My wife and I are going to have a baby very soon. I've tried my best to keep her diet as solid as possible. I'm concerned with having her be able to breastfeed for as long as possible- at least a year.
I know there are foods traditionally considered to support breastfeeding. What do y'all know about this, and the science of nutrition to support breastfeeding.
And yes, I plan on plunking down the cash for Chris Kresser's "Healthy Baby Code", but I'd be interested in hearing from your experiences.
Check out the Weston price guide for nourishing pregnant and nursing mothers. If you are dairy free obviously find another source of minerals and fats, but it's a good guide. I never had trouble with milk supply or weight gain with my now 6 month old keeping their principles in mind. I am now dairy free but I wasn't at first. http://www.westonaprice.org/Diet-for-Pregnant-and-Nursing-Mothers
I might have just gotten lucky but my son was never collicky, by the second week was sleeping for 5-6 hour stretches at night even though we co-sleep, held his head up the first hour he was born, and has consistently been a month ahead on the milestone charts. He's really happy, healthy, and rarely cries. Super cute too. Has a nice broad face and hasn't been sick once since he was born.
I am also breastfeeding (a 10 month old) and eating mostly paleoish, but I started feeding my daughter solids at 6 months. I mostly followed Nina Planck's advice in her book "Real Food for Mother and Baby". My daughter has always self-fed, and has never had "baby cereal" etc. Her first food was mushed avocado, then butter and yogurt.
But you didn't ask about food, you asked about breastfeeding.
I eat everything and haven't noticed any food affecting my baby negatively. I too have lost all the pregnancy weight, and baby is thriving. I think the single most important thing to ensure that breastfeeding continues well and with little effort is that the mother consume enough water. It is so very easy (maybe it's just me?) to neglect to drink water, and you need it if you're going to produce ample milk. Encourage your wife to remember to drink water or at least herbal tea (and there are some good herbs for calming digestion and stimulating milk production) so she doesn't get dehydrated and end up with a reduced milk supply.
Good luck, and enjoy!
See this posting about a paleobaby in Hawaii. Lots of good tips.
I am a mother of three children, and I breast-fed them all about 2 years each. They are all very healthy, hardly ever get sick and are of a healthy weight.
My advice is to just watch high ketone levels, there is not enough research about their effect on infants and toxins that are expressed through breast-milk. I was very cautious about this, in fact I tried to avoid ketosis all together. I waited to cut carbs real low until I was done breast-feeding each of them. This is a thing you two should also be very careful about! Mommy will need carbs because it's hard work to breastfeed, the body needs to keep up milk supply. And make sure she gets enough calories and keeps taking her vitamins. I stayed on my prenatal vitamins until I stopped breast-feeding. And drink water, avoid caffine.
Infants also should have vitamin D supplement drops, they are good stuff. ;)
Remember it's most important that you give your baby the best, the rest can come later. As long as she eats healthy, gets enough carbs to stay away from ketosis, and takes her vitamins then you guys will be A-OK!
I don't think there are any foods that are PROVEN to increase supply-- there's anecdotal evidence about oatmeal, but not enough to warrant a paleo going off the wagon for it. Like others said, plenty of water, plenty of good healthy paleo food should do it. If she does have trouble (and I hope she doesn't!) Kellymom.com is a great (not necessarily paleo) resource. I wasn't able to nurse my son and have learned a lot about why not-- perhaps it was the SAD I ate or the SAD my mom ate while pregnant with me. Just glad I'm not repeating the cycle anymore.
Two key factors are the omega 3 content and vitamin D status of the momma.....if they are good all is well for the epigenetic programming of the child.......if not the shit hits the fan and limits the child development and sets the pathways for future chronic disease. Sounds like hyperbole but its not. Cancer researchers are finding out that IGF1 signaling that fuels growth as a child set up higher risks for oncogenesis. What happens to a child effects the DNA and RNA immediately and effects geno and phenotypic development. Deep stuff but important and will continue to become more important
I have eaten Primal/Paleo during my pregnancy (had a very healthy pregnancy mind you) and I am currently breastfeeding (8 months now). The only things I had to omit out of my diet for the first 6 months of breastfeeding was eggs, my baby did not tolerate them. Now she does. And some of the gassy veggies the first 3 months. The cheat foods I have are quinoa, brown rice and brown rice pasta (those are my comfort foods). She is thriving and the diet helps with my engery levels (which plumemet during the first 6 months due to exhaustion!). I lost all my pregnancy weight very quickly, my body is back to what it was before and I know this is due to my diet. She is now eating solids (in addition to breast milk) and I am feeding her paleo friendly foods, sweet potatoes (she loves!) and some brown rice cereal a couple times a week. She is thriving, energetic happy liitle girl! Congrats to you!
Very interesting thought about the body trying to prevent toxins from fat loss from entering the milk supply- could this be why some women gain weight while breastfeeding- the body's acknowledgment that the fat stores contain toxins that would be harmful to the baby if released?
Look into having her placenta encapsulated. There is anecdotal evidence that not only does it help lessen the chances of postpartum depression, it could help her milk supply as well along with other benefits.
Is veganism bad for mothers and babies? 9 Answers
Is breastfeeding a dying art? 15 Answers