Postpartum weight loss can be a bit tricky, especially when you are breastfeeding. While breastfeeding burns about 300-500 calories a day, this is not a time to limit your calories, as dropping below 1,500 calories a day has the potential to decrease a mother's milk supply. What this means is that a breastfeeding mother needs to net at least 1,500 calories a day, therefore she should aim to eat about 2,000 calories per day to keep a robust milk supply. Now, when a mother eats these calories, as well as the type of food she eats can make a difference in how those calories are used and burned throughout the day. My dear friend, Keegan Sheridan, is a naturopathic doctor and author of a fantastic blog at KeeganSheridan.com. Here is her most recent article about weight loss and eating breakfast for dinner.
Help a Mama Out Topic of the Week: How does your partner bond with your baby besides giving a bottle?
Today, we start our new series called Breastfeeding Misconceptions. Every month we will be BUSTING common breastfeeding myths and misconceptions, hopefully making your breastfeeding experience that much easier! Myth #1: If your baby loses weight in the first week, it means your milk supply is low.
We’ve all been there. You’ve been home with your new baby for a few days/weeks. It’s 2am and you’re tired and overwhelmed. You’ve never felt such bone-aching exhaustion. All you want to do is crawl in bed and sleep uninterrupted. Just for a few hours…. even ONE hour. But your baby is crying and won’t stop. You’ve tried everything – a fresh diaper, breastfeeding, you’ve shushed, swaddled and swung to the point of fatigue. And the baby won’t stop crying. You’ve woken your partner, called your mom or sister and none of the advice is helping. You’re worried that you’re doing something wrong or that you’re doing nothing right, that something is wrong with your little one, that you’re not making enough milk. You’d try almost anything at this moment to soothe your baby’s distress. It’s exactly this vulnerability that formula companies prey upon when they make commercials like the one below:
Today's the day we share all of our sentimental breastfeeding photos. Whether you are nursing in your home or in public, covered or not, breastfeeding is a beautiful bond that you share with your child. Let's celebrate the last day of World Breastfeeding Week by flooding the Internet with your photos, helping to normalize breastfeeding. Please share your own breastfeeding pictures on your own blog, then link up with us using the linky below. Then "pin" all of the places you've nurse in public to our map below. Let's see how many states, countries and continents we can pin!