I am about to start a 30-day Ketogenic diet, but I am a breastfeeding momma, and want to make sure I am still able to get enough carbs to make milk for my 6-month-old. I spent the majority of my pregnancy following the Whole 30 eating plan, and I felt AMAZING. I guess I’ll just go back to that if the Keto diet fails.
Baby’s Needs First
Before I start this keto while breastfeeding plan, I will say that I am doing this primarily for health reasons–there are so many benefits to being on the Keto diet, and I am excited to try to get back in shape after having my third baby.
Concerns about the keto diet while breastfeeding
I had a great pregnancy. but I’ve had a harder time getting the weight off this time around. I am concerned, first and foremost, with milk-production and I will definitely quit this diet if I quit producing or if my supply becomes so low that I am having to supplement with frozen milk.
I have done a lot of research before beginning this diet, as well as consulted my lactation consultant to make sure my baby’s needs are met. I am expecting to notice a pretty big plunge in my supply for the first 2-3 days, as I am currently eating a very high-carb diet. I plan to push through these days before deciding whether or not this diet is for me, however.
My current weight is about 10lb off for my pre-pregnancy weight. I definitely want to get back to that place, and hopefully, I’ll be able to successfully keto while breastfeeding my baby.
I am currently planning my shopping list for the first week on this low carb diet to hopefully throw my body into ketosis.
Keto diet while breastfeeding meal planning:
I am not a big breakfast eater, so I plan to try to get in an egg with half of avocado. I usually eat 1/4 cup of oats, unsweetened and tend to snack before lunch, but I am trying to get out of that.
I am going to grill some chicken thighs, enough to last for the first two days (at least), and I will steam some broccoli to go with it. I may also add an avocado, especially for the first few days because I want to make sure I am getting enough calories in.
I will have either chicken or fish with a side of two low-carb vegetables.
I am going to try to snack less, but when I need it, I’ll snack on either cucumbers with cream cheese, or BLT wraps.
I also got the keto test strips to make sure I actually reach the state of ketosis.