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Autoimmune Protocol and Breastfeeding

Answered on September 09, 2014
Created April 15, 2013 at 4:23 PM

I have been loosely following the Primal Blueprint for about a year and half now, throughout my pregnancy. I have Crohn's Disease, and it seemed like just cutting out gluten was enough to stop those symptoms as well as some eczema, eye issues and other skin issues around my mouth. However, since I gave birth, everything is back with a vengeance, plus extra bonus headaches. I gave it 6 weeks to see if it was just hormones but it's only getting worse. So I'm going to try the autoimmune protocol, I guess. Has anyone else followed this while breastfeeding? I just can't seem to get enough calories. I am also a runner and before pregnancy ate around 2500 calories a day so now I need close to 3000! What are some good snack ideas?

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on April 15, 2013
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Also, I put all kinds of crazy stuff on my sweet potatoes. Like pepperoni. :) Anything to give it some flavor!

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at 11:43 PM

Every Sunday I use my food processor to grate a bunch of sweet potatoes. Then during the week I can throw a handful in a saute pan and make quick sweet potato hash browns. I use them as a base for a lot of quick dinners.

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at 07:51 PM

I was definitely planning on keeping the sweet potatoes (minus the butter -- boo!) and rice. Today is day 1 of eliminating dairy. I think it's probably the culprit with this miserable rash around my mouth. The eczema luckily has completely stayed away, so I think that must have been mostly gluten-related. I am also staying away from nuts and tomatoes in particular. I'm just sitting here starving though, since normally about this time I'd have some yogurt and fruit! Maybe I'll cook up some rice or a sweet potato right now...

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at 07:46 PM

Thank you for such a detailed answer!

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32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on April 15, 2013
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In my experience, breastfeeding is even more demanding on the body than pregnancy. I am not sure if you're going to be able to get enough cals on the AIP. Here are some thoughts:

(1) beef and chicken stock. Drink a lot. (Microwave in a coffee cup and sip.) You really need the minerals and gelatin in these to rebuild your body, and they are great for gut healing. If the thought of making your own with a newborn is insane, there are some decent quality ones you can purchase online, like here: http://www.morethangourmet.com/pantry-stock-sauces-gourmet-soups/ready-to-use-cooking-stocks

(2) carbs. You have to eat them. Sweet potato, potato, even rice. (Look up Perfect Health Diet for more on which starches are safe, if not 100% pure paleo).

(3) fats. You are probably wanting to minimize nuts? I have a snack mix I make with beef jerky, a small amount of dried fruit, and coconut flakes. Ratio is usually 2:2:6 Tbsp. Tropical Traditions also makes a coconut "chip" that is great for snacking.

(4) water. hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Solves so many nursing problems. Also, drinking the stock will help this. Headaches may be a sign of dehydration. Really, I used to drink more water than I could ever imagine, esp in the early months when you are providing 100% of cals through breastmilk.

(5) have you eliminated dairy? Even a little bit will cause my skin problems to return. It seems to feed into the crazy effect when your hormones are already wacky.

(6) FODMAPs. If you are dealing with Crohns or any gut issue, it usually helps to stick with the low FODMAP fruits and veggies. http://www.eat-real-food-paleodietitian.com/paleo-diet-and-fodmap.html

(7) specific hormone issues. Are you dealing with postpartum depression? After my last 2 pregnancies I supplemented with progesterone cream to get my hormones back on an even keel. I did it right after birth, but it may be worth looking into. Talk to a midwife or naturopath on this one, as you want to be careful.

(8) Sleep. Don't worry, you will get to sleep again ... not getting enough sleep can throw everything out of whack. Not enough time for the body to recuperate. The best way I have found to help this is to GO TO BED EARLY. :) It's so tempting to stay up and try to get stuff done, but you will feel so much better if you get some sleep hours in before midnight. Like, go to bed at 8:30. Even just every other night. It makes a big difference.

That's my brainstorm for now....

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on April 15, 2013
at 11:43 PM

Every Sunday I use my food processor to grate a bunch of sweet potatoes. Then during the week I can throw a handful in a saute pan and make quick sweet potato hash browns. I use them as a base for a lot of quick dinners.

Bef4109763803bd98273d3ba506cd110

(40)

on April 15, 2013
at 07:51 PM

I was definitely planning on keeping the sweet potatoes (minus the butter -- boo!) and rice. Today is day 1 of eliminating dairy. I think it's probably the culprit with this miserable rash around my mouth. The eczema luckily has completely stayed away, so I think that must have been mostly gluten-related. I am also staying away from nuts and tomatoes in particular. I'm just sitting here starving though, since normally about this time I'd have some yogurt and fruit! Maybe I'll cook up some rice or a sweet potato right now...

Bef4109763803bd98273d3ba506cd110

(40)

on April 15, 2013
at 07:46 PM

Thank you for such a detailed answer!

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on April 15, 2013
at 11:44 PM

Also, I put all kinds of crazy stuff on my sweet potatoes. Like pepperoni. :) Anything to give it some flavor!

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on September 09, 2014
at 11:52 AM

Wow!  I have the same problem minus crohn's.  I can't handle the headaches. Did this approach work?  I'm on day 8 AIP.

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