Hello! I'm a breastfeeding mother of a lovely, active, and curious 10-month-old. I work full time, and my son takes pumped milk while I'm away. He's also having a wide variety of solids.
I noticed after giving birth that my weight went back to pre-pregnancy levels fairly quickly and kept dropping after that. I just checked my scale and found that I am now five pounds below my prepregnancy weight. Now, 5-foot-3-inches and 117 lb. is not a scary weight by any means, but I know my body: my lightest adult weight ever was 114 after a bout of whooping cough, and I did not feel healthy until I'd gained a few more pounds.
Thing is, I can't seem to stop the slide. There's just so much to do! In addition to my full-time day job, I write at nights. I do all the family cooking and most of the cleaning and childcare. I try to eat three meals and at least one significant snack (like a bagel and tuna fish...) every day, but can't always make it. Even when I do, I keep losing.
I guess I'm looking for reassurance or advice on this. Are there high-calorie, healthy foods that could help me out here? Does this mean my son's taking too much milk/not enough solids? I intend to stop pumping when he turns one and start having his day care give him cow's milk and water when I'm not present--should I just hang on until then and assume I'll gain it back once I'm not breastfeeding full time?