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#1 of 3 Old 05-04-2013, 09:10 PM - Thread Starter
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Before my most recent pregnancy I lost forty pounds with strict calorie counting. I still have another forty pounds I would like to loose eventually though I know a calorie restrictive diet isn't good for milk production I made that mistake with my daughter. So I just want to at least avoid gaining at this point. I am not one of those women who loose a ton of weight just from nursing.

So my question is what is a healthy daily calorie intake while exclusively nursing. I can't seem to get a straight answer from anyone.

Thanks for your help!
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Is there someone out there with some answers???? bumping

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Just thought I'd chime in with some links and resources and what worked for me.


For a breastfeeding calorie calculator (how many calories you need for your height and weight while lactating):


An article on Kelly Mom about breastfeeding and caloric intake:


Finally, what worked for me was joining Weight Watchers Online. They have a program specifically for breastfeeding. I joined for three months at once, which was a bit pricey, but soooo worth it. I lost 20 lbs. in three months, really learned the program, and then did it on my own after that. I just use a little notebook and I also found a free app.

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