Breastfeeding On A Diet

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EricaG - June 2

I've planned on br___tfeeding my little one exclusively, no formula or supplementing, since we decided to get pregnant. But now I'm wondering something... Becaus gallstones that started making trouble around my 10th week of pregnancy I have had to be on a pretty strict low-fat diet. 20 grams or less of fat a day. Obviously not enough fat to sustain me at my weight and feed the little one inside me too, I have lost, not gained weight during my pregnancy. This has only bothered me a little because my uterus is growing fine and my 20 week ultrasound showed the baby growing fine too, I'm now about 31 weeks along. Ok, enough of the background and on to the question: The surgeon and I agreed on a waiting period of about 6 weeks after birth to have the gallbladder surgery, and it takes a little while after that to incorporate more fats into the diet. So, for about the first 8 weeks of my baby's life I will be getting a VERY limited intake of fat. Will my milk be nutritious enough for my little girl? Will SHE get enough fat intake? Should I think about supplementing my milk or just formula feeding her? I wouldn't worry if it was just the bad fats that were limited, but its ALL fats, even the good ones like in nuts avocadoes, chicken, granola. Also, I have to stay away from acidy fruits such as apples and oranges because they cause problems too. I mostly stick to grapes, pears and watermelon. Do you think with all the restrictions on my diet for the first couple of months I would just be better off formula feeding her? Sorry it's so long... it's just complicated, let me know what you think please. :o)


Susan W - June 2

Your body will seriously take what it needs and make b___stmilk for that baby. That will be your body's first priority, and your b___stmilk will meet her needs. But I think it would ease your mind to talk to a lactation consultant, not a doctor, about nursing. Doctors are not really trained on nursing and the ins and outs, and a LC is and can really answer your questions best. But as long as you can eat enough calories, I personally don't see a reason that you can't nurse exclusively (heck, you can eat MORE calories -- making milk burns about 20 calories an ounce!). There is a very short list of reasons a woman can't nurse, and the LC can go over this with you and make sure you aren't on that list. I congratulate you on your choice to nurse and wish you the very best :)


C - June 9

I agree to ask a consultant but I don't think it'll be a problem from all of my reading on the subject.



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