I just went to a personal trainer and she said I should aim to intake 1,800 calories a day in food while burning 400 calories/day, 5 days a week, in exercise to lose 1-2 pounds a week. I am concerned that no one I consult seems to really know how much is "safe" to lose per week without jeapordizing my milk supply. We have personal trainers that don't know how to factor in breastfeeding when offering nutrition/fitness advice. Then we have those who know a ton about nursing who don't know how to factor in safe nutrition/fitness so that a woman who wants to lose weight safely can do so...can someone help offer an informed perspective that can balance the two (successful nursing and fitness)? Exercise is such a part of my life and I want to continue being healthy.
Also, for me I don't seem to lose the last 5-10 pounds of pregnancy weight until after I stop nursing. I think my body wants to hang on to some excess fat stores for energy to ensure great milk production. Yet so many women tell me their fat melts away when nursing. I just don't get it -- that isn't the case with me, and I eat healthy and exercise, too! Do any of you have a hard time losing that last 5-10?