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    I'm about six-ish weeks from giving birth, and really veered from the primal way of eating during my pregnancy, for various reasons. I plan to return to that way of eating after I give birth, so I can eat lots and lots of food while I'm nursing, but hopefully lose some fat (I've gained more than I wanted to.). I have heard that losing too much fat can leach toxins and possibly contaminate breastmilk. Does anyone know about this or has anyone gone primal while nursing?

  • #2
    I think you'll be fine, so don't worry about it overmuch.

    Just eat well and healthfully, make sure you're getting enough calories.

    Also, don't put crazy expectations on your fat loss either direction (i.e., don't expect to loose it quickly. don't expect to not loose it quickly). It's going to happen in it's own way, and that's going to be different than anyone else. As an active person who was vegetarian (and fairly close to primal, really) and breastfeeding, I *assumed* I would be like a model and it would be gone in several weeks. 14 months later, finally, it was gone. Took forever, and I was totally freaked out.

    I'm just trying to help you avoid freaking out.

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    • #3
      If you're eating when you're hungry and eating nutrient dense foods I wouldn't worry about losing it too quickly. Zoebird has it right- you'll lose it the way your body wants to. My first I lost it within 2 months, my second it took forever and I never lost it all. My third I lost all but five pounds the first two weeks- she's 9 weeks old now and those five pounds haven't budged and I'm eating pretty primal-ly.

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      • #4
        This is my second kid. I nursed my first for 22 months, and I lost the weight veeeeerrrry slllloooooowwwwly.... So I really have no expectations, I'm mostly comcerned with switching from how I eat now - sadly, very S.A.D.ly - to a primal way of eating. I'm not going to do anything drastic, no whole30s in my super near future, but I do want to make the switch. Mostly because I feel so much more awesome when I eat the paleo way, not so much to lose weight, but it would be nice. Just want to make sure the switch is okay to do while nursing.

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        • #5
          Be sure you are drinking enough water to keep your supply up and don't go real low carb. I'm nursing my 2yo now and switched drastically in January and dropped carbs way low. It was bad for me, but he actually didn't seem to notice. Perhaps you could start switching now as well so it's not as much of a shock to your body?

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          • #6
            Don't worry so much about losing weight as getting the right nutrition into your body for you & your baby. Lots of fat & protein will do ya. Let your body do what it needs to and don't worry about the rest.
            Also start eating right, now. Trying to switch to a new way of eating immediately after having a baby is just a bad idea. Having a newborn is already tremendously rough on one's body without trying to adopt a new diet.
            --Trish (Bork)
            TROPICAL TRADITIONS REFERRAL # 7625207
            http://pregnantdiabetic.blogspot.com
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            • #7
              Yeah, you'll be fine.

              You know the basics of primal/paleo, so you just make the adjustments and no big deal. I might put my carbs around 100g, and everything else aligning otherwise, and just get the right number of calories/water.

              but I"m not having any more. One is good. One is nearly too much for me. LOL

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              • #8
                In Chinese tradition, there's a 4-6 weeks "sitting month" post-partum period, in which the mother eats lots of rich and nutritious food to recover from childbirth. The food is much higher in fat than we normally eat. I ate very rich food and much more in quantity than I ever did in pregnancy (but relatively low carbs, maybe around 100g per day), and without trying I lost all pregnancy weight. Nursing made me so hungry I found life easier if I followed my appetite and ate nutritious food. My baby was exclusively breastfed, and she was fine.

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