Paleo/Whole30 and Breastfeeding

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We just celebrated our second child’s first birthday (and survived!)!!!!! As a breastfeeding mom, I’m secretly like “I did it!! We made it one year nursing and no formula.  For those moms out here that nursed or are nursing you know what I am talking about!

With my first child, I had to start supplementing small amounts of formula on days I worked about a month after returning to work from maternity leave.  By the time my daughter was 6 months, we were about 50% breast milk and 50% formula.  The day she turned 8 months my milk supply was gone.  Making it a whole year 100% on breast milk is a really exciting thing for me and I really think being on The Whole30 and now Paleo lifestyle was a huge contributor to my success.

It’s a tricky fine line between eating enough to not affect your supply and to successfully lose weight after a baby.  I mentioned in my success story of losing over 60 pounds that our amazing new-born photographer mentioned being on the Whole30 while she was pregnant.  When I did a search on The Whole30 book and pregnancy I saw there was a special chapter in the book specifically for pregnant and breast-feeding moms.  That was it, I was sold!

The book outlined so many positive outcomes from nursing and The Whole30 such as improved milk supply, better sleep for baby, increased energy for mom, happy babies (no colicky tummies).  I definitely experienced a great milk supply, increased energy compared to how I felt with my first child and a super happy baby.  And I mean NO fussy periods early on.  I am sure a huge part of that is the elimination of dairy in moms diet.

Just as a side note, I was a little better about on demand feeding with the second child.  I also felt guilty taking time to pump at work so I did not always allow myself to empty all the way with my first.  The second baby I got smart, used a hands free pump bra and was able to do work and pump at the same time (I know, a novel concept).  I know all those things also contributed to a better milk supply but I really believe my diet helped a lot too!! Even the fat content in my milk seemed higher! Crazy, right?!?!

I can’t remember if read this in the book or somewhere else, but breast milk is made up of proteins, carbs, fat and water.  Eating Paleo definitely ensures protein, healthy fats and as long as you stay hydrated and eat starchy vegetables (aim for 100 grams of carbs a day) it’s a really safe way to lose weight and keep baby healthy and happy!!

I now have a 12 month old that I am able to nurse and he also eats Paleo too! This baby eats everything I put in front of him. I could never get my daughter to eat meat as a baby (unless in a food pouch) and still as a toddler, she doesn’t like to eat meat and chicken very much.  I have a theory it’s one of two things  (or both). The theory’s is, my second baby got really used to the flavors of my diet in the breast milk or its because he never had any food pouches and was used to the table food texture.  I know they are different people too so that could also be a contribution factor.  Either way, I am curious if any mom’s or dads have noticed a difference between their children and eating meat/chicken and was there any difference.

 

About paleofoode@paleofoode.com

I am passionate about sharing what has worked for me for food freedom. I am a mom and a nurse. I love the science and research behind paleo/primal life style; its the nurse in me :) Its not always easy following paleo in the busy modern world we live in. I have learned how to make it work for my busy life and hope to help other's along the way. I love food, but now I love how it no longer has control over me!

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