I agree real amy, I personally think that breastfeeding without adequate calories really took it out of me, and it wasn’t a conscious thing either. I just had a taste for simple healthy foods which were tasty and filling and I thought would be best but actually I didn’t pack in enough calories to sustain me and the baby, so I lost out. It might sound odd but I’ve had to work really hard to up my calories and have seen good health return. I have had to completely adjust my tastes though and now eat huge bowls of pasta and white rice with salt (!) all of which were practically taboo for me before.
From what you’ve said I’m hoping nobody silly reads about this and thinks it’s a good idea- it really isn’t! There’s a lot of pressure on women to instantly lose baby weight but post partum is one of the most physically demanding times you can experience and time to go easy on yourself.