Baby Weight & Breastfeeding

Last weekend I decided to attempt to fit into a pair of jeans that caused a major postpartum meltdown a  few months after Ella was born.

These said jeans were not even my “pre-pregnancy” jeans.

Michael surprised me with these for Valentine’s Day many years ago. I was in the midst of losing some weight and didn’t get a ton of use out of them. He was annoyed when they got so baggy and ridiculous looking that I couldn’t wear them anymore. I hung onto them, tried selling them, thought about taking them in—but never did. About 8 weeks after I had the baby I thought maybe they would fit my new figure– but I couldn’t even get these “big” jeans up my thighs [and then I cried].

I made another attempt several weeks later and they still wouldn’t fit. It was horrifying but I came to terms with the fact that my body had changed. My hips were wider and I put on baby weight.

This past weekend I was going through my closet and decided to try the “big jeans” on again. I zipped them up and was so excited how great my ass looked in them! Yey! I ran out front to show Michael and he was thrilled that the expensive jeans he bought me finally would get some use again! He raved about how great they looked I went back into my closet to see if I could find something to wear with them that night….

and guess what?

I was mistaken.

The “big” jeans were not what I had on.

Zipped up perfectly were my pre-pregnancy jeans {same brand two sizes smaller}!!!! The jeans I NEVER thought would fit me ever again!

Surprise, surprise!

I started a party in my bedroom closet and it looked like a tornado hit as I went through all of my old clothes to see what else would fit. Since flinging clothing is Ella’s new favorite game she had a blast with me.

I was very mindful throughout my pregnancy of my nutrition, I exercised and listened to my body, but hadn’t put much thought into how I would feel or how much weight I would lose after the baby was born. I just hadn’t. I also didn’t anticipate how demanding, challenging and time consuming breastfeeding would be. Once I finally felt good enough to start working out again, it was a struggle to fit it in between hourly feedings/constant pumping, but I did it.

^left 4 months postpartum, right 8 months postpartum 3 sizes smaller

Looking back, as I said in my body image posts, I wish I had just relaxed mentally and let me body do it’s thing.

Despite my eating clean, working out—nothing was budging. Nothing. I took my initial progress photos at 2 weeks then again at 7 then again at 12. When there were no changes in my body from weeks 7-12 , and I’d noticed that my measurements  actually went up(!) I was done. I told myself that it was depressing me too much; I was not going to take photos/measurements again for a while.

It wasn’t until Ella turned 6 months old and wasn’t solely relying on me for food {even though she was still getting 90% of her nutrition from my milk} that I noticed my body finally beginning to change.

^Left, my 30th birthday 2 months postpartum. Right, 9 months postpartum-bringing sexy back

I started doing a lot of tabata style HIIT workouts from the beginning. I was so weak the first couple of months back in the gym. It was quite humbling. As time went on, I stuck with it, kept switching up my workouts and I got my strength back. I now feel stronger than ever and more confident with my workouts than I did when I was 10 years younger! It is critical to fuel properly before and after your training—for milk supply, energy and weight loss!


HIIT, power yoga and strength training are my favorite postpartum workouts

Your body is an amazing machine. As hard as it is to deal with the extra fat, just know how beautiful it is that YOU have that fat there to feed your baby. Our society makes us feel ashamed of our bodies, when it truly is unnatural to be super thin or super muscular. When you are pregnant and when you are breastfeeding it is essential that your body has fat on it. Bottom line.

Tips & thoughts on weight loss while breastfeeding:

-The first 6 months are the toughest all around! Physically and emotionally.

-Your body is the sole provider of food for your baby those first 6 months. The extra layer of fat sticks around to ensure your baby is getting the enough nourishment. Own it.

Be patient! stick with it if possibleyou will be better off in the long run!

EAT! Make sure you are getting enough calories! I recommend eating a lean protein, carb and healthy fat at each meal to optimally fuel your body.

Lots of {healthy} fats! I can’t get enough coconut oil and avocado!

Protein-whether it’s from tempeh, seeds, powders and beans or eggs, fish, or lean meats—you need to make sure you are getting enough. Especially if you work out!

HIIT training. As a new breastfeeding mom you will find that you don’t have hours to spend in the gym. Higher intensity, shorter workouts were the key for me. Find things you enjoy and push yourself to the max! {ETA-the first few months in the gym you need to ease into it!}

Find a ratio of protein, carbs and fat that work for your body. My sole purpose for counting initially was to make sure I was getting enough protein since I limit many animal products and don’t eat tons of soy or beans.{I think in the very beginning I should have been getting about 2,400+ calories on days I exercised and probably wasn’t coming close. }<—I’m confident that is part of why my body held onto so much fat. Once I began getting enough of everything, things started to fit!

As the baby grows and starts eating solids adjust adjust your portion sizes slightly, make sure it doesn’t affect supply. The idea is to wean down so you are not overeating once you are through breastfeeding. All this means is start maybe eat half an avocado a day instead of a whole—simple, small things like that each month. I played more with my macros than I did my calories, my calories naturally went down by about 300 as of the 9 month mark. {ETA-I didn’t do this until the 7 1/2 month mark}

-Everyone is different. Try to not compare yourself to other mothers—this was my biggest downfall.

In the long run, sticking with BF exclusively was best for my metabolism. Once Ella started solid food my metabolism was still booming—and it finally started letting go of the extra pounds! Now, even in the past month when I was pretty much done losing weight—it keeps falling off. And I am EATING-trust me I’m loving food and still loving my dessert! Breastfeeding is still my extra calorie burner! Now with visual results!

A happy, healthy, perfect baby is the ultimate reward!

Again, every woman is different. I just wanted to share my experience because I wish I had someone who went through what I did tell to me they weren’t alone. I was surrounded by the urban legends of women walking out of the hospital in size zero jeans, not putting on any extra fat on their hips or arms, and losing all their baby weight in like 3 weeks. I’m just going to say that it’s not the norm. It got me down, as a fitness professional especially–and I shouldn’t have let it! It take about 10 months to grow a baby- and if you are working at it- plan for it to take 10 months to a year to feel “yourself” again. In my opinion, that’s 22 months of feeling a little off about your body for a lifetime of the best damn reward you could ever ask for. My heart just melts every second I spend with my little girl. I would go through it all again in a heartbeat!

It was hard writing this post and it not being 2,000 words. I am sure I will think of points I wanted to include—in the meantime any other questions or things you would have liked to hear me talk about let me know! I can get a follow-up post out ASAP if you like! Many of the things I left out or was unclear about are be open for discussion in the comments section too!

tell me….

I’d love to hear your thoughts, questions, experiences on postpartum weight loss and nursing!?

What workouts and eating habits do you find work best for your body?

Talk soon!

Also read:

Body image after baby part 1 and part II



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  • Reply Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather

    This is great to hear Laurie, thanks for sharing. I guess I was totally thinking the urban myths too about breastfeeding literally melting the weight off. I’m sure with some it does, but everyone is different. You have such a positive attitude, I love it!

    February 21, 2012 at 11:27 am
    • Reply laury

      I meant more that it would melt the weight off immediately. In the long run, yes it did and is for me! Just initially my body held onto the weight to support feeding my baby. Everyone s different though and I do know women who lost it all in 2 or 3 months. Lucky them!

      February 21, 2012 at 8:31 pm
  • Reply Wendy

    Great post! Proud of you for accomplishing your goals! My tot is almost two and I lost the baby weight a long time ago, but my problem is I was pudgy to begin with so I’m STILL working on pre-baby pudge weight.

    February 21, 2012 at 11:43 am
    • Reply laury

      Thank you, Wendy!

      Love the kitty pic 🙂

      February 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm
  • Reply maria @ a life to bragg about

    This is so reassuring! I’ve been struggling with the last 8lbs but have been trying not to let it bother me so much. It was working so far until my baby started biting me which left me wondering if all this is really worth it. But knowing that the first 6 months are the hardest and that there’s an end to that really helps. Plus, the vain part of me loves the idea of having a faster metabolism once I wean!

    February 21, 2012 at 11:53 am
    • Reply laury

      I’m happy you are not letting it get to you. You to me were one of those girls that looked incredible a few weeks after having a baby!!! And yes..the metabolism is super fast!!!

      February 21, 2012 at 8:33 pm
  • Reply Cate

    I hit my pre-pregnancy weight about 3 or 4 months after having my daughter, but I’ve definitely got a ways to go on getting my muscle tone and strength back.

    February 21, 2012 at 12:03 pm
    • Reply laury

      Yes, the strength factor was very shocking to me but you will get it back!

      February 21, 2012 at 8:34 pm
  • Reply Heidi

    Great post Laury! I think keeping active and eating right during pregnancy makes losing the weight postpartum so much easier. So many women think that pregnancy is a time to indulge their cravings and slack on being active, but never is there a more important time to be healthy than when you’re making a little human. I’ve been through pregnancy and breast feeding five times, and the one thing I always tell moms who are bummed with their postpartum body is, “It took your body 9 months to get this way. It’s gong to take AT LEAST 9 months to get it back.”

    February 21, 2012 at 12:47 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Heidi!! I know I said it before but I am in awe of you! My mom had 4 kids, I don’t know if I could handle more than two 😉 Thanks for your comment! You are so right! Everyone told me that before but it’s just so true. It’s hard to be patient but knowing they were right and it did take 9 months to feel myself again makes me want to shout it to moms everywhere!!!

      February 21, 2012 at 8:35 pm
  • Reply Lisa@Healthy Diaries

    You look great Laury and all your progress is so well deserved!
    I’ll have to come back to this post after I give birth and my jeans aren’t fitting me. 🙂

    Whenever I tell people that I’m going to breastfeed, almost everyone says “Omg, you will lose weight SO much faster.” Little do they know it’s not easy for everyone!

    I’ve really come to terms with my body and I’m not afraid of gaining weight. I know it will all be temporary and I will do my best to work it all off.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm
    • Reply laury

      Yes, like I said I am just stressing that your body really needs the fat to support breastfeeding. Everyone is different–I do think if I had calculate my intake from day one maybe it wouldn’t have been so tough. Meaning eating MORE, not less.. I love your attitude!!!! you will do great!

      February 21, 2012 at 8:37 pm
  • Reply Maria@healthydiaries

    I have to when I have a baby, I hope I can magically lose the weight fast. If/when I don’t I will be coming back to reread this post! LOL It makes a lot of sense that it should take you just as long to lose it as it took to gain it.

    I give ya major props for sticking with breastfeeding this long, when you knew your body was holding onto the extra fat because of it. It would be easy to just give up so you could feel back to normal. Your an amazing Mama and it shows just by seeing how vibrant and happy Ella looks 🙂

    February 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Maria! I know the thought crossed my mind at some low points but Ella’s health was more important than my vanity!!!

      You are too sweet!!! <3

      February 21, 2012 at 8:38 pm
  • Reply Courtenay Perks

    Brilliant and so true. Weight loss didnt come as easily to me until after I’d finished feeding my first 2 babies. I still was able to lose weight but held on to an extra layer that didnt go until I finished feeding. I’m now feeding my 3rd, 7 month old and although I’m really happy with my fitness and how I look. I do know I wont get teeny tiny again until I wean her at 12 months.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm
    • Reply laury

      I am happy to hear after the 3rd baby you are happy with your progress at 7 months! That is very comforting to hear!

      February 21, 2012 at 8:39 pm
      • Reply Courtenay Perks

        Absolutely!! BUT I do hope that doesn’t sound too um…confident (up myself!) I just try to be positive and work with what I’ve got. And, We CAN have babies and still be fit, healthy, strong and SEXY :))) You’re looking gorgeous and you should be very proud that you can have it all. You’re a great role model to women and mothers (and your own daughter as well).

        February 22, 2012 at 1:01 am
  • Reply Shanna, like Banana


    First of all, you look absolutely amazing. Seriously girl. Slow and steady wins the race because you look better than ever. Well done on getting in those skinny jeans!

    But beyond that, I’m so glad that you are educating people that it is not the norm to be in pre-preg jeans within weeks after birth. I am noticing I am carrying a lot of weight on my upper thighs and my hips have most definitely expanded. I cannot cut any more calories or work out any more without risking my breastmilk supply so the most I can hope for is a pound every 2 weeks as far as loss goes. I am becoming more comfortable with it, but it’s definitely hard.

    LIke you, I look at my little one and it really makes it all so very worth it.

    Love ya girl! xo

    February 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm
    • Reply laury

      Love you, girl!!!

      Yes, I would NOT lower calories at this point for you at all! As I said in the post, I think my body was SO stubborn the first couple of months because I didn’t plan enough. Even though some days I was downing a million nuts and snacking all day I am not sure if I was getting all the calories to support her feedings, hence my body needed to hold onto the weight!

      You are doing great and I really hope that this post helps you realize it takes as much time as it took to grow the baby! It makes me so happy to hear you are feeling more comfortable!!!!

      February 21, 2012 at 8:41 pm
  • Reply La.

    I believed the urban legend that I would just lose all the weight by breathing and breast feeding. BUT, my body is acting totally different this time around. I’m just listening to my body as opposed to what I THINK I should do. You have such good advice and healthy reminders!

    February 21, 2012 at 6:42 pm
    • Reply laury

      Hang in there and just take care of yourself and the new little gal!!!!

      February 21, 2012 at 8:44 pm
  • Reply The Delicate Place

    this was a great post! i thought that the breastfeeding myth was real too! though i don’t have any experience with this, i’ve had friends who lost the weight rapidly by freak chance and others who worked hard at losing it and it was stubborn. our bodies chemistry is just so varied from person to person…endocrinology is rough! woo hoo for the jeans! even better that you will get some use out of them after they were out of commission for a bit. you look so fit, what a difference your before and after shots seriously! you should be so proud!

    February 21, 2012 at 8:27 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Melissa! I agree with you 100%! Our hormones can be our worst enemy! you have to play your cards right and even then you don’t know what will happen!

      I didn’t mean to come across as breastfeeding and weight loss were a complete myth–just losing it in like 2 seconds after giving birth. It’s so important to have fat on your body to support your milk supply, and people don’t always realize that. In my case, my body REALLY held onto it–and it was so frustrating until I found other moms going through the same thing!

      And thanks again! I feel great!!! It was SUCH a shock I never thought my hips would be small again. I thought my pre-pregnancy jeans were going to be given away! <3

      February 21, 2012 at 8:48 pm
  • Reply Marian

    oh Laury you’ve been beautiful at any size but it’s always great to feel good about our selves and I’m so glad your here to help encourage other women. Hats off to you:)

    February 22, 2012 at 12:54 am
    • Reply laury

      Thank you, Marian <3

      February 22, 2012 at 9:37 pm
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  • Reply Lisa

    Great post, great update, and great advice!!!

    You look awesome, by the way! I haven’t experienced any of this myself, but I can imagine that I would have many of the same feelings. I’ve always taken pride in my fit lean body (even at times when I didn’t admit that), so having that change would certainly be stressful and emotional!
    My best friend has had two babies, and I can pretty much match up her experience with weight to yours…she works on coming to terms with her new body for months and months, and then all of a sudden she finds herself getting lean again (and she puts on a fashion show with all her “skinny” clothes!).
    I’m sure this post will be helpful for many mothers who are going through the process and feeling stressed out!

    February 22, 2012 at 9:14 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Lisa! yes it is very tough–especially when you know you are doing things “right” in theory! I am happy that I can share this with new moms because I didn’t know or anticipate having so much trouble!

      February 22, 2012 at 9:39 pm
  • Reply Taylor

    Love this post! I actually stopped breastfeeding at two months because the weight was not coming off and I really regret it. My son loved breastfeeding and it was so good for both of us.

    February 22, 2012 at 11:01 am
    • Reply laury

      thanks, Taylor! It was tough sticking with it but I am happy I did at this point!

      February 22, 2012 at 9:39 pm
  • Reply K

    Laury, thanks so much for sharing your journey. I am almost 32 weeks pregnant and I come from a family where my Mom gained (at most) 22lbs during pregnancies and my older sis gained 17lbs. I am already at around 18 or so lbs and though I mostly love the way I look, I admit that having this constant reminder from my family about how effortless the weight loss will be when I start breastfeeding makes me feel a bit of pressure. I just keep saying to them that as long as breastfeeding goes well, that’s what matters most. But in truth, I do sometimes wonder how I can just surrender my expectations around my post-baby body. For now, I’m just loving my bump (except for maybe at night) and remembering that the miracle doesn’t stop when the baby is born because breastfeeding is a whole other incredible journey and if I think of it the way I think of pregnancy, my odds of loving myself no matter what are infinitely better. That said, I will definitely be celebrating when I DO get back into my 7s, no matter when that happens 🙂

    February 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thank you!

      Well, I gained like 44 pounds–eek! I was very tiny before I got pregnant so I account an extra 10 pounds just because of that. Everyone is different so it may very well be that you are one of the lucky ones! If not, just know it will come off! The more moms I speak with the more tell me {now} that it took them a year to feel good again.

      I love what you said–the miracle doesn’t stop once the baby is born! it’s so true!!!! You still need to eat like you are pregnant–even more so! If I had looked at it that way from day 1 I think I would have loved myself a little more instead of feeling down about my progress.

      Best of luck and make sure to check in now and then about the baby!!! I’d love to know how you’re doing!

      February 22, 2012 at 9:43 pm
  • Reply Britt

    I literally can’t wait for the day I can button my pre preggo jeans ! The day I can pull them up my thighs will be a celebration too ! Ive started to feel so hopeless after seeing absolutely no positive changes for a few months. I’m four months postpartum and I’ve even seen my weight go up. I’m breastfeeding and working out hard too. Your blog is comforting because I see I’m not the only one going through this. After seeing weight go up I’ve cut calories and portions without even meaning to its just a natural behavior to me when I see myself gaining weight ! Im struggling to eat ” enough” calories , no where close to 2400most days..

    Would you say that there’s really no way to lose the weight fast if your breastfeeding ? At least in your case because I feel like were having similar struggles. I’d like to be able to relax more if that’s the case. At least I know it’s possible to fit in my old jeans later!

    February 22, 2012 at 3:19 pm
    • Reply laury

      As you see at 4 months I was barely seeing progress. When I look at my pregnancy photos I feel like I was still pretty lean in my arms until the last 2 weeks. I feel like I “lost” weight from the baby, fluids, blood volume–but gained more fat to support BFing. I think everyone id different–but in my case, I think it was my hormones and my body just holding onto fat. I now am finding more women say the same thing! No matter what I did, the fat was staying there! I love that “K” said above. Look at your body the same way you did during pregnancy those forst 6 months of BFing. Had I ate more calories would my body have held onto as much? I’m not sure? It’s possible I would have lost more easily. I just don’t know!

      I agree with you, and think that I felt so bad about my body and progress I naturally lost my appetite, or just went towards more healthy lighter foods that weren’t as calorie dense in the beginning. You burn 300-600 calories a day BFing, and you NEED to eat those calories, not just depend on them to lose because if you don’t make them up your body goes into that fat storage mode. On top of the BF calories, you are burning from exercise!

      Just try and relax now and know there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Like I said, sticking with it in the long run was the best decision because my metabolism is booming, I am eating around 2,000 calories a day now {less if I workout less} and I am pretty much back in my pre-pregnancy size. that wasn’t even my goal! My goal was expecting to be in a size bigger!

      Give it a few more months and you should start seeing it too!

      February 22, 2012 at 9:56 pm
  • Reply Pure2raw twins

    love this post Laury!!! and love you even more 😉 if that is even possible haha
    I will have to bookmark this post for me when I am in your shoes and going through these issues (well that is if I ever have kids). thanks again as always with sharing your thoughts and tips, love them all!

    February 22, 2012 at 3:55 pm
    • Reply laury

      I love you girls!!!

      February 22, 2012 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply Jaki (Slim Down U)

    You look great! Good job eating healthy during your pregnancy and focusing of being healthy. I’ve just lost lost my pregnancy weight in the past couple of years and my son turns 30 this year. It’s taken me a while . lol 🙂

    February 22, 2012 at 6:54 pm
    • Reply laury

      Aww thank you! You look great!!!

      February 22, 2012 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply Jenny

    With all 3 of my children I lost my pregnancy weight within the first 3-4 months post partum, but I didn’t diet or restrict my calorie intake at all; it just sort of fell off. But one thing I did notice is that with each baby my stomach held on to a layer of fat that got harder to get off with each child. With my first child, my pre-pregnancy weight also meant my pre-pregnancy size. With my second child, I still had to do a lot of toning after I lost my weight in order to get into the same size. With my third I had to tone for a few months and lose additional pounds to get into the same size. My stomach is definately my problem area now whereas the weight just falls off my hips (it use to be the other way around). It’s funny how much pregnancy can change your body. From what I noticed in my circle of friends, the moms who worried the least about their weight and didn’t try restricting their calories lost their baby weight the fastest (all of them were in their pre-pregnancy clothes within 6 months if not sooner).

    February 23, 2012 at 1:30 am
    • Reply laury

      Thank you for sharing, Jenny! This is exactly what I am trying to get across to new moms–just relax and don’t stress about the weight loss right away. I did, and I regret it. I wouldn’t say I restricted my eating, I knew it was important to eat, but it was difficult getting in as many calories as are needed (especially when working out!) Once I started looking at it like I did when I was pregnant and relaxed a little the weight started coming off!

      February 23, 2012 at 3:59 pm
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  • Reply Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner

    Laury, your story is inspirational. You are my role model and I hope that when I become a mother one day I can be just like you! 🙂

    February 23, 2012 at 11:41 pm
    • Reply laury

      thanks, Kat…you’re too sweet <3

      February 24, 2012 at 12:40 am
  • Reply Suzanne Williams

    I love your honesty! It is nice to hear how it really is b/c I hope to have a baby one day, but I am concerned w/ my body image. I work out, eat healthy, etc, so it is nice to hear that you can get it back. It is also nice to hear that someone as healthy and naturally thin as you had some difficulty. I thank you so much for all your blogs and honesty and putting yourself out there for all of us to read. Good luck, I look forward to reading more.
    P.S. you are always hardest on yourself. You look great before and now.

    February 26, 2012 at 12:11 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thank you so much, Suzanne for your sweet comment. I hope you are doing well. It’s great to hear from you!

      February 26, 2012 at 10:51 pm
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  • Reply Nada

    Thanks for your post. Like you I am fit and have been working since my teens. I worked out during my pregnancy and didn’t gain more than the recommended. That said I am so sad with my weight loss progress. I had fantasies if being “one of those” who’s pounds just melted off. I have another 8 lbs to go at 7 months post partum. The weight seems to be in all the wrong places. Your post gave me a glimmer of hope.

    December 26, 2012 at 9:33 pm
    • Reply laury

      Hello Nada! I am happy to hear from you. Please try not to get discouraged. Enjoy your precious little one. I still get frustrated time to time but I promise you will feel yourself again soon! Your baby is still SO young! try not to compare yourself–it’s hard–I did it! But remember, we are always our own worst critics! Sending you much love!

      January 3, 2013 at 6:17 pm
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  • Reply Keri

    Thank you for this post Laury! I just re-read it after weighing myself 3 weeks post-partum and getting discouraged that the scale stopped going down. Similar to you I have been eating well and exercising daily so its hard not to see immediate results. But you are right that having a happy, healthy baby is so worth it! xo

    November 20, 2013 at 10:14 am
    • Reply laury

      Congratulations, Keri!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES, patient. It’s so hard, and it’s SO early but DO NOT weigh yourself! You’re better off and the baby is better off with a present less stressed mommy!

      November 27, 2013 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply Jill R. Slusser

    Breast feeding shifted almost all of my baby weight pretty quickly. But now I eat huge amounts and think I will be weaning myself off cake and second breakfast whilst weaning the little one.
    Breast feeding in public is protected in law here in Scotland so me and the little one have no issues there! Plus feeding baby = easier to be around than crying, hungry baby!

    November 24, 2013 at 3:51 am
  • Reply Danielle

    I can’t tell you how encouraging your post was. I googled ‘layer of fat on butt, hips, thighs 6 months postpartum’ and found your page. I wanted to cry happy tears because you’ve given me hope. I wake up at 5am 3 days a week to pump and then get my booty to Pure Barre before my husband gors to work and I’m at home with a baby all day. I also go on Saturday and Sunday along with walks around the neighborhood with my daughter. I eat pretty darn healthy too, but am always hungry so eat way more at each meal then I ever did pre pregnancy (when I would be good with a large latte and yogurt for lunch). I am happy with my upper body as it has pretty much bounced back great, but my lower half seems to have a layer of fat that just won’t let my hardwork show. I am my best self a tad underweight, and I still have 6-10 pounds (varies daily) to get my body back to what I happy with. I will keep going, being extra mindful of protein and healthy fat intakes and pray that my story turns out alot like yours. You look AMAZING, Mama!

    February 19, 2014 at 4:47 pm
    • Reply laury

      Hi Danielle! Sorry just getting a chance to respond!! Congrats to you!!! And hang in there. Seriously it gets better and you need SO much more food nursing than when pregnant. Take it easy on yourself and enjoy that baby! I never got back to pre-pregnancy weight ( I was a little under weight) and I am okl with it. Still fit in the same clothes, and honestly I feel much stronger! However I am pregnant again now so we will see how it goes! Thanks for stopping by and leaving this sweet comment!!!

      March 10, 2014 at 2:42 pm
  • Reply Lucy

    Thank you thank you thank you for this post!! I have a six month old that up until now have been EBF and we’re starting solids now, but the weight won’t budge! I’m vegetarian and workout hard for about two hours, six days a week since about one month post partum. The weight just sticks. I’ve been trying to read anything I can find about why?!? This helped and makes sense. I’m excited I found your blog!! Thank you again for sharing!!!

    May 11, 2014 at 8:19 pm
  • Reply Tracy

    I am totally like Lucy…working out 6 days a week (Jillian Michaels Body Revolution…on workouts 9/10)…eat really healthily (vegetarian) and still no weight budges. I’ve gotten frustrated. My boy is almost 5 months old and is EBF. Thank you so much for this encouraging post. Just hope it does change once he starts weaning! Gulp! All in all, just really happy and thankful for a healthy baby boy. He’s worth the extra pounds. ❤️

    June 15, 2014 at 10:34 am
  • Reply Jessica

    I have read this post about 15 times since I have had my daughter. She is now 5 and a half months old and I have been struggling with my weight loss since about 2 months postpartum. I gained about 35 pounds during my pregnancy, stayed very active the whole time, and ate as well as possible. After I gave birth, I still work out everyday and eat healthy, but I still have about 10 pounds to lose before I get back to my prepregnancy weight. I actually just started p90x3 with my husband about a month ago and I have gained about 3 pounds since starting it (before p90x3 my workouts consisted of cardio/power yoga, occasional running, and circuit/weight training). P90x3 workouts are more intense than my old routine so I thought it would be the thing to help me lose, but I’m not. It’s very frustrating because I want to be back to my old shape, but I can only “diet” and exercise so much. I’m scared to cut too many calories (I’m trying to eat around 1800-2000 a day) because I might lose my milk supply. I have been having a stressful time pumping since I’ve gone back to work. Pumping sucks!… You can’t get as much as when your baby feeds so I’m always stressed I won’t have enough for her when I’m at work. I just wanted to share my experience and tell you that reading this post makes me feel better and gives me hope that my extra fat will fall off when my daughter starts eating solids. Thank you for posting this!

    January 5, 2015 at 5:22 pm
    • Reply laury

      Hi Jessica! Thank you for commenting. Trust me I know how you feel and how hard it is to be patient. My son is now 4 months old, and it is much easier for me to relax this time around knowing that this is all temporary. I still have my moments though! It takes until you experience it I guess to really truly be able to be more patient. At least for me! I don’t really get on the scale because I don’t believe it is a good measure of health or fitness but did track my measurements, and am going by my clothing. I had to go back to the doc around 12 week pp and I think I was still like 10 pounds from pre-pregnancy? I still wear maternity jeans, I can fit in a pair of stretchy pre-pregnancy jeans but not my other ones. I know my body is working so hard and burning lots of calories to make all this milk (I am RAVENOUS! I swear I ate 3,000 kcals a day the first month), and I am a little less active than when I was pregnant because well, who has the time! (I was working out 6-7 days pretty intense, power yoga, barre, etc up until the day before he was born). I feel like my body has changed more postpartum than during pregnancy but whatever. It is a small amount of time and I am confident I will be able to dedicate more time to me in the future. Right now it is all for the baby, and that helps me to be a little less hard on myself! I feel my appetite has gotten a little better, like not eating EVERYTHING that isn’t nailed down LOL but still eating plenty. Pumping does suck! I have been feeding a lot on demand this past week with the holiday break and fear I hurt myself since his appetite has definitely increased, I like to keep a slight surplus so I have lots of milk on standby. Just constantly cleaning that stuff and bringing it around is not fun!

      Hang in there you are doing amazing. It is NOT easy! People underestimate postpartum and nursing. There’s so much pressure in society to “get your body back” after baby and it kills me. People talk about pregnant women being able to eat whatever and eat for two and all but really you are eating for two when nursing, NOT pregnancy…and some of us don’t drop all the weight right away. I HONESTLY think we are better off in the end though. By like 8 months PP my metabolism was still burning like crazy and Ella was eating more solids and weight just fell off. Don’t beat yourself up. I am glad this post and hopefully some of the other comments moms made gave you comfort knowing you’re not alone!

      January 6, 2015 at 4:19 pm
  • Reply Mimi Walker

    Congrats on your success! When did you start your first workout postpartum? I am 8 weeks post, and I would like try HIIT workouts at around 10 weeks. I am breastfeeding, so I want to strike a healthy balance of breastfeeding, working out, and losing weight. Did you find any issues with maintaining your milk supply at first? What did you do to maintain your supply?

    May 5, 2015 at 10:01 pm
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