mrsmaggie Posted January 22, 2013 Share Posted January 22, 2013 Hi everyone The milk supply issue seems to come up all the time, so I hope this helps! Apologies if something very similar has already been posted. In terms of nutrition and wellbeing, my personal experience of doing this Whole30 is that I have never felt better, even before I had kids and was getting 8 or 9 hours solid sleep every night. I am getting much less sleep nowadays and yet feel like I have way more consistent energy because of how I am eating. So that is really saying something. Thus far my life has been changed. As I said, this is MY personal experience and I cannot speak for others or advise people about nutrition etc. I have been eating plenty sweet potatoes, avocado, drinking to thirst, and eating four or even five meals on the days I feel I need to. This way of eating can only be a good thing for a breastfeeding mother, your own body is receiving the best nutrition, leaving you feeling good when you need to produce milk for your baby. If you feel your supply is suffering, try eating more. However.... Breastfeeding works according to supply and demand so actually it is the following things that will help to increase your supply if you are concerned about it during your Whole30, if you are eating plenty to feel satisfied and drinking to thirst: (This bit is fact not just personal experience) - Feed your baby as often as he/she wants for as long as he/she wants - Offer both breasts at each feed - Refrain from using a pacifier or dummy for comfort, use the breast for all comfort sucking - Do some co-sleeping for a couple of nights or take your baby to bed for a day and have a feedathon - Express your milk after each feed (to make your body think the baby is having a longer feed, therefore more milk gets produced) Lastly, the amount you are able to express is not always a reliable indicator of your supply, a baby is way more effective at removing milk from the breast than a pump. If pumping, remember to massage the breast before and during a pumping session to help mobilise the fat rich milk that moves slower towards the nipple and takes more effort to get out. Hope this info helps. Don't lose faith in this wonderful way of eating. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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