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    Default No carb diet ok?

    My beachbody coach coach wants me to go on a no carb diet. I told him I would have to check and make sure that it is ok to do while I am breastfeeding. I think I should do a healthy low carb instead of a no carb. Suggestions?

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    No carb is probably okay for nursing, but IMO a healthy low-carb diet is probably better for you and for baby.

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    Default Re: No carb diet ok?

    I've started doing the Paleo diet, which involves eating no grains at all. All the carbs I get are from fruit and veggies. It's been about 2 months since I started and I have seen no adverse effects on breastfeeding (and I feel healthier). I am not doing it for weight loss, though, so I am not counting calories. I just eat until I'm full and make sure that I'm drinking tons of water. Here's an article that talks about low-carb diets and breastfeeding that may help you decide: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/nursi...#axzz1nG7S9Ih9.

    Good luck!

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*amarirachellekiana View Post
    My beachbody coach coach wants me to go on a no carb diet. I told him I would have to check and make sure that it is ok to do while I am breastfeeding. I think I should do a healthy low carb instead of a no carb. Suggestions?

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    I would do South Beach phase 2 and 3 only.

    Way too lazy for formula

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    depends on what "no carbs" means. I would not give up fruits and veggies while breastfeeding. No way, no how. I would, however, be okay limiting the amount of grains, ya know? I don't know if you will have enough energy if you aren't getting any carbs while breastfeeding. I would be inclined to talk to your coach about having grains in the morning.

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    No carbs would mean... only protein and fat? I'm not an expert by any means, but I wouldn't think it would provide adequate nutrition for either you or your baby if you're not getting any fruits or vegetables. A healthy low carb diet sounds like the better option to me. LLL recommends eating a wide variety of foods in as a close to their natural state as possible.

    Here are a couple articles on low carb diets while breastfeeding --

    LLL FAQ on low carb diets

    Kellymom - Low carb diets and breastfeeding
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    My OBGYN told me at my 6 week post partum check up to avoid no carb diets because some carbs are required for your health. I think that the fact you stipulated 'healthy low carb' you know that the alternative is no good for you, and thus your baby.

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    May 2012
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    That is a great article from Mark. I would definitely watch your supply closely. Traditionally, the most lactogenic foods (milk-creating) have been grains: oats, quinoa, millet, and barley. If you already produce enough milk, a lower-carb diet would be OK for you. If you notice your supply dropping, you could bring in small amounts of these grains and see how you feel!

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    New York

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    i did the no-carb Atkins in between ds4 and dd5.
    I lost weight BUT I got so damn weak.
    IMHO.. don't do it.
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    No carbs? Or no grains? No carbs is ridiculously unhealthy. Read about what that much protein will do for your kidneys. If it's not a diet you can follow the rest of your life I wouldn't bother with it, because you'll lose a lot of water wt quickly, since carbs retain water, but when you eat normally again you'll gain it back. And I don't think it's reasonable to expect your body to have energy to exercise if you're not fueling it.
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