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I'm bf and things are going great with no trouble. My babe is 7.5 months and weighs 18.7 lbs. and is 28 in. However, I've been so hungry the last 4 months or so. I mean very hungry! My stomach will growl and I'll feel sick and faint if I don't eat. Is this normal? I've not gained any weight during this time, but I've not lost what I've wanted to loose. I'm afraid to cut back my eating because I feel so bad if I don't eat. I'm hungrier than I was while pregnant -- that's hungry! Help!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Yep, normal! It takes more calories to bf than it does to be pregnant.<br><br>
I would make sure to eat something every couple of hours - try eating six mini meals instead of three regular meals. And make sure you're eating a healthy diet with whole grains, beans, lots of fruits and veggies, lean protein, healthy fats like nuts, avocados, olive oil. Snacking on nuts is great - almonds are good for your supply and the fats and fiber help keep you full.<br><br>
Especially if you exercise, the weight will come off over time. Bf mamas often really start losing the weight after their babies turn 1 - another reason to keep nursing! <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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It's normal, but also be sure you're getting a good high proportion of protein and not too many carbs, as the latter will cause your blood sugar to spike and then plummet. If the hunger and especially the hunger/dizziness get really worse and don't let up, I'd consider getting your blood sugar checked and making sure there are no blood sugar issues popping up (hypo- or hyper-glycemia). Did you have gestational diabetes? I did with my second and it took my blood sugar almost 8 months to return to normal.
 

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I have never been hungrier in my life than when nursing! Just keep the food nutritious and frequent and get plenty of exercise and drink lots of water, and the weight will come off when the time is ripe. I know some people who have had a drastic drop in supply when they have tried to diet: better I think just to eat what your body tells you it needs.
 

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I am a lot hungrier now than I ever was pregnant. I have actually started eating poultry and fish again on a regular basis (was vegetarian for 15 years). I have also figured out that I have had hypoglycemia issues as well. Eat lots of smaller high protein meals. If you are trying to lose weight, you might want to get Eat Healthy, Lose Weight While Breastfeeding.
 

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Thanks for the help! Now, I don't feel so much like I have a tape worm or something. I was comapring my intake to dh and felt like we were Jack Sprat and his wife. Thanks again!
 

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I'm glad for this thread because the same thing has been happening to me and I've been feeling like a real pig!
 
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