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May 30, 2013 12:11 PM
I am trying to take into account the additonal calories I need while nursing and losing some of the baby/pregnancy weight. Is there a way to add that to my profile to get a more accurate calorie "allocation"?
May 30, 2013 6:19 PM

Since breastfeeding varies for each woman, we don't currently offer a specific recommendation for adjusting your calories. However, if you obtain a calorie estimate from your doctor or nutritionist, you can easily change your calorie goal to account for the difference.

To adjust your calorie goal:

On the Web​

Click "My Home" then "Goals" then "Change Goals, then select "Custom." Be sure to save your changes.

In our Mobile Apps

Select "More" (or "Settings" in Android) then "Edit Profile". Scroll down to "Net Calorie Goal" under the "Preferences" section. Selecting the current goal will allow you to change it. Be sure to save your changes.

As an alternative, you may log "breastfeeding" as an exercise. Once you have a calorie estimate, you can add "breastfeeding" as a custom cardiovascular exercise to your exercise database. (For information on adding a custom exercise, see the article here: )

We hope this helps.

MyFitnessPal Staff

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