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1/8/14 12:12 P

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Hello Again! It has been awhile since I have been on SparkPeople!

your baby's age: 4 Months

number of kids you have: 3 lovely children: 6yo son, 2yo daughter and 4 mo son

reasons for breastfeeding: Breast is best! ;) I believe breastfeeding is what is best for my children and myself. Even if it was equal with other options, the bonding experience is something I would not want to pass on!

how long you've been a breastfeeding mother: I bfed child 1 for 12 months. I bfed child 2 for around 20 months. I am currently bfing child 3 and have been since birth, so 4 months. Including gaps I ahve been bfing 6.5 years, but without gaps I have 36 total months of bfing experience. ;)

what are you goals here on SP: My original goal was for weight loss, which I still need. However, my actual goal is just to get healthier, period!

anything else you'd like to share:
I am Kyria and I am a 30yo wife and mother. Hubby and I have been married for 7.5years.

BFing is not always easy, but I pat anyone on the back who at least tries! I have varied experiences from all 3 kids and I know how easy it can be vs how hard it can be too!

There is no I or U in T-E-A-M!

UNITED we stand and in GOD we trust!


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1/6/14 5:50 A

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I am Eman. Iam 27 yrs. I have a 9 month baby boy. Although Iam breastfeeding i am keeping on gaining weight. i was 70Kg before pregnancy now Iam 80 Kg. my first goal is to reach 70 KG. My final goal is to reach 55 kg as i am 160 cm tall.
I am very glad to join your nice group

BR;
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12/27/13 7:45 P

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I'd love to see this group be more active! My name is Sarah, I have a 13 month old who is still nursing. I plan to nurse until he wants to stop. We went through a lot of problems initially, and I really struggled with breast feeding, but I am so glad I stuck with it! I seem to be unable to lose weight while nursing though :( It's been a huge struggle for me, like most of us.

Glad to meet all of you! :)

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12/27/13 3:45 P

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Hello everyone! Looks like we have a great mix of experienced and new moms :)

I'm 33 and a mother of two. My first son nursed until he was almost two years old - and we got through TONS of challenges together! He weaned when a complicated pregnancy made it too difficult for me to produce much milk and he got impatient. He still remembers that he nursed and is super excited when he sees any baby getting "mommy milk", including his little sister who was born in October.

After my son (post baby), I wasn't very motivated to lose weight because we wanted to have another baby pretty soon. But this time post baby is NOT pre baby - and I'm ready to lose weight slowly and safely for both me and my nursling.

Looking forward to getting to know you!

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12/19/13 11:05 P

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Hello, I am a certified lactation specialist, mother of two beautiful children (i may be a bit biased:P), and wife of my dh for 7 years. Sadly, my youngest has weaned so I am no longer breastfeeding. But, as I have made it my life mission to help and encourage as many mothers as I can, I thought you all might let me tag along? I would love to help anyone who needs it!
Little background on me- I had HUGE issues bf my first child. Why? Because no one I knew had ever bf, so I doubted myself. That led to the hospital hooking me up with every contraption possible and supplementing. What?!? Looking back, it makes me mad, because I would have been fine if someone just said "you're doing great! Infants are supposed to nurse a lot" But, I learned. SO with my second I didn't want to stop! We did great. Over the first 5 months I dealt with engorgement, him being allergic to the protein my body turns dairy into, and my insecurities about him being a cluster feeder, but we made it through! At 18 months, I had to go on a business trip for a week. When I came back he was done, and dh thought I was loosing it when I couldn't stop crying:/ That is my bf saga :) I hope you all have a wonderful time over the holidays!

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KTLASERS's Photo KTLASERS Posts: 3,661
12/17/13 1:54 A

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~Katie~
Member since 10/1/2007
Every little bit counts
"And I tell you, ask (and keep asking), and it will be given to you; seek (and keep seeking), and you will find; knock (and keep knocking), and it will be opened to you." (Luke 11:9)
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12/16/13 7:33 P

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Hi Meg and Katie! Im sure us newbies to BFing will benefit from some seasoned pros!

*Nicole*



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12/16/13 1:22 P

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I'm Katie. I celebrated my 10th wedding anniversary this year. I have two daughters (almost 6 and 1.5) and a son (4).

My highest was 201, at the end of all three of my pregnancies. My highest not pregnant was 196, when my son was about a year old. He had medical issues, and the constant stress and running around took its toll. I got down to 175 immediately after my youngest was born (I only gained 10lb during pregnancy, which means I actually lost weight through healthy changes), but I'm back up to 185 thanks to depression. I'm better now, so I'm trying to break the bad eating habits that put the pounds back on.

My first self weaned at only 16mo when I was pregnant. If she hadn't had a pacifier, she probably would have continued for years. My second never bf because of his medical issues. My third is at 21mo with no signs of stopping.

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~Katie~
Member since 10/1/2007
Every little bit counts
"And I tell you, ask (and keep asking), and it will be given to you; seek (and keep seeking), and you will find; knock (and keep knocking), and it will be opened to you." (Luke 11:9)
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12/16/13 8:45 A

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My name is Meg and I am 34 years old. I am currently 218 pounds and I want to lose 103 pounds. I gained 4 pounds while pregnant (reached 228) but lost 10 pounds after delivery. I was over weight before being pregnant and suffered from morning sickness for most of the pregnancy. I am currently breastfeeding and plan to do so for at least a year.

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NKUSKYE's Photo NKUSKYE Posts: 1,288
12/14/13 1:35 P

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Welcome to the group Stephanie and Vera!

*Nicole*



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MARGOLIS's Photo MARGOLIS Posts: 86
12/13/13 8:12 P

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My name is Stephanie. I have a 15 month old daughter that I breastfeed. At this point she has a little milk when we wake up in the morning and at bedtime and during the day when she asks for it (pulls on my shirt) if we're home. If we're out she ends up being too distracted to breastfeed so I give her milk in a sippy cup.

I'm about 100 pounds over healthy BMI range. I gained 17 pounds during my pregnancy and lost that by my six week appointment. I have stayed pretty much the same weight since that last appointment. I have pretty much not followed any diet or had any common sense when it came to eating good healthy foods in normal portion sizes. I'm hoping that by tracking and paying attention and eating proper portion sizes that I will start to drop a little weight. I was hesitant to do anything too focused any earlier because I didn't want weight loss to affect my milk supply.

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12/13/13 12:27 P

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Hi Everyone. My name is Cori and once again I am a nursing mom trying to lose weight, but it's been 10 years! My husband and I were blessed with our little boy almost 11 months ago and he is going to be an extended nurser just like his brother and sister! Only problem is that I am having one heck of a time getting rid of these last 7 to 8 pounds so once again I turned to sparkpeople. I mostly love nursing and what it does for me and baby. Guess I'm in the same situation as anyone here. Help! LOL

Pre-pregnancy 128
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1 yr birthday 138
Goal Weight 128

I Can do this as long as I don't give up


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10/23/13 8:32 A

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Hello everyone, my name is Vera and I have a 3 month-old baby boy, named Aris. I'm breast feeding him and hoping to keep doing it until he's at least 12 months old. I was hard work at the beginning but we're finally there and he eats properly and gaining the correct amount of weight. He still eats every 2 hours during the day but can sleep 4-5 hour stretches at night now, so hopefully it will get better.
I've just started exercising again this week (aqua aerobics) and I'm hoping to get my eating back on track as well. I'm not sure how much 'dieting' I can do will BFing, so I'm hoping to discuss all those issues with you in this team. It's great to be here after a long absence from SP.

~Vera~

Starting weight: 79 kg

Goal 1 (-5%): 75 kg DONE!

Goal 2 (-5%): 71.25 kg

Goal 3 (-5%): 67.4 kg

Goal 4: (-5%): 64 kg

Goal 5 (end): 60-62 kg


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9/25/13 2:26 P

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Hello, my name is Diane and I have a supportive husband (despite what I may think at times) and two girls. Rebecca will be 3 this December and Kaylin turned 1 this past August. Baby #3 is due mid October. Rebecca BFed until 13 months, I was 10 wks pregnant with Kaylin and just couldn't keep up with both kids. It was actually really smooth to stop BFing Rebecca because I came home from my knit group and for the first time she didn't wake up. I thought about waking her up to BF but then decided against it, because of how tired I was trying to keep up with both kids. I told myself I will feel her breakfast first and then if she wants to BF afterwards then we will. Rebecca got full with breakfast and never showed an interest in BFing. Though I will say trying to use the frozen milk took some coaxing and several months for Rebecca to drink/eat mixed with other foods. I had at least 4 months worth stored in the freezer. Overall Rebecca got breast milk for 17-18 months.

Kaylin BFed for 4-5 months. I had "very excitable" breasts so the let down was causing her to choke so she would bite down trying to get the flow to lessen. This then caused the milk to stop flowing and she would get very frustrated. Also at this point we discovered the cause of her colic was lactose intolerance. Enzymes helped some but didn't relieve all of her discomfort. We fed her the frozen milk, at this point I had a little more than a month's worth frozen. I had spent so much time and energy pumping that I felt I couldn't just throw it away. Once the milk was gone we switched to soy formula and Kaylin has never been happier. Overall Kaylin got breast milk for 6 months.

Baby #3 is due mid October. God willing I will BF. We are hoping baby #3 will not be lactose intolerant and will be able to BF just fine.

I've been on Spark People since 2009. I've lost a bunch of weight but have regained since I'm pregnant, again. The best way I've been able to lose weight has been to BF while eating sensibly. For the first 3 months or so after baby is born I eat anything and everything I want. At that point a "haze of stress" lifts and I can finally see the world as everyone else does. No it's not postpartum or anything like that. It's literally just stress from not sleeping and having to take care of small children. Once I start tracking all my foods again I add 300-600 cal to whatever is recommended for me to lose weight. I walk and do the little things around the house (make the bed, pick up toys at bedtime and nap time, do a sink of dishes, etc) and the weight just melts off with next to no effort.

Yes, I know, I'm awesome, thanks!


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9/24/13 2:16 P

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Hi everybody! My name is Julie and I am a breastfeeding first-time Mom to my 14 month old daughter, Isabel.
I was on SP before (270 lbs) and lost about 70 lbs before I had my daughter. I gained about 20 lbs during the pregnancy, which I lost within a couple of weeks after giving birth. Since then, I have still been eating well, but not exercising, so I've only lost about another 20 lbs. I'd still like to lose another 30- 50 lbs (never been that small, so I can't really say where I'll feel my best).
My daughter and I (and my husband when he feels like it) eat mostly paleo, but definitely clean.

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9/23/13 5:48 P

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Hi ladies!

I am a new mom to an 8 week old baby boy. Breastfeeding is hard work but definitely worth it. My little guy has just started sleeping a 4-5 hour stretch at night this week. Previously I was nursing every 2-2.5 hrs day and night. It has been exhausting, but now that he is sleeping more I can see the light at the end of the tunnel when he will finally sleep through the night! I currently attend a BF support group at my local hospital and that has been great. It's nice to get out of the house and be able to nurse my baby and socialize with other moms. I gained about 40 lbs during my pregnancy, and have about 14 to go to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. However, I wasn't at the weight I wanted to be then, so I would ideally like to lose about 50 lbs. Now that I have been cleared by my doctor I am going to start exercising at home. I would love to hear how all of you eat/exercise while BFing, and look forward to being more active in the group!

*Nicole*



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9/23/13 2:33 P

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Hello,

I am a full time working wife of a handsome husband (of almost 5 years) and mama of 2 young kiddos! My little girl who is almost 27 months and my baby boy who is almost 4 months. My daughter was breastfed through 17 months until she self-weaned (sad time for mommy!). Partially probably had to do with me being pregnant, but I also think she was fully ready as she was only nursing once/day and sometimes only once every other day. My son is, of course, still exclusively breastfed.

My reasons for breastfeeding go on and on. Overall, it's the healthiest thing you can do for your child. Between the perfect nutrition, the bonding, and the lengthy list of other health benefits, it is just so important. That being said, I can't say that I have always been one to LOVE breastfeeding. My daughter had a poor latch that continued the entire 17 months. Between incredibly sore nipples with gaping holes (quite often...due to poor latch) and the inability to produce enough milk while pumping at work, it has been one of the most stressful things I've ever done in my life. I don't have a single regret in doing it though! Thankfully, with my son, it has been going a little bit better!

My goals here on SP are to get this baby weight off and more! I am about 18 pounds heavier than I'd ideally like to be and where I feel the most comfortable. Although I'm still in the healthy BMI range, I need to lose the weight for me...and to feel healthier. I am a registered dietitian so I, more than most, know what to do, but I also struggle with doing the "right thing" just like everyone else! I love food!! Hoping to lose the weight while chatting about my kiddos and meeting other online mamas!

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DISNEYHOLIC1 Posts: 31
9/23/13 1:31 P

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HI MY NAME IS MARGIE AND I HAVE 4 CHILDREN. 14, 9. AND 4 YR OLD TWINS. I AM CURRENTLY STILL NURSING THE TWINS MORNING AND NIGHT. I NURSED MY FIRST FOR 8 MO. BUT WAS INCORRECTLY TOLD THAT I NEED TO STOP BF IN ORDER TO GET PREGNANT. I WAS UPSET BECAUSE HE WAS SUCH A GOOD EATER. BABY #2 WIND UP STOPPING AT 14 MO. BECAUSE I HAD SURGERY AND WIND UP PUMPING AND DUMPING FOR 3 DAYS. BY THE TIME I WENT BACK TO NURSE HE DIDNT WANT IT. NOW MY TWINS STILL NURSE BUT IM SURE THERE NOT GETTING ANYTHING BECAUSE MY DAUGHTER TELLS ME " MOMMY I CANT GET ANY MILK" ITS PROBABLY JUST COMFORTING FOR THEM. PEOPLE STILL ASK IF I'M BF AND OF COURSE I GET "THE LOOK" BUT I DONT CARE. I WAS SURPRISED THOUGH WHEN I WENT TO THE GYNO. FOR MY CHECK UP AND HE TOLD ME TO STOP SO I CAN HAVE A MAMMO. HE SAID THERE TOO OLD NOW AND YOU NEED TO STOP. I SAID NO THEY'RE NOT READY.
MY GOALS ARE TO OBVIOUSLY LOSE WEIGHT BUT I EAT OUT ALOT SO I REALLY DONT LOSE ALOT BUT AT LEAST I'M EXERCISING. I EXERCISE 4-5 DAYS A WEEK SO THAT'S A GOOD THING. NOW IF I COULD JUST STOP EATING OUT AND STICK TO MY CALORIES I WOULD PROBABLY LOSE A TON

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9/23/13 11:53 A

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My name is Ivy. I am a mother of a 4 year old girl and 11 month old girl. I breastfed my first for 16 1/2 months, though I did have it rough the first 3 months. My second will be breastfed till she self weans like her older sister.

My goals are to live a healthier life for my girls. My current goal is walk 10 miles every week. So far I've managed on week. Although I am on my second week. As I live in the city in England, I have been walking to get shopping instead of riding in the car.

I joined a few days ago and I am a proud breastfeeding mom who won't apologise for doing what is natural to me to anyone!

If you notice anything that doesn't make sense in my post or a wrong word, I'm using my iPhone that loves to change what I say or can't keep up with my typing.

Don't mind the lady with the baby, I'm sleep deprived and my words may not make sense. Even this section almost didn't. lol


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9/23/13 10:08 A

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Hello SP breastfeeders. I'm your new team leader. I noticed that the board has been on the quiet side lately. I'm hoping to spark some new energy here. My goal is to post regularly and respond to member posts regularly as well. I know we must have some new members here who haven't given an intro yet, so let's get to know you. Also, if you've been around a while I'd love to be re-introduced to you.

Some things that we'd love to know about you: your baby's age, number of kids you have, reasons for breastfeeding, how long you've been a breastfeeding mother, what are you goals here on SP, and anythng else you'd like to share.

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