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by 0 · about 2 hours ago

I have been "Paleo" for four years now and love it. But now that I am breastfeeding, I am STARVING and losing too much weight. Any ideas on how to stay fuller and stick to Paleo??

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CD 0 · October 07, 2014 at 12:17 AM

you are breastfeeding.  calories, not paleo, should be paramount.  more carbs -- potatoes and rice, more fat -- olive oil, nutbutter.   might as well try... (more)

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by 10919 · about 2 hours ago

So my darling little paleo-baby has turned 6 months and he's still mostly breastfed. Due to a recent growth spurt he has ramped up my production and in the mean time majorly ramping up my appetite. Unfortunately it's causing me to plateau again.... (more)

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paleohacks 0 · June 21, 2011 at 4:48 PM

All of my children breastfed until the age of 3 1/2. They are living proof that it's worth it. My eldest just finished her freshman year at Stanford. The youngest just graduated from pre-school. They all have immune systems that kick butt. The... (more)

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by 90 · about 2 hours ago

Hi all, I'm not 100 percent paleo probably not close but I try. I'm currently 7 months postpartum and breastfeeding. I started doing "no poo" around May? And than I had about 2-3 weeks where I went back to an organic non-toxic shampoo/conditioner.... (more)

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Myth 0 · August 08, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Alopecia is pretty unfortunate and annoying but not hopeless. Also, congrats on baby number 2.You're right, hormones play a huge part in hair loss and stress as well. Stress also messes with your hormones so, it's like a double hit. Plus, it's... (more)

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by 13 · about 2 hours ago

So I was thinking that my milk this time around with baby #2 would be AWESOME. I mean what can be better than a Paleo fed baby right? I did placenta encapsulation, I've been drinking mother's milk tea, taking fenugreek, blessed thistle, and... (more)

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Girlgenius 0 · June 03, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Motilium is an anti-constipation OTC med that increases milk supply for some women. Not sure I saw it mentioned, so I did. I see it on Amazon regularly.

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by 0 · about 2 hours ago

I'm currently breastfeeding my 5.5 month old daughter and am on the low does estrogen birth control pill. I've been sort of doing paleo (but can DEFINITELY tighten up) - but even with my lesser efforts I'd usually see benefits. Could birth... (more)

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Happy_Now 0 · October 03, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Postpartum weight loss is largely hormonal, so birth control pills could definitely slow your weight loss, but so can sleep deprivation, work/family stress, your body choosing how fast or slow to release your stores of dha/epa from your... (more)

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by 0 · about 2 hours ago

I have a couple questions...so I just gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby boy 9 weeks ago. I am having a HARD time losing the baby weight. I am eating paleo/primal (kerrygold, full fat yogurt and grassfed cheese). Yesterday's meals for... (more)

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by 0 · about 2 hours ago

Hi, I have a 9 week old baby who was born on the 50th percentile for weight. I've been paleo for 18 months but did relax it whilst pregnant, in particular having oats for breakfast. Since having the baby though I've tried to return to a stricter... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · August 19, 2013 at 11:42 AM

I know nothing of human babies, but know livestock and the principle of lactation is the same. It's a very energy intensive process and you're undereating by a lot at this point. Put down the paleo koolaid and eat, and eat lots. Starving yourself... (more)

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by 0 · about 2 hours ago

Trying to give my supply a boost and wondering if anyone has had any luck with altering recipes. I'd love to try a paleo banana muffin adding in the flaxseed, brewers yeast and maybe even cheat and get some oats in there since I know they can... (more)

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MathGirl72 0 · August 16, 2013 at 7:53 PM

I make these. I really like them warm! http://paleoparents.com/2011/video-blog-ep4-breastfeeding-qa-and-grain-free-lactation-cookies/ The fenugreek makes me smell like maple syrup. :) (more)

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by 0 · about 2 hours ago

Hi all. I have been toying with Paleo for a while but am now on day 7 of a 14 day Paleo challenge. It's going super awesome. I am just wondering about the effects of IF on breastfeeding. I have been going 12-14 hours each day and that's been fine,... (more)

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staceychev 0 · August 10, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Breastfeeding and fasting is a really bad idea if you're feeding your baby regularly (ie, not down to just once a day nursing). Don't mess with that. You will have your whole life to do paleo challenges.

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by 20 · about 2 hours ago

I need advice. I am a 28yr old female in great health. I recently had my first baby (March 26th) and am currntly 13 weeks post partum. I gained about 58lbs during my pregnancy and ended up with Pre-Enclampsia at the very end. Prior to getting... (more)

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EnglishRose 0 · June 25, 2013 at 8:38 PM

It all sounds very exhausting to me. When I'd have my babies and was breastfeeding (I expressed at work and fed at other times and half the night - I worked full time) I certainly felt concentrating on getting sleep not exercising was best. Why... (more)

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by 5 · about 2 hours ago

Hey there I'm on day 4 of my paleo plan and have noticed a significant decrease in my milk supply....its bad! My daughter is 4 months old and exclusively breast fed. The advice I've gotten is to add carbs and fats.....my question is how? Should... (more)

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staceychev 0 · June 13, 2013 at 10:26 AM

My first instinct is to recommend for you to sign up for some sort of calorie-logging tool to see if you're getting enough. I find that when I do a really strict phase in my paleo eating (like a Whole 30 or something), I don't feel like I'm... (more)

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by 30 · about 2 hours ago

I have been paleo for over three years and was quite paleo during pregnancy as well. My son is now 8 months old and I started having major sugar cravings while breastfeeding when he was about 4-5 months and I am still breastfeeding about 6 times a... (more)

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RK 0 · May 30, 2013 at 12:42 PM

One of 4 things: (1) you need more carbs, as your caloric needs have gone up. Try more starchy carbs. (2) you need more fat, as the major sign that you need fat is actual sugar cravings. (3) you need more minerals like magnesium, which... (more)

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by 0 · about 2 hours ago

Hi everyone, I'm sure this question has been asked a million times but I am having issues finding a straight answer on it. I switched to a paleo diet a few months ago to incorporate a healthy diet into our family's lifestyle. At first we were... (more)

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RK 0 · May 14, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Up your carbs from all other non-gluten sources. Some options: -potatoes (mashed, baked, homemade baked fries) -sweet potatoes (mashed, baked, homemade baked fries) -plantains (I love these "crou-tains", and on same site, smashed plantains and... (more)

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by 10 · about 2 hours ago

I have an almost 5 month old baby and I exclusively breastfeed (well, we are starting to introduce solids but she is still getting 97% of her nutrition from breastmilk). I started the whole30 challenge 3 days ago and while I already feel better,... (more)

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Ashley_34 0 · April 30, 2013 at 6:23 PM

You need to snack. Every nursing mother I've known to do a whole30 (myself included) has had issues getting enough calories for BM production.

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by 40 · about 2 hours ago

I have been loosely following the Primal Blueprint for about a year and half now, throughout my pregnancy. I have Crohn's Disease, and it seemed like just cutting out gluten was enough to stop those symptoms as well as some eczema, eye issues and... (more)

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RK 0 · April 15, 2013 at 6:56 PM

In my experience, breastfeeding is even more demanding on the body than pregnancy. I am not sure if you're going to be able to get enough cals on the AIP. Here are some thoughts: (1) beef and chicken stock. Drink a lot. (Microwave in a coffee... (more)

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by 120 · about 2 hours ago

I've been waiting since last AUGUST for this! http://ketopia.com/nutrient-density-sticking-to-the-essentials-mathieu-lalonde-ahs12/ What about the nutrient density index surprised you? What effect (if any) will the index have on your diet? For... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · March 16, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Argh!!!! His refusal to compare isocaloric values pissed me off so much. And then, he spends time discussing this artifact in the data as if it's significant! For example, at around minute 28, he compares cooked versus raw grains, and laments... (more)

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by 40 · about 2 hours ago

Hi all, I am a breastfeeding mama to a 7 month old who nurses ever 1-2 hours, 24 hours a day (no suggestions on not nursing this frequently; she needs to for medical reasons). If I don't eat a snack right before bed, I am unable to sleep in the... (more)

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jake_16 0 · February 19, 2013 at 6:57 PM

if you seriously crave sweets and fat while breast feeding, and you tolerate dairy, you could do a lot worse than well-made ice cream!

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by 45 · about 3 hours ago

Hello all! After all the "bad" weight is lost and I am burning fat for energy like a good Grok... Should I increase my protein intake and try to gain some muscle weight? Daily Eats: (I am breastfeeding and therefore I eat a lot) Green... (more)

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Kathleen_1 0 · January 23, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Your diet looks good. If you feel good, then keep doing what you're doing. If gaining muscle is your goal, then strength training will be more beneficial than eating more protein.

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by 270 · about 3 hours ago

My primary goals for Paleo are to increase my energy levels and to improve my blood sugar/insulin regulation, so I'm not too focused on my weight. But I notice that I've gained maybe ten pounds of fat in three months and I'm worried that I might... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · October 12, 2012 at 12:25 AM

Sounds like you are seriously gluten intolerant, so I would highly recommend eliminating any gluten cheats so you can heal your gut. You need good gut health to absorb your food and I suspect that most of your hunger problem is that you aren't... (more)

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by 270 · about 3 hours ago

I started doing Paleo in order to increase my energy and to prevent my PCOS from turning into diabetes, not to lose weight. But I've noticed that a lot of folks around here lose weight without trying to. I'm worried that if I lose weight, toxins... (more)

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Melissa_12 0 · October 12, 2012 at 12:55 AM

I started while breastfeeding, and dropped a bit of weight, but not a lot....I too have PCOS, and noticed more, that within a week that my milk production increased, and it wasn't bad to begin with.....I have read that you do detox a bit, but I... (more)

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by 0 · about 3 hours ago

I hope someone can help. I need to know if this is normal or if I have too high of expectations. I am 7 1/2 months post partum with my 3 child. I gained 70- yes, 70- pounds during this pregnancy. I have lost 44 so far. I lost weight quickly at... (more)

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SlimIcy 0 · October 11, 2012 at 8:25 PM

As a man I have no direct experience with this situation, but as a person who's lost (losing) weight, I would advise to not worry about it too much and be patient. There are a few reasons why: A) Your body probably wants to hold onto fat while... (more)

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by 343 · about 3 hours ago

Yep, another question related to breastfeeding! There will probably be more! :D (For those who read my previous questions, my body fought off the infection on its own and my nipples are doing so much better!!! :D But, I did use some... (more)

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Lucretia 0 · October 02, 2012 at 5:45 PM

I use Evening Primrose Oil with great success. I was taking Lecithin till I realized it was soy based. Switching to EPO was easy and I haven't had a plugged duct since. I was getting them weekly before lecithin and they came back a bit during... (more)

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by 25 · about 3 hours ago

I wanted to lose 15-20 pounds before pregnancy, and I have 20 MORE pounds that I can't lose from my pregnancy (I didn't lose any weight after leaving the hospital... I'm not one of those lucky ladies whose baby weight took care of itself). So I... (more)

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Megan_16 0 · September 19, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Please be patient with yourself! You just had a baby! Congrats, by the way.:) And great job on breastfeeding...you're giving your child a great start. I would concentrate on eating whole, healthy, unprocessed food, and enjoy your baby. These are... (more)

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by 55 · about 3 hours ago

Hi there, first time poster & long time lurker. I had my baby 11 months ago & am raising her using a WAPF/Paleo diet. Baby is exclusively breastfed (no formula/substitutes) & I started Baby led weaning when she was 7 months old. Baby... (more)

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nthmost 0 · September 14, 2012 at 8:44 PM

I don't think there's any kind of meal standard with my toddler. He's a Zen master: he eats when he's hungry and sleeps when he's tired. It's frustrating sometimes when he rejects food that I thought would be his favorites forever (e.g. as an... (more)

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by 343 · about 3 hours ago

Just two weeks ago, I posted about potential thrush from breastfeeding here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/145381/breastfeeding-moms-how-did-you-deal-with-thrush#axzz25TD7C3PM So, the good news is that it probably isn't thrush. Bad news is,... (more)

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MathGirl72 0 · September 06, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Personally, I would not take the antibiotic. When I was nursing my last baby and had a plugged duct, I used warm compresses often and pumped on that breast every two hours. I couldn't stand nursing on that side (I was also dealing with thrush at... (more)

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