Breastfeeding is oft touted as a postpartum weight loss miracle. Celebs are constantly claiming it’s what helped them magically drop 40 pounds a month after giving birth when, in all likelihood, they are starving themselves nearly to death. Still, losing weight is almost always listed as one of the benefits of breastfeeding.
That just hasn’t been my experience. In fact, the opposite has been true for me.
The last time I nursed Henry was a couple days ago. My boobs are well on their way back to pre-baby size. Saggier, yes, but I’m able to shove ‘em up into my old bras and everything… And man, does it feel good. Don’t get me wrong, initially I felt conflicted and sad about weaning, but it was for the best. I mean, the kid is a tank. He was on the boob pretty much all morning long. Now? He’s drinking four and six ounces of formula sometimes every hour, hour-and-a-half in the morning. I just couldn’t do it anymore. Between writing, taking care of Violet and two fat ass Black Labs I was starting to flip out.
It’s much better now.
But you want to know about the weight loss, don’t you? Well, here goes. And I’ll give you solid numbers. So many women speak vaguely about weight loss and I always want to read numbers. What exactly did you weigh before and what now? How many kids do you have? Hard numbers!
Okay, so I started this pregnancy at about 133 pounds, which is still about eight pounds above my pre-Violet weight. Ideally, I’d like to weigh 125 (I’m 5 foot 3) but I never totally got back to pre-baby weight after Violet. ANYWAY, I started my pregnancy with Henry at 133. I gained 60 pounds. I know! That’s what happens when you eat nachos and fish burritos at every meal, including breakfast.
The first month after I delivered Henry I lost 25 pounds pretty quickly. I hovered around 160 pounds for quite a while and then really began watching what I ate. I wasn’t “dieting” or starving myself, was just eating reasonably. Fish, chicken, vegetables – that kind of thing. I dropped to 150 pounds when Henry was around two months old and that’s where I’ve been for the past month, even though I was hitting the gym two or three times a week, the weight wouldn’t budge. Then I began to slowly wean about two weeks ago. Once he was pretty much off the boob I immediately dropped another ten pounds. That’s where I am now: 140 pounds. So I’m about seven pounds away from pre-Henry weight.
Of course, my body is vastly different even if the weight is nearly the same. Jiggly and loose. You know how it is. Once we get all moved to Pennsylvania I plan to start some sort of consistent workout routine to tighten the jiggle, gain back all the muscle I’ve lost.
What about you? Are you one of those women who shed the weight while breastfeeding? If not, what’s been your experience? And remember, give us your numbers, all women want to know the numbers!