Let’s touch base on breastfeeding now that I am eight weeks postpartum. More specifically, the truth about breastfeeding and weight loss.
Cole is gaining like a champ! And, so is his mom…or, was.
Breastfeeding doesn’t magically melt away the pounds after pregnancy. For some women, this may be the case. You are burning a ton of calories with milk production.
However, I was also consuming a lot of calories.
I was so ravenous that I wasn’t necessarily grabbing the most nutrient dense food. More like, the most convenient choice. My weight actually didn’t shift much after giving birth. I know. What?!
For someone like me that trained rigorously and was very lean prior to pregnancy, breastfeeding isn’t my weight loss solution. Even when I reach my pre-pregnancy weight, I will look completely different due to less muscle and more fat.
I tend to retain body fat when breastfeeding, not uncommon, so I’m soft overall. Couple that with the winter weather which leaves me less active in general, and I hit a plateau.
In fact, I had actually put on a few pounds.
But, I’m changing that.
I feel so strong and energized working out, and I don’t want to undo the good an intense workout does for me.
So, I’m making better choices in the kitchen.
If you follow me on social media, you know I’ve been changing my diet.
I was getting lazy with my choices and using breastfeeding as an excuse to eat more. But, it’s not an excuse. In fact, I can’t think of a better time to fuel my body with the best food, and in turn, fuel my little guy.
This plan is gluten-free and dairy-free with a specific approved list of foods. Additionally, carb cycling and intermittent fasting are present.
I’ve practiced intermittent fasting (unknowingly) in the past and was at my leanest and most energized, doing so.
Because I’m breastfeeding, I’m monitoring my milk supply closely and modifying accordingly. That might mean adding more approved carbs on a low carbohydrate day.
I’m also incorporating plant based protein for smoothies, although my all time favorite is AMP 60 in Natural Vanilla (whey protein).
I’m four days into this six week plan, and I already feel improvement in my energy level, congestion, skin, and body.
This is what I need to reset my eating habits and improve the quality of milk Cole is drinking. He has gains to make after all!
I know this isn’t for everyone. But, I needed the accountability to get me back on track. Plus, I have to keep my energy high as a mom of two young ones!
Have you tried going gluten and dairy free? How about carb-cycling?