How to Gain Weight While Breastfeeding
There’s no doubt that a woman’s body is changed by pregnancy and childbirth and that those changes are as diverse and individual as the women themselves. After pregnancy many women find themselves with stretch marks, thicker than they used to be, or with a body that just doesn’t feel quite their own. While many women want to lose weight after having a baby some women struggle to keep weight on or gain weight while breastfeeding, which can be a serious and worrisome problem.
Unfortunately, it's the kind of problem that people often minimize. “Oh yeah, must be so tough to be too thin!” and similar comments aren't helpful when you really are working on maintaining a healthy weight in order to care for you and your baby. If you’re worried about keeping your weight up as you breastfeed, check out the tips below.
Increase your calories
For some women, rapid weight loss after pregnancy is directly related to them taking in too few calories for one reason or another. While it might seem obvious, many moms need a reminder that the best way to gain weight is to increase calorie intake. For some women, this might mean having quick breakfast items on hand so they have time to eat before leaving the house, while for others it might look like setting a snacking alarm to help them remember to eat when the day gets busy with caring for other people. However you add calories to your diet, doing so is likely to increase weight retention or weight gain.
Add in healthy fats
Just because you’re trying to keep your weight up doesn’t mean that you should pile on the ice cream, cookies, or other sweet treats. Instead of adding junk food to your diet, make an effort to add healthy fats wherever you can. Whether that means cooking with olive oil, adding avocado to your salad, or snacking on almonds instead of popcorn, adding healthy fats to your diet is usually a sure way to maintain your weight or gain weight in a healthy way.
See your doctor
For some women, rapid weight loss after pregnancy can be a sign of something more going on with their health. If you’re concerned about rapidly dropping weight or an inability to maintain your weight while you’re breastfeeding, you should see your doctor. Sometimes hormone issues can lead to weight loss, so your doctor might check your hormone levels or perform other tests to help figure out what’s going on.
See a nutritionist
If you’re still struggling to gain or maintain weight and you and your doctor have ruled out any major health issues, seeing a nutritionist can help you make a plan that will work for you and your life. A nutritionist is able to help determine your true caloric needs and to help you plan the sort of meals and snacks you need to eat in order to maintain your desired weight.