There's a peer-reviewed study out there that says nursing mothers need to consume at least 2400-2600 calories daily in order to maintain milk supply. When my baby was 6 weeks old, I went HCRV (was previously cooked vegan) and felt best eating 3000 calories per day. I dropped weight pretty fast...went down to pre-pregnant weight when the munchkin was 4 months old (with occasional walking being the only exercise I did).
I also went HCRV while breastfeeding. Before HCRV I aimed for 2500 calories a day, because it was recommended to eat 500 calories more than your daily caloric intake. I lost weight, but it was a very slow process( exercised at least 4 days a week). When switching to HCRV I lost weight without even trying(exercising once or twice a week). My son is 7 months now and I feel great :-) keep it up and much success to you.
I just started this month too :) I am breastfeeding and pregnant and have been eating around 3000cal. Some days have been a little under but if I have breakfast as soon as I get up I feel much better and can eat as much as 4000cal.
Nursing is sometimes referred to as an athletic-like activity done by the body. It requires a lot of energy. As a very petite person I aim for at least 3000 calories a day. I lost my baby weight easily with both babies without any strenuous exercise...just yoga, dance, etc.
I started HCRV this year while breastfeeding! I definitely feel that nursing mamas have to eat as if they are athletes even if they are not, and much more still if you are. It took about 5 months to get to pre birth weight for me, but now that I'm doing 1-2 hours of yoga most days and going to dance class when I can, I have dropped down to an even lower weight.
It's exciting that here are so many relatively new HCRV mamas here to talk to!! I don't actually know any where we live (Kansas).
well I have never in my life counted calories... but I have been making more milk than before ! (making way more than needed)
but I'm just gonna aim for 3000 :)
I guess it has never been examined, but maybe it depends on your former lifestyle and your weight.
On the other hand I wonder if the body isn't wise enough to let the milk stay "clean"...
Maybe someone knows some evidence?
What did you mums eat? Clearly 811 like Dr. Graham suggests? How many greens did you include? I tried to go raw, but my milk lessend quite fast (Baby was 2 months old then) :( That was so discouraging. I normally have plenty of milk and it came back when I switched back to cooked vegan. I'm a little bit afraid of going 811 now :/