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#1 Miss Lily

Posted 19 January 2013 - 05:30 PM

am curious if any other members had a low or no carbohydrate diet whilst breastfeeding with no negative effect or drop in their supply?
I was on a low carb diet before conceiving and had great results, since having bubs Ive been on around 1800 calories a day but the weight wont shift at all. I know for my body to lose weight I need to cut back on carbs but dont want to jeporise feeing my baby which is far more important.

Really appreciate your feedback.

#2 ~kacee~

Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:08 PM

I've been on a high protein, low carb (maybe 1 piece of bread a day, no potato, rice or pasta) since January 1st (DS was 6.5 months) and I haven't noticed any supply changes. However, I'm drinking heaps of water, and have started taking Herbs of Gold breastfeeding tablets, plus Blackmores P&BF gold tablets. Maybe they help??

How old is your LO?

#3 axiomae

Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:13 PM

Within a few days my supply drops right off. I'm still holding onto 5kgs of baby weight and can't wait to get rid of it! Low carb always works for me too, but I'm going to have to wait until I wean DD. I have a dodgy supply as it is so any drop is quite significant.

#4 Miss Lily

Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:39 PM

QUOTE (~kacee~ @ 19/01/2013, 08:08 PM)
I've been on a high protein, low carb (maybe 1 piece of bread a day, no potato, rice or pasta) since January 1st (DS was 6.5 months) and I haven't noticed any supply changes. However, I'm drinking heaps of water, and have started taking Herbs of Gold breastfeeding tablets, plus Blackmores P&BF gold tablets. Maybe they help??

How old is your LO?

Just 13 weeks, but I feel so so yucky at this weight (20 ish kg to lose) and I want to do something serious to shift it now. I know my body doesnt drop kgs on low cal/exercise alone from previous weight loss pre pregnancy, but low carb is the only way Ive been able to lose before... Glad to hear your experience has been positive, have you lost any weight so far?

#5 Megs25

Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:39 PM

I've heard you shouldn't, because it forces your body into ketosis and ketones leach into your breastmilk, which isn't good for bubs.

Stick to a balanced diet while breastfeeding.

#6 lucky 2

Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:50 PM

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#7 Ella'n'alex

Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:02 PM

I eat a sort-of-low-carb-diet, because I suffer from low blood glucose, but I eat small amounts of unrefined carbohydrates - brown rice, bread with lots of grains and seeds etc. Could you maybe just do that until you're finished BF? Go for small amounts of low GI stuff?

13 weeks I wouldn't be too worried though. If you're hungry then you need to eat - eat good stuff, and listen to your body. Someone told me, and I'm now convinced, that you need to give yourself two years to recover from a birth.

#8 Froger

Posted 20 January 2013 - 08:05 AM

I'm eating low carb high fat, and have been for quite awhile now (maybe coming up to 1 and half years, I'm not quite sure, could be longer).

Anyway, this whole time I've been breastfeeding two children with no problems. But neither of them were little babies when I started, they were older - I think the youngest was probably around one and half years old when I started.

I eat lots of non-starchy vegies and salad, meat, nuts, berries, that type of thing. I'm eating much more nutrient dense and healthy food than I was before (when I ate lots of rice and junk food), so I figure it can only be a good thing. I also eat heaps more than 1800 calories (that seems rather low, especially when breastfeeding) But as I say my kids were both older than yours. Anyway I've lost over 30kgs now while breastfeeding.

Anyway, 13 weeks after having a baby seems a little soon to be worrying about weight loss to me. I was just lazing around at that stage, taking advantage of breastfeeding to stuff my face, lol.

#9 Chelara

Posted 20 January 2013 - 08:11 AM

Don't do no carbs but I'd say you're fairly safe to cut carbs completely from one meal and stop any sugary drinks and snacks and see how you go. I'm breast feeding an 8 month old and have lowered my carb intake.

#10 Anemonefish

Posted 20 January 2013 - 08:27 AM

I don't think you should do the 'no carb' thing while breastfeeding as it messes with your body's chemistry. I'm vegetarian, so can't totally cut carbs, but I do go low carb whenever I can - I avoid rice/bread/pasta (particularly in the evening), but I do eat cereal (muesli) for breakfast, skim milk in coffee/tea, and I avoid sweet things. I did stints of low carb while breastfeeding without it affecting supply, but my babies were both 1-2 yrs old and eating regular food as well. I think the main thing is to not try to lose weight too quickly, drink lots of water and add in some exercise. A friend of mine launched into a strict diet and heavy exercise routine when her baby was about 6 months and she lost all the baby weight within a couple of months but lost her milk too. To be honest, I'd rather be overweight for a little longer than jeopardise breastfeeding, it's only a short period in your life that you are breastfeeding after all.

#11 Marchioness Flea

Posted 20 January 2013 - 08:29 AM

I was told it's at around 4 months that the weight starts to drop off when you're breastfeeding. Certainly that's when I lost most of mine.
I wouldn't go NO carbs, but a low GI diet with good carbs certainly can't hurt.

#12 Miss Lily

Posted 20 January 2013 - 09:39 AM

Thanks all, appreciate the feedback.  I judge myself for wanting to be rid of this weight so quickly too! I was obese before conceiving, lost about 15 kgs with a no carb (ketogenic) diet in a few months after trying all kinds of diets/eating plans - this is what works for my body.  Now, Im up another 10 kgs from pre pregnancy which may not sound like much, but this is on top of an extra 15 I had to lose plus Im only 5'2. Anyway, I know that if I cut out carbs completely the weight will drop off but I of course dont want to damage the breastfeeding relationship that I have...
Ill take your advice and try low carb which seems to still be healthy. I think I also need to watch calories a bit more closely, I probably am going over what I need and just dont realise it.

#13 StopTheGoats

Posted 20 January 2013 - 09:48 AM

A low carb diet and a low calorie diet both caused my supply to drop but my supply was so tenuous to begin with that lots of minor things would impact it. I think it depends on you. You're pretty much established now so you could probably afford to watch and learn. If you feel wonky or your supply drops, include some low GI whole grains and see if that makes a difference.

Agree with the 4 month thing to. I started to naturally trend down from 4 months with not a lot of effort.

Edited by JuniorSpies, 20 January 2013 - 09:49 AM.

#14 Tesseract

Posted 20 January 2013 - 09:56 AM

After having a baby, and while breastfeeding, my body completely changed. Pre-pregnancy I was 80 kg, end of pregnancy I was 93kg, 9 months of breastfeeding I was 65kg and now at nearly 2 years of breastfeeding I am 60kg. It has been dramatic. I now eat an awful lot more than I used to, although my diet is pretty clean (treats only about once or twice a week). I eat for hunger - I don't deny myself ever, but I also stop when I'm full. I eat everything although most carbs are in the low gi variety, mostly because I don't eat anything too processed.

Your baby is only 13 weeks. Definitely eat healthily and low gi, and dont overeat, but I would wait to see where things are at 6 months before doing anything dramatic like no carbs.

#15 zogee

Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:29 AM

I have been on the Dukan diet for about 3 weeks and it has dried up my milk very noticeably! I'm okay with it given that ds is nearly 11mo but if iwas you I'd be very cautious! wink.gif

#16 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:45 AM

You're only 13 weeks out from pregnancy and it is way too soon to be doing a drastic medically unproven diet. Even limiting calories to the extent you are is not a good thing.

Seriously give your body time and feed your baby.  It will all come right with time.

#17 sumie

Posted 22 January 2013 - 01:06 AM

Hi, just saw this topic...I've been reading stuff, but never taken part in any discussion. Thought I'd start original.gif

I was on a low carb diet just before I fell pregnant, (and lost a good bit of weight) but made sure I came straight off as soon as I thought I'd conceived. The Atkins book which explains the science behind low carb diets mentions really strictly that pregnant and nursing mothers should not do the weight-loss phase of Atkins. In fact, it mentions it a few times!

Just found the book, dusted it off, here is warning from Chapter 18  Regiment to Jump-Start Weight Loss 'And just in case you actually did the unthinkable, and skipped the beginning of the book to get to this chapter, let me repeat one important health warning: None of the weight loss phases of Atkins is appropriate for pregnant women or nursing mothers...'

As a previous poster mentioned, I believe it's to do with ketones (ketosis is where your body burns fat instead of glucose). A friend who is a neurosurgeon says this is a big no-no for breastfeeding mums.

So although I am seriously keen to lose weight or even just get out of maternity clothes (had my baby 2 months ago) I don't think low-carb is the way to go until I stop breastfeeding.. just don't know if it's worth the risk. Bust as soon as I'm done BF, I am definitely getting back on!

#18 IShallWearMidnight

Posted 22 January 2013 - 02:08 AM

QUOTE (Balzac @ 21/01/2013, 10:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You're only 13 weeks out from pregnancy and it is way too soon to be doing a drastic medically unproven diet. Even limiting calories to the extent you are is not a good thing.

Seriously give your body time and feed your baby.  It will all come right with time.

Im 5 months post partum, have been 'calorie counting' since birth (im quite overweight) and on 2100 calories (and eating back my exercise calories) Im losing 5kg a month, so nice and slow, and havent affected my supply.

#19 julzely

Posted 16 January 2015 - 09:22 AM

Can you just change the type of carbs you are eating and try and always pair your carbs with protein? I find high in sugar carbs are an issue for me, but low sugar carbs combined with protein make a huge difference.

For example for breakfast I have oats as these have a fairly high amount of protein and are pretty un-processed. I also found them really good for keeping up my supply.

At lunch I have a salad, but add Chickpeas which have carbs and protein, then at dinner I typically have a no carbs

#20 josh2003

Posted 16 January 2015 - 09:43 AM

I live on a low carb diet pretty much full time (but I include milk in my diet), and I agree that it's the easiest way to lose/maintain weight without feeling hungry.

But if I were breastfeeding, I would just do a low GI diet, rather than a really low carb diet, and just limit the amount of white bread, pasta, sugar you eat.

I had GD for both of my pregnancies, so I had to follow a low GI diet, and I actually lost weight while pregnant, so if you are breastfeeding and on a low GI diet, you would probably find that you would lose weight as well.

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