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Breastfeeding, hormones and weight loss?

Commented on October 03, 2013
Created October 01, 2013 at 10:27 PM

I'm currently breastfeeding my 5.5 month old daughter and am on the low does estrogen birth control pill. I've been sort of doing paleo (but can DEFINITELY tighten up) - but even with my lesser efforts I'd usually see benefits. Could birth control be totally stalling my efforts? Could the hormones from lactation be totally stalling my effort? Or is it more likely that a strict paleo will yield the results I need (without caloric restriction or severe limitation of carbs). Thanks!

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For people who are adapted to it lc can be fine for milk production, but for me, every time I tried to make the switch, my supply tanked within 24-48 hours.

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I eat low carb and have no problem with milk production or quality.

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on October 03, 2013
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Postpartum weight loss is largely hormonal, so birth control pills could definitely slow your weight loss, but so can sleep deprivation, work/family stress, your body choosing how fast or slow to release your stores of dha/epa from your sub-femoral fat to feed that little brain, and even under-eating. It is extremely complicated, the calories in/calories out math is even less reliable postpartum, than it is normally (and it is fairly unreliable normally).

If you are breastfeeding full time and haven't resumed cycles, breastfeeding amenorrhea is usually as effective as the pill, so taking it might be redundant right now, although for me and many I've talked to, cycles usually resume around 6-7 months, so you would likely want to start taking it soon if that is your chosen form of birth control.

Breastfeeding is kind of an extension of the pregnancy process, and takes just as many, if not more calories to do successfully, so please don't restrict your diet at all until the little one is well on the way to weaning to solid foods.

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on October 03, 2013
at 03:18 PM

I wouldn't worry about weight loss this soon after giving birth. As they say, 9 months on and 9 months off. Give your body time to recover. I would not do any calorie restriction or VLC until baby is at least 6 months or preferably a year, since you are breastfeeding, as it may compromise milk supply. Eat healthy, eat right, but don't worry about the calories. Enjoy your new baby!

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on October 03, 2013
at 03:15 PM

While I know very little about the subject, it appears that going low-carb will harm breastmilk production, or breastmilk quality. Eating Paleo strictly, however, will likely create the most healthy milk & body. Be sure to include plenty of fish (selenium binds mercury in most fish; mercury dangers are incorrect in all but a very few fish like some tuna.) & grass-fed liver, and potentially CLO/butter oil in your diet, as it seems extra nutrients/fertility is needed while breastfeeding.

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on October 03, 2013
at 10:32 PM

For people who are adapted to it lc can be fine for milk production, but for me, every time I tried to make the switch, my supply tanked within 24-48 hours.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on October 03, 2013
at 07:34 PM

I eat low carb and have no problem with milk production or quality.

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on October 02, 2013
at 05:19 AM

Since you are feeding your child, I'd say that you should not be taking bc pills, nor for that matter worried about weight loss at the moment. Eating healthy is great keep at it.

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