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Hello all. I am new here. I just had a baby 6 weeks ago and really have a ton of weight to loose. I am 26 years old with 4 kids. I am 5'7 and 230lbs...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> With my last 2 pregnancies I had to take Clomid to get pregnant and was gestational diabetic...both as a result of being so overweight. What is the most effective way to breastfeed and give my baby what she needs, but still loose weight. I have a wedding I am in this coming up New Years Eve and I would love to be a size 12-14...not 22.<br>
Alicia
 

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Congrats on your new <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/baby.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="baby"> It seems to me that with a baby that young it's too hard to think about losing weight. Breastfeeding my dd I had a huge appetite for a couple of months. She's now 8 mo and I too am trying to lose the weight. But you've got to take care of you right now. You must be exhausted...if that wedding wasn't coming up would it still be an immediate issue?<br>
Good luck and don't be too hard on yourself.
 

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i agree, give yourself some time.<br><br>
when you are ready, weight watchers is really effective for a lot of people. i did it for a while after i had dd, but i didn't add enough points for breastfeeding and my supply went down. i hear that if you don't eat enough, your body won't lose weight as a defense for the baby it's nourishing.
 

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Hey mama, congrats on your wee one!<br>
Well, I do agree that you body needs time to recover form a babay, but it's been 6 weeks so I don't see whay you couldn't start some gentle exercise. I have been using the Walk Away the Pounds videos, and I really like them. Maybe you coudl get one of those workout videos that uses your baby in the progrsm, though? I started out a size 22 (not sure how much I weighed, I was too scared to weigh myself), and now I am a size 18 and weigh 209 as of this morning. You can do it, and you will get there, and we will all be here to support you!
 

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I agree about the exercise - you should be able to start a routine by 6 weeks pp - and I wouldn't worry about the breastfeeding - It actually HELPED me loose the weight. I swear my body pulled the fat right off my butt and gave it to DS!<br>
If you eat sensibly (no diet, but well-balanced meals) - breastfeeding should burn calories. One thing I did realize was that often when I felt really hungry while bf'ing - I was actually really THIRSTY - so I needed to drink more, not eat so much.
 

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I feel for you! My ds is 17 months and I still weigh in at 210.<br>
I agree you need rest and should not put pressure on yourself to loose weight even for a wedding. I think that is a real downer to set a goal to look good for others! Having said that I set myself the same goal for this July to be in a wedding - didn't work out! (wanted to be a 10-12 instead of 20, still a 20) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"><br>
On the other hand I do not believe getting enough rest for you and babe means you can't exercise or even that you should not. I think it is absolutely necessary for your physical and emotional well-being. I also think the longer you wait the harder it is to get into shape.<br><br>
Walk, walk, walk - it really is great exercise, and walk fast when you can. Swim- so good for you and easy on a body that needs rest and easing into an exercise routine. Both of those are things you can do with the baby. After that I know there are a million videos out there - most really will work - but only after you put in the time and effort! I think almost any that look good to you and target what you want to be doing are going to be good for you.<br>
My vote goes to Callanetics (by Callan Pinckney) you can find the tapes on amazon pretty cheap - they are kinda dated. My favorites are the three Quick Callanetics (one for legs, one for belly, one for hips and behind - each a really good twenty minute routine)<br>
These tapes are No-impact very slow exercises. They are all about toning and lengthening your body. They are hard work but easy to follow. Also really good for people with back problems.<br><br>
I think any videos that include your babe may be great too - I haven't tried any, but would imagine they would be fun and easier to do with babe around.<br><br>
Good luck and don't give up, I won't either <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I am doing WW while breastfeeding and have had great success with the program. Nursing does burn calories, so it is like exercising in a way. They do have a program for nursing moms, but you can't do it online (unless you fib) they want you to go to the meetings. Feel free to PM me if you want to know more about it.<br><br>
As long as you have doctor's OK, I think it is great to start with some moderate exercise. I did postpartum yoga, and loved it. Walking with baby is also great.<br><br>
The most important thing is to drink water and eat healthy. Don't restrict your calories too much, or your supply can be affected and your weight loss slowed.
 

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hi mama!! I too am nursing, and struggling to loose weight. I lost 70 lbs. the year before on WW and felt so good about myself!! I set mini-goals for myself, and everytime I reached one, it felt like a huge thing for me!! I have gained back almost all of it, but I am determined to loose it again<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Hope you reach your goals too!
 

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Well I dont know if its rare or not but when i was pregnant i gained 40Lbs and my son is now 7.5 months and i weight LESS then i did before pregnancy I give the credit to BFing however I also think it has to do that i finally gave up dairy and I eat pretty well and go on lots of walks... LIL DS is getting such a tan even with his california baby sunblock that he has white rings in his wrist and ankle rolls.lol Right now just focus on ya babe and if possible take em on lots of lil walks...
 

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Exercise and eating quality healthy foods.<br><br>
At my highest size I was a 20(I was only 166). At my highest weight I was 196, but a size 18. I am now 163 & back into size 12's. The only difference between when I was 166 and & 20 and being a 12 now is I replaced fat with muscle. I could never afford WW so I joined TOPS instead. Studies show that the earlier a woman starts an exercise program(even if it's just walking the block) the faster the pregnancy weight comes off and higher the chances it will stay off.
 

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Whole foods low on the glycemic index, and exercise... that's the combo that's worked for me! I've lost 73lbs. in the past 9 months, while nursing my 20 month old. I thought weight-loss was going to be slow and tedious, but it hasn't.<br><br>
Good luck, and congrats mama! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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how about low carb, not completely no carb just lower...I did that and lost my preg. weight fast and was working on my other weight but oops pregnant again...I don't know that breastfeeding really made the weight pour off me, I'm hopin tandem nursing will though, but I tried the low carb thing and it really worked for me and I felt good..full of energy etc.
 

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I would like to loose all my weight also, i have about 35lbs to get to pre pregnancy weight but i would actually like to loose about 45lbs. what are you ladies actually eating? i know foods without this and that but what foods are you actually eating? my son hates bottles and will only take mommies boobie...thanks
 

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I'm now 20 lbs. below my prepregnancy weight. 15 more and I'll be at my pre-Navy weight. (military service does not always promote physical fitness and good diet).<br><br>
I have no car, so I walk a lot. That helps immensely.<br><br>
I am a vegetarian and try to restrict my dairy, but not too much because getting enough fats is important.<br><br>
I am hypoglycemic so I try to avoid white sugar and starch, though I haven't really been doing this as much as I should lately.<br><br>
I'm breastfeeding and it seems to have given my overall metabolism a boost. I'm hypothyroidic, and don't need to take as high a dose of synthetic thyroid hormone as I did pre-pg or during pg. So even sitting on my butt eating cheesecake I at least don't gain weight.<br><br>
I make sure that pretty much before I eat anything else for the day, especially grain-based carbs, I eat at least 5 servings of fruit and veggies. I have a lot more energy through the day when I do this.
 

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Congrats on your new little one !! I am currently on WW breastfeeding plan and I am having alot of sucess with it. I feel it gives you more food choices than other "diets" . It might be something to look into! Good Luck!
 
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