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You’re not doing it right!
When the twins were born I was so ready to breastfeed. I had my nursing/ pumping station set up at the end of the couch. I had a gift bag full of snacks that fell into the energizing and supply building variety and I *really* tried to eat fairly healthy. I remember munching on wasabi almonds and various fancy flavored granola bars and bowls of oatmeal and Mother’s teas. Feasting on delicious meals and generally doing it right.
I lost a lot of weight after the boys were born. I weighed less two weeks after givng birth than I did before I was pregnant. I slowly krept back up to my pre-pregnancy weight over the next year.
Cut to two years later and I have two toddlers running around so there is no real nursing/ pumping station set up- parts would have been strewn from one end of the house to the other! Bag of snacks? Forget about it! I was lucky if I was eating anything some days moreless almonds and granola bars. No, after Judah was born I started drinking pop. (Chocolate Cokes to be specific) Like it was going out of style.
Add to that meals that were more out of conveneince and I quickly gained back everythign I lost after he was born…after I had lost it!
How’s THAT for a punch in the teeth?
Looking back at the two different situations I know I did much better with the twins. It was dare I say *easy* back then. Being able to have a bag of healthy snacks right where you are going to be nursing is a lot easier than having them in the kitchen cupboards. It may seem like no big deal, it’s just 10 feet away…right? Yes and no. 10 feet is a long way when you’ve got a nursing baby attached to you and after 30-45 minutes of that, well, you sometimes forget about the almonds and just start eating the mac and cheese right out of the pot it was cooked in.
I’m trying to make healthier choices, but find myself stress eating like I’ve never done before. I know I’m doing it, but it’s like I can’t help myself. Take away all the extra running around I’d do when I was working and I’m just a mess over here.
I can’t wait for Spring to finally show up in Minnesota, because the beautiful days we’ve seen have made it so easy to get outside and *want* to be outside, but the days like today, where it’s SNOWING, well…they make me want to eat my weight in pie.
So, I suppose my big tip is to keep snacks where you can reach them in the spot you normally nurse in. Make them be something you like to eat, easy, packable, quick. Don’t get into a rut where you are caught without a break and nothing close enough to reach from your chair. We all get tot he point where we can walk around balancing a baby on the Boppy, but it’s easier if you can avoid that!