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12/30/10 12:53 A

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I was just stopping by to say that I'm done nursing~ I planned on a year and it went for 18 months! I agree with the post below mine that strength training and cardio (mine was pretty intense on certain days) is still possible and will totally help you lose the weight. While nursing- just 2x a day I was eating about 2100-2400 cals a day and got to my dream weight- I wasn't this thin before I had my boys so it's amazing. And I had plenty of milk the whole time. One tip for me is that I have a polar f4 heart rate monitor so it helps me know what I'm burning. Best of wishes to all of you! I think we'll go for #3 sometime next fall- so after that I'm sure I'll be back losing the baby belly again!

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12/29/10 12:39 P

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I also nurse my 18-mo son for naps/bedtime only. I stay within a calorie range of 1300-1600 (typically around 1500) per day, with exercise about every other day (20-40 mins moderate cardio or 20-30 mins strength training). I've been losing 1-2lbs per week. I was a little nervous about dropping the calories while still minimally nursing, but as was mentioned before, I'm not providing as much nutrients as previously - it's more a comfort thing. I do miss being able to eat those extra calories, but oh well!
I'd definitely recommend dropping the calories and throwing in some exercise and see where that gets you. Best wishes.

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TRISH1021's Photo TRISH1021 Posts: 90
12/24/10 3:54 P

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thanks ladies! I have bee having this same problem!

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SMLBIZGRL's Photo SMLBIZGRL Posts: 213
12/15/10 11:45 A

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Thank you jarhin, this is really helpful! I've been so afraid to decrease my calories! I think I'm going to reduce to 1900, and increase my activity level and see how that goes. I'll just keep reducing until I either start losing weight, or if DS seems unhappy w/my milk supply, I'll go back up. Thanks!!

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JARTINOHIO's Photo JARTINOHIO Posts: 60
12/14/10 10:48 P

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Are you exercising at all? Perhaps you need to stick with the 1800 calories and simply increase your activity level. The other thing to remember is that your body adjusts to the needs of your child. As they get older, your milk changes to reflect their nutritional needs, which, since your little one is older, isn't as much from you. It may be that you can go down to 1700 or even lower per day safely. I know when I was tandem nursing my older boys (years ago) my max was 1800, and that was with two of them nursing 3-6x/day each! They were older then, probably about 2 and 3, so the bulk of their nutrition was from the food they ate. The nursing was more for comfort and mommy time than it was for actual nourishment. (It was quite handy, however, when we ran out of things for them to drink while on the go. They just took a little 'nay-nays' and off we went!)
Anyway, 300-500 calories is what a baby who relies solely on breastmilk would take from you. An older isn't getting as much, nor as much of the fattier stuff as a younger baby would, which means fewer calories from you.
I would slowly adjust your calorie range downward, and see how it goes. Pay attention to your body and how you feel.
Keep trying! And don't worry, I'm still trying to figure out my calorie range, too. Everyone is different, and it just takes some time.
Good luck!

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12/14/10 3:31 P

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I'm BFing my 21 month old, he only nurses overnight and at bedtime, so pretty much 1-4 times a day. I started this SP journey about a 6 weeks ago. I decided to start with 1800 calories. When I lost weight for my wedding 5 years ago, I ate 1500 and lost about 1.5 lbs per week. So, I figured I'd add 300 to that, since he's nursing so infrequently. Did that consistently for 2 weeks. Didn't work. Gained 1 lb. Fell off the wagon for 2 weeks at Thxgiving. Gained 1 lb. Got back on the wagon after Thxgiving, and decided to try 2000 calories. Figured maybe I need a little more. I recalculated on SP, and it gave me a range of 1470-1770, so I followed the advice from this group and added 300 to the low and 500 to the high, so that makes it 1770-2270. So 2000 is right in the middle of that range. That worked for a week and I lost a lb! When I weighed in on Monday though, I had gained 3 lbs!! It's still there today (Tuesday.) UGGH I'm so frustrated, I'm just not sure what I should be eating! It's not working. emoticon Advice?

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