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Losing weight postpartum without compromising milk supply

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 28, 2013 at 3:20 AM

When I first went paleo 2 years ago to lose weight, I went super low carb to do so. I am currently breastfeeding my 2 week old daughter, and I'm looking to lose my pregnancy weight, but reading about how intense exercise can cause issues with milk supply. I've also read that dropping carbs too low during breastfeeding can also cause issues. I feel better eating higher carb currently, but I want to get back into my pre-pregnancy clothes!

Any life experience/advice for me?

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on July 30, 2013
at 10:04 PM

sleep is a lot less frequent these days than I'd like, but I can certainly manage to walk more.

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at 11:36 AM

Changing her diet significantly can affect milk supply. It's the change that can be an issue. If she were already low carb, it would not be a problem.

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Congrats!

Get plenty of sleep, walk as much as you can, don't change macros until baby is at least 9 months.

Add in some resistance training when your body is ready.

Above all, don't be in a hurry to lose the weight. Breastfeeding and relaxing are going to help a lot.

34f00c7b4e5738cf04ead1a012a14ed1

(996)

on July 30, 2013
at 10:04 PM

sleep is a lot less frequent these days than I'd like, but I can certainly manage to walk more.

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on July 30, 2013
at 08:27 AM

I'm also breastfeeding although my baby is a bit older than yours. since I've started eating Paleo (now a month), I noticed that my baby picked up weight. She was initially really very skinny so I'm thrilled to see her pick up. I think its a combination of me increasing my fats (I am pretty much following LCHF) and also cutting out a lot of nonsense. Since she's on solids she's also getting more fatty foods than before (she pretty much eats what we eat) and we've pretty much cut out wheat, etc (except for her porridge, coz I really don't know what to give her if I were to take it away) in her own diet. Very surprised with the results.
I don't think you should starve yourself though, eat according to your hunger levels, but I think if you focus on higher fat content you'll benefit in more ways than one.

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on July 28, 2013
at 05:23 AM

I would stop all exercise except a bit of walking and cut carbs including fruit. I don't think low carbs affect breastfeeding babies at all. The baby tends to get what it needs. Drink lots and lots of water too. Get a lot of sleep.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on July 28, 2013
at 11:36 AM

Changing her diet significantly can affect milk supply. It's the change that can be an issue. If she were already low carb, it would not be a problem.

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