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18 Feb 2003

Skinny sister
Please help

My sister is 32 and her daughter is just over 1 year old. She is still breastfeeding. She is looking terribly thin - VERY close to anorexic!! She claims that breastfeeding is making her so thin because she IS eating.

I'm not so sure I believe her because she's getting thinner and thinner everyday and even though she's told me she's going to stop breastfeeding because of this - she is in fact still feeding almost full time!!!
She's going to become a skeleton and I don't know what to do - I just have a feeling that something is not lekker!

Is it possible that breastfeeding could be causing such drastic and rapid weight loss?
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CyberDoc
CyberDoc

01 Jan 0001

CFS, we sometimes see that people lose weight rapidly when they breastfeed and per se, this isn’t a problem. The problem is that she loses weight because her kilojoule expenditure is higher than her intake and this will be carried over to the baby – now this is a bad thing as it will cause the baby to become malnourished. She will have to find out what her ideal weight is (Mass/(heightxheight) must be 20 – 25) and if she can’t manage that, she will have to see her doctor as it might be due to something serious. Good luck.
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