Low Carb while Breastfeeding

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Posesinavase Sat 25-May-19 21:16:21

Has anyone lost weight following low carb while Breastfeeding?

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LilyMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 26-May-19 10:05:13

We're just bumping this one for you, OP. flowers

Posesinavase Sun 26-May-19 10:43:35

Thank you

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prettybird Mon 27-May-19 01:46:52

@stuntnun has done and is very knowledgeable smile

PatricksRum Mon 27-May-19 02:23:51

Yes, I need this!
I wanted to do a shake type diet but ofc not recommended whilst breastfeeding

prettybird Mon 27-May-19 02:32:54

Remember: Low Carb Boot camp is High Fat Low Carb smile

The Rules are pinned to the top of the topic - and are also in the "Spreadsheet of Fabulousness" that is linked to in the OP of each week's thread during Boot Camp. We're currently in Week 2, but BIWI will be starting the Week 3 thread later this morning grin

Iirc, breastfeeders are allowed to be on Boot Camp Lite from the start (the rest of us have to go through 2 weeks of strict Boot Camp grin)

Posesinavase Mon 27-May-19 13:05:58

Thanks everyone.
I'm going to start this week.

Where can I find the spreadsheet?

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StuntNun Mon 27-May-19 13:06:40

I've lost weight twice on the Mumsnet Low Carb Bootcamp while breastfeeding. The first time was losing baby weight plus years of weight gain in 2013 after my third child was born. I lost 30lb in five months to reach the middle of the normal BMI range. The second time was just losing baby weight (I have maintained a normal BMI since 2013) after my fourth child was born.

You don't actually need any carbs while breastfeeding but by the precautionary principle I suggest following the Bootcamp Light rules in which all your carbs will come from low carb fruits and vegetables, dairy, nuts and, if you are vegetarian, small amounts of pulses, tofu or Quorn.

It's important to maintain good nutrition while breastfeeding since the baby gets first dibs on vitamins and minerals. I recommend taking a good breastfeeding supplement such as Pregnacare. Many people, whether breastfeeding or not, find they need extra electrolytes in the first few weeks of going low carb. You can buy electrolyte powders or solutions, the High5 Zero electrolyte tablets used by cyclists, or make your own electrolyte drink from water with a pinch of salt or LoSalt (which contains potassium as well as sodium) and a squeeze of lemon juice (bottled lemon juice is fine).

If your baby is still breastfeeding frequently through the night, then the adaption to low carb in the first few day can leave you feeling pretty tired. I suggest having a snack on your bedside table if you feel hungry during the night or first thing in the morning.

I'm happy to answer any questions people have.

prettybird Mon 27-May-19 14:55:00

This is the current week's Boot Camp. www.mumsnet.com/Talk/low_carb_bootcamp/3596373-Week-3-Sumer-19-Low-Carb-Bootcamp-Bootcamp-Light (you might need to flip the thread as my default setting is to have the most recent first) BIWI forgot to link to the spreadsheet in her OP - but you'll find it a few posts later at 08:24.

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