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1/30/17 5:53 P

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Try this

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1/22/17 7:20 A

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I am so confused. I want to read this article but I am only seeing the group member communication. I am working off my phone and hit the link sent in the digest email. Do I have to be on the computer? emoticon

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Whoa..... I pump 30 oz a day, in addition to what baby eats. I'll just estimate super low, that she's eating 15 oz when she's home with me. So 45 oz = 1275 grams.

So by that formula 1275 x .8 = 1020 .

So I am burning 1020 calories a day just producing milk? Seems logical, since Im still eating like Im pregnant (2500 calories a day....I have a major sweet tooth that I cant curb!) and I've lost all my baby weight already.

Neat info! Thanks!

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I saw 300 to 500 on Kelly Mom and have gone with that. I figured 500 was for BF only, and 300 is for mixed which we are now.

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It also gives some insight into growth and development, I was fascinated at how the numbers leapt up at 10months!

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5/13/12 3:06 P

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I've always worked on the maths of it taking 20cals to produce 1oz of milk which is fine when you're expressing but trying to calculate how many oz of milk your baby is taking everyday is completely random guesswork, so this is fab!

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5/9/12 9:17 A

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Thanks for sharing!

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hey tired math dummy here,
can someone help me figure this out for myself?

please?

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That's neat, thank you.

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11/24/11 6:55 A

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Great info! Thanks for sharing it! :)

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11/23/11 11:36 P

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That's very helpful! Thanks for sharing.

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11/23/11 12:59 A

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Great info, thanks for sharing! I always wondered but never did the math or research.

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Thanks for sharing!!!! I am also BFing my 14 month old, so this is very relevant to me!!!!

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11/22/11 3:13 P

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I found a very intersting research paper on the calories expended during breastfeeding here:
http://www.fao.org/docrep/007/y5686e/y56
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It's a report on energy ependitures at all stages of life and this points you to the section on lactation. I can't speak to the accuracy of the report but it appears well documented. It looks like it was a report based on a convened group of experts for the world health organization.
I think it's worth a read if you are interested in getting a closer approximation of how much you might be burning during lactation. This whole "somewhere between 200 and 500 calories" just wasn't good enough for me, so I set out to find some more solid numbers.

It basically says that your overall metabolic rate does not go up but your energy expenditures increase directly with the amount of milk you produce. It gives a table with the average amount of milk in grams consumed by babies age and whether exlusively or partially BF.

One thing it says is that the recommendation for about 500 calories a day assumes that you are going to get about 170 calories from your maternal fat stores. So this 500 calories "should" bring back the balance to optimal.

I'm excited. Now I can figure out my personal formula.
Guessing that my baby still gets about 12 fluid ounces of milk per day as a partially BF 13 month old:

That's
360 grams x (2.8/0.8) = 1.26 MJ

For an easier formula which includes the calorie conversion:
Milk in Grams x 0.8365 = Calories Burned

That gives me 300 calories!

And if I use their standard amount for a 12 month old, punching that in is 415 calories.

Now 300 to 415 calories is a number I can plug in to my daily totals and work with.

YAY!

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