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Does Breastfeeding make you HUNGRY?

I am always starving!!! Like I eat and then a couple hours later I am hungry again. Then again a couple hours later. I cant eat much though. So Ionly eat little snacks. But I am ALWAYS eating. Anyone Else?

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Asked by edgpag at 12:31 AM on Jan. 16, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Absolutely! For the first few months both of my sisters and I also never felt full while we were breastfeeding. My son just hit 6 months, and I still eat and drink a ton but I feel full after meals now. You're still eating for two, and that baby just keep getting bigger!

    Answer by mrs.scout at 12:37 AM on Jan. 16, 2009

  • Yes!!! And extremely thirsty. Your supposed to eat something like 500 extra calories a day to keep up with what your body is burning when you breastfeed. I am always hungry, especially now that my baby is 6 months old. He eats alot.

    Answer by Rebecca7708 at 12:38 AM on Jan. 16, 2009

  • Mine is only 9 days old I hope I dont eat more later I dont think I could.

    Answer by edgpag at 12:41 AM on Jan. 16, 2009

  • Breastfeeding burns 500 calories a day. So even when you're sitting in one spot with your little one, you're basically getting a work out. This is why you are so hungry.

    Answer by Liyoness at 12:45 AM on Jan. 16, 2009

  • Yep. You are suppose to eat an extra 300 or more calories while breastfeeding.. I was always starving, just eat healthy. I found it best to have fruits and cheese/crackers, and more healthy snacks available when I nursed so I wouldn't starve lol :)

    Answer by celticreverie at 1:05 AM on Jan. 16, 2009

  • Totally normal. :)

    Answer by Autumn22 at 1:17 AM on Jan. 16, 2009

  • YESSS! im always starving, im eatting now ha. Its makeing it really hard to lose those baby pounds but id rather have a healthy baby and live with my jeans a little tight.

    Answer by letlovegrow at 1:21 AM on Jan. 16, 2009

  • well i'm glad to hear i'm not the only one! i thought my husband ate a lot before but i eat a least just as much as he does now, my son is five months and since day one as soon as i start breastfeeding the second i start feeding him i feel like i'm on a desert island dying of thirst :) and the rest of the day i'm so so hungry. the only good thing is that i havent gained any extra weight :)

    Answer by havingaboy08 at 1:31 AM on Jan. 16, 2009

  • oh yeah! 14 months later I still do. lol.

    Answer by MythicMMM at 3:25 AM on Jan. 16, 2009

  • Yes!! I was way more hungry while breastfeeding than I ever was while pregnant. I totally understand.

    Answer by kemclaughlin at 10:52 AM on Jan. 16, 2009

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