How to WHOLE 30 While Breastfeeding


One of the biggest concerns I had as I started my Whole 30 was that it would tank my milk supply. My little man had just turned 4 months old and this was NOT the time to have that happen! I had friends attempt a Whole 30 in the past and stop because of supply issues- I knew that it could happen to me and I wanted to take every precaution that I could- including going into my whole 30 knowing that I would have grace and stop if it wasn’t working for Shepherd and I.

To my surprise, I had no supply issues at all! If anything, I had more frequent and more noticeable letdowns- win! But, there’s some things I did to ensure this, and I want to share with you today.

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DOUBLE THE FAT

Seriously. There’s a recommended amount of “plated fat” with each meal, and I ate about double that. That meant a LOT of avocado, a LOT of nuts, and using more oil than I normally would when cooking. And even being generous with my compliant bacon 😉 You know what? I felt GREAT.

ALLOW SNACK(S)

Whole 30 is as much about breaking mental habits as anything else, and so snacking is typically discouraged. However, I decided to be gracious with this and let myself snack as my hunger cues dictated- and I really tried to be mindful. Typically, this was a handful of nuts or more avocado- easy, fat-rich foods to give me more energy. In a pinch, a small banana (Rwandan bananas are like 1/3 the size of normal ones) or a green apple would do the trick.

DRINK ALL THE WATER

All of it. I made it my goal to drink my weight in ounces of water each day. I didn’t always make it, but I usually got pretty close, and I definitely think it helped curb my “hangover” at the beginning of the Whole 30 and made sure I was hydrated enough to be making ample milk throughout.

ADD SOME COMPLIANT CARBS

As in, potatoes. White ones. Cooked mindfully and with compliant oils- but yes, potatoes every few days helped keep my stamina up and give my body lots of energy to work with!

BE GRACIOUS

Whole 30 doesn’t work for all breastfeeding mamas- it’s just true. If you are going into it knowing that you’ll feel like a failure if you have to abandon your whole 30 to save your milk supply, wait! Having a gracious mindset with sound priorities is key- your baby is worth it!

Have you attempted or completed a Whole 30 while breastfeeding? What was your experience?

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