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Do you have any great ideas on weight loss during or after breastfeeding?

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Do you have any excellent weight loss diets to share, any exercise classes, DVDs or stretches you can recommend? Please let us know below and read what others have said too!

My journey to weight loss after my first baby

I really struggled with breastfeeding the first time around and only lasted five weeks due to extremely sore nipples, mastitis, and difficulty with exclusively expressing. During those five weeks, I was so exhausted, I didn't really have the energy to deal with weight loss after the birth. I had felt quite ill during my pregnancy and could only feel a little better if I ate a lot of potatoes, cheese, and chocolate. I didn't do that much exercise because I was so exhausted after work each day, so I put on quite a lot of weight.

A week after stopping breastfeeding, I decided to put myself on a strict diet, because I no longer had any excuse to keep eating a lot. I made sure I ate protein in every meal, otherwise I would feel hungry and want to eat cakes or biscuits in between. I usually ate a poached egg on toast for breakfast and drank an espresso coffee with a small amount of milk. At lunchtime, I would eat fish paste or marmite sandwiches, possibly with soup. At dinner time, I tried to eat meals with lean meat or fish with a small amount of potatoes and lots of veg. If I felt like eating chocolate, I would eat some dried apricots. It was hard for a few days, but I really started to enjoy it.

I also did a huge amount of walking to get my baby to sleep. I would often walk to a coffee shop to get a skinny latte as a treat. This was expensive, but I felt I deserved it with all the sleepless nights. I often went to buggyfit classes with my baby as well, and enjoyed meeting and making friends there.

By five months, I could get into my pre-pregnancy clothes again, and by eleven months I was thinner than I had been for years. I didn't want to lose any more weight though because I would have become too skinny.

Conceiving my second child

I didn't stick to the diet after that and gradually crept back up to my pre-pregnancy weight. It took me a couple of years of trying to conceive and a couple of miscarriages before I got properly pregnant again. I went to see a chinese doctor for help, and he gave me acupuncture, dietary advice (balanced diet with no snacks between meals) and herbs, and I believe that is why my second daughter is here today. 

I ate a lot during my second pregnancy, about four proper meals a day, all with meat in them, which is unlike me. I didn't put as much weight on as I did in my first pregnancy, but since I breastfed for four calendar months, I didn't really diet during that time. I tried to avoid snacking, but my older daughter needs trips out, and sometimes the only thing to do is to go to a cafe. She always wants a cake, and I share it with her to avoid her eating too much sugar...

The weight gradually came off during breastfeeding, but started to come off more rapidly when I stopped. I am now on a strict diet similar to the one I was on after stopping breastfeeding my first child. I will let you know when I can get into my jeans again! A good chocolate substitution I have discovered since having my first baby are Goodies oaty bars.

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