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July 05, 2010

Dear Mark: Nursing and the Primal Eating Plan

By Mark Sisson
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I’ve received the question numerous times, and last month several readers raised the issue in my “Ask Me Anything” post. For all the innumerable benefits of the Primal Blueprint diet, there are a handful of situations that oblige a few modest accommodations. In the past I’ve suggested Primally-minded adaptations for endurance athletes. Today I’ll take up the question of nursing. Do the long-term, intensive demands of breastfeeding require modification of the typical Primal diet? What special considerations are there for nursing mothers? And what about specific scenarios readers have mentioned: ketones, reflux, ammonia-scented urine? There’s a lot of Primal ground to cover today, so let’s jump right in. But first a reminder that I’m not a doctor and that everything on this site should be viewed as my opinion and not medical advice.

First, a little background. Nature made the nursing process extremely efficient, which is great for baby and potentially not so great for the mother. The body not only prioritizes nutrient intake for breastmilk but in fact scavenges the mother’s stores, leaching calcium from the mother’s bones, for instance. Even under starvation conditions, the body still produces breastmilk with a remarkably nutrient dense profile. As comforting and ingenious as this phenomenon might be, it’s important for mothers to nourish their own health and wellbeing during these months. Although a shortchanged day here and there won’t do much, over time deficiencies can develop – especially if you’re practicing extended breastfeeding. As a result, research suggests that breastmilk displays a remarkably stable nutrient profile regardless of the mother’s food intake. Nonetheless, some nutrient levels are more dependent upon dietary intake because the body simply doesn’t store these in any substantial volume. As a result, optimal nutrition is crucial both for the baby’s development and the nursing mother’s overall health.

In keeping with these substantial needs, the more nutrient dense a nursing mother’s diet can be, the better. Of course, there are those additional 500-700 calories required for breastmilk production. (I remember Carrie being ravenous during those early months of nursing.) Yet specific nutrient needs escalate throughout the exclusive nursing duration as well. With only the basic RDA intake, women can stand to lose substantial bone, muscle and other organ stores.

For a comprehensive breakdown of nutritional secretion in breastmilk as well as RDA comparisons, check out this book from The National Academies Press. The report, for example, illustrates how an average nursing woman who eats only the basic RDA for protein can expect to lose approximately 20% of her lean tissue to cover the nursing related shortage. The most common deficiencies for nursing women are zinc and calcium. Additional “at risk” nutrients include magnesium, thiamine, vitamin E, vitamin D, B6 (especially if mothers have used oral contraceptives prior to conception), and iron (if/after menstruation resumes during nursing). Other nutrients like folate are of concern because the body keeps no ready stores and excretes any excess. In considering ample dietary intake, it’s important to realize that absorption efficiencies vary nutrient by nutrient. Protein absorption, for example, comes in at around 70%. Zinc absorption has been measured at approximately 20% in the general population, but some research suggests a higher absorption rate in nursing mothers.

Now for the carb controversy. When it comes to low carb diets and breastfeeding, the conventional message sounds very familiar: back away or risk great peril. There’s little research on this topic, but rest assured there’s no support for the anti-low carb alarmism. In the absence of modern confirmation, reason and evolutionary precedent can lend context. Prehistorical mothers always breastfed, of course, and there’s no reason to believe their diet was consistently or substantially different than anyone else’s of their time.

Given the impetus toward nutrient density, carb-based foods (like grains) remain relatively poor and unnecessary choices. The nursing mother has greater energy expenditure than she did before; however, her body’s natural metabolism and conversion abilities function just as well if not better. Additional clean protein sources and natural, intact fats not only provide excellent nutritional value for their volume; they offer satiation, a feeling hard to come by in those early post-partum months.

That said, I’m not one to suggest a no- or very low- carb diet during exclusive breastfeeding. Although I know there are plenty of mothers who have successfully done very low carb diets throughout their nursing duration, I generally suggest staying in the moderate carb range (100-150 grams/day) for a number of reasons. Although the presence of ketones, some of which can potentially be passed through breastmilk, might throw off the taste of a mother’s milk, I haven’t read anything to suggest that they compromise the health of the baby. The real issue, I think, with going extremely low carb is nutritional. It’s just flat out difficult to obtain fully rounded nutrition from very low carb diets. Cutting carbs too low generally means doing away with not just sugars and grains but antioxidant rich vegetables and fruits. With the increased needs for vitamins and minerals during nursing, I wouldn’t suggest giving up or cutting back on their best sources. It’s infinitely better, I believe, to get the full scope of nutrition for you and your baby. And though I believe wise supplementation has an important role for modern living, I don’t see supplements as stand-ins for a nutritionally comprehensive diet. A quality multivitamin and mineral supplement as well as additional omega-3 can offer a little extra assurance, but it can’t take the place of a solid diet itself.

Second, I tend to think that weight loss should be pursued carefully and selectively during breastfeeding. If a nursing mother is carrying a substantial amount of excess weight, it’s a reasonable choice to wisely – and Primally – diet once her milk supply is fully established (at very least six weeks but more conservatively twelve weeks’ time). Even in these circumstances, experts generally recommend not going below 1800 calories/day for the sake of maintaining adequate nutritional intake for the baby and basic needs of the mother. I would suggest a bit more as a rule of thumb. Nursing is a time to go a little slower on weight loss, especially because rapid loss can potentially release built up environmental toxins from fat stores. If extra weight is modest or simply pregnancy related, I recommend letting time take its course. Target your eating with healthy Primal fare, but I wouldn’t suggest restricting your caloric or carb intake for quick fat loss. The caloric demands of nursing itself, the moderation of a Primal diet plan and as much regular activity as possible will consistently and safely chip away at the remaining excess pounds.

Finally, to those final specific questions about Primal nursing…. A lot of babies have reflux, and it can sometimes be related to food sensitivities. If it’s a significant or ongoing problem, it’s worth eliminating certain food groups for a couple weeks at a time to see if it makes any difference. Although gluten and dairy get the most attention and warrant initial test runs, you might want to consider doing the same test runs with nuts, nightshades, eggs, citrus and any remaining soy in your diet. Readers might have other tips for sensitivities they’ve discovered. As for the ammonia-scented urine, it’s likely an issue of dehydration. Try adding a couple extra nursing rounds for a few days. The baby won’t take as much in but will get more of the watery foremilk to fill his/her fluid needs. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water yourself during these times. Nursing requires additional water intake, and it can be easy to skimp when you’re balancing the many responsibilities of early parenthood.

Thanks for reading, everyone. Be sure to weigh in with your thoughts, tips and additional inquiries about nursing while Primal. Keep those questions coming, and have a great week!

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amanda
amanda
6 years 2 months ago
As a nursing mother myself I was anxious to see your thoughts on your subject. I have been paleo for a good while(yrs now) and continued that during pregnancy and nursing. Personally I found no difficulty for me or the babe with carbs at 50-100 and some days lower. Personally I feel better on the lower range. Babe is happy, healthy and growing well. My supply is plenty abundant and I feel wonderful with lots of good energy and mood. I do try to keep a nutrient dense diet- with leafy greens- liver(grassfed of course)- cod liver oil and of… Read more »
Amanda
Amanda
6 years 1 month ago

I have a 10 month old baby and I just stared going Primal in the last two months. I exclusively breastfed my baby for the first 6 months of his life and now I breastfeed and supplement with solid foods. Since going Primal, I’ve had no trouble with my milk supply and my baby has shown no differences whatsoever with my now low-carb eating. Even on days when I go below 50 g of carbs, my baby seems just fine and he has always been ahead of the developmental curve. Thanks for the great info!

Amanda
Amanda
6 years 1 month ago

Oh, I forgot to mention that I’ve also lost 14 pounds in the last 7 weeks since going primal while nursing! 🙂

Katie
Katie
6 years 2 months ago
I’ve been BF’ing exclusively for the past six months while eating Primally (~90 carbs a day, in general) and I’d lost my pregnancy weight by month 3. So you don’t even have to go all out with it and you see a huge benefit. The hardest thing to remember is that Mark’s advice regarding water (that he doesn’t see a huge need for it if you’re getting enough veggies) doesn’t apply in a BFing situation. You have to drink extra water while you’re breastfeeding or your supply suffers. Anytime I have a drop in supply I always check my water… Read more »
Katie
Katie
6 years 2 months ago

Whoops, I missed that he covered the need for an increased water intake in the last few sentences. His normal advice is to not worry about it due to the water in fresh veggies.

Naomi
6 years 2 months ago
This is a great topic and I hope you write more. So many mothers nowadays talk about issues with their babies’ digestion. Clearly, there are issues with the mother’s diet and most are not willing to do what it takes to get to the bottom of this. This is a major excuse for giving up nursing altogether, which is such a shame because formula is an absolute last resort, not a, “well, what the heck, this is easier” alternative. If only it could be made clear to women that it’s not suffering to “give up” all the crap that is… Read more »
kelly
kelly
6 years 2 months ago
i’ve been lurking for a while, but just had to post on this one. i’ve really only been primal for about two weeks, the previous 2 months have been about 70%. but what i have experienced is not only do a lot of women think formula is sooo much easier, but a lot of times it’s so heavily promoted by doctors. (i think every obgyn appointment i left with a “gift” of formula, even though i voiced several times that i would be breastfeeding) all i was ever told is that breastfeeding is very difficult and nearly impossible to do… Read more »
Ashley
Ashley
5 years 4 months ago

@Kelly. Wow! I just have to respond to this… Good for you for not listening to the doctors (who I, quite frankly, think should not be allowed to say such things. They are trusted experts spewing out complete nonsense!) but instead to your instincts. Kudos to you and your partner. You went through a lot of hard work for your daughter! She no doubt is lucky to have you!. And I hope you have found a better doctor. 🙂

Beth Swan
Beth Swan
4 years 9 months ago

I have to second this! Awesome, way to go on pinpointing it and not giving up! Love, love, love cosleeping. Instinct is still strong and grand!

Candice
Candice
1 year 11 months ago

What types of issues was she having with her gi? I have been eating about 90% paleo for about 4 months. My daughter seems to be having issues with constipation. She is eb and does not take baby food so I know it’s not the solids. I am thinking maybe I’ve cut out too much of something she needs nust don’t know where to start.

Izabela
Izabela
1 year 11 months ago

Candice, how old is your daughter? It’s virtually impossible, I think, for an exclusively bf baby to be constipated. My son (4.5 months old) only has a vowel movement once every four days and it’s totally normal. As long as the poo is loose, not formed.

Michelle
Michelle
6 years 2 months ago

Great article, I’m glad you addressed this important issue – eating primally begins at birth after all :^)

Jenny Morris
Jenny Morris
6 years 2 months ago
Thanks for this summary, Mark. I’m a primal ‘convert’ as of 6 months ago, and also an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) for the last 9 years. I can’t believe I’m the first person to comment! There are just a couple things I would comment on in this terrific posting. First, this statement “The body not only prioritizes nutrient intake for breastmilk but in fact scavenges the mother’s stores, leaching calcium from the mother’s bones, for instance.” yes, many moms have lower bone mineral density while breastfeeding, but there are many studies that show it is recovered or even increased… Read more »
Judy (strawboss)
Judy (strawboss)
6 years 2 months ago

Jenny, as an IBCLC also, I couldn’t agree more with your input. Those are definitely things that jumped out at me.

Keeping baby skin2skin as much as possible and dropping any thoughts of “schedule” for at least the first 2 weeks would certainly help so many women in their breastfeeding journey. I like to call it The Newborn Immersion Course. The baby will teach you what you need to know.

Mingmen
Mingmen
6 years 2 months ago

I have a biochemistry book that says: “B-hydroxybutyrate and acetoacetate also serve as
precursors for the synthesis of brain lipids during
neonatal period.” So, I think ketones will not be a problem for baby’s health…

Jessica Slattery
Jessica Slattery
6 years 2 months ago

Great! Finally something a little more in depth to do with breastfeeding. I’m breastfeeding my two year old, and I just found out I am anemic, so I’m quite weary-not of the diet, but of breastfeeding! Anyway, I’m unclear on this: “considering ample dietary intake, it’s important to realize that absorption efficiencies vary nutrient by nutrient. Protein absorption, for example, comes in at around 70%.” Basically, I need it explained (sorry I may be a little dense right now). Thanks for the post!

Don Wiss
6 years 2 months ago

Anyone that is anemic should be tested for celiac disease. Iron anemia is the number one symptom of it. This as iron is absorbed in the first part of the small intestine, and that is where the gluten causes the most damage.

Disregard any argument that a woman’s anemia is caused by menstrual bleeding. Women would have evolved to be able to handle this without becoming anemic.

Jessica Slattery
Jessica Slattery
6 years 2 months ago

Hey thanks, Don. I will also do best to ignore ideas that relate anemia to extended breastfeeding. With a proper diet, there’s no way anemia would be the natural order of things.

Thanks also for the celiac tip: I’ve been gluten free for over a year, though undiagnosed.

MamaGrok
6 years 2 months ago

One correction: women aren’t made to menstruate monthly for 30-40 years. We’re made to start around 15, have a baby followed by 3 years of lactational amenorrhea about every 3 years, and then stop, for a total of maybe a few dozen menstrual cycles, not hundreds almost nonstop over decades.

A lot has gone wrong with this process, obviously, in the last century or three. But we’re not made to bleed every month. That said, I appreciate the note about anemia & celiac – I did not know that and will share that with my anemic friends.

jen cordova
jen cordova
2 years 3 months ago

True, and in fact, women who have less cycles have lower rates of breast cancer when they get older!

Jean-Patrick
6 years 2 months ago

Great post.

I was trying to find some infos about that and guess I found it here.

thanks.

Michelle
6 years 2 months ago

Thanks for a great article. I am currently nursing my third child and have wonderful results in following a grain free diet. Both my previous children spit up constantly and my second child had reflux. I wish I would’ve known about the paleo/primal diets then as it would have saved a lot of tears. Eat when you are hungry ( feel like I eat as often as my newborn) and drink lots of water

Heatherly
Heatherly
6 years 2 months ago
I am 39 weeks pregnant and have followed the Primal philosophy for a good part of this pregnancy. I am have gained a healthy amount and baby is of a healthy weight too. My plan has been to go 100% shortly after birth as I know from my previous nursing experience that most of baby’s sensitivities were to items not “allowed” on this diet. SO I plan to be proactive and cut it out upfront. I know it will be great for babe and great for my post-partum weight loss. Now to get all those well meaning people delivering us… Read more »
Joyful Abode
6 years 2 months ago
A couple of my friends asked if I would be wanting the other squadron spouses to bring meals for me post-partum (I’m 39 weeks too)… I hesitated and said I might feel like a picky b*tch because of my “weird way of eating” and that I might just be better to decline the offers and ask for help in other ways… (asking someone to walk my dog, or pick up a couple things at the store for me, or whatnot). One of my friends was VERY quick to say that of COURSE they still wanted to make meals for us… Read more »
Jenny Morris
Jenny Morris
6 years 2 months ago

Of course they can still bring food to you! I think most people like to be told specific things to bring, so I would urge you to have a specific answer when they ask. Tell one friend to bring some fresh veggies, sliced and ready to eat, and tell another to bring sliced fruits, ready to eat. Ask another to bring a roasted chicken, and another to bring a salad. It can work. Hope your delivery goes well!

Melanie
Melanie
6 years 2 months ago

Thanks Mark!

I enjoyed this article greatly. I’m currently nursing twin boys who are now 2 months old. Anxious to drop those unwanted baby pounds I had been restricting calories but found that just drove me to binge after a few days! I’m encouraged to just focus on getting plenty of the right nutrient dense foods and steer away from the quick fixes.

Thanks for refreshing my perspective. :o)

Kelda
6 years 2 months ago

Just enjoy feeding your two little ones, the weight will take care of itself when your body is good and ready!

Breastfeeding was about the only thing I think I did well as a parent (son now 21 and daughter now 18), I really loved it, so convenient, the ultimate in ready meals LOL!

Once they get mobile burning off the excess pounds will NOT be a problem!

Sam
Sam
6 years 2 months ago

I am nursing a 3 month old and have also been anxious to lose the 20 extra lbs I am carrying. I have tried restricting and have not been successful either. I just keep telling myself to be patient, although it’s hard. Good luck to you!

Thanks Mark for the great article.

Macska
3 years 2 months ago

OMG, never restrict calories. I’m nursing twins too, but never restrict calories. I learned the hard way — talk about exhausted. I am on the primal diet also but prefer to say ‘low-carb unrestricted’ and believe me I eat, eat, eat my FATS, FATS, FATS. I’m losing all kinds of unwanted belly fat & my milk only fluctuates if my calories are too low. Been weight training here & there, enjoying hour long walks with my babies and sleeping as much as I can. You can do it, and lose that muffin, stick with it (the BF and PRIMAL.) 😀

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frank
frank
6 years 2 months ago

Hey MArk! Thanks again for what you are doing, writing all thoses articles!

Frank

Heather
Heather
6 years 2 months ago

Thank you! I am 7 months pregnant, been following a primal diet 95% of the time and gaining weight slow and steady. Baby is at the perfect weight too and my doctor is pleased. I was very curious what I was going to do once I start breastfeeding. I am glad to hear that keeping the carbs low should still work without issues. I honestly do not feel good eating grains and tons of carbs, never have. With the primal diet I feel that my baby is getting a much more nutritious diet!! Thanks for the post!

Puddymama
Puddymama
6 years 2 months ago

I was excited to see the topic today – I’m nursing a 17 month old baby girl, and maintaining my milk is a top priority for me (and her!). My daughter is a Primal baby – healthy, strong and still very, very attached to nursing. Thanks for thinking of us nursing moms!

Madeline
Madeline
6 years 2 months ago
I breastfed my son about 6 months & took prenatal vitamins. It was a joy bonding w/ him this way. You tend to fall asleep during this time lol. Until I was scared to continue cause he was an aggresive eater & bit me lots of times. It was very painful. I then used the manual pump. (Good workout :D) & alternated w/ powdered formula (Enfamil DHA) later down the months. He took the bottle & breast very well. I also gave him a pacifier & weaned him off that a little after a yr. (I would do it differently… Read more »
Dana Young
6 years 2 months ago
Thank you for addressing Primal nutrition and breastfeeding! I wish I had known about this when I was nursing my daughter. Maintaining adequate intake of food and water while nursing is so essential. Women are in such a rush to lose the baby weight that they often sacrifice what they need for their own good health in an effort to drop pounds. I couldn’t believe how much I had to eat every day in order to nourish me and my baby – and I still lost too much weight (particularly muscle mass.) I also ended up with a major vitamin… Read more »
melanie
melanie
6 years 2 months ago

Thank you for posting this article Mark! What I would have done to have this knowledge during pregnancy and breastfeeding!

Breastfeeding is truly a primal activity and the more people do it the better!

Sharon
Sharon
6 years 2 months ago
My experience with breast feeding and dealing with the medical community back in the late 60’s sadly doesn’t sound a whole lot different than a few of you experience now. We were in the Army when our first child was born. The army nurses insisted I feed our baby cereal. When I ignored them they became angry. There was actually a pretty good verbal battle. While in a civilian hospital after the second one was born, I was nursing him when the nurse came in and said. “You know, you don’t have any milk and you may never have any.”… Read more »
nathan
6 years 2 months ago

Wow, that is crazy! Talk about people trying to push their agenda on you. I’d like to think things have changed but I hear that hospitals sell personal info to baby formula companies so they can market to new mothers.

Jenny Morris
Jenny Morris
6 years 2 months ago
Sharon, glad you were ornery! Nathan, I think it’s not so much hospitals that sell personal info (that would be a HIPPA violation, you know!), but more often it is department stores. If you buy anything pregnancy related at many stores, or register for baby-related gifts, or enter your name/address on pregnancy-related websites, that’s where your info gets bought by the makers of formula. Also, filling out little cards in your OB’s office for ‘free’ magazines can also get you on their mailing lists. Funny how the formula arrives on your doorstep a couple weeks after your due date, just… Read more »
Emily
Emily
6 years 1 month ago
Wow, what a shame 🙁 I have a two month old and a 17 month old, and the hospital where both were born has a really great lactation department. They helped me a ton with my first (with the second I was a “seasoned vet” haha). Our pediatrician is also supportive. I do know that there are lots of women that just “give up” nursing or decide against it before the baby is even born. I don’t understand how they can ignore the benefits to their child or themselves… Formula is not more convenient (I would hate to have to… Read more »
Cristy
Cristy
6 years 2 months ago
Thank you so much for covering this topic! I’m still nursing my 7 1/2 month old and eating probably about 80% primal and it seems to be going really well. I did lose the baby weight really fast, but feel like I’ve been eating so luxuriously while doing so! It was kind of baffling at first that it fell off so fast eating so much meat and fat. Yum! I only discovered your website a few months ago, but I ate fairly primal during pregnancy as well because I incidentally have a lot of allergies/intolerances to sugar and grains. (Yeah,… Read more »
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Anthony
6 years 2 months ago

Mark, I met a lactating mother in downtown Orlando the other day at a paleo nutrition meet up.

Her comments on switching to paleo eating (instead of eating “lactation cookies”)?

“It’s awesome! I can feed a whole village now.”

I about fell out of my chair lol.

Jenny Morris
Jenny Morris
6 years 2 months ago

love it! But those ‘lactation cookies’ are pretty yummy, sadly. And they probably do have some effect due to the brewer’s yeast in them.

Jamie
Jamie
6 years 2 months ago

Wish I had known then what I know now. I really struggled with breastfeeding and gave it up after 6 weeks. My son ended up on a hypoallergenic formula made of nothing but “corn syrup solids”. I recently came across the ingredient list and it made my stomach churn.

Today, he is not primal, but I do my best to limit and try to eliminate corn syrup and ingredients I can’t pronounce from his diet. He’s happy and healthy and intelligent, but if I knew what I was really feeding my baby I would have made a different choice.

erika
6 years 2 months ago

What do you recommend eating to increase carbs but still stay primal? I’m committed to primal eating, but I’m nursing my voracious 4-month old and losing weight fast. Maybe too fast? More sweet potatoes and honey? More fruit?

Jenny Morris
Jenny Morris
6 years 2 months ago

Erika, try sweet potatoes with butter, and also include avocado in your diet liberally!

Kelly
6 years 2 months ago
Breastfeeding is one of the best and most natural things that a mother can do. I think that eating primal is the way to go regardless of if you are breastfeeding or not. I just think that you should monitor yourself and the baby and see how the both of you are doing. There are always going to be the ones that disagree with eating lower carbs, but of course that’s why there are so many sick and overweight people in the world. I think that if people would give it an honest try, regardless of what Conventional Wisdom tells… Read more »
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Primal Toad
6 years 2 months ago

I also agree that breastfeeding is one of the most natural things for a mother and her baby. It is unfortunate that we stop after a short period of time where as we used to do it for years.

The mother needs to be healthy but thats what the primal lifestyle is for!

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AO
6 years 2 months ago
THANK YOU, Mark, for posting on this! As a mother currently nursing my second child it was so great to see this post up today. I’ve been trying primal for just a few weeks now (~8 lb. down now, THANKS!), and was wondering whether I had been right to instinctually include a few carbier primal-friendly selections like sweet potatoes, some additional fruits, etc. in my rotation in an effort to steady the weight loss. ALSO, my weight loss had frustratingly plateaued essentially by 4 weeks postpartum (note that my baby is now 6 months old!!), and I hadn’t found a… Read more »
tbird
tbird
6 years 2 months ago
Yes! I was also addicted to Fiber One bars! And Wheatthins and Nutrigrain Bars! So much yucky sugar. I’m nursing my 18 month old and have been reading this and other “low carb” blogs for about a week now and am just amazed at how good I feel. I feel sheepish writing about it after just one week, but its so amazing to feel this way. I love the freedom of not feeling desperate for food and feeling like I had to eat something every time I nursed because I thought it was zapping my energy. I thought wrong. I’ve… Read more »
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mere
mere
6 years 2 months ago
I love this post! I am currently nursing my fifth baby who is now ten months old and over twenty pounds. During my last pregnancy we ate a very nutrient dense diet with lots of traditional foods (Weston A. Price), and I noticed that while my weight gain during pregnancy was the least of all my pregnancies (30 lbs.) Joe was the second biggest baby. Since going Paleo in January I also noticed that I feel more satiated and hit my pre-pregnancy weight of 115 lbs about two months sooner than I expected to. Then I lost another five when… Read more »
Julie Aguiar
Julie Aguiar
6 years 2 months ago
My first baby started with explosive green, watery poop and some reflux…Her Dr. suggested I eliminated Dairy from MY diet as I was exclusively breastfeeding. Voila! Imagine if I had given up wheat then too! Or, what if I started her on Formula (from milk) when she was born? How many allergies/eczema (I am a long time eczema suffer from infancy, no more though!) would she or her sister have now? Alas, this was 8 yrs ago…before my Primal journey, but I knew I was about to break the cycle of allergies, eczema, asthma, diabetes etc etc Best of luck… Read more »
Carla
Carla
6 years 2 months ago
Great article Mark! I am seriously thinking of starting a family and was wondering about matters like these. I just have no words to thank everybody who contributes to this site (you Mark in particular) for the amazing insights you have shared. I am 34 years old and have suffered through what I thought was acne for years at end. I also had trouble with a bloated stomach and even though I was a very fit athlete in my day, I could not quite shake the feeling that I wasn’t well. It took me feeling tired all the time and… Read more »
Mingmen
Mingmen
6 years 2 months ago

I have another biochemistry book that says ketones: “Provide acetyl-A for the synthesis of certain lipids
(Eg, myelin, in the developing brain, and
of milk fat in lactating mammary gland).”
So, I think ketones are very benefficial to babys… Sorry for my lame english.

Suzanne Buffie
Suzanne Buffie
6 years 2 months ago
I was primal for most of my third pregnancy, except for the occasional special event where I would have had something non primal. I am not sure of my exact carb count, but I kept fruit limited, so I suspect it was on the lower end. I had the most amazing pregnancy and birth. I weighed 10 pounds less 1 week after birth, than I did before I got pregnant and my baby’s birth weight was the highest of all three of my children – 8.5 lbs. She is the happiest baby I have ever met. Now 11 months later,… Read more »
Brooke
Brooke
6 years 2 months ago
thank you mark, As a breastfeeding mom of an 8mnth old baby this couldnt have come at a better time. I am currently battling a low supply do to a flucuation of his eating(he was sick)and feeling down, logged on and here you are to boost the mood..lol.. I have been primal for a bit over a month and have had questions about nursing while primal. Of course i assumed it was fine since all the original grokettes had no other choice and they made it. I love being primal and i love breastfeeding my baby and i love that… Read more »
Jennifer
Jennifer
6 years 2 months ago

Brooke, I struggled with the same after our daughter had the rotovirus. I loaded up on fennel-based lactation tea and capsule supplements of fenugreek. That and pumping did the trick. Hang in there!

Kelda
6 years 2 months ago

It’s all just supply and demand (that’s how natural weaning works) – pumping is the answer and breast milk can be frozen (so a useful standby if required as a bonus).

Patty
Patty
6 years 2 months ago
I dunno how drastic your low supply is, but when mine took a dip in similar circumstances, I camped out in bed with my daughter and ate like mad for a couple of days. A day or two of extra rest, extra nursings, and extra food brought my supply right back up. It was also kind of fun. I know not everyone can do this–I had a co-operative spouse bringing me food and managing the house, and no other kiddos to worry about. But if you can swing it, treat yourself to a little vacation. After 8 months, you deserve… Read more »
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jj
6 years 2 months ago

Hooray for boobies! (And yes, I’m an ex-breastfeeding mama, so I get to say that!)

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Dawn
6 years 2 months ago
What a great great post! I am breastfeeding my 18 month old currently and in this day and age of mainstream ‘early weaning, give your baby formula, get him on rice cereal at four months’ I found this to be so encouraging. I have read all your other articles about healthy seedlings, too, especially when I need some encouragement that I am not alone in extended breastfeeding my son. I believe it is best for him (as a fairly recent Primal convert I have not noticed any effect on my supply) and I enjoy it immensely. Breastfeeding was in fact… Read more »
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Laura
6 years 2 months ago
Hurray for breastfeeding! It’s hard as hell, you worry constantly about whether your baby is getting enough food, it gives you stripper nipples (I suppose that could be seen as a bonus), you leak, you leave meetings to go pump in the bathroom and your boobs hurt like hell if you don’t expel that milk in time. Also, you deal with a surprising amount of disdain from people who think BF’ing is “gross”. No, really. But it’s TOTALLY worth it because it’s the absolute best nutrition you can give your baby. The bonding kicks ass too. It was a bonus… Read more »
Julie Aguiar
Julie Aguiar
6 years 2 months ago
God I love this site…we have covered some touchy issues in the past…lol..I have gone on national radio to support breastfeeding mothers, I was a restaurant manager at the time, and I had nursed my children. At 2am on the way home, some crochety old biddy called in to the radio show and suggested that babies should be nursed in the BATHROOM so as not to offend anyone! REALLY?! Oh boy, did I go off on thaT one, ending with, SHE should eat her meal in the bathroom to see how much she enjoyed her dining experience…Get real. I posted… Read more »
Don Wiss
6 years 2 months ago

I don’t know where you are, but in NY State it is legal to breast feed anywhere that you are allowed to legally be. Absolutely no restrictions.

Julie Aguiar
Julie Aguiar
6 years 2 months ago

Duh, every few hours…not house!

Julie Aguiar
Julie Aguiar
6 years 2 months ago

And yes I lost the baby weight in about 4 months for both babies…even though I had gained about 50 lbs for each…interestingly enough, my “normal for me” weight is about 115 (i am 5’1″ and curvy) i was pushing 130 at my most fertile..I was prego 3 times in 2 yrs..1 miscarriage fresh off the PILL. So perhaps the hormoe levels do drop below a certain weight,…food for thought.

Julie Aguiar
Julie Aguiar
6 years 2 months ago

I am in MA and they wanted to pass something…hence the Hoopla at the time..this was a few years ago..

Beth Swan
Beth Swan
4 years 9 months ago

Now your right to breastfed is protected in MA. Not only perfectly legal to do so in public but illegal to INTERFERE with a momma BFing her wee one! Should never have been an issue, but there, you go. Interesting as well it always seems to be women that have the issue. LOL!

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