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Extreme Weight Loss after Long Term Breast Feeding

Hello everyone! I was a regular bumpie when I was pregnant with DD who is now 4 1/2 years old. I am writing this as sort of a last resort. I weaned my DD this past July right before she started kindergarten. I had exclusively breastfed her for the better part of the first year of her life as she was sort of a late start to solids. After that I breastfed her morning, bedtime and nap time and when she was sick throughout the next years of her life until she was just shy of 4, I weaned July 15th and she turned 4 October 12th. Anyway, pretty much since I weaned her I have lost weight and experienced appetite loss. My doctor has ran every test and scan and everything is fine. I am not really sick in any way, I am healthy and active aside from the typical mommy brain and tired at the end of a long day. 

Since I weaned her in July I have lost 65 lbs. I was about 180 lbs at my last recorded weight from my doctor in May and am now down to 112 lbs this morning. I have Googled online but can't really find anyone else that has experienced this to this extreme. 

Has anyone else experienced this? I am in no way complaining, it is just that I have not weighed 112 lbs since I was in middle school. My normal pre-pregnancy weight was always about 130 lbs, I am 5'3". 

Thank-you for any stories you have! 
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Re: Extreme Weight Loss after Long Term Breast Feeding

  • Hm... On one hand, I'm reluctant to give advice about something that I think is clearly a medical issue, not a parenting issue. It's post hoc reasoning to assume that this weight loss is caused by weaning just because it happened after you weaned your DD.  This could be completely unrelated to weaning.

    Bottom line is I think you should get a second opinion, because that's a lot of weight to lose, and you've dropped below pre-pregnancy weight by more than 20 pounds.  Dropping down to your middle school weight doesn't seem right.  Did he check your thyroid?  Do you feel okay?

    That being said, I can think of a few factors that might partially explain your weight loss:

    Even though BF uses calories, which can help a new mom shed pregnancy weight early on, it also keeps hormones rolling through your body that might make your body tend to hold onto some fat.  Could it be that your body is just shedding pregnancy pounds now?

    It's possible that your lifestyle has changed now that you're the mom of a more active preschooler than an infant or toddler. Now that your child is older, you might be exercising more and snacking less.

    I noticed that when my kids got older, both they AND I started eating a lot better.  When they would eat more veggies, I served more veggies.  When they cleaned their plates, I stopped eating the last few bites from their plates.

    However, in my case none of those things resulted in substantial weight loss.  My oldest is 14, and I still weigh about 15 pounds more than I did when I got pg with her.  I'm one dress size bigger than I was before becoming a mom.

    High School English teacher and mom of 2 kids:

    DD, born 9/06/00 -- 12th grade
    DS, born 8/25/04 -- 7th grade
  • CarrieB.CarrieB. member
    edited April 2015
    Are you depressed? Weaning can cause lots of hormonal issues. I had some difficulties when I weaned my oldest daughter. Talk to your doctor again. I would also say checking your thyroid is a good idea.
    IVF, acupuncture, meditation and a miracle. 


     Our sweet Valentine's Day FET.


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