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Breast feeding and Paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 06, 2013 at 1:00 PM

I have been transferring to Paleo for about a month now. I eliminated all grains and refined sugars from my diet 7 days ago. I was completely addicted to bread but it has been easier than I thought. I am still consuming some dairy and wondered if this was ok. I am seeing the health benefits already I have long suffered from Hormonal mastitis, extreme pain and lumps in my breast but this seems to have totally disappeared already!!

My main concern is what carb ratio should I include in my diet whilst breastfeeding and should this be reduced as the baby gets older and therefore needs less milk. Baby is seven months. I am eating when hungry as a rule but today I became light headed and hit a wall half an hour before any hunger pangs appeared. I am doing this for health but also want to slowly lose weight.

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Thank you for this info and experience. I started out not worrying and the more I read the less I feel I am doing it right!! People talking about quantities of protein v carbs and supplements etc I discovered bacon and avocado this morning with butter, don't think I have ever tasted anything quite so heavenly!! Thanks again

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+1. Some women lose naturally when nursing, but others need to have weaned before their hormonal level shifts enough for fat loss. Enjoy this time with your babe and try not to stress about losing. It will happen in the right timing.

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on June 06, 2013
at 01:35 PM

I started with eating primally (a la Mark Sisson) not long my second child was born, and she was nursed exclusively. I didn't stress too much about carb ratio or calorie count--just made sure I was eating regularly and in decent quantities, which included lots of good fats (hello, guacamole and bacon!) and lots of healthy starches like squash and mashed sweet potatoes. I, too, got those lightheaded moments if I didn't eat enough, or forgot to eat, often accompanied by nausea. I just made sure to have lots of snacky things that I could eat quickly to get myself righted. Never underestimate the power of a spoonful of almond butter.

Good luck!

B2558eb7aad7e8e87986cabcf6d12113

(5)

on June 06, 2013
at 06:13 PM

Thank you for this info and experience. I started out not worrying and the more I read the less I feel I am doing it right!! People talking about quantities of protein v carbs and supplements etc I discovered bacon and avocado this morning with butter, don't think I have ever tasted anything quite so heavenly!! Thanks again

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on June 06, 2013
at 02:07 PM

+1. Some women lose naturally when nursing, but others need to have weaned before their hormonal level shifts enough for fat loss. Enjoy this time with your babe and try not to stress about losing. It will happen in the right timing.

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on June 12, 2013
at 06:39 PM

Eliza, I am breastfeeding my 2-month-old and consume fewer than 50 carbs a day. It has not affected my supply at all and, judging by second and third chins Little Miss has developed, my milk is a powerhouse of nutrients. (I eat low carb to control blood sugar.) I don't keep track of specific ratios, but eat meat, lots of veggies, and fat. My husband caught me taking a swig out of the coconut oil jar yesterday. :) Avocado is frequently part of my meals.

I occasionally hit that wall you described and will eat a snack when that happens. I keep almonds and walnuts in my desk and cheese and veggies in the fridge at work. If I'm home, I'll just eat whatever sounds good. I am losing weight, but I am still about 80 lbs overweight.

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