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are you or did you lose a lot of weight? I've been bfing for over a year now and I am losing a lot of weight. i'm assuming that it has to do w/ being vegan, so i'm posting it here... i know that bfing helps people lose weight, but i know that i am much tinier and also much hungrier than anyone else at my lll meetings or mother's groups who are bfing.. I was always between 110 and 120 lbs and now i am just over 100- I guess it's not a lot of weight to lose, but none of my clothes really fit me, and that's a pain. I bought two new pairs of jeans that were even tight at the store and now that i'm wearing them they're falling down like the rest of my pants, and none of my belts fit me.. I don't know what to do because i'm assuming i'll gain the weight back so I don't want to spend money on new clothes in the meantime (because I don't have that much to spend)..<br><br>
also, i'm eating a *ton*- we joke that ds is my tapeworm! any tips on how to stay, or even get full??
 

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I'm vegan and have been breastfeeding 14.5 months. I've actually gained 20 pounds since having the baby and am definitely considered overweight. I was underweight when I was lacto-ovo.
 

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I gained weight post-partum, too, in spite of breastfeeding. Like, after slimming down because my uterus was shrinking again and I couldn't find 2 minutes to eat during the first couple weeks, after that, I began just eating easy convenience foods like Clif bars, veggie burgers, and PB sandwiches. I was also on fenugreek, which might contribute to weight gain. My DD is almost weaned, but even when we were nursing a LOT, I didn't lose weight unless I was consciously dieting (i.e. I tried Eat To Live and lost some weight). My weight has fluctuated constantly over the past year since DD was born. Has your diet changed since you were pregnant?<br><br>
That said, I lost some weight when I became vegan, but quickly started gaining it back (and more) living on falafel sandwiches and chocolate cake <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Very frustrating; my original response to this post was lost due to timing out!<br><br>
Anyway, I haven't heard of this happening. I would recommend getting checked out for hypothyroidism or celiac (things that can cause significant weight loss), and anything else. Just to be on the safe side. (DH's brother was diagnosed with celiac in his 30s, after weight loss and anemia had occurred.)<br><br>
Then, I would see a nutritionist to make sure that you are actually eating what you need PLUS an additional 750 calories a day for nursing. Add avocado, peanut butter, sunbutter, cashews, Lara bars--eat in the evening, something high in calories to stave off any overnight weight loss. If you're exercising, you will also need additional calories on top of the 750 for nursing.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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I am vegan, and I also gained weight breastfeeding -- 15 lbs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Plus, I never lost much of the baby weight before I started gaining. I have been BF for 22 months now.
 

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I've been vegan for 15+ years, through (almost) 4 pregnancies, breastfed while pregnant, tandem nursed, and donated milk for 9 months...and I've never lost a lot of weight while breastfeeding. It's not until my babes are nursing only a few times per day that I can lose most of the baby weight (and then I always seem to end up pregnant again!). So it's definitely not a sure thing.<br>
I don't eat a lot of junk, but I do have trouble eating small portions <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> . I've never been considered overweight, but never skinny either. Just average.
 

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Yes! At the beginning of the year, I went vegan - and was (still am) breastfeeding a toddler and I dropped even more weight - like 10 pounds! I couldn't keep the weight on. I went back to vegetarian b/c I just can't afford to lose any more..<br><br>
PS - to stay full, eat often and lots of fatty vegan foods, I guess. Nuts, avacodos, peanut butter etc.
 

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Sprouthead-Not vegan (newly veg) but I am losing a lot of weight too. I did with dd1 as well. I am generally a size 8-10. After having the baby, (about a week after) I'll be a size 12ish. Currently at 4 month pp, I am a size 4-6. With dd1, by 8 months pp, I was a size 2. I didn't gain the weight back until I night-weaned, at about 22 months with dd1. This time around I'm going to night wean a little earlier, (I am very sleep deprived!) so who knows when I'll gain the weight back. I'm happy with my weight now, but don't want to loose any more.
 

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oh dear... i am definitely pairing down on the convenience foods- like i've pretty much eliminated any soy meat substitutes and tofu, and i'm trying to eat more fresh vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.. (aren't we all?) i add coconut oil to my oatmeal in the morning and make smoothies with fruits, flax seed, and nut butters.. then I eat salads and sandwiches or leftovers for lunch and usually some type of grain/vegetable dish for dinner (pasta, wraps, rice and veggies, etc.)<br><br>
i've hesitated going to a nutritionist in the past because i didn't find them very supportive of a vegan diet.. do you think that will change??
 

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<a href="http://www.llli.org/NB/NBMayJun05p129.html" target="_blank">http://www.llli.org/NB/NBMayJun05p129.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.vegsource.com/nutrition/veganpregnancy.htm" target="_blank">http://www.vegsource.com/nutrition/veganpregnancy.htm</a><br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/mom/vegetarian.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/mom/vegetarian.html</a><br><br>
Here are a few things I could find--I would ask around on the tribe forums to see if there's a vegan-friendly nutritionist near you. I'm sure that some cold be prejudiced--but, a good nutritionist should try to find high calorie, healthy foods that fit in with whatever diet you have.<br><br>
(BTW, I'm not vegan, though I think it would be great to be--just not quite there yet!)<br><br>
I would think that tofu would be all right. There are so many great stir fry dishes to have/make with tofu in them.
 

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I'm vegan and breastfeeding <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
and I am also on the small side (typically 5'6, 105lbs)..<br><br>
I have had thyroid issues -hyperthyroidism- but I don't think it has influenced my size much. I forget to <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">: sometimes too.. But I am generally pretty healthy.<br><br>
My advise:<br><br>
Legumes and dark greens and fruits and grains are <i>very</i> important! Snack on raw foods, drink a ton of water, take vitamins if you feel the need, excercise, get as much rest as you can..<br><br>
And get your thyroid checked, if possible. There are definetly other medical causes to weight loss too (if you're worried).<br><br>
I've gotta run but good luck!<br><br>
~Sending Peaceful Vibes~
 

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thanks everyone. i had my thyroid checked last year after ds was born and it was fine. i do eat a lot of leafy greens & beans and snack on nuts & seeds... we'll see now that avocado is cheaper i can start eating that againL <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
i was wondering if maybe some mamas here could post an average day's worth of meal plans to help me get an idea of what other people eat and then I could compare my calorie intake and maybe get some ideas on what I could add? pretty please?
 

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I don't think you can make broad generalizations about vegan diets. Just because someone is a vegan doesn't mean they are eating healthily. Sugar, white flour, fried foods, oils, all that stuff is vegan. I would worry less about what the scale says and assess how you feel. If you want to gain weight, I would suggest eating more calories (not more fatty foods) and working out (weight lifting, strength building stuff).
 

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hmm.. i guess i'm not looking to just gain weight as much as i'm a) trying to make sure that i am eating a healthy diet and b) hoping to find ways healthy ways to fill myself up. i guess i'm interpreting my constant hunger as a sign that my body's not getting something that it needs, and i'm trying to figure out what that is..
 
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