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Breastfeeding And Weight Loss - Not My Reality.

Updated on November 8, 2009

* What The Experts Say, Versus My Reality.

"They" say that breastfeeding is supposed to help you lose weight. I guess I'm the exception to the rule. Despite breastfeeding both of my daughters in quick succession, instead of losing weight, weight seemed to have found me.

* My Pre Birth, Pre Breastfeeding Days.

Before giving birth to my two adorable children, I was a svelte 125lbs. Standing at 5"1, wearing a size 7/8 in clothing, I wasn't too bad to look at!

By the time I reached the end of my second pregnancy however, I easily tipped the scales at 181lbs! You can only imagine how that much weight on my small 5"1 frame made me feel both physically, mentally, and emotionally.

* Breastfeeding And Weight-loss? - Yippee! Sadly, Not For Me.

How thrilled I was to find out that in addition to the major benefits breastfeeding provided my daughters and myself, an added bonus included helping me lose weight.

Unfortunately, as mentioned from the outset, I was definitely the exception to the rule.

For instance - the entire time I breastfed my first daughter, I may have lost 10lbs. By the time I became pregnant with my second daughter, I had packed on another 30lbs in addition to the weight I hadn't lost from my first pregnancy!

Fast forward to August 2009- I'm currently at 154lbs, and I've been breastfeeding my youngest for about 21 months now (not exclusively however, so don't get all weird on me). Though I've been breastfeeding for that length of time, I've only managed to lose 27lbs.

In addition to the exercise (what little I can get - I manage) and healthy eating, I still haven't managed to reach my ideal weight. Often, I get easily discouraged and dismayed carrying around all this extra weight, which is both tiring and unhealthy.

Although I don't expect to be ubber-thin anymore, it is my desire to be healthy and to get back in a size 6 again (hey, a girl can dream). Which makes me wonder: will I ever reach my goal weight, or will I have to settle with embracing my new post-pregnancy body? I guess only time will tell.

As for now, the idea that breastfeeding helps you lose weight, has definitely not been a part of my reality.



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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for stopping by karmicfilly and leaving your personal experience. It's true, everyone is different. I've just now begun to lose weight, I did find however, that it wasn't until after I stopped breastfeeding that I started to lose weight - It's weird. I'm glad to say, that I've just got twenty more pounds to go to get back to a healthier wieght. It's a new year, so we'll see.

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      karmicfilly 8 years ago from Franklin, TN

      I have to say that my experience was different. I breast fed my daughter for almost 2 years. I was 5'6 120 lbs when I got pregnant, heaviest for me to that point. I was 30 years old also which played a part. I nursed my daughter exclusively until she was a bit over a year. She just wouldn't take food, always came right back out and I knew that she would tell me when she was ready.

      By the time she quit nursing at almost 2 I was back to my normal size, little mis-shapen but still almost the same weight. Now I was pretty active and when we moved to our farm at 2 1/2 years old I got very active. But I also continued to eat quickly and not very healthy. I managed to put on weight years later and now work harder at staying healthy.

      Everyone is different but the body just knows how to do it's job if fed the right ingredients and if we move more often.

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      I agree, it's really the health of the baby that truly matters. Thanks for your feedback.

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      Norma 8 years ago

      Hi - I also breastfed my 2 girls for a year each - 6 months of that was entirely breast milk - not even any water or juice in between. I didnt lose weight either despite everyone saying that the longer you breast feed the more weight you lose. I wouldnt change it for the world though - my daughters are grown up now but their overall health was far better than others growing up and I believe the breastfeeding had so much to contribute to their well being in so many ways.


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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for your feedback soni2006! I'll check it out.

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      Rajinder Soni 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hey Veronica. Thanks a lot for sharing this incredible info. It depends from person to person, actually it is the metabolism factor which leads to this individual differences. My wife has also not lost a great amount of weight after breastfeeding but some friends whom I know have reduced considerably and they have been back to their pre-pregnancy state. Here is something which I wrote on For women saying no to breastfeed babies a few days back.

      Check it out and let me know what you think.