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5 Hidden Reasons You’re Gaining Weight While Breastfeeding

There are hidden reasons why you might be gaining weight while breastfeeding, which is of course dissapointing and very frustrating. Especially when you are eating healthy, exercising and breastfeeding. Then, you see all these women proclaiming their easy-peasy weight loss, and it makes for one giant stress ball. Gaining weight while breastfeeding is more common than you feel, and understanding the hidden reasons behind the weight gain, or lack of weight loss, can really help you feel less-stressed. As a Pre/Postnatal Fitness Specialist, and founder of a very popular breastfeeding diet and fitness program, The Postpartum Cure, I have lots of experience helping mamas tweak their diets and mind set to be able to lose weight without losing their milk supply. In desperation, many mamas will skip meals, starve and work out like crazy to combat the weight gain while breastfeeding. This is not good.  I teach in my program…

5 Steps To Drop 10 Lbs While Breastfeeding

Most women have a goal to lose at least 10 pounds while they are breastfeeding their new baby. Some women want to lose more than 10 pounds, depending on how much was gained during pregnancy, but I think 10 lbs is actually a realistic goal for breastfeeding mamas. In my private Facebook page, where mamas are working through my nutrient-dense, breastfeeding-specific diet program, I have an opportunity to help and hear more concerns and struggles breastfeeding mamas are enduing. One of them is dropping that last 10 lbs, or at least dropping 10 lbs. I am very passionate about helping mamas lose weight while breastfeeding because I’ve been able to do it three times now, as a mom of three boys, and I am a certified Pre/Post Natal Fitness Specialist, so I basically love helping moms with fitness and diet. In my program, which I highly suggest if you need…

The Best Lactation Protein Shake On Earth that Will Pump Up Your Milk Fast

Lactation protein shakes are my secret weapon for postpartum weight loss and milk supply. Keeping up your milk supply as a busy mama can cause lots of anxiety as a new mama, but there are some amazing nutrients and herbs out there that can really help. I created an awesome protein shake recipe that will help you pump up your milk fast because it is full of milk-boosting, lactation-causing, galactogogue ingredients! Scroll to the bottom to see my full, video review of the taste and the lactation bites! I discovered a new lactation protein powder by Majka. This stuff is amazing, and so HEALTHY for you. I am ecstatic that it even exists because it is much more than a protein powder. It offers a full spectrum of nutritional benefits that mamas need to function properly, produce breast milk and thrive as happy, healthy mamas. Basically, it has everything you…

How Much Protein Do You Need While Breastfeeding

Protein while breastfeeding is super important to maintaining a healthy milk supply, maintaining muscle and healing postpartum. Eating protein isn’t always the hard part. It is knowing how much protein to eat while eating. Other questions come in like, “what type of protein is the best?” or “does it have to be organic?” We are fortunate to have a plethora of food options in our country, but sometimes more options can be more complicated. How Much Protein Does a Breastfeeding Woman Need? The first step is to understand how much protein you need while breastfeeding. Protein isn’t directly linked to milk supply, that we know of yet, but it is very important for your body to function properly and thrive. A body full of nutrients is a body that will produce a healthy milk supply, so they go hand-in-hand in my mind. That being said, medical officials say that breastfeeding…

Protein Smoothie Challenge For Breastfeeding Moms To Increase Milk Supply + Lose Weight

Breastfeeding and losing weight is a difficult task for almost every mama. The goal is to keep up your milk supply, while also losing the extra baby weight gained during pregnancy. This is exactly what your body is supposed to do after having a baby: use stored fat to help produce a healthy supply of breast milk. But, with all the processed and yummy treats available today, it is so easy to survive off a less-than-nutritious diet. We fill our plates with foods and dishes that are created for flavor and comfort, rather than nourishment. This is where breastfeeding mamas can have some issues because if your body is in a nutrient-deprived state, it won’t want to let go of fat as easily. You can force it to do so by eating too few calories, so it has to burn fat cells, but you can also make your body feel…

How I Lost the Baby Weight Fast (25 lbs!) Without Losing My Milk

After three babies, I’ve learned how to lose the baby weight fast, without compromising my milk supply in any way, and in fact, I was able to keep up a healthy milk supply while dropping the baby weight quickly. The fastest way to lose the baby weight isn’t a strict, low-calorie diet or lots and lots of intensive exercise. The fastest way to lose the baby weight is to focus on a few very important things that will help you with losing the baby weight and protecting your milk supply. I developed a program and app that walks mamas through eating correctly to lose the baby weight, while also ensuring you are eating enough nutrients to support a healthy milk supply. I also put together an Ab Rehab and Pelvic Floor Restore Program that heals your body after baby, in addition to amazing, quick workouts to burn calories and tone…

How To Manage and Balance All The Things In Postpartum Life: 6 Gems of Advice

This post is sponsored by AZO and SheKnows Media. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Balancing postpartum life can seem completely impossible in the first few months. Between the bleeding, diaper blowouts, leakages, lack of sleep and completely interrupted activities, it can feel LIKE you’re suffocating. When you’re in the moment, it feels like slow motion as the hours tick by, but then, before you know it, your little one is talking and turning two. Let’s go over some of the things that happen postpartum, and how to balance and manage them all! Healing from either c-section or vaginal birth is shocking in itself. I was terrified to even consider looking at the aftermath of my first birth. Managing your healing process involves consistent care and attention. This is one of the major things that will consume your mind and attention (besides baby) postpartum. If you manage your health…

15-Minute Fat Blast Workout for Busy Mamas

I am partnering with 1915TM Organic to share this sponsored post. As a busy mama, I know how difficult it can be to get a workout in. I am just now able to grab some more time for workouts as my little ones are getting older. When they were all 4 and under, it was almost impossible unless I strapped them all in the stroller and just ran as far as they would let me. As a Pre/Post Natal Fitness Specialist, I have learned some super quick and effective moves that will get your heart rate up and help you burn some fat, even if all you can spare is 15 minutes. Most of us can grab 15 minutes here or there, and I don’t feel as guilty about letting my children watch their favorite show for 15 minutes. Sometimes, staying healthy as a mama means taking advantage of fast…

5 Health Challenges For The Whole Family To Try This Fall

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PurinaONEPets #CollectiveBias There is something about a health challenge that is so motivating and exciting. I believe in not only setting health challenges for yourself, but also the whole family. Many mamas attempt to follow health challenges on their own, but forget their family can totally get involved as well, and may even enjoy doing the health challenge too! I put together 5 challenges for the whole family to try this fall to encourage better eating and activity habits. Sometimes all you need are a few small steps, to add up to big steps, which then turn into changing habits. I also love a challenge to get myself, and family, out of a funk, which happens easily soon after school starts. With the onset of little colds, darker and colder weather, and busier…

Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake with All The Feels of Fall

Pumpkin pie starts coming on my mind as soon as Starbucks releases the Pumpkin Spice Latte. I love pumpkin pie, and this pumpkin pie protein shake is such a delicious, healthy way to get in your pumpkin pie cravings! The protein powder I use is super clean, safe and full of extra nutrients and vitamins. I discovered the company and fell in love with them. I also suggest this protein powder for all my mamas in my postpartum weight loss and recovery plan. The meal plan incorporates protein smoothies as a super quick and efficient way for mamas to get nutrients in that are so necessary for breastfeeding! Whether you are a new mama, currently pregnant, or breastfeeding, this is a delicious and healthy way to feel like you are eating pumpkin pie, with out any of the guilt!! Here’s what you need to make your Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake!…