I have a love/hate relationship with breastfeeding.
Sometimes I hate it. Like when I sit down to nurse and inevitably, the doorbell will ring, or Mya will have to go potty, or the girls will start tearing each other’s hair. Or when I’m in a public place and Jacob refuses to nurse, effectively ensuring a spray of milk across the room when he pulls himself off. Or the fact that my life occurs in two hour spurts, racing to get everything done before he needs to eat again.
And sometimes I love it. Like that time right before bed, when he is all clean and fresh, and that little hair patch on the top of his head is sticking straight up, and it’s just me and my boy, gazing into each other’s eyes, rocking softly in the gentle breeze of the fan as the day fades around us. Or knowing that I am all he needs, 100%–I am his world right now, in every sense of the way. And the fact that all of those benefits that you hear touted all of the time–I am providing that to him.
But the one thing that I really don’t get about breastfeeding is this:
Why people claim it makes you lose weight.
Because it doesn’t.
It totally doesn’t.
I went to the doctor’s yesterday, and lo and behold, I haven’t lost a single pound since my three week check-up. Not one. Even after I starved myself all morning in a vain attempt to budge that stupid scale. Now, while I am not blaming my lack of weight loss on breastfeeding, after two kids, I really have found that my body does not lose weight while I’m nursing.
Call me crazy, but biologically, it makes sense, right? Wouldn’t your body hold on to a little extra fuel in order to feed your baby, say through, a famine or some other natural disaster I’m sure our ancestors were used to encountering?
With both kids, I didn’t lose any weight until after I stopped breastfeeding. Although with Ada, I was still nursing her when I got pregnant again (that’s always fun, right, ladies?), but by that time she was only nursing at night anyways.
And I’m not the only one who has said that. I’ve heard from a few moms now that they have experienced the same thing. My aunt described it as feeling like she had an “extra layer” on when she was nursing. Granted, I have a few “extra layers” on at the moment, but I definitely feel like it’s harder to lose weight while nursing. For one thing, I’m always starving, and for another, I feel like my body just won’t give it up. That baby might be hungry!
Your thoughts? Anyone else feel like that whole breastfeeding-makes-you-lose-weight-soo-fast thing is a complete and total myth?