So, let’s open up this post with two popular subjects: weight loss & boobs.
You might remember last month I hosted a February Reset with Dietbet. That contest just wrapped up.
Confession: I failed to reach my goal of 4% weight loss. In all honesty, it was probably too ambitious. Trying to lose the last few pounds of weight while continuing to breastfeed is hard for me .
Another confession: I really didn’t crack down on my diet like I could have.
Don’t get me wrong, I feel good. But, I still have some work to do.
And, I WILL get there.
It’s not like I’m wearing a bikini in this polar vortex anytime soon, right?! Anyways, back to boobs. Jada is approaching 9 months next week, and we’ve continued to breast feed throughout.
So, did breastfeeding help me lose weight?
Yes! I didn’t do anything besides walk Cooper and Jada those 6 weeks postpartum. Yes, 6 weeks. I didn’t try to set records by returning to exercise before I was ready. Some women bounce back faster and feel ready to exercise at a higher intensity. Not me.
My body was already working hard trying to produce milk, care for a newborn, and adjust to this new life. Plus, losing weight with limited sleep is hard! I was tired.
So, new moms, here’s my advice: Focus on your baby and adjusting to a brand new schedule. Exercise will happen. Your body will return. But, moments like these go by too quickly, so slow down.
In fact, I still try to slow down when I can.
Once I did feel ready to exercise more, breastfeeding in combination with home HIIT workouts and occasional runs helped me shed a majority of the weight. However, I also think my body responded well because I had an active pregnancy.
Things to keep in mind postpartum:
- Focus on slow, steady weight loss
- Choose healthy, whole foods
- Get enough calories to keep up milk supply
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
- Sleep when you can. Naps are necessary.
- Build exercise into your routine when cleared by your doctor
Moms, please give yourself some grace. I often get emails from new mommies anxious to transform their bodies after giving birth. But, your body just went through a traumatic experience!
Giving birth is a huge deal.
Let your body heal.
Spend time with your baby and be patient. I know you don’t want to hear this (because I didn’t want to hear it!) but it does take time, months even, for your body to return.
But, she’s worth it, right?
I think so.
Moms, what advice do you have for new moms?