When Madilyn was about 5 months old, I hired a personal trainer who helped me work out a diet and exercise plan that would help me lose weight. She wanted me to do low carb, high protein and I was fine with that. I had done it before so I was familiar with what I could and could not eat, I had great success with it in the past, and I was mentally prepared to lose the weight.
I did it for two weeks and lost a few pounds and with those pounds, my milk. I generally have absolutely no problem with milk supply. I am a freaking dairy cow and could feed all of Africa’s starving children with my wonderful milk. But this diet sucked it right out of me. As soon as I realized what had happened, I ran directly to Chik-Fil-A and bought an entire meal, complete with french fries and a milkshake. I ate oatmeal for breakfast the next morning and lots of other junk I’m sure. My milk came back in within a few days and all was well with the world.
Well, except for the nearly $500 I had blown on that personal trainer, gym membership, and new gym shoes. And the fact that I gained all 4 pounds that I lost back.
Since then, I’ve been terrified to even attempt a calorie-restricting diet, or any other diet that requires drastic changes in my diet. My caloric intake hasn’t been outrageous but I just seem to be gaining and gaining and gaining and gaining. I had a difficult time losing weight while I was nursing Styles too but as soon as I stopped, I lost 30 pounds. I haven’t been silent about the fact that I’m not going to get to lose weight until I’m done nursing Grady.
But the migraines got the best of me. I just couldn’t deal with it anymore so the last solution was a dietary change in the form of this Paleo Lifestyle.
To be honest, the last thing on my mind when I started eating Paleo was my milk supply. It had, however; been a significant source of stress recently. I haven’t been dieting but my milk supply just didn’t seem to be as abundant as it had been in the past. Grady was getting what he needed but there didn’t seem to be a lot left over. Call me crazy, but I’m just used to leaking tons of milk while I’m nursing, while I’m sleeping, and not having to pump due to excessive overflow. But in the last few weeks, that hasn’t been the case.
So, again, the last thing on my mind while starting Paleo was my milk supply.
But a couple of days ago, I felt that familiar tingle in both breasts while nursing Grady, I heard him gulping down an excessive amount of milk, and I soaked through a Lansinoh breast pad in one feeding. I was shocked. It had been a couple of months since that had happened. I thought it certainly had to be a fluke so I didn’t pay much attention to it. Two days later, and my milk is still extremely abundant. I’m not drinking any more water than I was before, I’m not eating oatmeal (which is touted as having milk-production properties), and I’m not drinking any milk-supply tea. The only thing that I’m doing differently is eating a Primal, whole diet. I’m eating meat, lots of vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fruit. I’ve added things that have been missing from my diet for years and the most amazing thing has happened: My milk supply is abundant and wonderful. Grady has been staying at the breast longer and has seemed more satisfied after eating.
I had no idea that my dietary changes were going to have such a positive effect on Grady’s food source as well. I don’t know why the elimination of grains, sugars, and legumes from my diet would have such a positive effect on my milk supply but I’m overjoyed that it has. I guess if you think about it in a historical sense, it makes sense. Survival of the fittest kind of thing. If I didn’t have enough milk back as a cavewoman, my children wouldn’t have survived, and if lots of cavewomen had, had that problem then our entire species wouldn’t be where it is today, it would be extinct. But now that I’m eating like a cavewoman, I’m apparently producing milk like a cavewoman and the species can live on!
Hip pain gone, no headache, 6 lbs lost, more milk…So many positive changes this week! I can’t wait to see what the future holds.