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April 11, 2012 6:22 PM
Hi all

I am enjoying MyFitnessPal a lot - really has made me aware of what I have been eating all these years :O. As a breastfeeding mum (5 feeds a day), how do I incorporate the fact that I am breastfeeding into my diet and exercise plan?

Thanks in advance

Vids (NZ)
April 11, 2012 6:26 PM
Producing milk burns about 800 calories a day. In order to take this into account you can calculate MFP's recommended goalfor you. Add 800 to it and write down that number. Then choose to manually set your goals and set your caloric intake to that.
April 11, 2012 6:28 PM
You can add it under your foods (search breastfeeding) and it gives you a negative balance
April 11, 2012 6:34 PM
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You can add it under your foods (search breastfeeding) and it gives you a negative balance


Yep, You'll find several options available!!
  1572627
April 11, 2012 6:36 PM
Thanks

I started this program only a week ago and have been unable to achieve my daily calorie intake allowance (always out by about 500 to 600 cal) and couldn't figure out why I was still hungry. Good that I know how to incorporate it now because I don't want my reduced calorie intake to affect my milk supply!

Bye for now

Vids
April 11, 2012 6:49 PM
For right now, eating enough to make breast milk is more important than losing weight! It will come off, I promise!
April 11, 2012 6:49 PM
I hear you I have struggled my entire way trying to count calories and workout... I managed not to lose a pound up until now. My little one is now 10 1/2 months old and on solids as well. I had to stop before because my supply suffered. I'm almost at the 1 year mark to stop nursing and going full force with this weight loss of mine. Don't give up on either. Just keep in mind nursing is far more important and you will know when the time is right to get the weight off... Mine is now(after 8 months of trying).

Best of luck and good for you. drinker
Edited by Pinky_Calhoun On April 11, 2012 6:54 PM
  1572627
April 11, 2012 6:58 PM
Thanks all - yes nursing is my number one priority but I also just want to keep a track to see that I am also eating healthy and snacking more wiser. The extra allowance for breastfeeding means that I know that I won't be sabotaging my milk supply - good to know.
April 11, 2012 8:05 PM
I did an internet search and I found they say you need anywhere from 400-650 extra calories per day. I am nursing my 9mo. old , appx. 5 feeds per day, & also is eating some solids. I am now only using 200 calories per day for nursing allowance, and I am feeling fine, and milk supply is fine....I think everyone is different.
April 11, 2012 8:12 PM
Awesome! I was wondering this too- now it seems I've found an answer! Thanks
April 11, 2012 8:13 PM
Breastfeeding burns about 20 cal per ounce. So, if you know how much you are feeding, for example if you pump, then you can do the math. It is a great cal burn all said and done!
April 11, 2012 8:15 PM
When I read the topic title I wondered how much breast milk you were drinking.

I log it a normal whole milk, I guess. ;-)
April 11, 2012 8:15 PM
add 500 calories.
April 11, 2012 8:17 PM
My baby is partially breastfed because I've never been able to produce sufficient milk with all my kids. Luckily this time I've been able to keep it going, just enough to comfort the baby. He gets about an ounce per feeding (thats how much I can pump usually) You burn about 20 cals per ounce so everytime I breastfeed I just search breastfeeding in the food database and select the -20 cal one!
April 11, 2012 8:21 PM
QUOTE:

Breastfeeding burns about 20 cal per ounce. So, if you know how much you are feeding, for example if you pump, then you can do the math. It is a great cal burn all said and done!


The problem with this is a pump is not a good indicator of milk supply as a baby is more efficient at removing milk than even the best pumps.
April 11, 2012 8:25 PM
I started of at 500 extra, and then just slowly weaned it down as he nursed less and less. As of a month ago I no longer nurse, but before we weaned completely I was down to logging only 100 for night feedings =)
  7890631
April 11, 2012 8:25 PM
I would think it would depend on how old your baby is and how often he/she breastfeeds. There are a ton of options. Maddy still breastfeeds about 5 times a day and I allow myself 200 calories and it seems to work. (she also eats some solids) I started this last Sept and have had absolutely no issues with supply.
  11210939
April 11, 2012 8:27 PM
QUOTE:

When I read the topic title I wondered how much breast milk you were drinking.

I log it a normal whole milk, I guess. ;-)


OMG! Exactly what I was thinking!!!
April 11, 2012 8:35 PM
my baby is 7 weeks old. are you all saying you can't lose weight while breAst feeding? or it just may take longer because of the added calories? because i have 60lbs to lose asap :) of course while watching my supply
April 11, 2012 8:43 PM
Some people find that serious exercise or calorie restriction adversely affects their supply. I was one of them, and had to gain weight to maintain what little supply I had.
April 11, 2012 9:04 PM
QUOTE:

my baby is 7 weeks old. are you all saying you can't lose weight while breAst feeding? or it just may take longer because of the added calories? because i have 60lbs to lose asap :) of course while watching my supply


Of course you can still lose weight, however you need more calories breastfeeding than another woman who has the same weight, height and activity level as you do but is not breastfeeding. You use extra calories to make milk therefore you need to take extra calories in.

You just need to figure those extra calories in. You'd be surprised however how fast your weight might come off without dieting while exclusively breastfeeding. I lost 50 lbs without even trying after I had my daughter.

Another option for you would be to eat your maintanence calories and just exercise more frequently.
Edited by SuperSexyDork On April 11, 2012 9:05 PM

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