It sounds counter-intuitive, but the most important thing for me to remember is to eat ENOUGH. If I cut back too much, my body will not let me lose weight, even though I have plenty to lose. also I try to do some moderate activity every day. The weight is coming off slowly, but the number on the scale is going DOWN! yay! I am 6 months PP now and have breastfed the whole time, and I have lost 28 lbs - which is 3 more than I gained while pregnant. I have a long way to go yet before a truly "healthy" weight, but I think slow and steady will win it.
I only notice a slight drop in supply during my period, which is completely normal. it returned at 4 months PP. I think just as important as calories is drinking enough fluids. You can always consider adding fenugreek or a mother's milk tea to help boost supply.
Katrina - Mama to Gabriel 11/20/2009 and Norah 10/11/2011 and Theo03/11/2013- married to Wayne -
Acupuncture can also help with weight loss, or so I've heard. It hasn't worked for me, but I have been stress eating like crazy for months, and haven't gained while bf'ing.
Katie - Married to Mike 06/02/01, Mom to Sydney Anne born 11/21/09 and Alice Maeryn & Oliver Thomas born 04/24/13
Oh, I don't think I was clear. I have done it all--IBCLCs, supplements, Dom, pumping, skin-to-skin, alternative medicine, SNS, thyroid testing, etc. I just want to clear up that my supply problems are pretty extreme and not something I can fix with supplements so that everyone understands what I mean and can answer weight loss questions knowing that it's pretty extreme.
I really don't think moderate exercise and sensible calorie restriction will hurt your supply. Everything I've read is that a woman would have to really malnourished before it affects supply.
I wasn't trying to lose weight but ended up getting to 20 pounds under pre-pregnancy weight by my LO's first birthday just because I was walking so much and eating better than usual while on maternity leave. If anything, my supply improved over that time.
I dont' have supply issues, but my weight has been going up, not down, the past few weeks. *sigh* I'd like to be down 15 lbs or so, at least. 20 would be ideal...
Jenna ~ mommy to Sophia Elise (1/06), Oliver Matthew (7/07) and Avery Michael (3/10)
Wading slowly and nervously into this homeschooling thing.