Saturday, January 30, 2010

Supply issues

This is a strange kind of post but here it goes.

On Thursday evening my husband says to me that he thinks I am not eating enough! Really! This has never been an issue in my life so these words were a bit of a shock. So I decide to hear him out on this topic. His point was the baby, who is now 2 and a half months old, up until about 10 days ago had been sleeping really well at night. She was going about 6 hours between feedings. For the last 10 days or so she was waking up at about the 2-4 hour intervals to nurse.

Now... I know that restricting calories can effect one's milk supply but since I have alot of fat reserve I figured that this would make up for the calories I was not eating. I checked back on my food journal and I was averaging 1,000 to 1,300 calories daily. After a bit of research online I found out that I really should not be eating less than 1,800 calories and should be aiming for more like 2,000 until she is older and having some solids.

So I put this 'theory' to the test yesterday.....I consumed 1,976 calories yesterday. What did the baby do for sleeping last night????? She slept 2 six hour stretches!!!!!!

Was my husband right?!?!?!? I guess time will tell....I will continue to eat between 1,800 and 2,000 calories for the time being unless baby shows me that it isn't my calories that is effecting her sleep patterns.

Will I lose weight by eating this amount of calories? I hope so!


  1. If you are nursing, you can definitely use those extra calories. Like you said, the baby will be a good gauge as to whether or not you need them!

  2. Yes, I think that's accurate. My sister did WW after she had her son. She had to eat a lot more points (calories) due to nursing. Nursing burns 500 calories a day I think.

  3. I miss nursing was such a sweet bonding time! Your very brave controlling your diet while nursing. I was starving the whole time I nursed and had no self control! Hopefully you will find a healthy balance of calories for you and your baby!