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March 15, 2012 9:16 AM
Could you ever add "breastfeeding" to the exercise calories burned? It would be exceptionally helpful to keep track and make sure that I am eating enough for baby. There are a lot of preggos on here and even more new mom's. I think they would appreciate it too. You have cooking, croquet, and using crutches but no breastfeeding...

March 15, 2012 3:11 PM
Breastfeeding is under food. I add mine under breakfast, I'm exclusively breastfeeding so I give myself the 500 extra calories, but there are many diffrent options. I also read to aim for 1 pound a week, less is better, but I don't know about that, I still do the 2 pounds and add the breastfeeding. If my supply goes down a bit, I add some extra calories.
March 15, 2012 3:22 PM
Since breastfeeding can vary for each woman, we don't currently have a specific recommendation for adjusting your calories if you're breastfeeding. However, if you are able to obtain an estimate for this from your doctor or nutritionist, we do allow you to change your calorie goal to account for the difference.

If you would like to add to your calorie goal, just open up the app and go to "More" --> "Edit Profile". Scroll down the screen and you'll see "Net Calorie Goal" under the "Preferences" section. If you press on the goal number, a screen will come up allowing you to change that goal. When you press the "Accept" button, the new goal number will be saved and reflected throughout the application.

If you are using the MyFitnessPal website, you can click on "Goals" then "Change Goals, then select "Custom," where you will be presented with similar options.

If you would like to change the goal back eventually, you can go to the same screen and change it back.

Or if you like, you can also add "breastfeeding" in as an exercise. Once you have your recommendation, then you can add "breastfeeding" in as a cardiovascular exercise. Just go to "cardiovascular" and then "create new exercise". Since this will be an individual estimate, it will be for your personal database and not the main database.

Hope this helps for now. In the meantime, thanks so much for using the app. Please let us know if you have any additional feedback or questions. We wish you all the success in reaching and maintaining all of your diet and fitness goals.

All the best,
December 11, 2012 9:37 AM
I agree... there needs to at least have some sort of breastfeeding average of calories lost... I am breastfeeding twins and would LOVE to be able to add this in.
December 14, 2012 12:50 PM
I think that it would help if you could adjust the base calories in the goals setting. Right now it only goes as high as 2150 if you claim to be very active. However, the breastfeeding women would have a base calorie of 2200-2500 and therefore when consuming 2000 calories the weight loss projection would be different than the automated calculations. Could this be adjusted?
December 14, 2012 1:21 PM
It "only" goes to 2150 for your particular profile, your BMR is calculated based on the stats YOU entered and then an activity level multiplier is used. Then your deficit if you're set to lose weight is applied, perhaps if you set it to maintenance you'd then reach 2400 calories (2150+the 250 calories a day on 0.5lbs per day loss setting)

You can enter it as a food on a day to day basis or as an exercise that you create to the database... the food entry won't increase your macros to match your custom percentage unless you find an entry that uses the same macro break-down you do... exercise will apply them across the macros properly... Both food and exercise routes must be done daily.
my home > goals > change goals > custom
set your calories to what you want them to be at including your breast-feeding activity. This way is a set it and forget it option unless / until you have lost 10 lbs from the last time you tinkered in settings.
December 18, 2012 7:04 PM
What I'm looking for is the 5 wk projection of weight-loss to be accurate. I have no problem adjusting for my circumstance.
Edited by ljervisleah On December 18, 2012 7:04 PM
December 18, 2012 7:10 PM
The "if every day were like today... in 5 weeks..." is a forecast, prediction, fortune-teller trick...
no one expects the weatherman to get it right all the time. It is a simple thing. If you are set to lose 1lb per week and net out your calories "exactly" surprise surprise it tells you in 5 weeks you could weight 5 lbs less. If you eat less than your goal it will forecast somewhat "more" loss than 5 lbs over that 5 weeks, if you eat more than goal it will forecast somewhat less than 5lbs in 5 weeks, depending on how "close" to netting out to your goal you are.
If you're over by 100 calories... over 5 weeks conveniently enough that's 7*5 or 35 days... at 100 calories a day is 3500 calories over so it'd suggest 4 lbs loss.. or if you're under by that same amount it will predict 6 lbs loss in that time frame.

It has been accurate for me previously, but not always. It only looks at todays calories vs your goal to give you the 5 week forecast.
December 20, 2012 12:14 PM
I understand but it also serves as a motivational tool to stay the course. Not having it available based on my situation isn't going to make or break my weight-loss. However, it doesn't hurt to look for a problem to the error and give myself, and anyone else reading this in a similar circumstance, some added motivation. Currently, it calculates that I will only lose a 1/2 lb in 5 wks.
Edited by ljervisleah On December 20, 2012 12:15 PM
May 15, 2013 2:17 PM
How does it work under food? If it subtracts it from your calories allowed for the day then do you keep entering food until it says -500 for the day? Bc I put it under food like everyone told me to and it subtracts it from what I eat when it should be adding it to allow me to eat more to make sure my lo is getting enough.
May 15, 2013 10:33 PM
it's a "negative calorie" food item entered that way, it ADDS the calories to your daily intake.
May 29, 2013 11:06 AM
Based on research I've done, it appears that breast feeding or pumping can burn approximately 20 cal for every 1oz. Usually that means moms are burning an extra 200 - 600 calories per day. I added mine as an exercise rather than as a food since it was easier to track and didn't affect my BMI, calories needed to burn per day and weight loss timeline. I hope this helps all the moms using this to get back into shape!
June 22, 2013 6:25 PM
Thanks!! Both for the info and for including this as an option. I didn't find it under cardio, but I was able to adjust my daily intake allowance.
November 19, 2013 4:48 PM
you burn 20 calories for every ounce you pump or your baby drinks


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