Thursday, 27 February 2014

Dieting Whilst Breastfeeding

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Carrying on from my previous post (post pregnancy diets) I have decided to do a little research on dieting whilst breastfeeding.

As most of you will know I am getting hitched in September this year, and having already bought my wedding dress prior to getting pregnant I am determind to fit back into it!

Firstly I want to find out if it is actually possible to diet whilst breastfeeding and secondly to find out the best way to do it.

The NHS website recommends sticking to a healthy diet of fresh fruit and vegtables and such like but there are also certain foods which should be avoided. These include not eating more than two portions of oily fish a week and avoiding drinks with caffeine in them as this can prevent babies from sleeping and keep them awake. Obviously smoking and alchol consumption should be avoided also.

Certain medications that shouldn't be taken whilst you're breastfeeding include aspirin, co codamol, phenylephrine and guaifenesin.


I have to say I thought I knew pretty much all I needed to know about breastfeeding but I am actually surprised by what I have found out, even things which after I read them I thought well really that does make sense and is common sense. I have pre packed my materity bag with co codamol as I remember from my first labour being very sore afterwards and not being able to get pain relief as quickly as I needed it, I will now swap this in place of paracetemol.

It is recommended to wait a couple of months before starting to diet. This allows your breasts to make a healthy supply of milk, and if you reduce your calorie intake too early, it can reduce the amount of milk you are able to produce. A calore intake of 1,800 is ideal whilst breastfeeding.

Do not lose more than 2lbs a week as again any more than this can affect your milk supply.

Don’t be tempted to try diet pills or shakes, it is best to lose weight naturally. Avoiding junk food can quickly help you lose those extra few pounds and breastfeeding has been proved to help lose the baby weight, as the baby feeds its helps your womb contract to its former size.

Make sure you drink lots of water, this is essential to breast milk production, recommended 8 glasses a day should do the trick.

If you are planning on exercising make sure you consult your doctor before starting, and when you do start, start slowly with a light 10-15 minute workout. Your doctor, midwife or breastfeeding consultant can always be sought to find out further information on dieting whilst breastfeeding.

I would like to thank those of you who commented on my previous post, as without your input I would not have thought to have researched about dieting whilst breastfeeding without you! I also hope that this post will find other new mums as a source of advice.

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16 comments:

  1. I didn't breastfeed but I didn't realise that it was this complicated! Excellent post for breastfeeding mums #binkylinky

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    1. Hi Emma there's certainly a lot more to it than I realised as well, I was unable to bf my daughter as she has a tongue tie but I'm hoping this time il be able to. Thanks for your comment x

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  2. great idea to do a research) you mentioned co-codamol is that something you can ask your doctor to prescribe to get it for free? or you bought it yourself? #binkylinky

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    1. Hi Victoria. Yes you can buy it yourself or doctor can prescribe you stronger dose x

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  3. Great information for new mums. I was not able to breast feed so am completely clueless to all of this so I found your post very informative. #Binkylinky

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    1. Thank you. I'm glad you found it informative x

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  4. Lots of detailed information here for new mums. #binkylinky

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  5. Great advice. I'm still breastfeeding my 16m old bi luckily as its now more of a comfort thing I can relax a little. I found whilst breastfeeding in the early days I was naturally losing about 3-4lbs a week which didn't affect my supply thankfully. Drinking lots of water is so important but bf makes you so thirsty to start with your drink plenty!! Good luck with it! X

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  6. I've found it impossible to loose weigh while breastfeeding, but I have had supply issues anyway and thyroid problems which I suspect are all linked in! Hope it works for you! #blinkylinky

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  7. Great informative post for breastfeeding mums, good luck with your diet. I'm doing Slimming World and still breastfeeding, weight loss slow and steady, no complaints from G so milk must still be upto scratch haha! #BinkyLinky

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  8. That's very good to know, when I fed my children my body seemed to react by making me super hungry and I put on weight :( Wish I had thought of changing my diet! #BinkyLinky

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  9. Thanks for sharing what you find out, this is all useful information. Glad I weaned off caffeine during my first trimester even though I know I am allowed to at least have a little. It will making it easier for when I am nursing. #BinkyLinky

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  10. Thanks for sharing. The best way in my opinion is to eat healthy and ensure you're getting enough calories, but doing a little exercise too. Thanks for linking up #binkylinky

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  11. Thank you all so much for your comments. I will keep you updated as to how I do :) xxx

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  12. I didn't breastfeed either of my children (tried but failed miserably!!) I also didn't realise that it was all so complicated with what you could and couldn't eat! Great post! Really informative! #BinkyLinky

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