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Mama to DS (6/07) , DD (6/09) , and DD (07/12) ..
Happy Homesteading Homeschooling Homebirthing Beekeeping Dready (& a bit redneck even) Mama to 4 fab kids : dd (23), dd (13), ds (11), dd (5)
I would eat the diet that causes you to be healthy and feel healthy. Watch your fluid intake. Make changes slowly-- don't just wake up one day and drastically reduce your carb intake-- take a few days or a week or two to ease into it. Make changes as needed if you see problems develop.
|Babies are exposed to their mothers' toxins in utero, i.e. through the placenta. The most recent research found that this prenatal exposure to PCBs does have a subtle negative effect on the neurological and cognitive development of children right up to school age.
Breastfeeding can counteract any adverse developmental effects caused in the womb, despite current PCB levels in breastmilk. That's because breastmilk contains antioxidants, which seem to compensate for the toxic effects of the environment. Breastmilk also helps babies develop stronger immune systems. So the most harmful effects of toxins are from exposure in the womb, not breastfeeding, and government bodies such as the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries conclude that breastfeeding should continue to be promoted and supported.
Should I avoid losing weight while I'm breastfeeding?
There have been suggestions that you should avoid weight loss while breastfeeding, as this might mobilise the toxins stored in your body fat. However research evidence does not support this. One study looked at women who had average exposure to environmental contaminants and an average loss of 4.1kg between 4 and 20 weeks after the birth of their baby. The research found no link between change in the women's body weight and contaminant concentration in their breastmilk. Toxin levels fall as you breastfeed anyway, and moderate weight loss while breastfeeding is perfectly normal, so it would not seem to be a risk factor.
|The research found no link between change in the women's body weight and contaminant concentration in their breastmilk.|