Dieting and breastfeeding...

DeserRai - posted on 06/26/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I've been wanting to do the Nutrisystem diet for a while now but will it affect my milk supply. Any mommies on a diet?

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Lori - posted on 06/26/2011

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I don't know about affecting your supply, but I wanted to do NutriSystem with my first daughter. When I called them I asked if I could do their diet while breastfeeding. They (nutrisystem dietitian) told me not to do their program until the baby was over 12 months old or had weaned. This was due to the extremely high soy content in their foods.

Now this doesn't mean you can't diet. I just wouldn't suggest Nutrisystem. I'm not sure about other programs, but I've had success with Weight Watchers, and they make alterations to their program specifically for nursing Mommies. The guideline I've heard when loosing weight is for most people an average of 2 lbs per week is safe, but for nursing moms, it's only 1 lbs per week. If you start loosing too much it could affect your supply.

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