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Breastfeeding and IF

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 10, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Hi all. I have been toying with Paleo for a while but am now on day 7 of a 14 day Paleo challenge. It's going super awesome. I am just wondering about the effects of IF on breastfeeding. I have been going 12-14 hours each day and that's been fine, but when I tried a 24 hour fast my supply dropped rapidly and babe was crying at the breast. I broke fast with an immediate dose of good fats and then ate. Wondering if it is possible to build up to a 24 hour fast whilst breastfeeding?

On this challenge there is no fruit or dairy allowed, but I have been having one serve of fruit in the morning to keep up supply. Any advice is appreciated!

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on August 23, 2013
at 12:29 PM

that's awesome mama x

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on August 19, 2013
at 11:27 AM

I get it Kimba--I nursed my oldest for four years, and my 3-1/2 year old is still having "mommy milk" at night before bed. I'm glad it is working for you and your nursling!

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on August 18, 2013
at 11:03 AM

Thanks for responding. I have just completed the 14 days and have plenty of milk. I feed on demand many times a day. I just thought I would report back. I found that the 12 hourly fast overnight is totally doable with supply, and I can go to about 15 hours on a once a week fast without affecting supply so long as I keep my fats up and break fast with a solid meal with plenty of good fats. It is interesting that paleo peeps are so untrusting of this style of eating in relation to breastfeeding. Maybe it's because I have been breastfeeding for 6 years continuously, but it was fine!

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on August 10, 2013
at 12:51 PM

Breastfeeding and fasting is a really bad idea if you're feeding your baby regularly (ie, not down to just once a day nursing). Don't mess with that. You will have your whole life to do paleo challenges.

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on August 18, 2013
at 11:03 AM

Thanks for responding. I have just completed the 14 days and have plenty of milk. I feed on demand many times a day. I just thought I would report back. I found that the 12 hourly fast overnight is totally doable with supply, and I can go to about 15 hours on a once a week fast without affecting supply so long as I keep my fats up and break fast with a solid meal with plenty of good fats. It is interesting that paleo peeps are so untrusting of this style of eating in relation to breastfeeding. Maybe it's because I have been breastfeeding for 6 years continuously, but it was fine!

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on August 23, 2013
at 12:29 PM

that's awesome mama x

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on August 19, 2013
at 11:27 AM

I get it Kimba--I nursed my oldest for four years, and my 3-1/2 year old is still having "mommy milk" at night before bed. I'm glad it is working for you and your nursling!

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on August 10, 2013
at 02:58 PM

I never tried it when I was breastfeeding. I don't think it's a good idea. Whilst the body does always try to produce milk for the baby even if your own body is pretty much starving I can see no advantage to it. I fed two babies (twins) at once and exclusively but I'm sure I didn't do that by limiting what I ate.

Forget about losing weight and just enjoy the baby whilst eating healthy foods regularly.

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on August 13, 2013
at 04:32 AM

I've never had a baby, but while breastfeeding it's probably not the best time to experiment with IFing, even though I'm sure Mama Grok had times where food was scarce. (but alas, we ourselves don't live in the palolithic era, and lots of Grok-babies died back then, so take advantage of the fact that we live in the modern era and that food is readily available)

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