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Breastfeeding Diet

Two Kinds of Breastfeeding Diets

There are many health benefits to breastfeedingThere are two kinds of breastfeeding diets: one is a diet in the sense of a “weight-loss” diet. The other is a diet in the sense of “what kinds of foods can help with breastfeeding – both milk quality and milk quantity.” We’ll talk about both kinds of diets in this article.

Rule #1 of a Breastfeeding Diet

It is possible to diet to lose weight and successfully breastfeed at the same time, however it can be very tricky because breast milk is produced by the food (calories) you eat. If you limit your calories too much your body won’t have the raw materials available to create milk and your milk supply could suffer or even shut down.

The guidance you’ll often hear from medical professionals is that pregnant women should consume about 300 additional calories beyond what they typically consume for growth of the fetus/baby. What surprises a lot of breastfeeding women looking to diet is that the same medical professionals recommend that breastfeeding moms consume 500 additional calories for the production of breast milk!

Too aggressive of exercise or breastfeeding dieting can negatively affect milk productionWhat that means is that if you’re looking for a breastfeeding diet that’ll help shed that extra pregnancy weight, look for a diet that is based on calorie intake and exercise (as opposed to a diet that restricts certain food groups, such as a low carb diet or paleo diet). Find your daily calorie target. For most women this is between 1200 and 1800 calories. Add to that target 500 calories for breastfeeding. While you’ll be eating 500 more calories per day than what your diet plan calls for, these breastfeeding calories magically get converted into breast milk to feed your baby, so they don’t really count. Hit your daily calorie target and exercise sensibly and the weight will drop off and you’ll be able to breastfeed successfully.

Very aggressive dieting or exercise can and usually will have a negative impact on your breast milk production. If you notice your milk supply is not as high as you want it to be, ease up on the exercise or add in a bit more calories. Finally don’t begin any breastfeeding diet until your milk supply and your breastfeeding relationship is well established.

A Breastfeeding Diet That Makes More Breast Milk

If you’re less concerned about a weight loss diet and instead are looking for a breastfeeding diet that helps breast milk production, this is the section for you.

breastfeeding diets must include certain ingredientsEating is so common, so everyday, that we often forget how important it is. What we eat and drink and when we eat or drink is the major determiner for how much we weigh, how healthy we are and how much energy we have. It contributes to what diseases we get or avoid and how long we’ll live. Given all that, it’s not much of a surprise that what we eat can increase or decrease our milk supply.

There are certain foods that seem to really help increase milk supply. They are: Oats (oatmeal), brewer’s yeast and fenugreek powder. The more of these three you can weave into your diet, the bigger the boost to your milk supply. Try searching online for recipes. Or better yet you can get 39 milk-boosting recipes in the book Milk Up!, which is included as a free gift with an order of Lactiful Supply Max (an herbal supplement that boosts breast milk production). Here’s a yummy recipe from the Milk Up! book:

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Lactation Cookies

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons flaxseed meal, soaked in 8 tsp of water
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 stick (1?2 cup) of butter, softened
  • 4 tablespoons brewer’s yeast
  • 1½  cups peanut butter
  • 4 cups oatmeal
  • ¾ cup plain M&M’s
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In large bowl, use mixer to combine first nine ingredients – eggs through peanut butter.
  3. Add oatmeal, candy, and chocolate chips and mix thoroughly.
  4. If dough is too sticky add another 1/2 cup oatmeal.
  5. Scoop large tablespoon-sized balls and place on cookie sheet.
  6. Bake at 350°F for 12-15 minutes. If using two racks, switch top to bottom and bottom to top about halfway through. 

What If Your Breastfeeding Diet Needs A Breast Milk Production Boost?

Often the fastest results can be achieved with a herbal breast milk booster. One observational study found that Lactiful Supply Max increased the breast milk production in 75% of the women who tried it regardless of the breastfeeding diet they were following, or not. You can learn more about Lactiful Supply Max and how it works here.

Low Milk Supply

What Is Low Milk Supply?

Low milk supply is the common term for hypolactation, and it means that the mother is not able to produce enough breast milk to exclusively feed her baby and must supplement with formula or breast milk from another mother.

Do You Have Low Milk Supply?

Low milk supply will show up on the baby scale.

Low milk supply will show up on the baby scale.

In the card game poker, a “tell” is something a player does unconsciously whenever he or she gets  good cards or a bad cards. And while tells can reveal the secrets in the game of poker, there are many false tells in the area of low milk supply. For example, if a baby cries regularly after breastfeeding some mothers interpret that as baby is still hungry and not getting enough breast milk. And while that is a possibility. It’s also possible that baby is simply tired and wants to be put to bed or that baby’s tummy is uncomfortable and she needs to burp.

There’s really only two ways to tell if you have low milk supply. The first is if your baby is not gaining weight as expected. This usually means he’s not getting enough calories and that you have low milk supply. The other way to tell if you have low milk supply is to test your milk supply by conducting a feed weight test or a pump test. The feed weight test takes 24 hours and requires an accurate baby scale, while the pump test takes 4 hours and requires a good dual electric breast pump. Click the links to see how to do either test.

If You Have Low Milk Supply What Should You Do?

MotherhoodIf you have determined that you do have low milk supply, the first step is to make sure your baby is getting the proper amount of nutrition and calories by supplementing with formula or breast milk from another mother (friend, family member, or milk bank).

Once baby is getting the nutrition she needs, try to determine if there is a specific cause of your low milk supply. There are many causes of low milk supply and you could be affected by one or more. Start with our list of 27 causes of low milk supply. This article goes into each low milk supply cause and offers solutions for correcting the issue that may be holding your milk supply back from it’s full potential.

Low Milk Supply Treatments

After you have determined that you do have low milk supply and you’ve tried to investigate and correct anything that may be causing the low milk supply, the final set is to get treatment. Treatment options for low milk supply is a bad news / good news situation. The bad news is that there is no treatment option that works 100% of the time for every mom. A cure doesn’t exist. A magic pill doesn’t exist. Even prescription drugs don’t work for every mom and can have serious side effects such as deep depression.

The good news is that there is a treatment options for low milk supply that will either:

1. Work – your milk supply will increase significantly

OR

2. Not cost you a penny – a full, 100%, prompt refund is given to any customer who feels the product didn’t work.

Lactiful Supply Max has been shown to reverse low milk supply

Lactiful Supply Max has been shown to reverse low milk supply

What low milk supply treatment option either works or is free? It’s Lactiful Supply Max. What is it? It’s an all-natural, herb-based treatment. And it works! A 2012 observational study found that 75% of the women who took Lactiful Supply Max to increase breast milk production saw an increase. And for those who saw an increase the average increase in breast milk production was 14.8 ounces of additional breast milk produced per day per mom. You can learn all about Lactiful Supply Max and its treatment of low milk supply in just 30 seconds by clicking or tapping hereClick for more articles about how to increase milk supply