Monday, February 14, 2011

Proceed With Caution

I have received so many wonderful messages and support from so many people.  I feel truly blessed and thankful for all of the encouragement and the experiences people have shared with me.  I must say I have never had these words said to me before: "You inspire me" (that is until I started this journey).  It is an amazing experience thus far and I thank you for taking the time to read, comment and share your perspective.  We can all learn from each other.

Today I was talking to a mom about losing weight and how hard that can be when you are nursing a baby/child.  I thought this is a perfect opportunity to talk about losing weight and how it all relates to breastfeeding, and being a mom to an infant or very young children.

The caution I wanted to offer is if you are breastfeeding please, please, please be very cautious about making drastic changes in your diet.    Here is a link to a great article on the La Leche League International website about breastfeeding and losing weight safely: http://www.llli.org/FAQ/diet.html . I breastfed both my boys and had major problems with my supply (that's a story for another day).  I have also talked to moms who said they noticed a dip in their supply when they ate and drank less. 

Another caution I wanted to talk about was pressure.  Sometimes I think as women we put too much pressure on ourselves to be a certain type of mom or to have all the skills of Martha Stewart while having all the looks of someone on 'Wisteria Lane' 6 weeks after giving birth.  There are times (I know I'm guilty of this) when I look at someone and say to myself: "they have themselves together.  They look great. I bet they have a ton of great friends, a great marriage and perfect children".  What I don't know is that one of their kids is in the hospital, their marriage is on the rocks and they are barely able to keep it together on the inside.  In the end we only hurt ourselves when we compare ourselves to others (something that's difficult to not want do in our culture today).   The only person who has control over my happiness is me.  No one else and I have to own that.  

In short please listen to your body, mind and soul.  If you are a mom or just a person who is tapped out/stressed out to the max and trying to change your lifestyle all at once that may be too much pressure on yourself and you could cause more harm than good (IMO).  I'm all for people getting healthy but please listen to yourself and do what's healthy for your body and your mind.  Sometimes it takes time to work on your mind and other surrounding factors before you can work on your body.  Ask for help.  Just my two scents worth.  Health, happiness and Cheers!

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