Just FYI for whoever's interested......
I recently came across a situation where a midwife was under the impression that the Brewer Diet called for 1 gallon of milk a day. This is incorrect. The Brewer Diet only calls for 4 cups of milk a day (4 c. = 1 qt). You can substitute 1/4 cup of cottage cheese or 1 cup of yogurt (sugarless, if you like) for each cup of milk.
I have not heard of babies getting too big due to these 4 cups of milk a day. However, I have heard of babies getting to be larger than average from the mother's use of protein drinks and powders, instead of getting her protein from regular foods. For more on this issue, you can check my FAQ page....http://home.mindspring.com/~djsnjones/id13.html
Higher levels of milk are suggested by the Brewer Diet in special situations only--such as pregnancies with multiples, elevated blood pressure (PIH), pre-eclampsia, or intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR).
It might also be useful for folks to think about what might be considered "too big" in their community. In the community of mainstream medicine, birth weights of 5 lbs to 7 1/2 lbs may be considered normal, while birth weights of 8 lbs to 10 lbs may be considered "too big". In the home birth community, and possibly even many midwife-attended hospital births, birth weights under 7 lbs 2 oz are often considered to be less than optimal, and birth weights between 7 lbs 2 oz and 9 1/2 lbs are considered to be average, and birth weights of 9 1/2 lbs to 10 3/4 lbs may still be considered to be an upper range of normal and do-able, depending on what else is going on.
Also, one of the tricks for getting enough food in when the stomach is so crowded is to eat something every hour, rather than relying on the usual 3 meals a day. For more on this you can see my Topic-of-the-Week on "Water".....http://home.mindspring.com/~djsnjones/id31.html
I would also like to issue a caution about the use of skim milk in pregnancy. I recently saw an article by a dietician in which she stated that the use of skim milk in pregnancy was just as good as the use of other milks. While skim milk has a slightly higher level of nutrients than milks with fat in them, because less space is being taken up by the fat, I believe that mothers also need to consider the fact that some vitamins are fat-soluble (A, D, E, and K) and are used more readily by the body when some fat is present (as in 1% milk). It may also be useful for mothers to consider that some fat may be necessary in the pregnancy diet for optimal formation of the baby's central nervous system among other things.