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Diet and nursing?

Ive gained alot of weight 120 lbs in 5 yrs and i just had a baby 3 months ago! what i wanna know is i am really serious about losing this weight but i am nursing! and i know exersise yea i know but i want to know if its healthy to diet while nursing? i mean not pills i get that but smaller portions less meats and dairy and what not? will it affect my daughter? I am 240 and wanna lose at least 75!


Asked by Anonymous at 2:57 AM on Jun. 23, 2009 in Diet & Fitness

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  • nursing is a great time to loose weight, it is actually faster because your baby is taking all of the "extras". I say talk with your doctor first and see how much she thinks you need to get your daughter enought and then just follow that plan.

    Answer by Mikayla_lynn at 3:06 AM on Jun. 23, 2009

  • As long as you're getting 1800 calories a day you're fine to diet.

    Weight watchers has a plan just for nursing moms.

    Answer by gdiamante at 3:00 AM on Jun. 23, 2009

  • Just make sure you get it okay'ed by your doctor, because they do say while BF you need an extra 300-500 calories a day! But of course if you are currently eating more calories than your body needs, you may already be eating those extra calories and possibly more, so you may be able to reduce your calories. If not, you can at least replace unhealthy calories with healthy ones and that will help greatly.....such as no more soda, juice, white pasta, white bread and white rice, fatty can replace white pasta and alfredo with whole grain pasta and a homemade red sauce....or replace stead with grilled chicken and steamed veggies.

    Answer by Mom2Jack04 at 9:55 AM on Jun. 23, 2009

  • you need to east 1800 calories while nursing. excersize is probalby your best bet for now. jsut make sure you're eating healthy.

    Answer by jcsmummy at 2:07 PM on Jun. 23, 2009

  • When you go on a diet, or use a diet aid, you are just putting yourself on the gain/loss rollercoaster; frustrating for you, & hard on your body. In order to get to and maintain a healthy weight, you need to have a healthy lifestyle; this has the added bonus of setting a great example for your kids.
    Start with regular exercise, as simple as walking, for at least 20 min a day at least 3 times a week. Next, drink your water! at least 8 8oz glasses a day. Now, eat your fruits & veggies! 7-8 servings a day, in at least three different colors. Eat your whole grains (loaded with fiber, protein, and lots of energy-giving nutrients), 6-7 servings a day. Cut way back on (or eliminate) meat & dairy. Add beans, lentils & tofu to your diet. You can get free meal plans and recipes from Dr. McDougall, or find his books at your local library: Feel free to ask me any questions. -Robin

    Answer by rkoloms at 9:27 PM on Jun. 23, 2009

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