Breastfeeding: Weight Loss for some

So we always here how breastfeeding magically melts off weight.  But that is not true for everyone!  I could go on and on about the benefits of breast milk and your baby, but my expertise is moms!
So let me start by saying everybody is different!  Some moms lose more weight than they started with and some moms hang onto an extra 5-10 lbs until they stop breastfeeding.  For me, I hang on to some extra until I stop breastfeeding.  Now I don't think you should make a choice about breastfeeding based on getting your body back, I want you to know how your metabolism works while breastfeeding!
So bear with me...a lil' science, but you must read - click here.  But my advice, weigh yourself every Monday and see what caloric range works for you.  That doesn't mean you have to count calories...just know if that extra snack is weighing you down:)

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12 comments:

  1. Had to post my comment today cuz I just finished your 60 day slim down! I lost 17 lbs and SOOO many inches (lost 4" below my belly button - bye,bye muffin top!). I started 7 weeks post-partum after baby #3. All this while still breastfeeding. The only time I thought my milk might be dipping was when I didn't drink enough water. I drink at least a gallon of water each day....yep, gotta pee all the time! But, just wanted to thank you for all of your resources & motivation! My body would not be where it is today w/o all of your great info & dvd's! Thanks Lindsay :)

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  2. Thanks so much for this info about breastfeeding. Nothing drives me more crazy than people assuming that if I were doing everything 'right' breastfeeding would be melting off the pounds lol...I also think that it can kind of be devastating for moms who don't have all the weight melt off due to breastfeeding to have to sweat it out at the gym and count calories to loose the weight if they expected it to melt off. I didn't expect it to melt off (before I had the baby I decided I was going to diet and exercise no matter what to be fit and loose the baby weight), but if I had?!? I would've been *devastated*. Seriously. I just met up with a friend who told me she is seriously depressed that the breastfeeding isn't melting off the baby weight....she never wanted to work out or diet, and now she feels so discouraged.

    Hopefully more women realize that what you get when it comes to weightloss because of breastfeeding is luck of the draw...so they don't feel so bad if it doesn't happen!

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  3. Thank you for busting this myth! My third daughter is 8 1/2 weeks old and everyone raved about losing all of the weight while breastfeeding. Um...ha! Granted my diet wasn't controlled, so maybe that had something to do with it. Anyway, I just started your Boot Camp 2 DVD today and began my trek into incorporating healthy eating for the entire family to include myself.

    So, thank you for all that you do for us Moms! You truly are making this getting back into shape and happy with my body much more bearable.

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  4. Hello Lindsay:

    My name is Priscilla and I'm 33. I just had my #2 child 5 month ago and I am pregnant again. I had fracture my foot working out and eversince I have not been consistant. I also thought that I would lose the weight by breastfeeding, that didn't happen. I just started your workouts, I've been up and down with my weight and I really want to get back to normal. I just want a healthy pregnancy but I also want to look good. I need help I am at my highest weight ever and I'm afraid that because I'm having baby #3 I'm going to get bigger.

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  5. Leigh Anne, that is so awesome! 4" off the lower belly. Yay!

    Marci, you said it! It's such a discouraging thing to think it will melt off. And we gotta use our muscles to make things go back to where they were! If your friend wants to send me a message I'd be more than happy to help encourage her...although I am sure you are already encouraging her yourself!

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  6. Chelle, good for you! You will have to let me know how Boot Camp treats you! And if you need a lil' help with the nuttrtion - print off a free meal plan (with breastfeeding instructions) www.mif.me/weight-loss-calculator

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  7. Priscilla, you sound frusttrated, poor thing. But know you are doing the right thing by being proactive now. And don't be too hard on yourself. Maintain a healthy weight gain for #3. You may even want to talk to your doctor about what would be a good weight gain for you. Some doc are ok with you not gaining as much if you have extra weight from the last one.

    So try to be consistent. As long as your foot is ok now! And motivate yourself by saying "just 5 minutes"...it always gets me going. And 5 minutes into it I am ready for more!

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  8. Hi! I just gained access to your website today via BabySteals. I am 9 weeks pregnant with baby #2. My first child is 2 yrs old and I nursed him until he was 21 months old. I have to say that breastfeeding did melt the weight off me, literally. In fact, the longer I did it, the harder it was to keep weight on. I thought I had developed a metabolic/thyroid issue, the weight was coming off so effortlessly. I quickly realized when I stopped BFing a few months ago that there is nothing wrong with me and once again I had to watch how much I ate-yikes! The first couple of months are really not a good gauge of whether or not BFing helps weight gain--my experience is to stick it out the long haul. Who knew that something I loved so much (BFing) would ultimately pay off for me in easy weight loss?! With my second I hope to be able to do it even longer :) I was way smaller (and fitter!)than I had ever been!! Can't wait to try your w/o's! thanks :)

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  9. I just had my 4th baby 6 months ago. My oldest is 4 and I have had 7 pregnancies in the last 5 years. Im pretty good with losing the baby weight after each one but I have nursed and tandum nursed for the past 4 years straight. So I seem to gain weight. I also have a 2 finger gap for the diastasis recti, I just recently did your test to see. I have always had a pooch and even though I know I have 40lbs to lose to get back to my pre baby weight, I think I look pretty darn good for having that many babies so close LOL

    So my question....can I start off with your CFS method and do your other workouts, just make sure when it comes to the stomach to do your method??

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  10. Aimee, congrats! Your body has been busy!

    Yes using Phase 1 of CFS will help the diastasis, and you will want to use it until you perform the test again in a few weeks. If your width has closed you should be able to perfrom traditional ab exercises.

    We have the CFS Method paired with our Boot Camp workouts to aid in weight loss. The download 2-pack is $9.99 if you are interested www.momsintofitness.com/dvds/downloads

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  11. great thanks! I was actually just ordering that! :)

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