Weight Loss Wednesday: Nursing + Weight Loss = Struggle

Tuesday , 14, February 2012 2 Comments

Blast from my weight loss past:

My baby’s doctor told me I should try and supplement when she was 6 months old.  I called my territory manager and said, “Look, I’m struggling with milk supply.  I’m not even going to think about program or goal weight until I’m done nursing.”  (On a side note:  Did you know that all weight watchers staff have done – and been successful on – the weight watchers program?  Some of us more than once.  So you can feel good that we know what we’re about.) About a month later I did stop nursing.  It took me about three months after that to get back in the game.  

Have you ever had people say to you, “Oh you’re nursing, the weight will come right off.” ?  If  you say that to me, and I roll my eyes at you, please try not to take offense.  That isn’t me.  I shed about 20 pounds in the first 6-8 weeks post partum.  The rest?  Is all up to me.

For me losing weight is a bit of work.  It doesn’t have to be outrageously hard work, but it is work.  It takes a fair amount of focus and determination and self discipline.  Frankly, when I’m adjusting to life with two kids and lets face it, I like food sometimes my focus and self discipline is a little blurry.  Top that with worrying about having enough milk, and it’s hard to be where I should be. Did I mention I am a stress eater?  And I like chocolate.

So what has been up with me is:  I’m on the wagon.  I’m off the wagon.  Repeat.

My goal was to nurse for 3 months.  And I did.  But now that we’re still going I wonder…how long will we make it?

Anyway…here I am.  Trying to lose weight at a healthy rate for a nursing mom – and keep me and my baby fed and healthy – is a struggle for me.  I’m not good at it.    Anyone been there?  Do I keep at it?  Sweep it under the rug until nursing is over again?  What are your thoughts?



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  • Julie says:

    I was lucky in that the weight loss came pretty easily while I was nursing, it’s now that I’ve stopped that I am having trouble! I know you probably know this, but are you making sure to eat ALL your calories (or, points, if doing WW)? I did weight watchers for the first few post-partum months and made sure to eat all my 12 nursing points as well as dipping into my weekly points.

    This page was also super helpful to refer back to: http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/mom/mom-weightloss.html

    I guess my only other 2 cents would be, if nursing is that important to you, take care of that first. Do what you have to do to maintain a good milk supply. And remember-you were pregnant for 9 months, and it takes that to get back! Good luck!

  • Maggie says:

    Thanks Julie! I have to laugh because one thing I’ve never had a problem with is eating the points I’ve been given. 🙂
    I also really appreciate the link. That really is full of great information!

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