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September 15, 2012 9:07 PM
I am back on MFP after finding out I was pregnant with twins, about a year ago. I gave birth by C-section on July 19th. Since it is not listed under the exercises, I would like to know if anyone knows how many calories breast feeding ACTUALLY burns per day. I've heard too many varying guesses to be sure, and if anything, I'd like to be conservative so that I don't give myself too much credit, and eat too much. Thanks for any feedback! smile
September 15, 2012 9:13 PM
Its actually under the Food database, not exercise.

I believe it's 300-500 calories per day in the database. Conservatively, I'd select the 300 calories per day option.
Edited by VelociMama On September 15, 2012 9:15 PM
September 15, 2012 9:14 PM
This is something I found when I searched the topic on Yahoo!.

I hope it helps, and congratulations!! happy
[I'm a Fraternal Twin, are yours?]
September 15, 2012 9:19 PM
Thank you! Mine are fraternal. Boy/Girl. heart
September 15, 2012 9:21 PM

Thank you! Mine are fraternal. Boy/Girl. heart

Congrats!!! We are expecting our first in February, a boy. Good luck with your babies!
September 15, 2012 9:28 PM
Congratulations to you, too!
September 15, 2012 9:45 PM
I am brestfeeding,had a girl on June 8, was out of diets since October 2011,when found out that pregnant....and as soon I came home from hospital,start to think how to lose....but I have over 100lb extra on sad....but 27 already gone....97lb to go....I not counting brestfeeding,just keeping like extra burned calories to myself, trying to exercise a little bit and keep my food around 2000cal,don't want to loose milk....if I will stop loosing weight,will add extra walking and maybe cut up to 1900 cal/day,but not less then 1800...
September 16, 2012 12:20 PM
La Leche League recommends that nursing mothers eat 500 cals per day to maintain milk supply :)

not sure if there is a different recommendation for twin nurslings... so I would go with 500 (rather than the 300 recommended previously) since twins require more milk

congrats on the babies :)
September 16, 2012 12:25 PM
My twins ( identical ) are all grown up now...but I nursed them both at the same time. I had heard that weight loss would happen with lightening speed but that was not my experience. You will need to keep up with your liquid intake as I'm sure you already know. Good Luck and welcome to the wold of multipleshappy happy
September 16, 2012 1:46 PM
I don't know that there is a way to determine the exact number of calories burned by breastfeeding, since everyone is slightly different. However, I would definitely add 500 to start with, especially since you have twins (I have read anywhere from 300-500 extra and always added 500 myself). If you are losing too quickly, feel really hungry, or notice that your milk supply seems lower, you might even need more than that.
September 16, 2012 1:48 PM
I've read you burn 20 calories per ounce of breasmilk produced. I have a 6 week old and have just stopped nursing due to complications, so I will have to work even harder now at getting back in shape!
September 16, 2012 2:08 PM
I'm a mom of fraternal twins, too! They turn 22 on Sept. 24.

Nursing twins should add about 1000 calories to what you need to eat.

Eat very, very healthy and drink lots of water.

You can eat a surprising amount and loose weight while nursing twins! Mine hit their 12 week growth spurt the week of Christmas, and I lost 4 pounds that week! If it hadn't been the week of Christmas, I could have starved to death!

Good luck with your babies- it's an amazing journey raising twins.
September 16, 2012 2:10 PM
I pumped exclusively. Under food, -20 cals per ounce. Make sure you eat back those calories and your exercise calories. Otherwise, your supply will diminish.
September 16, 2012 7:23 PM
This is going to be tough balancing losing the baby weight without diminishing milk supply. Slow and steady wins the race.


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