Toddlers: 12 - 24 Months

Anyone lose a ton of weight after weaning??

Please tell me this has happened to someone. Not someone who finally lost that 5lbs and was back at their usual 120lbs. A significant weight loss. 10 pounds plus?? Anyone?

I am killing myself working out, cutting calories, and my weight will. not. budge. I want to scream. I used to be that skinny biitch, and now I'm stuck here at 160 (at 5'4" that is not healthy). So please someone give me hope, tell me you lost a shiit ton of weight after weaning.

FWIW I still haven't had my period. My doctor said something about a hormonal shift that could help my weight loss when I finally get AF back, but this was almost 6 months ago. Has anyone heard of that?

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  • I haven't weaned yet, bit I'm in the same exact situation. I started running, really watching what I eat, and nothing. I also still have horrible cravings. I've heard that lots of women hold on to weight while BFing and it melts off after they wean. I gave up on the dieting. If my weight doesn't change, for good or bad, I might as well enjoy a few more months of buttery pasta and chocolate..If you do a Google search for it, you'll find tons of other women having the same problems. Hopefully we will both be able to shed some pounds soon.
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  • Oh yes, I did. I was 145lbs after giving birth to my son, and I only went down to 134lbs when I was breastfeeding. After I weaned him at 18 months (he will be 23 months tomorrow) my weight has dropped down to 113lbs. I haven't done anything differently so fingers crossed that this gives you some hope and the same thing happens to you!
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    Oh yes, I did. I was 145lbs after giving birth to my son, and I only went down to 134lbs when I was breastfeeding. After I weaned him at 18 months (he will be 23 months tomorrow) my weight has dropped down to 113lbs. I haven't done anything differently so fingers crossed that this gives you some hope and the same thing happens to you!

    This totally gives me hope! I will more than likely be weaning DS within the month I'm thinking. I mean I'm already down 10 lbs from my pre-preg weight but I'm still about 15 lbs overweight (IMO).  

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  • I haven't been 113lbs since high school (I am really short) so I am loving it, but it won't last long considering I am now expecting my second child. I just hope I lose it again as I went on a big shopping spree about two weeks before I found out I was pregnant!
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  • I love this thread.  I swear my body holds on to every bite I eat like it will be the last.  My weight stays exactly the same, so why bother trying? 

    The only problem is that I wasn't planning on weaning before I got pg again... :sigh: I just don't know.

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  • I haven't weaned yet...but when AF came back I found the extra weight was MUCH easier to lose.
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  • This post gives me hope!  I was about 155 (5'6), then really started exercising and counting calories, I'm now at 145 and I weaned last week.  I'd love to get to closer to135 (which I haven't been since maybe high school?)
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  • I did, about 20 pounds.  And I don't work out/diet (I should but I'm just so tired after work and the kids).  I'm still not at my pre-DS weight by far, but I didn't lose any weight at all while BF.  it wasn't until after I weaned that I started losing weight.  I was always starving when I was BFing...so I was shoveling food in my mouth all day long!
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  • I wish.  I had the opposite happen - was super skinny while nursing, and now can't shake the extra weight. 

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  • image chile_chicken:
    Oh yes, I did. I was 145lbs after giving birth to my son, and I only went down to 134lbs when I was breastfeeding. After I weaned him at 18 months (he will be 23 months tomorrow) my weight has dropped down to 113lbs. I haven't done anything differently so fingers crossed that this gives you some hope and the same thing happens to you!

    I love you for giving me hope!! This is the kind of story I was looking for.

    BFing has gotten to be so easy that I just had put weaning on the back burner. DS still nurses multiple times a day and 2 times at night. I'm kind of over it, but every time I think I'm ready to wean I just feel mean. DS gets a cold, or has teeth coming in, and nursing is a huge comfort to him at those times.

    Thank you for sharing and giving me hope : )

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    I haven't weaned yet...but when AF came back I found the extra weight was MUCH easier to lose.

    I have thought so many times that AF was coming, and then nothing. I never thought I would want it to come back so bad, unfortunately I think I'll have to wean to make that happen.

    This does make me feel better. Thank you!

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    I did, about 20 pounds.  And I don't work out/diet (I should but I'm just so tired after work and the kids).  I'm still not at my pre-DS weight by far, but I didn't lose any weight at all while BF.  it wasn't until after I weaned that I started losing weight.  I was always starving when I was BFing...so I was shoveling food in my mouth all day long!

    This is me too. I have not lost weight due to BF. I initially lost maybe 10-15lbs, and since then nothing really. My typical pre-preg weight is 117lbs (plus or minus 2), so being stuck at 160 is a huge hit to my confidence. I don't carry it well, I look like a damn stuffed sausage.

     

     

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  • It wasn't related to weaning, but when DD was about 13-14 months, my body stopped hanging on to the weight.  I don't really feel like I did much different - still eating well and exercising.  But, actually, it did coincide with when I got AF back.  So maybe your doctor is right.

    I'm still nursing a couple of times a day.



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  • Yes, weaning did help me lose the rest of my weight. I just fit into a pair of jeans this week that I haven't worn since before DS. I was psyched! Although, I would still like to lose even more than that since I was already overweight before I got pg.

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  • I started weaning 2 weeks ago very slowly - we're down to just morning and night nursing and I've lost about 5 lbs.  All my pre-pg clothes fit, but not in the same way, kwim?  I'm hoping that dropping the morning nursing will help a few more lbs come off, but I'm going to continue the night nursing for another month or so.
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    Robin, interested to know if you lost weight when you weaned? I am 4 months into breastfeeding and like you, weight won't budge no matter what I do. Sooooo frustrated!
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  • Interesting!  I thought a lot more weight loss would happen because of breast feeding, but I guess it is because you can't really diet?
  • My weight didn't budge and I'm pregnant again! I hope it falls off for you.
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  • I have been giving just one feed for the last month. I just dropped that feed two days ago and now he is weened. Did the ladies who lost weight go cold turkey from breastfeeding or a gradual approach? I'm hoping to lose 10 pounds :)
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  • Hi, did you end up losing the weight? So interested because I'm just really hoping to when I wean
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  • @gallaura did you end up losing, just wondering because I am hoping to when I wean
  • Man, I hope I lose weight once I wean. I've killed myself with dieting, but I am still like 20lbs away from my goal and my weight loss has come to a standstill. 
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    Hi, I stopped breastfeeding right at 2 weeks ago and have lost 8 pounds already! I am stoked. I was getting so frustrated because while bbreastfeeding was not losing weight like I thought I would. I hope that helps  
    :) good luck!! 
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