Why this breastfeeding mom quit Weight Watchers

Breastfeeding Mom credit Raphael GoetterBack in February, I was feeling as though I had hit a plateau with my post partum weight loss so I decided to join Weight Watchers. It also happened to be when I started my half marathon training. And I quickly learned that those two did not make a healthy combination.

Initially, I was doing pretty well on Weight Watchers and felt as though the weight was coming off. In fact, I had the numbers to prove it. As an exclusively breastfeeding mom, I got 43 points a week, plus an extra 49 for the entire week.

That’s a lot of points.

And with exercise, I was eating right to them. Not over.

Now, I never felt hungry or under nourished, but as I started to train for a half marathon, which entailed running around 20 miles a week (give or take), I felt as though my milk supply was dropping and I went into a bit of a panic.

As someone who has always had a huge over supply, it was really disconcerting. And after trying a few different herbal remedies (hops, fenugreek, oatmeal, more fluids), I decided that I should stop Weight Watchers until I was done training. I think my body needed the fat to sustain itself and my daughter.

I’m not sure if it’s because I stopped the Weight Watchers that my milk supply normalized again. But I did notice a difference pretty quickly, and for that, I’m thankful.

I still highly recommend Weight Watchers as it helped me tremendously to see how much I was eating. I’ve always been a very healthy eater, but my portion sizes are way out of control. But for now, while I continue training to decrease my 10K time and do the Ripped in 30 Challenge, I’m going to continue eating as I need to. Still mindfully, but not based on the points.

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6 comments for “Why this breastfeeding mom quit Weight Watchers

  1. April 7, 2011 at 8:47 am

    This is actually good to know, since I was planning on both getting back to running as soon as I could, breastfeeding, and weight watchers.

    I’ll be sure to be careful about how my body is responding.

    • Adie Drury
      August 11, 2011 at 3:54 am

      I’m an exclusively b’feeding mom to a 21 week old, and i have been doing slimming world for 10 weeks – no problems with my supply at all xxx

  2. WHG
    April 7, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I was on WW while training for a half, although not breastfeeding, and I was really struggling until I found an article stating that if you were training for an endurance event, you should always eat your activity points. It said they usually recommend that one should not do so, but that with that kind of schedule it becomes necessary. It sounds like you’ve found what works for you at this point, which is fantastic! I just wanted to mention this since it doesn’t seem well explained and might be relevant with the breastfeeding, too.

  3. August 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I just started WW 3 days ago (my daughter is 6 weeks old) and my milk has dropped substantially already. I am hoping they can freeze my membership for 6 weeks and I can try when she is 3 months old. I know with my first child my milk was over abundant and in the last few days my middle of the night pumping has decreased by 40% and my daughter is screaming at me as if there is not enough in there… ;(

  4. Beth
    November 11, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Hey Rebecca,

    I am doing WW and you are probably right about stopping for a while. I am breastfeeding and my baby is 18 weeks old and i have noticed a drop but i think if i play with my points and make better use it could still work. It takes a while to establish a really good supply. I needed to get some medication to increase my supply because I need to express while im at college and the little bugger wont take formula. Its called Motillium and its the same as maxalon. If your worried maybe get some of that while it builds up again.

  5. Ginger
    January 12, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    My son is 8 1/2 weeks old. I\’m breastfeeding exclusively as well as being on Weight Watchers. I was excited to see that WW acclamated (sp) the diet to allow breastfeeding mothers to be on it too. My husband and I have done WW before, but not while I was nursing. I nursed our 2 older boys for about 3 months but have always struggled with my milk supply. I took the herbs Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle on a schedule that my lactation consultant had given me while nursing them, which seemed to help increase my supply a bit at the time. I only quit nursing b/c, w/our 1st son, I had to go back to work and b/c of that, my milk supply diminished since I wasn\’t able to pump often enough, and our 2nd has a cleft palate which caused him to have a week suck and pumping wasn\’t helping then to increase my supply either.

    I\’ve been reading that women have noticed a drop in their milk supply since being on Weight Watchers. Granted, we\’ve only been on it for a week now and I am taking herbs again, but I haven\’t noticed any significant change….yet. Hopefully that doesn\’t end up being the case b/c if it is then I\’ll stop doing the diet so I can have enough for our baby. I believe I have more milk this time than I ever did with the other two boys. He\’s much more important than losing weight by dieting though. In regards to the diet though, I think it\’s actually helping me to remember to eat. Having a 3 1/2 year old, a 15 mth old, and an 8 wk old keeps me pretty busy so I used to put off eating until the late evening most days just cuz it was easier that way. I\’ve since learned how important nutrients and fluids are to breastfeeding, and being on the diet helps regulate both how much I eat and to make sure I eat often enough throughout the day.

    I wish everyone the best both of getting/keeping healthy and nursing. : )

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