quoted from previous post:
the point of the atkins diet is to put the dieter in a state of ketosis, and the ketones get into your breastmilk and could harm your baby.
if you are talking about maintaining a balanced diet with 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day and switching to healthier carbs like whole grains and brown rice, cutting back on white sugar, etc., that would be fine, but it's also not the real "atkins diet". you should definitely skip the induction portion of the diet (that's the part with no carbs) and avoid going into ketosis.http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/mom/mom-lowcarb.html
I just read the kellymom links and there's no support there for the statement that "keytones get into your breastmilk and could harm your baby." In fact, there is some support (though nothing airtight, for sure) for the idea that there's no reason to worry about ketones in breastmilk -- anecdotal evidence that babies of long distance runners have not been affected.
There is no part of the atkins diet that has "no carbs." And I suppose the same people who've been jumping up and down telling us to eat tons of snackwells cookies and pasta (what is it 300 g of carb/day they wanted us to eat?) for the last 30 years are the same who decided that five was the magic number of servings of fruits and veggies. Hmm. Well, I guess I won't bother arguing that fruits and veggies are bad for you -- no need. I don't consider myself a big veggie eater, but my guess is that I get the magic five and remain in ketosis anyway. Atkins is not anti-veg or zero carb.
I cut this out of one of those kellymom links:
"This Atkins diet is also potentially dehydrating, because your body must draw from lean body tissue for energy since there are not enough carbohydrates in the diet for energy supply. This causes a burden on your kidneys to dilute waste products from protein breakdown. Of course, while you are nursing, you need more fluids, not less."
Atkins seriously stresses drinking tons of water and getting into water balance, so I just don't know how they could come up with this as a complaint. Not to mention it doesn't even make sense -- it doesn't take an expert to tell you that atkins is high in protein and fat, so why on earth would our bodies be using protein from our lean body tissue? There have been studies that show that people on atkins burn more fat and less lean tissue than people losing on low fat/high carb diets. (See this
article.) So why would this supposed expert rely on such a rediculous argument? I guess he or she just doesn't like the idea of atkins. Go figure.
edited to clarify that top part was quote from pp