Today my little guy weighed in at 16.5 lbs. Less then anticipated, but I was comparing his weight to what his brother weighted at that age and he had been weaned to formula and eating solids by the time his 6 month appointment,7 years ago. Then, my pediatrician became my personal therapist today. I accidentally broke into tears when she asked about his feedings. He's feeding great, I nurse on demand roughly every 2 hours, 4 at night. No worries on his weight, that's great! My weight, not so much. Which is what broke me. I haven't lost a pound. I actually have gained. She said that she had the exact same problem! Yay I'm not alone! She had told me she had gained a ton of weight when she was nursing her 3rd child, which sent her to see her own dr. She was so kind and understanding, she asked about my pregnancy, eating habits then and now, and rest. She explained how as a bf mom, we keep in mind that bf burns X amount of extra calories, the weight can usually fall right off with that alone. But what typically isn't gone over is how much lack of sleep can contribute to our weight. Lack of sleep can cause an increase in appetite, decrease in metabolism. I never had put those 2 things into consideration. I feel so much better now. She shared her story of success with bf, weight issues and sleep, and it gave me so much hope. She helped me come up with a game plan that can help me specifically. Basically, I give baby a bath, nurse him to sleep, get my older ds to sleep, give myself an hour and a half, dream nurse baby, go to bed. Instead of the first feeding to be done in his room and back in his crib, just bring him straight in the room with us. That was typically done second feeding. I feel this is so much of a 'rocket science' explanation, but at least I'm starting somewhere!
on Apr. 29, 2014 at 12:15 AM