Why am I talking about breastfeeding in my weight loss/diet/exercise/healthy lifestyle blog? Because creating a healthy lifestyle starts off with giving your children the best possible food that you possibly can. Breastfeeding my babies is very important to me, and after many trials and tribulations with breastfeeding my first, being able to sustain my milk supply while introducing a new diet plan and exercise regime is key. Yes, I am a breastfeeding advocate.
Every time I introduced a new weight loss plan while nursing Gavin, you would find me crying in bed, popping fenugreek and bawling to a La Leche League leader on the phone while my son sucked frustratingly. Thankfully with LLL's help and support, I was always able to get it back, though my exercising and dieting always stopped.
When I started this blog and adventure to getting back a healthy and physically fit version of me, I have been very hesitant. This is going to be a long and slow process so that I can be successful at keeping it off as well as maintaining my milk supply for Ellianna. Hence the 365 in the title, if it takes me ten more months to lose thirty more pounds, that is fine.
When I received my six month subscription to Weight Watchers Online I was a little nervous about starting a new diet and losing my supply. After reading the Momentum introduction is proceeded to take me to a quiz to figure out how many points they should allot me. After I checked off that I was female it asked if I was a nursing mother, I immediately checked off YES! Point one for Weight Watchers, then after I answered that one it asked me if I was nursing full time or if my baby was supplementing with formula and/or solids yet. Seeing as how Ellie is only 5 months old I checked off that she is nursing full time. I was very impressed and in awe of how supportive Weight Watchers was of nursing mothers.
When I got my point total, I saw that it had assigned me eight more points than my friend who is 5'10" (I am only 5'2"), I was a little shocked. After the first day of eating all day long I thought to myself, "I am going to start gaining weight, not losing it!!" So I contacted Weight Watchers and told them my fears. When they saw that I was a nursing mother they told me to just hang in there for a few weeks and if I was gaining to get back to them. Well on my first weekly weigh in, I noticed that inspite of eating all day long I had lost more than I had in my past weeks of dieting.
The extra points were there to allow me to get the extra serving of dairy and servings of fruits and vegetables that I needed to nourish my baby. The extra snacking on healthy foods not only helped my little one, but is boosting my metabolism as well. Not only do I have enough milk for little Ellianna, but I still have enough to donate a bottle's worth a day to Myles, the little baby we found through Milkshare
I just wanted to thank you Weight Watchers for tailoring a diet and weight loss plan for mothers who breastfeed.