You are a breastfeeding expert by now!
You were a determined new mother. You mobilized your determination and got the help you needed to make it through those initial breastfeeding struggles. Now you find yourself giving advice to a friend, a relative or a neighbor in the grocery line. Your breastfeeding wisdom is priceless in our world!
Expected weight gain in baby
Baby should continue to gain 1/2-1 ounce a day. Check with your doctor or midwife if you are breastfeeding 8-10 times a day and this amount of weight gain is not occurring. Occasionally mothers will develop a temporary hypothyroidism (low thyroid function), which slows down milk production. Thyroid supplementation is needed until thyroid function returns to normal. You might need your thyroid level checked.
How to lose weight while breastfeeding:
- You may notice that your appetite is more than usual. The average mother burns 500 calories a day breastfeeding. Eat REAL FOOD (not chips and cookies), and you’ll begin to lose your pregnancy weight.
- For the calorie counter: Here’s how to know what calorie count will allow weight loss. Multiply your current weight by 15, and then add 500. (For example: 135 pounds x 15 – 2,025 + 500 calories = 2,525 calories a day.) If you are moderately active you may lose one pound every 2-3 weeks.
Pumping and Storing your milk
CLICK here to see La Leche League’s information on pumping and storing your breast milk.
Some babies cry more than others
Some babies do cry more often, with more intensity, and are harder to calm down than other babies. This conditioned is referred to as “colic.” No one really knows why babies get it. This excessive crying starts to decrease at around 12 weeks of age. CLICK here to be reminded of calming techniques in the HUG Video HERE.
Can your breastfed baby become obese?
The research clearly demonstrates that breastfed babies are less likely to become obese. Some breastfeed babies develop multiple belly rolls and can look like an overfed formula-fed baby. Though such a formula-fed baby is at high risk for obesity, chubby breastfed babies usually level out on their growth curve in height and weight, consistent with their family’s genetics, between six and nine months.
How does breastfeeding prevents obesity? Current research confirms:
- Breastfed babies learn the feeling of satiation and regulate intake according to their nutritional needs.
- Breastfed babies regulate their intake by calories, not ounces of milk.
- Breastfed babies may continue to suckle for comfort without swallowing milk. Babies on the bottle, who are sucking for comfort, will continue to take in milk.
- Breastfeeding mothers are more sensitive to cues that signal when the baby is satisfied than are mothers of formula-fed babies.
- Breastfeeding mothers are more effective promoting “infant-led” eating when solids (complementary foods) are added.
- Because genetics, diet, and exercise practices impact obesity in children, parents will need to help exclusively breastfed baby by offering healthy solid foods around six months and by modeling healthy food and exercise habits.
Some mothers have an abundance (oversupply) of breast milk, causing baby to have excessive gas and green stools.
These babies are taking in more of the front, high sugar milk. CLICK here for tips to decrease an oversupply.
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