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Paleo and Breastfeeding...LOSING MY MILK!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 13, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Hey there

I'm on day 4 of my paleo plan and have noticed a significant decrease in my milk supply....its bad! My daughter is 4 months old and exclusively breast fed.

The advice I've gotten is to add carbs and fats.....my question is how? Should I reintroduce some grains? If anyone has any adivce/ideas or help that would be amazing.

I feel great, full of energy and much lighter and would hate to have to change my plan, but baby comes first.

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lol the name of those cookies is great

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on June 13, 2013
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My first instinct is to recommend for you to sign up for some sort of calorie-logging tool to see if you're getting enough. I find that when I do a really strict phase in my paleo eating (like a Whole 30 or something), I don't feel like I'm restricting calories, but I actually am. I would bet money that's the case for you right now.

Eat some tubers--I'm a big fan of mashed sweet potatoes myself. You may want to consider adding some white rice, a la The Perfect Health Diet. And yes, lots of fat: eat avocados, and bacon, make homemade mayo to put on your meat and salads (and on the white rice, if you're eating that). You may also want to try some good, organic, whole fat dairy, as recommended by Mark Sisson (more primal that paleo).

But you're right--baby does need to come first. I'd rather see you go back to your old way of eating for a little while to reestablish your milk supply, and then go onto a paleo plan gradually. My nursling was about 4 months when I first started eating paleo/primal, but I had been eating close to that before so it wasn't that much of an adjustment.

There are other natural ways I've heard of to increase your milk supply, but I never used them so I can't vouch for them. A great online resource is the community at mothering.com. There's actually a nutrition board there, with lots of mamas who eat either paleo or Weston Price, so you'd get some good advice.

Good luck! Enjoy your little babe.

Edited to add: I just went into the "traditional foods" forum on mothering.com and searched for "supply" and several posts came up about primal/paleo and supply. Definitely go check it out.

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These support milk production: http://paleoparents.com/2011/video-blog-ep4-breastfeeding-qa-and-grain-free-lactation-cookies/

Once my hubby got past the name, I had to start making double batches so I got a few. :)

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on June 13, 2013
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lol the name of those cookies is great

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So many sources of carbs besides grains. Yams, squashes (winter and summer), rutabaga, parsnips, turnips, carrots, beets, plantain, banana, taro, cassava. You get the drift.

Also some people find white rice ok and pretty safe. I eat it a couple times a week.

Adding fats - I cook all my veg in fats (ghee, coconut oil, animal fats), buy fatty cuts of meat (marbled ground meat, skin-on chicken thighs) and add foods like bacon, avocado and olives to my meals. If you tolerate nuts they are another high-fat source.

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