Diet & Weight Loss While Breastfeeding

Losing too much weight?

It's not uncommon for some breastfeeding mothers to lose too much weight while breastfeeding.  Can you relate to this?  Some might think 'lucky you', but when you're already naturally slim the last thing you want is to be any thinner.    

See your doctor to rule out any possible medical condition, such as postpartum hyperthyroidism, (overactive thyroid), and if you get the all clear it's most probably a matter of eating more more often, relaxing more often and potentially looking at your babies thirst.  

So how does this translate to real life?

Try these 9 tips;

Eat more healthy, nutrient rich SNACKS, LOAD the CARBS and healthy FATS, try making Smoothies with coconut milk or cream, avocado, full cream milk or full fat yoghurts.

Add GRAINS to your SMOOTHIES, 1/2 cup of rolled oatmeal adds 27 grams of carbohydrates; cooked brown rice is an option too.  

 

 Smothies made with Grains

Smothies made with Grains

Eat or Drink during each breastfeed, try cheese and wholegrain toast or peanut butter on toasts with a cup of milo with full cream milk.

Now is to time to add PASTA to your Salad, keep enjoying your salads, but try bulking them up with pasta, potato, beans and rice. 

Eat More, try having porridge with full cream milk or full cream yoghurt and sliced banana for breakfast, plus have toast, but if you're feeling full wait half an hour and bam - second breakfast time.   Top toast with honey and full cream cottage cheese. 

Relax while and after eating, take time to eat and digest your meal before jumping up and getting onto the next thing.  Setting good examples for your children start early and if they see you eating and running you'll create a problem for yourself later down the track when you find yourself having trouble keeping your children still long enough to enjoy and finish a meal.

Is your baby THIRSY, try the occasional bottle of water to see if your bub is actually thirsty, it might mean one less breastfeed.  

Dummy, if you find you're comforting your baby with breastfeeding it might be time to consider using a dummy. 

 

 Have you considered that your baby might be thirsty?

Have you considered that your baby might be thirsty?

Are you a protein junkie? Protein can be quite filling, so consider filling up on your carbs before tucking into the protein on your plate.  And while you're losing weight consider the creamy mushroom sauce a green light!   

 

Losing too much weight?

According to Joy Anderson B.Sc. Postgrad.Dip.Diet. APD IBCLC Breastfeeding Counsellor, some breastfeeding mothers lose too much weight, too quickly. In this case, try to increase the number of serves of food you eat across all food groups. Avoid the temptation to eat foods high in saturated fats or added sugar - the 'discretionary choices' listed in the table. These foods might help you gain weight, but are not good sources of the extra nutrients you need. Try having frequent, small meals or at least have snacks between each regular meal. Consult your medical adviser or a dietitian if you are concerned about your weight loss.

Read the full article here https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bf-info/common-concerns–mum/diet

 A happy mummy equals a happy baby, so remember do what feels right for you.

A happy mummy equals a happy baby, so remember do what feels right for you.

Have you experienced weight lose while breastfeeding?  What worked for you?