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Is Nursing The Cause for My Excessive Weight Loss?

Why Am I Losing So Much Weight?

I’ve got a doctor’s appointment scheduled for Wednesday of this week because I’ve finally reached the point of feeling kind of freaked out by my weight loss. I’ve watched the number on the scale go down week after week and despite my best efforts to eat three square meals (and a snack in between when I have the time), I’m now 12 pounds under my ideal weight. I’ve always been a fairly thin built woman, but I currently weigh as much as I did as a sophomore in high school. My favorite jeans just sit on my body awkwardly and I’ve completely lost my butt (Oh, come back butt! I miss you!)  I can joke about it, but it’s seriously got me a little worried.

Almost everything I’ve read has said that as a baby turns 6 months old, their caloric intake increases and therefore, a mother’s body often compensates by utilizing even more calories towards milk production. This makes sense as I really started to notice the weight come of quickly about two months ago. I’m eating a healthy diet  full of lean protein, fruits and vegetables, but I’m wondering if I need to up my calorie intake.

I’m looking forward to meeting with the doctor on Wednesday and ruling out any thyroid or other, more concerning issues. I’m very hopeful that this is directly linked to nursing Arlo and that I’ll return to a healthy weight once he is weaned. Are there any other mamas out there who have had a similar experience? Any advice would be appreciated.

~Melissa

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