Breastfeeding Diet

Forget Atkins. Forget South Beach. Forget Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig and any other diet you’ve ever heard of. BREASTFEEDING is the best weight-loss program this planet has ever known. It’s as if Mother Nature was like,

Hey, moms. I know you just had to grow a baby human in your body and deal with nausea, heartburn, sleepless nights, compressed bladders, swollen feet, stretch marks,  NOT TO MENTION LABOUR and the joys of life with a newborn. So here, take this miraculous gift – the gift of doing nothing but breastfeeding and watching as the pounds melt away with every late night feeding. You’re welcome.

Yes. Thank you, Mother Nature. My body looooved breastfeeding.  I was the smallest I have ever been in my adult life while I was breastfeeding. And then about a year after giving birth, I stopped breastfeeding… and promptly gained 5 kg (10 lbs).

After several months of denial, I have come to the sad conclusion that I have no choice but to begin a life of regular exercise and healthy eating. Woe is me.

I begun last week and all in all, I am quite proud of myself for sticking with it. Mind you, my gym is located on an undergraduate college campus that is swarming with tall, skinny Dutch-American blondes in their prime. I think that alone should earn me some extra points, MOTHER NATURE (If you’re listening).

And that is that. Healthy living will be the story of my life until I have another baby and proceed to breastfeed the child until he/she is about 8.  JUST KIDDING. I’ll probably have to stop when primary school starts…you know, differing schedules…

7 Comments on Breastfeeding Diet

  1. Shiroh
    June 27, 2012 at 3:21 am (5 years ago)

    B/feeding did not work for me! Still packing the kgs and 2 years later i am still at it.

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  2. Enelesi
    June 27, 2012 at 5:13 am (5 years ago)

    B/fing did not work for me either. I think its because my parents told me that inorder to make more milk I had to eat and eat , drink tea with milk and sugar and drink munkoyo which is our traditional maize meal drink . But I read an article that the body will still make milk whether you eat tons or not. So next time Im not falling for that. But did have a friend who lost tons of weight while breastfeeding , she was skinnier than she was before she even got pregnant!!

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  3. greencalabash
    June 27, 2012 at 7:36 am (5 years ago)

    So maybe it won’t work for me next time around!? Are my chances 50/50? *wails*

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  4. Sienna
    June 27, 2012 at 12:58 pm (5 years ago)

    Me too. In fact i was heaviest i’ve ever been when BFing full time. Finally its almost all gone now that BFing is almost zero

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  5. Maxine
    July 1, 2012 at 1:49 pm (5 years ago)

    I am still losing weight even though I don’t want to lose anymore weight. 3 months to no more breastfeeding. I lost a lotta weight right after Kyle then I hit a plateau and the week he was months it started falling off again. We’ll see after I stop.
    ps: You’re a great writer!

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  6. Mimo
    July 2, 2012 at 5:42 am (5 years ago)

    I have lost soo much weight,I have never been this small since my teens.I am trying to gain some weight but i guess it will come back once she stops.My daughter is 1YR 2 wks old

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  7. Mrembo
    July 11, 2012 at 11:12 pm (5 years ago)

    Baby no. 1 I lost weight. Like you I was down to the lowest weight I had been in a long time. When I stopped breastfeeding packed on the weight 6kgs in a space of two months. Attacked that weight like crazy got my self back. (baby was solely breastfed for first 5 months of his life). Took me less than a year to get back in shape.

    Baby no 2. I had put on more weight during this pregnancy about 22kgs. Within first month of her life and solely breastfeeding lost about 12kgs without any work out (kudos to breastfeeding I believe). Stopped breast feeding at 16 months and bang it piled on again. Right now (approx 2 years later) I am 2 kgs away from pre-baby no 2 weight. But dealing with flabbyness! Trying to work out, eat right, run the family and work.. phew gotta admit the workouts are getting the short end of the stick

    The joys of motherhood

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