I haven't breastfed but what I would say is that although an overal low fat diet can be ok potentially if it is calorically sufficient, it will only be ok IF you are consuming enough total essential fatty acids (omega 3 and 6). I would say that a diet free from overt fats would not be healthy. It is absolutely essential that you provide your babys developing nervous system with enough of these nutrients. Foods such as flax, chia, golden kiwi, honeydew melon, romaine lettuce and other foods are good plant based sources. But you really need to be looking at tracking your intake regularly on a program like cronometer.com to make absolutely sure you are consuming enough omega 3. I would aim for double the RDA of 1.1g per day (so eat 2g per day at least) of omega 3. And make sure your diet is providing sufficient B vitamins, zinc, manganese, magnesium and vitamin C to ensure the proper conversion of the plant fats to longer chain fats.
i've been adding a heapfull of flax in my morning smoothies but was thinking of stopping since my blender all of a sudden has attainted a weird smell. i'm thinking maybe it's the flax? lmao i need a new blender.
I'm so glad you are caring for youself and your baby in this way.
If you are in the US I know honeydews are pretty easy to get and high in calories, too. You could also put flax on your salad or just eat a bit ground up by itself. I do remember while breastfeeding I craved almonds and would munch on those. (I was no where near low fat anything though back then)
I know it may seem to take a lot of time to do the chronometer but even if you do a day or two it'll give you a good idea of what nutrients you are getting.
My blender smelled funny a few times and I stopped closing it tight when not in use. It smelled like wine or fermentation. I leave it ajar to get air and the smell isn't an issue anymore. I'm not the most vigorous with cleaning it, seeing as it's just fruit, just a good hot rinse, so there was probably leftover particles.
Or is the smell a burnt smell? I had one that did that too and I was heaping it too full and the motor was burning up! There was black dust on the bottom.
remember to make sure that the flax seeds are grounded before eating them, if theyre not you'll have no use for them as omega-3 sources, cause the body won be able to break down the shell of the seed by itself (like this they'll have the same effect as insoluble fibres, but wont be of any use in your fat-count)
I'm so proud of you!!!
lol mary tg its smells like rancid flax seeds. prob since i grind them up in there and i dont wash it with soap but rather rinse with hot water haha
tnx ashley :)
I am breastfeeding a 2-month old and eating no overts since February 29th. We are trying to beat thrush/yeast. I plan on reintroducing overts very slowly on April 1st. I have not had a decrease in milk supply and my chunky baby girl is thriving. You must make sure to get at least 2500 calories per day though, more if you're active!
How's it going with the thrush, Mama?
Hi Greenmama! So after all this, I just found out today that I actually don't have thrush...I have a bilateral (both nipples) staph infection, probably from poor latch. *facepalm* What I thought was a thrushy tongue in baby's mouth was actually just breastmilk tongue and her fussiness is just...fussiness. I'm very frustrated, but at least I know what the problem is now so hopefully I can't get rid of it. :)
Glad to hear you figured it out and hopefully you heal soon. Is the latch figured out? Hugs!
My fat content has been under 10% for years... although until recently I would yo-yo between low fat for 4 or 5 days, and then a big fat binge (and not good fats... oils and dairy). Still my percentage hovered below 10%. My little boy will be 3 April 1st and he is in excellent health. Very active, intelligent, at or ahead of all his developmental milestones. He walked at 8 months.
I have heard that the breastmilk will be consistent in it's macronutrient content no matter what the mom's diet is, but in my personal experience, when I ate a high-fat diet with my older children, they were quite fat babies while consuming solely breastmilk. My daughters were 26 pounds by 6 months and had big bellies and rolls of fat on their arms and thighs. However, my youngest has been much more slim. Still with some fat on his butt and thighs, as is healthy for babies, but not huge amounts. The older ones had a little more difficulty with crawling and walking because of the bulk.
Interestingly, I still have more body fat than I'd like on my body... around 30% body fat. Seems like my body would rob my own fat stores if it thought my milk needed more fat.
I wouldn't sweat the omega 3s or anything else as long as you are eating fruit and greens and sufficient calories. Flax goes rancid very easily. And I don't think it's good to eat something that I am not physically capable of chewing.
One of the raw recipes that I like is called "Raw Oatmeal".
You soak your flaxseeds overnight, (as much as you're going to use) then blend them with chopped apples and bananas. You can add baby spinach leaves in there if you want to get some greens, too. It's very tasty and easy to make. I also found it to be pretty filling.