8 Truthful Tips for Healthy Weight Loss While Breastfeeding

8 Truthful Tips for Healthy Weight Loss While Breastfeeding

Losing weight while breastfeeding! It IS possible!   I’ve had a lot of mamas talk to me about wanting to lose weight and tone up but don’t think they can because they are breastfeeding:  “I can’t diet or I’ll lose my milk supply”  “If I exercise too much I’ll never make enough milk”  “There’s no TIME to workout when I have a baby on my boob around the clock!”   I get it.  There are a ton of excuses to make- but if your goal is to lose some, all, or an excess of those pregnancy pounds, you are going to have to change your habits!  There is a healthy, balanced way to do this that will BENEFIT your little nursling with awesome nutrition- not kill your milk supply.   Remember, everyone is SO different- your hormone balance, the needs of your baby, and your metabolism all effect how your body will change after childbirth and through breastfeeding.  Of course, this advice is from my personal experience.  Check with your doctor or midwife before making any dietary or exercise changes 😉   Here is what worked for me to keep the milk, lose the pounds and build the muscle!   1.  EXERCISE!  Exercise has never, EVER affected my milk supply!  Exercise it the perfect way to burn calories, build muscle, and turn on your metabolism.  It will give you more energy, boost your mood, extend your patience and get your body STRONG!  Find a routine that works for you- something that fits into your schedule, is fun, and that you don’t dread!  I started with yoga and walking a...
1 Year Later- Wesley Michael’s Birth!

1 Year Later- Wesley Michael’s Birth!

Happy Birthday, Chubs!   In honor of a year with you, your birth story, my sweet boy.    ++Warning!  Graphic Vagina Birthing Details!!++     95% of what I remember from Wes’s birth is just sounds and voices.  I think I had my eyes closed for a day and a half.   The day after my due date, when my water broke in bed that night, as I woke him up howling “TOWELS!!”, I remember Shane, “Here we go, Mama.”   My midwife, Katherine, with her hippie hair and constant calm- always the strong, stable, trusting, powerful feminine energy that I needed, never left my side.  Into the 25th, 26th, 27th hours of labor, she napped on the wood floor in the nursery, me in the birthing tub, her half asleep- yet still present with me- as I moaned through every contraction, reassuring me over and over, “Yes, yes, yes!”   Katherine’s student, who coached me during those naps- “you’re so strong, Mama”   Shane “You need to eat, drink this, what do you need, I love you”   Katherine ‘Yes, yes, YES”   Towards the end.  I’m tired.  It’s been so long.  We’re close but it seems like it will never end. I said to Katherine, “Is HE ever coming out?”  Later she told me, then she knew he was a baby boy.    As I was pushing, pushing, pushing and making no progress.  So frustrated.  Getting tired but also knowing that this was ALMOST over.  In those early morning hours, as I dreaded the sun coming up without a baby in my arms, Katherine informed me, “In...