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Postby shaz73 » Mon Jan 15, 2007 9:53 am

Hi all

As you would've seen in my intro, I am breastfeeding & trying to lose weight.

After calculculating my Daily Energy Needs, I've worked out that I can consume 1322 calories per day. But that's not allowing any extra calories for breastfeeding.

I keep reading in different articles, that breastfeeders should allow up to 500 calories extra into their diet. In one article, it was a MUST! But I thought that was a pretty broad statement because it depends on your weight & height.

I thought about adding 200 or 300 calories but I FEEL GUILTY!!!! I know I'm breastfeeding but I still feel like I'm cheating. I don't know what to do!!! Yesterday was an indication to me that 1322 caloriews maybe isn't enough. (I also minus 240 calories if I don't exercise for the day - so yesterdays calories were only 1082 which I ended up going WAY over anyway! I have to put that in the Confessional section)

Can someone please help me make a decision about this??? I soooo want to lose weight, but I feel as though adding more calories to my diet because of breastfeeding, is like making an excuse to eat more!

HELLLLLP! :?
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Mon Jan 15, 2007 9:57 am

lol i have no idea shaz! i only breastfed for 2 days and then my daughter went on formula! maybe the breastfeeding association can help- best wishes!
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Postby tree » Mon Jan 15, 2007 12:00 pm

I know that the Weight Watchers program says you should up your food intake while breastfeeding. I am not sure by how much but I am positive that the important thing is that you increase the good stuff like protien, vegies and good carbs, rather than use it as an excuse to nibble on treats.

Checking with a Breast feeding Mothers Association sounds like good advice to me.
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Postby shaz73 » Mon Jan 15, 2007 1:26 pm

Yeah, I probably should have mentioned that I wouldn't use it as an excuse to nibble on treats. I just feel guilty eating more - in general.

I spoke to a friend & he asked me, "Would you still be eating less than what you were eating before you started your diet?" And the answer to that is Yes. He also said to make sure I'm eating the right things such as protein, calcium, etc & getting the right nutrients.

So I'm feeling abit better about increasing my calorie intake. If I don't use all the extra 500 calories then great, but if I do, I'll try not to beat myself about it!
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Postby Ally » Tue Jan 16, 2007 6:53 am

Just as long as bub is getting all the nutrients they need Shaz! Just be careful not to lower you intake too much. Maybe a visit to a GP might be the go to find out what you need to do?? Just to put your own mind at rest. :wink:
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Postby shaz73 » Tue Jan 16, 2007 8:44 am

Yeah, thanks Ally. Or I could even ring that nurse on call number?? Ringing the breastfeeding association was also suggested.
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Postby Ally » Tue Jan 16, 2007 1:43 pm

yeah Shaz no worries, just as long as you get advice from a professional.....as it could not only affect you, but bub as well!! Let us know how you get on!!
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