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June 27, 2013 10:38 AM
I am about to have a baby by c-section in a week. I really want to start the weight loss by eating better since I am not going to be able to exercise for about 6 weeks after. I have no idea how many calories I should eat to keep nursing the baby and lose weight at the same time. I don't mind losing it slowly.
June 27, 2013 10:41 AM
I'd ask your doctor! Good luck to you and congrats!
June 27, 2013 10:44 AM
Your doctor will know best, but I will say that, while I've never had a baby, my mom always said that breastfeeding helps shed weight. I'm not sure why, or if it's true for everyone, but that might be a small comfort to you. A google search just now confirmed this is true for some women, apparently. Also, maybe take walks as you feel better?
June 27, 2013 10:46 AM
June 27, 2013 10:47 AM
I'm not completely sure about this but I think it's recommended that you eat 500 additional calories while breast feeding. So if you add 500 cals to MFP's calorie goal, that should work. But I do agree that your doctor would know what's best for you. Good luck xx
June 27, 2013 10:49 AM
An additional 500 calories. And keep those fats up!
June 27, 2013 10:50 AM
Do you know what your TDEE pre-pregnancy was? Becuase you have to eat above that to maintain while your nursing - milk production burns as many calories (or more) as a 30 minute treadmill session for most people! Here's an article that may be useful to you:

Of course, I would cover all of this with my doctor. Good luck and CONGRATS!!!
Edited by Mischievous_Rascal On June 27, 2013 10:51 AM
June 27, 2013 10:52 AM

I'd ask your doctor! Good luck to you and congrats!

This! We can advise but the doctor will know.

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