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    Before 3 weeks post baby I noticed I was loosing weight at a good rate. I was and am currently breastfeeding my baby. I was just taking walks almost every day. My pre pregnancy weight was 125-130ish lbs. I was 137 lbs at my post natal checkup. (My full term weigh was 165 lbs.) Then 2 weeks later (5 weeks) I weighed myself, because I wanted to weigh the baby, and I got 134 lbs. Then I started exercising again after 5 weeks post baby after I got the go ahead from my MD. 2 days of weigh lifting 2 sets of each exercise and 1 day of metabolic work which was 2-3 rounds of squats, jumping jacks, mt climbers… I noticed that 7 weeks post baby my weight was 135 lbs. I noticed that right around the time I started exercising more my weight stopped dropping. Could this be due to the added exercise? Could the exercise be causing to much stress by taking the calories that my breast milk needs so my body holds on to the extra weight to protect my milk supply? Has anyone experienced this?



    Just adding a very late reply to this!

    My full term weight was 78kgs (171 lbs), within 2 weeks of little one arriving I was 64kgs (141 lbs) and stuck exactly there for what felt like forever. My baby is 9 months old now and I have only recently started having some bursts of weight loss here and there. To me it just felt like my body is hanging onto that extra and won’t let it go. I think my bursts of weight loss happen when weaning is going well and baby is getting more calories from real food, but it seems to stall or even revert when she has odd days of wanting to nurse like crazy.

    I’ve generally found that while breastfeeding exercise wipes me out way too much so I’m just sticking to walking (I think it is a combination of having higher energy needs overall, and not getting enough rest/sleep to recover because of the night time nursing). I’ve recently come to realise that I need to let go of thinking about weight loss until baby is weaned and I have my body back.


    Thank you


    I think it is better to avoid hard workouts during breastfeeding.

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