- Really listen to my body’s signals and give it what it needed – food, sleep, rest, etc.
- Reset my sugar cravings (did I really need that daily dessert or mid-week glass of wine?)
- Make sure my milk supply did not dip
Not only did I achieve all of my goals, but I even felt like I had achieved them about halfway through the 30 days. I really only finished it after that point for the sake of saying I finished it 🙂 I also really wanted to make sure my milk supply didn’t drop during the entire 30 day period, so I could give other new moms hope to complete it! And finally, this time around, I didn’t go totally off the rails after it was over! I have enjoyed indulging here and there but still eating great 80% of the time.
My best Whole 30 advice for breastfeeding moms:
- Don’t make special Whole 30 recipes. As a new mom, you likely don’t have a lot of time to cook, period. Don’t try to make any special recipes – I think I made three meals from recipes the whole month! Prepare foods that are easy to grab and go or easy to throw into a meal – precook meat and potatoes, wash and chop your fruits and veggies, and then mix ‘n match for all your meals.
- Eat a starchy carb and/or fruit with each meal and snack. I had a potato, sweet potato, plantain, and/or fruit with every meal/snack – I think this was key to keeping my milk supply up.
- Make sure you stay hydrated. Drink A LOT of water and coconut water/milk to stay hydrated – you need lots of fluids to produce breastmilk.
Melissa’s Whole 30 Motivational Tips (for everyone):
- Do something new, fun, or exciting – spice it up and don’t get stuck in a rut!
- Over-plan so you have NO excuse not to follow the program guidelines.
- Tell yourself “I can have it tomorrow” – delay quitting and you’ll likely regain determination the next morning.
- Tell on yourself or vent like crazy – don’t quit until you tell someone first! Get it off your brain and move on.
Note that these are not pretty nor are they fancy! But they work. The simpler, the better. Don’t stress yourself out over making anything too crazy!
Let me know if you have any questions by posting a comment below. Happy Whole 30-ing, mamas!