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      Hello everyone, I had a baby 2 months ago (my third). I've been following LBC/MMT for several months. I'm having a hard time figuring out how much I should be eating while breastfeeding. I weigh around 150 and have been eating 1800-2000 calories a day & have lost all my baby weight & am getting quite toned :-). I'm finding, however, that come evening time I am ravenous with hunger. It's not norma "oh I'm slightly hungry" kind of hunger...it's more like "don't get your hand near my mouth because I might eat it" type of hunger. Should I be eating some more calories? Or am I on track? When I tell people I eat 2000 a day, they just about fall over because it sounds like so much.

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      you;re breastfeeding, you should be eating at maintenance. There is plenty of time for deficits when done.
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      Thank you!!!

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      I've been nursing/pumping for 13 months now, and I'm starting to ween and stop all together. I'm cutting it down week by week to avoid extreme engorgement. I had a very large milk production. At one point, I was doing over 120 oz per day, and I saved 10,000 oz in between 3 freezers. My calorie requirement was through the roof!!! I have never eaten so much in my entire life. I stopped counting calories, but I'm pretty sure I was consuming over 2500 per day. I've just started with LBC, and I'm losing weight every week, but I think it's because I'm still nursing. And I'm not trying to lose weight. I'm actually 10lbs below where I started pre-pregnancy. I have no idea what to expect once I quit. Does my metabolism go back to what it was before the baby? Is it more elevated than it was before the pregnancy? Am I going to start putting on pounds quickly? Any moms out there that can answer the question? All of my friends/family members say that they immediately started getting fat. What happens to your body when you stop?

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      Good question. I'd like to know too??? I'm currently breastfeeding a 7 month old and started with CWT a couple weeks ago. I'm not sure when I plan to stop breastfeeding but I'm hoping to feed for at least till he's a year and a half.

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      I've been nursing/pumping for 13 months now, and I'm starting to ween and stop all together. I'm cutting it down week by week to avoid extreme engorgement. I had a very large milk production. At one point, I was doing over 120 oz per day, and I saved 10,000 oz in between 3 freezers. My calorie requirement was through the roof!!! I have never eaten so much in my entire life. I stopped counting calories, but I'm pretty sure I was consuming over 2500 per day. I've just started with LBC, and I'm losing weight every week, but I think it's because I'm still nursing. And I'm not trying to lose weight. I'm actually 10lbs below where I started pre-pregnancy. I have no idea what to expect once I quit. Does my metabolism go back to what it was before the baby? Is it more elevated than it was before the pregnancy? Am I going to start putting on pounds quickly? Any moms out there that can answer the question? All of my friends/family members say that they immediately started getting fat. What happens to your body when you stop?

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      Quote Originally Posted by OneMadMonkey View Post
      I've been nursing/pumping for 13 months now, and I'm starting to ween and stop all together. I'm cutting it down week by week to avoid extreme engorgement. I had a very large milk production. At one point, I was doing over 120 oz per day, and I saved 10,000 oz in between 3 freezers. My calorie requirement was through the roof!!! I have never eaten so much in my entire life. I stopped counting calories, but I'm pretty sure I was consuming over 2500 per day. I've just started with LBC, and I'm losing weight every week, but I think it's because I'm still nursing. And I'm not trying to lose weight. I'm actually 10lbs below where I started pre-pregnancy. I have no idea what to expect once I quit. Does my metabolism go back to what it was before the baby? Is it more elevated than it was before the pregnancy? Am I going to start putting on pounds quickly? Any moms out there that can answer the question? All of my friends/family members say that they immediately started getting fat. What happens to your body when you stop?
      I am nursing baby #3 and have never put the weight back on after I stopped nursing. I just adjusted my calories. That is A LOT of frozen milk!! Wow!! I was eating close to 2200/2300 for awhile but now Steph has me on much, much less. So, I'll see how it affects my supply and how my weight may change!

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      Well, I've stopped. Yesterday was my first day without nursing or pumping, so I will let you guys know what happens. I can tell you that I'm up a pound already, but I'm sure some of it is unexpressed milk. I also have not been hungry yesterday or today. I had a very slooooow metabolism prior to my pregnancy. I also have hypothyroidism, so we will see what happens. I'm really hoping that 14 months of eating without abandon has managed to fix/restore my metabolism to a decent working order.

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