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My DD is six 1/2 months and eating very few solids. The last few months, I have made a concerted effort to get back to healthy eating for myself, and with the nicer weather, I have been getting more exercise. I am finding, however, that I am RAVENOUS all the time. I'll eat something like oatmeal with dried fruit and nuts -- a generous portion -- and then 2 hours later I'm starving. I'm trying to get lots of protein and healthy fats, but it's not making a difference.<br><br>
I've been losing a little of the baby weight (finally) but can't help thinking I'm still eating so much food that even with a nursling and some walking/cycling I am eating too much.<br><br>
I guess I just wanted a reality check. Why should I be so much more hungry now than when she was little and I was eating cr*p food?
 

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I was hungry a lot while nursing. Your baby is needing more nourishment now - she's bigger and more active. Your making more milk, so you'll be more hungry. Even though you've changed your diet. I think it's a coincidence thing. I didn't lose all of the baby weight until after my baby was a year old.
 

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I nurse my 8 month old and am starving more now then I did while pregnant. I eat oatmeal every morning with tons of blueberries and am starving 1-2 hours later like you. My 8 month old still nurses alot so I figure that is why I am hungry all the time. HTH.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I have been nursing for the past 16 months and can go from full to starving in a half hour. I have always had a high metabolism, it just seems to be on turbo speed while bf. You can eat a lot (I believe you need an extra 500 calories while nursing???), just make sure it is healthy choices. Plus if you are more active now, you are burning more energy which may make you more hungry as well.
 

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I've nursed two babies and both times I was ravenous like you describe at least until the baby turned a year old. Pay attention to your body and eat healthy foods. Some women lose weight faster, but if you think about it, it makes sense that your body would hold onto some extra weight for at least a year while the baby is almost completely dependent on it for nutrition.<br><br>
As long as you're not gaining weight I doubt you're eating too much!<br><br>
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I guess I just wanted a reality check. Why should I be so much more hungry now than when she was little and I was eating cr*p food?</div>
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Because she is bigger now, and requires more milk/calories, and making this milk/these calories burns more calories for you.
 

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I'm always hungry (and always eating <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">) now that my new baby is here. I'm nursing him and the two year old so maybe that's why.<br><br>
I feel like I eat a lot more than when I was pregnant and I do want to lose my baby weight but it feels like I'm more likely to gain weight the rate I'm going.
 

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I was & still am to an extent in the same boat. Think about how much you ate while preg & baby was alot smaller. You're still providing all of baby's nurishment & baby is much bigger now so it burns up more calories. I had never thought about that til someone pointed it out to me.<br><br>
I found however that once I sarted takeing <a href="http://www.florahealth.com/flora/home/canada/products/r4771.asp" target="_blank">Floridix</a> I was not eating so much. I think my body was needing nutrients not so much the calories. It can't hurt especially since about 6 mo is when baby's iron stores start to get low.
 

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Thanks everyone! I knew I should be eating a lot, but I was confused as to why I seemed to eat more now, than the first few months of her life.<br><br>
I mean 500 extra calories is just a few servings of nuts and I'm going through snacks like that by the handful!<br><br>
But I guess as long as she's OK and I'm not gaining weight, all is well!
 

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Yes. I was ravenous until just recently when my boys cut back dramatically on their nursing. Just eat when you're hungry (easier said than done, right?)
 

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I wonder about the only needing 500 calories thing. Is that number really studied for the entire course of a breastfeeding relationship? Many women don't nurse exclusively for very long, so I am curious about what research the 500 number came from. It would make sense, to me anyway, that as milk output increases calorie intake would NEED to increase (thus the problems malnourished women can encounter with milk supply).
 

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enjoy it while you can! i ate a TON when i was breastfeeding ds and by the time she was a year old, i was well below my pre-pregnancy weight. now i'm bf'ing a humongous 7 month old and eating huge amounts, once again. i love food so i'm thrilled to be able to snack all the time!
 

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My DS didn't really get into solids until he was 8 mo. He was was nursing a lot, and I had a hard time keeping up! I was eating CONSTANTLY, and still I dropped down to 117 lbs, way lower than my normal weight. Older, active babies eat a lot more than newborns do. Good luck!<br><br>
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I've been having a lot of trouble being constantly hungry since dd2was born 11 months ago. i lost weight during pregnancy (morning sickness) and gained 30 lbs since. now i'm stable (but overweight) and still totally hungry.<br>
I heard recently, on the news of all places, that sleep depravation triggers hunger hormones. Maybe we all have that in common? it makes sense to me.<br>
Just a thought.
 

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I'm ravenous, starving, obsessed w/food. I nurse DD maybe 2-3x/day, and DS exclusively (and he is a BIG boy) and I literally cannot get enough food. I eat way more than an extra 500 calories/day. That figure has always struck me as low. B/c, even if baby is only consuming 500 calories in milk, your body is expending heat/energy to create milk.<br><br>
It's totally fine, and normal. As long as you're not gaining, and otherwise you're feeling healthy, I'd say keep eating!
 

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Another thing to consider is that if you've recently started eating better, your body is also attempting to replenish your own nutritional stores in addition to feeding the baby. Most people notice a ramp-up in hunger when they really start feeding their body better and their nutritional stores start to replenish, and it's just doubled for you since you're nursing.
 
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