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I need to lose weight, mamas! How should I do this safely while preserving my low-milk supply? Before DD was born and even while pg., I walked 4-6 miles a day. Even the morning I gave birth I got up and walked 2 miles. I also lifted weights and did ab work-outs all through pregnancy. At my 6-week pp check-up I was 10 lbs. under my pre-preg. weight. Then, in an effort, to build supply, I started eating all the "rich" lactogenic foods - oats, leafy greens, almonds, nuts, barley malt. Anything to increase supply...kwim? Combine diet with the fact that DD doesn't sleep, I'm up all night and the only exercise I can accomplish is keeping my darn eyelids open and all of the sudden a year later, I need to lose 50 lbs!!!!<br><br>
Help me, mamas!! Any ideas? I keep trying to explain to DD that babies whose mommies sleep all night get to go on long walks in and play in the park and babies whose mommies don't get to sleep play in the living room and watch talk shows. For some reason, she doesn't get it!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I've been doing south beach (there is a thread in fitness and weight management). I've lost 20 lbs in 2 mos and haven't had a supply problem. My baby is 22 mos, so I don't know if that would make a difference.
 

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I followed Weight Watchers Core plan for nursing mothers when dd was about 10 months old. It worked so so well, and I didn't have to measure or count or deprive myself of any food groups. My supply flourished and I was able to loose about 2.5 lbs a week for 10 weeks or so. I didn't exersize.<br><br>
I did go to meetings and I signed up with two other nursing mommies, so that helped too.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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There's an LLL book called Eat Well, Lose Weight While Breastfeeding that I liked quite a bit. I'm not sure what it has to say about supply issues and losing weight, but it's something you could check out. I would guess that if you got back into the swing of exercising, you'd notice some weight loss...this was the case for me before I got pregnant. dd and I went on walks every day, and it was good for both of us!<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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I've learned in the recent past that the one change you should make when trying to lose weight, that will make the BIGGEST and quickest difference, is to revampt the eating. So, I would also recomment a program. I liked WeightWatchers when I did it way back before I got preggie... but there are so many great plans that have you eating WELL. I think, most of the time, BM will continue and flourish as long as we care for ourselve by eating well - not necessarily LOTS. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
On another sort of note regarding the same subject... and I'm a very well cushioned chica myself... I truly believe that taking care of my nursling (under 18 months especially) and any baby still baking, is WAY more important than worries about my weight. Nicely, for me, I tend to lose weight while preggie, but it's totally not noticeable to others. I have just decided, for myself, that since I made the choice to be a mama, the babies I have will come before my self-image. That is often easier said than done, but I do believe I've done very well - overall - with not obsessing about my weight. (And I'm definitely an obsessive person.)
 
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