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.
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.
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!
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!