Does anyone else feel like a diet with added 'bad' foods keeps the milk up?
In the last couple months I have felt much better after a tumultuous start to BFing and got back to my usual healthy self, eating a really good balanced diet, running and biking. The exercise is light to moderate, about 1/4 of what I was doing pre pregnancy. About a week into doing this I am sure my milk supply dropped right off. I started offering DS the breast every 90 min to 2 hours to get it back up again and that has been successful. But by far I have found that after a few days of having a bit of chocolate and ice cream daily my supply does a lot better, it drops off again if I cut it out. Is this a coincidence?
I am not yet back at my pre prego weight but I fit into all my old clothes, just got a 'mum tum' now. For the first 16 weeks BFing I had a lot of biscuits/choc/cheese/chips because I was ravenous all the time and craved it. I don't crave this food now and its a bit of a chore to put it in.
Oh cool, I drink about a litre of water per hour of exercise plus a litre overnight with night feeds and another 4 - 6 glasses during the day as well as other fluids. I have found more water overnight has made a difference too with the 4 month sleep regression still going and going.
I have found my diet does affect my milk supply... Don't get me wrong- my baby's growth is fantastic... He was 3kg at birth and now at almost 5 months he's hit 8kg... But I've pretty much watched what I eat since he was 3 weeks old, and when I had a bit of a break from my diet on holiday I found the engorgement torture!!! He fed as much as usual, but me relaxing my diet drove my milk supply crazy... It was literally like within 30 mins of a good feed my breasts were hard and leaking again :-/
I find for me if I eat a calorie controlled lower fat diet but make sure I eat at regular intervals throughout the day it actually increases my supply but I can't keep that up all the time especially with recent stress and health issues. I also find caffeinated drinks increase my supply to almost ridiculous levels, contrary to the popular myth that they somehow constrict blood vessels and thus decrease supply xx
Not sure if it's down to fat or just number of calories, but if I eat some junk I have more milk for sure. The days I try to eat healthier or don't mange to eat much, I definitely have a lower supply (even when drinking loads of water).
Thanks everyone for your responses. Maybe it is just a calorie thing, but my usual healthy diet is about 2200 calories, so I think its more fats/sugars.
Thanks veganmama for the idea, um maybe not a gallon. I tried adding avocado's to my salad's and having nuts and stuff as healthier fats but I am supposed to be on a FODMAP diet so get quite sick on avo's and nuts. Its much easier to get GF, DF junk food!!
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