Keto diet is raging on the internet, and hundreds of people have benefitted from this diet. It is a low carb diet which proposes the dieter to intake not more than 20 grams of net carbs. You can consume everything that is low in carb and high in fats.
The weight loss results seen through this diet is almost instant yet healthy. This kind of diet seems to be perfect for new moms who are battling with post-pregnancy baby fat. However, irrespective of the results that a keto diet has to offer it may not be the diet plan that a breastfeeding mom should be following.
The foods included in a ketogenic diet include meat, eggs, vegetables( excluding the vegetables that grow under the ground), olive oil, nuts, cheese, butter, etc. All of the food sounds interesting, but the diet may result in lowering a mother’s milk supply.
A nursing woman requires an additional 650 calories per day to have good lactation. Anything less than 1800 calories can lead to a reduction in the production of milk in them. They can have more calories but nothing less than this.
However, it is not just the calorie part that is harmful, but the moms also don’t receive proper nutrition when they switch to a keto diet. The diet is usually low in chloride, Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium and Vitamin K. Since a keto diet cuts out all grains and beans from their diet a breastfeeding mom loses out on important minerals and vitamins.
It is essential that a lactating mother get enough calcium. If the body goes low in calcium, it will use it from the bones which would likely lead to a condition known as osteoporosis during the latter years of her life.
When the fat stored in our body is burnt while on keto diet chemical by-product known as ketones are produced. These ketones are quite useful for an adult because the human body can survive using them instead of glucose. Unlike ketones, glucose doesn’t stay in our body for more than 24 hours.
Researches are yet to conclude whether or not the ketones passing through the breast milk are good for the infant or not. Glucose is essential for the growth for an infant’s brain which it gets from its mother’s breast milk. However, there are other researches and consultants who claim that ketones aren’t harmful for the baby.
Irrespective of the fact whether or not ketones filter through mothers milk and are harmful to the infants or not a strict ketogenic diet is not a safe weight loss solution for a mother who breastfeeds her baby.
Breastfeeding women can, on the contrary, adopt a healthy lifestyle. They can restrict themselves from eating processed carbohydrates, cold drinks or energy drinks, etc. They should consume sugars in their natural form and try to eat fresh fruits and vegetables.
Keto does pose a potential risk in the supply of breast milk in a woman and the health of the infant. It is best that she eats healthy and switches to a ketogenic diet only when she isn’t breastfeeding her baby anymore.