nursing and losing baby weight

  • I am a first time mom, but am in my thirties.  I have nursed my baby from day one, but unfortunately am not making enough milk ( no matter how many herbs I take or medicines I use for milk production).  Therefore, I am having to supplement with formula. It is so frustrating!  On top of that everyone I know says that nursing helps to lose the weight and in the beginning it did, but now I seem to almost be gaining weight and and cannot get my milk supply up.  How am I going to get this weight off? And any other ideas on how to help with milk production?

  • How old is your baby? It takes a while for all the weight to come off.

    Weight Watchers offers a program for nursing moms. I think it is great because it gives you a guideline. It will keep you from eating so much that you don't lose weight, without having you cut back so much that your supply suffers.

    The best thing for increasing supply is to nurse often. The more you nurse, the more you make. It is also good to drink plenty of fluids, rest, and relax. I know that last one is a little hard to do when you are worried about supply. Just do your best and remember that you are only human.

  • I am also in my thirties and had my first just 18 months ago (pregnant with my second).  I exclusively breastfed my first and the weight did not come off like everyone said.  I think it was because I didnt continue good eating habits after the baby was born and I didn't always have the time to make a nutritious meal for myself.  This time, I am going to try harder about eating healthfully.  I know that when we are a bit older, our metabolism isn't the same, so we need to try harder.  Just because you're not able to breastfeed, doesn't mean you can't try and take off the weight at the same time.  Good luck to us both, I know it's a difficult time.

  • I really think that the truth about whether breastfeeding helps you lose the baby weight depends on the woman. I did not breastfeed either of my babies. With the first one, I gained a lot while I was pregnant and never really lost it because my pregnancy caused a metabolic condition I didn't know about to kick into high gear. With my second, I didn't gain all that much and lost it all, plus 10 pounds, by the time I went back to work eight weeks later -- all without doing a thing.

    Would breastfeeding have had a different effect? I couldn't say, but I do think that for every story of someone who has lost more because of breastfeeding, there is another from someone who struggles.

  • I am 30 and just had my first child.  I have done the Weight watchers nursing mother program and think it is fab!  I gained 40lbs being pregnant and have lost almost all of it and my son will be 4m old next week.  I have never been "skinny".  I do believe it depends on your food choices.  Its hard to make good choices when you are busy with a baby, but when your accountable to that food diary it helps.  The motivation at meetings is also great.  Make sure you find a meeting that you like the leader.

  • I'll be thirty this year....I'm note sure if nursing helps to loose the baby weight, when I had my first one I only had milk for 2 months...I lost the baby weight(not all of it) in about 9-10 months, then I got stucked, then I got pregnant with my second one when mi first one was 15 months old, now my second baby is 3 months old, I really tried to nurse, but still didn't have enought milk, just like with my first child, I had no luck, my milk was gone by the second month.. this second pregnancy I gained about 50-55 pounds, I've lost 35 and I am going crazy because I still have 20 more pounds to go and I'm stucked again!!!! For some reason, with my first pregnancy I was loosing pounds every week, now...I am stucked and I hate it...It's really hard to loose weight...specially when your body doesn't produce milk (and supposedly it will help you loose weight), you have no time to work out (because you are taking care of two kids, a husband, a house and work)...and dieting its just depressing (at least for me..right now)

    I honestly don't know what to do...I've heard tha spinning clases will make you loose weight super am hoping I can get someone to babysitt so that I can work out and get  in my old clothes by summer...I HOPE!

  • I tried to breastfeed my first but it turned out i could not breastfeed either of my girls... I have what the nuses say are inverted nipples and the baby cant latch on... so i think what all the mothers are doing are fantastic and i hope u all good luck with that... in my family almost all of the females cant breastfeed cause they dont produce little or no milk at all... i was told by my lactation nurse that as long as the baby is not losing weight and is gaining the right amount you are doing fine... as for the weight part my OB/GYN told me alot of birthcontrol pills, patches, and shots tend to slow or even stop the milk supply...  sometimes stressing over the breastfeeding will also slow or stop as well... there is nothing wrong with someone not being breastfed... some women like myself cant... just good luck with everything...

  • That was great advise... I have the same problem and I have joined Weight Watchers. The are super supportive... Good Luck!

  • I was 30 when I had my first boy, and instead of gaining weight during the pregnancy I lost 25 lbs, but I have never been small. I tried to breast feed him but was not successful at all. I just had my 2nd boy and the same thing I'm 22 lbs lighter than when I first got pregnant. Now I'm really not watching what I eat, but I try not to eat anything heavy after 6 pm and try to walk for at least 30 min a day, which is hard. It seems to be helping me, another thing that seems to work is dancing with my son for about 20 to 30 min a day, you tend to burn fat like that. My son is now 1 month and I have lost 8 lbs in this time but the only thing that has helped is walking and dancing as I really do not watch what I eat.

  • I feel your pain. When I had my first child, I thought that the weight would just melt away when I breastfed. Instead, it hung around and I didn't lose much after the first few months. When I asked my doctor, she said that a lot of women don't actually lose weight with breastfeeding..that their bodies actually hold onto the weight. Sure enough, when my son was a year old and I stopped breastfeeding, the weight started to come off slowly. ALAS, I got pregnant with my second child soon there after!!!

    My to really evaluate what you are eating and how much you are exercising. Many new moms tend to sit around alot holding their newborn babies and taking naps. Really make sure that you are getting active, drinking plenty of water (NOT SODA) and not eating out too much.

    If exercising is difficult now that you have a new can try and join a stroller fit class. These classes are built around working out with your baby in the stroller and the best part is that you get to meet other moms looking to lose the baby weight! Check with your local YMCA or gym to see where they are offered.


  • I agree with people on this topic, Im a first time Mommy, and I gained quite a bit of weight with my son. At first the weight just sort of came off on its own, but by 12weeks, I noticed a decrease in the weight loss sde, and I guess I was stuck. So I joined weight watchers and I jioned the gym. It has been the best thing I could have ever done! I go to classes with other moms who has c-sections which is great because the classes are all based around core training, and I get a lot of advice and support from other moms. I also got a personal trainer 2 times a weeek which has been awesome. I did that for 3 months and so far I have lost 15lbs! more then anything, my core muscles are much stronger and I feel great too. Weight watchers has been great because they have so much to offer moms and deliscious easy to make recipes that work for my whole family. Good luck!