Your Questions About Weight Loss Plan For Breastfeeding Mothers

by Maricela on April 3, 2013

Susan asks…

lose weight while breastfeeding …?

ok my son is 9 1/2 months old and is still breastfed … he has 3-4 meals a day too also water … but anyway … i wanted to lose weight and was wondering whats the best way to go while breastfeeding?? like some say dont eat wheat or others dont eat sugar … im not looking to diet .. just eat healthy what stuff isnt fatty and still beneficial for breastfeeding …if you get what i mean .. im NOT wanting a full on starvation diet .. im not that stupid while breastfeeding .. also im 17 …

Maricela answers:

Exercise is great for weight loss! I also went to Weight Watchers- they have an excellent plan specifically for nursing mothers, and that really helped me get the weight off.

James asks…

I had a baby, months ago.. and i havent been able to lose all my baby fat.. help?

For all mothers, how did you manage to lose all your baby fat?
what kind of diet did you stick to?
i know breastfeeding works, but i got extremely sick so i couldnt altho i was dripping crazy.
I can seem to lose all my baby fat, i still have flabby stomach id like to make it tight

I gained 50lbs when i was pregnant!!! And my baby was only 5lbs 14

Maricela answers:

The body was built to store as much fat as possible during pregnancy to breastfeed. It really doesn’t like to release the fat without it.

You will lose more body fat eating protein and fat (don’t eat protein alone) than not eating AT ALL. To lose weight fast eat all you want but nothing but meat, eggs, healthy oils, mayo, butter and half an avocado a day (you’ll need added potassium). Keep the calories high and the fat percentage high, at least 65% of calories. Adding in green vegetables & some cheese will continue weight loss but at a slower pace.

If you starve yourself by lowering calories lower than are needed for the body to function, your body will freak out and will want to store every ounce in case it doesn’t get nourished again. You need to give it adequate nourishment so it doesn’t slow your metabolism down to adjust for lower calories.

Simple carbohydrates (sugar, flour, bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, rice) triggers insulin which can store the calories you eat into fat. The more protein you eat the more the fat burning hormone glucagon is released. The more carbohydrate you eat the more the fat storage hormone insulin is released.

Simple carbs are addictive and can be disastrous to our health. The best way to break the addiction is NO carbs for 3 days. Make a huge batch of deviled eggs and eat one every time you want “something” have huge omelets for breakfast, with bacon, a lil onion, peppers, mushrooms & cheese. Pork chops for lunch. Get pork rinds and eat them with tuna salad. Steak for dinner. Make a huge sugar free cheese cake for dessert. Eat so much you won’t feel deprived of anything. By the fourth day, your addiction will be gone and you can start making healthy choices.

High insulin levels unbalance other hormones. Controlling your insulin level will balance out other hormones & allow human growth hormone (HGH) to be produced naturally so you will gain lean muscle even without exercise. Any exercise will greatly increase your muscle mass with high HGH levels.

Once you get near your goal, you start adding 5 carbs every 3 days til you gain weight, then you subtract 10 carbs. That would give you your personal carb level (everyone is different and it depends on how active you are.) As long as you remain <9 carbs per hour, you will maintain insulin control, and shouldn't gain weight. Many people gain weight on high carb, then switch to low carb to lose weight & then are shocked when they return to high carb that they gain weight. Many people can return to moderate carb levels but very few can really eat all they want of sugar and maintain weight or health.

Dr.Atkins was a cardiologist, low carb was a health plan easier sold as a "diet" Read any of his books for easily understandable science. Lutz "Life without Bread" & Taubes "Good calorie, bad calorie" are excellent books that dispel all the nutrition myths.

Reducing body fat and increasing muscle mass will have you in awesome shape in no time. Good luck!

Lisa asks…

Would you try to conceive before losing the last 10 pounds?

I’m almost 24 years old, married for 3 1/2 years and have a three year old son. I gained quite a bit of weight while I was breastfeeding my son but I’ve lost most of it. I wanted to be within my bmi range before conceiving our second child. I’ve lost 45lbs, I eat very healthy, I take an hour long walk 4 days a week and do weight training 3 days a week.

According to the bmi chart I am ten pounds overweight. My weight loss has plateaued for the past two months, which is why I’ve taken up weight training. However, my hormones are driving me nuts, I REALLY want another baby. My son has even started saying that he wants a baby sister, part of that is attributed to my mother telling him I could give him a brother or sister. My husband joined the USAF, he’s going to basic training in six months and we’ll end up moving around for the next four years, so I can reason that giving my son a sibling would curb some of the loneliness.

Despite all of that, I’ve booked an appointment with my ob to get birth control pills, I’m considering canceling it.

Would you put off having a child if you were ten pounds overweight?

Maricela answers:

My weight would not factor into our family building plans at all. It wouldn’t matter how fat or skinny I was, if we were ready to have a baby, we’d be trying.

You know that even if you do lose those last 10 lbs, you’re going to gain them right back, and then some in 9 short months, right? 10 lbs is neither here nor there……..wouldn’t even be a blip on my radar.

Mary asks…

Breastfeeding…? If you breastfed for 6 months or longer…?

I’m planning on breastfeeding my baby due in 2 weeks… I was wondering what the benefits to the woman are? I already know all the benefits towards the baby thats why I decided im going to breastfeed but im wondering what benefits do us (the women) get??? I heard about losing the baby weight faster, is there anything else thats good?
-Do your breasts stay larger than before?
-Are there any bad things to breastfeeding?

I plan on breastfeeding for a minimum of 6 months, if all goes well I might just do it longer.

Maricela answers:

“7 WAYS BREASTFEEDING BENEFITS MOTHERS

What’s good for baby is also good for mother. When mothers follow nature’s lead and breastfeed their babies, their own bodies benefit–so do their budgets!

1. Reduces the risk of breast cancer. Women who breastfeed reduce their risk of developing breast cancer by as much as 25 percent. The reduction in cancer risk comes in proportion to the cumulative lifetime duration of breastfeeding. That is, the more months or years a mother breastfeeds, the lower her risk of breast cancer.

2. Reduces the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer. One of the reasons for the cancer-fighting effects of breastfeeding is that estrogen levels are lower during lactation. It is thought that the less estrogen available to stimulate the lining of the uterus and perhaps breast tissue also, the less the risk of these tissues becoming cancerous.

3. Lessens osteoporosis. Non-breastfeeding women have a four times greater chance of developing osteoporosis than breastfeeding women and are more likely to suffer from hip fractures in the post-menopausal years.

4. Benefits child spacing. Since breastfeeding delays ovulation, the longer a mother breastfeeds the more she is able to practice natural childspacing, if she desires. How long a woman remains infertile depends on her baby’s nursing pattern and her own individual baby.

5. Promotes emotional health. Not only is breastfeeding good for mother’s body, it’s good for her mind. Studies show that breastfeeding mothers show less postpartum anxiety and depression than do formula-feeding mothers.

6. Promotes postpartum weight loss. Breastfeeding mothers showed significantly larger reductions in hip circumference and more fat loss by one month postpartum when compared with formula-feeding moms. Breastfeeding mothers tend to have an earlier return to their pre-pregnant weight.

7. Costs less to breastfeed. It costs around $1,200 a year to formula-feed your baby. Even taking into consideration the slight increase in food costs to a breastfeeding mother, the American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that a breastfeeding mother will save around $400 during the first year of breastfeeding.”

http://www.askdrsears.com/html/2/T020700.asp

Are there any bad things to breastfeeding? No, not in manner of things that actually manner. Some may feel that breastfeeding ties them down or other such selfish nonsense, but any possible “negatives” to breastfeeding are so far outweighed by the positives, they are not even worthy of consideration.

Sandra asks…

breast actives (natural enhancement)?

has anyone tried the breast actives, natural breast enhancement? and does it really work? and is it safe? does it make you gain weight? also i am planning my 2nd pregnancy 10 months from now and i plan to breast feed, will this be dangerous?

Maricela answers:

I can not comment on Breast Actives in particular but, my understanding of most pills, creams, herbs, gum, etc. Is that most of them work by fat or water retention. Your body stores this retention, throughout your body, like: your waist, your hips, your thighs, your arms, etc, as well as your breasts. The medical community recommends that it is not healthy to be overweight. These products will work against women wanting to stay or get fit because exercise and fitness burns fat or water retention.

We at Natural Research & Development Inc. Have developed and recently launched, a new patent pending natural breast enhancement process called Grow Yours. Copied from Mother Nature we use No Pills, No Creams, No Herbs, No Gadgets and No Surgery. Yet most women who have previously been pregnant can achieve 2 inches or more in 30 days and more over longer periods. It also works on women who have never been pregnant but takes longer.

Our targeted exercises work by lobe development and controlled lactation. Instead of using fat to increase the breast volume which increases the fat in the rest of the body, we increase the lobe (milk gland) sizes which are only located in the breasts, just like during a woman’s pregnancy (without having to get pregnant). For most women, the lobes are maximized with little to no leaking.

It allows women a healthier lifestyle to be able to get or stay fit but still gain breast size. Others who can benefit are women with different sized breasts, or women who have lost breast size after pregnancy or weight loss and those who have flat or flabby breasts.

If you plan on getting pregnant 10 months from now you should just hold off everything until after the pregnancy and breastfeeding is finished and then look into it again. Even though our process would not interfere with the breastfeeding part, we think that the colostrum that the breasts create at the begining of breastfeeding after birth is important for the baby so don’t worry about it now because as soon as you get pregnant, like our process, Mother Nature lets your breasts grow anyway.

For more information see our website http://growyours.com

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