I recently posted about doing keto while breastfeeding (here is part 1). Here a little information about where Three days into my Keto diet, I had great results, but major milk supply issues. I did use the Keto test strips to be sure that I was, in fact, in ketosis (which happened on the third day — the same day that my milk supply completely tanked)
On day one, I made sure I ate plenty of calories (over 2,000) and I drank over 200ml of water. My milk supply was great and I noticed no difference in the amount I was producing given that I had significantly restricted my carb intake. I went from about 150 grams of net carbs/day to a little less than 30 grams on the first day.
Day two was another great day. I took in more calories than day one, and took in just as much water (if not more) as I did the first day. Again, I noticed no milk supply changes on the second day, and I was even able to store an extra 8oz in the morning, after my baby nursed. I ate mostly eggs and avocados, as well as salads with extra vegetables, and took in about 35 grams of net carbs. I also tested my ketosis level using the test strips, revealing only a trace amount on day two.
The third day was a big fat bust. I woke up with significantly less milk, and my baby was able to empty both sides…I knew this was going to be a rough day if something didn’t pick up. My keto test strips revealed that I did have a moderate to high amount of ketosis happening in my body, which is what I attribute to the significant reduction in my supply. I started drinking water way earlier than normal and limited myself to just one cup of coffee (when normally I drink two), in the morning. Normally when I chug a good amount of water, my supply will increase significantly within an hour or two, but not this time.
I also consumed more calories in the morning and for lunch, and I was producing such a small amount of milk that I had to supplement with frozen milk for the later part of the day.
Needless to say, I am bummed that it didn’t work out, as I did lose 4 lb in just a 3-day period, but as I mentioned before, I want to continue to breastfeed more than I want to shed my baby weight, so I will just try again in about 6 months!
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