much. I loved the subs at walmart they where hugh but i only gained about 20 pds and lost all of it 3 months after my last one. eat other things to but those really got me through the last 3 months

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  • 1 decade ago

    I breastfed all 3 of my girls. Though it did make my tummy go down faster, the scales stayed the same. Only when I stopped breastfeeding and was able to watch what I ate and exercise more did I start losing the weight.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes. The more you use your homonal system the better it works, truely. Women put off using their homonal system only to find out that it won't work at the later age. I say yes, Breastfeeding is helpful but its better to be in the best shape you can be when you get pregnant.

    About calories- eating high nutrient calories like vegetalbes and high quality protein calories will help you loose when you are breast feeding because breastfeeding revs metabolism. avoid junk and eat alot of salmon and vegetarian protein.

  • 1 decade ago

    You will only be able to lose that much on a strict diet that isn't really safe until the baby is 4 months old.

  • 1 decade ago

    You burn about 500 calories a day when breastfeeding exclusively. Most people only lose what they gain, if that.

  • 1 decade ago

    It is very possible.

    My second son I only gained 17 lbs but lost 35 lbs from nursing. It only took a couple of months.

  • 1 decade ago

    breastfeeding burns alot of calories, it speeds up your matbolisim. when i was breastfeeding my son, it lost weight, i lost all my baby weight plus some, 20lbs for him and then 15 extra. hope this helps

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