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nursing and weight watcher points

I am nursing my daughter about 4 times a day. She is almost 2 yrs old. I have been doing weight watchers on my own and just recently joined. I was doing 24 pts and 35 flex pts. My leader said since I am nursing I need to eat 37 pts and have 35 flex pts. This seems like a lot of points. I don't see how I will lose any weight this way. Does anyone have experience on this? How many pts. did you use, etc.?

Mon. Apr 23, 12:42am

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At 2 years old, your daughter is not getting the bulk of her nutrition from breastfeeding. I think the large increase of WW points is intended for women who are nursing infants who get ALL their nutrition from breastmilk, so your body NEEDS the extra calories to produce enough milk/nutrtion for them.
And, at the risk of starting a HUGE debate... how much longer do you intend to nurse your daughter? If you plan on weening her in the near future, I don't think you need many (or any) extra points.

Monday, April 23, 2007, 11:04 AM

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11:04 is right. That amount of points is intended for someone nursing an infant/baby not a toddler. If you increase your points you might just gain some weight. But honestly at 2 your daughter should be getting the bulk of her nutrition from food not breast milk. I understand that you might want to still breast feed but by this age it is a learned habit for her, which is going to be really hard to break. Can I ask why you still breast feed?

Monday, April 23, 2007, 11:11 AM

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24 and 35 is right. 37 is way too much. I nursed until my daughter was 4 (her idea. I had to finally tell her it was over) and if I ate 37 pts, I'd not be lean now.

If she was 2 weeks old, I'd tell you differently.

And kudos to you for nursing a toddler. In America at least, this is viewed as weird even though from a biological point of view, it's hugely within the span of normal!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007, 7:10 AM

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Nursing is a loving thing for a child to share with her mother and some children do want to nurse longer. There's nothing wrong with nursing a 2yo. In many countries, children are weaned at 3,4,5 -

I was nursed until 3. And I am VERY independent as an adult and have been since I was a kid. I think asking women to explain why they nurse is ridiculous. Her question had nothing to do with that and everything to do with weight watcher's points.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007, 7:12 AM

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Mainly to 11:11: Why does it matter if she still breastfeeds a toddler? Get over yourself, already. Why did you formula feed (assuming you did by the sound of it)? I don't understand why many people in America have this idea that by 12mos, you are to wean your child completely. It is completely absurd and idiotic thinking. I feel sorry for people like you.

Saturday, February 27, 2010, 9:11 PM

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PP ~ you do realize you're replying to a three year old post and the poster you are chastising for a reasonable belief is likely no longer here or even remembers making the comment.

Saturday, February 27, 2010, 9:26 PM

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It's 10 extra points a day for when you're nursing.

Monday, March 01, 2010, 4:09 PM

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