I’m just going to come right out and say it. Whoever said breastfeeding makes you skinny is full of lies. They are unicorns who come out of the delivery room looking like Gisele. I slightly hate them. Okay, maybe I’m just jealous.
In all seriousness, I don’t hate anyone. Outwardly. Kidding.
If breastfeeding makes you skinny, awesome. But it doesn’t make me skinny.
If you’ve been around reading my blog for a while, you may remember the various posts I’ve talked about getting back to my pre-baby body. After Kennedy was born, I wrote four different posts: Body After Baby (Part 1), Body After Baby (Part 2), Body After Baby (Part 3), I Did It. This time around, I have written two posts so far: Postpartum Health Goals, Body After Second Baby.
The Cliff’s Notes: I gained 50 pounds when I was pregnant with Kennedy. It took me 18 months for me to lose all of the weight, and I was stuck at about 10 pounds up until she weaned. It didn’t really matter what I did, although I did continue to eat healthy and exercise. It was really frustrating to me, and I had a very hard time accepting it. I just wanted to fit in my pre-pregnancy clothes. I wanted to feel like my old self. It really messed with my emotions and self-esteem. Looking back, it does seem kind of ridiculous. But when all you hear is that breastfeeding is going to melt that fat away and then it doesn’t actually happen for you, it’s pretty hard to accept. However, those last 10 pounds did slowly come off once Kennedy was weaned.
When I got pregnant with Caroline, I made it a point to try and not gain 50 pounds. I worked out a lot starting towards the end of my second trimester. I worked out 5 days a week, up until 3 days before Caroline was born. I ended up gaining about 35 pounds, which was a much less scary task to lose.
Body after second baby seems to be very similar. No matter what I did, I held onto the last 10 pounds. This time I decided not to stress out about it near as much. Yeah, it was frustrating to have a limited wardrobe, but at least I saved money. I didn’t go crazy with the workouts, although I stayed fairly active and I eat pretty healthy. But even when I ate terribly, I pretty much stayed the same. My breastfeeding body needed me at a certain level of cushion.
Caroline weaned in mid-September and 3 pounds pretty much fell off. It was as if my body just knew what to do again. Once I add more workouts and runs back in, this will be fairly easy. I did it once, I can do it again.
This time, I feel like I stressed way less about my unbudging weight plateau. Yeah, I still have some clothes that don’t fit, but a lot do. And that’s cool. The clothes that don’t fit will fit soon enough.
So what am I getting at? Breastfeeding doesn’t melt my baby weight. It may not melt yours. It doesn’t mean you’re a freak. Your baby just needs you a little cushy. Give yourself some grace, and enjoy that ice cream.