Share! Tweet it! Pin it! Share it!Total: 3We feel that attunement is the most beneficial tool in our proverbial doula bags. In fact, its such an ingrained part of who we are as people that it’s not really a skill that can be taught. It can be honed and mastered over time, and all …
Breastfeeding is hard enough, so maybe let’s leave the fad diets for a different time, shall we? Never sounds like the best time to me, but you do you.
So there was this time my husband and I (okay, it was mostly me) decided doing Whole30 would be a great idea. I wanted to clean up our eating habits and liked that there was so much structure. I convinced my husband (somehow) and began researching everywhere I could. I was in Facebook groups, browsing Instagram, searching for recipes on Pinterest (Serious, adult research. Obviously.). We picked a day, cleared all the no-no food from our home, stocked up on grass-fed beef, and got started. It was great!
For 5 ½ days.
Then I demanded a freaking cheeseburger.
This particular cheeseburger, in fact.
((In case anyone doesn’t know what Whole30 is, it’s a reset diet designed to help you kick sugar addiction and figure out any food sensitivities your body may have. You’re not allowed to have dairy, legumes, alcohol, sweets (even the healthy fake kind), grains, or soy. You know, everything good in life, basically.))
I should also add that in this same time frame I was tandem nursing a 2.5 year old and 6 month old, as well as working overnights with triplets. It was, quite possibly, the worst time possible for attempting this.
Without further ado, I give you the top 5 reasons doing Whole30 while breastfeeding is the absolute worst:
1) It’s expensive. Like, really expensive.
So, I don’t know about you, but I eat a LOT when I’m breastfeeding (especially when it’s two tiny humans and I’m also pumping at night). You don’t realize how much of that comes from grains and dairy until you can’t have them. Suddenly, I need a lot more meat to get through the day. And it’s not cheap! I don’t have a huge grocery budget in general but it doubled when we tried to do this. DOUBLED. No thanks.
2) Three words: No ice cream.
Did you know that ice cream is both dairy and a sweet? It’s super a no-go on Whole30. It’s also MY FAVORITE THING IN THE WORLD. Worth it? Not in my book.
All you really need to know: Whole30 hates ice cream.
3) If you don’t like sweet potatoes and avocado (like, um, me…I know, I know. I just got kicked out of all the clubs.), you’ll probably just die. And eat a lot of eggs. So. Many. Eggs.
Seriously, you will probably never touch another egg in your life. Or sweet potato. You probably will still eat avocados, though, because once you’re done whole30-ing guacamole is still a thing and chips are no longer forbidden. Ole!
4) No alcohol.
This doesn’t even warrant explanation.
5) You have a tiny, cute parasite literally sucking the life force from your body. You deserve to eat anything you please. You also deserve a cookie. A BIG cookie.
Whole30 doesn’t allow cookies and, quite frankly, neither you nor I need that kind of negativity in our lives.
So there you have it, friends. All the reasons Whole30 and breastfeeding don’t mix. I will say, if you are a person that can do both, you are my hero. Please accept my gift of this virtual trophy and all of my respect.
Carry on, breastfeeding people of the world. However you choose to eat.
As newborn professionals- baby nurse, night nanny, or newborn care specialist are the names we often hear ourselves being called, but, postpartum doulas are so much more!
We are skilled professionals providing physical, emotional, and educational support to families with newborns during the weeks and months following birth.
“Does a postpartum doula help you when you’re depressed? I’m not depressed. I don’t need a postpartum doula.”
Essentially, postpartum doulas are baby specialists. We like to refer to ourselves as #houstonbabyhelpers.
At Houston Birth & Baby, each one of our doulas is a highly trained professional that has been taught to provide exceptional newborn care in addition to helping the family recognize the signs and symptoms of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs).
We love our jobs because, in addition to caring for the babies, we care for the parents as well. We love providing families with hands-on support, expert guidance and gentle nurturing as they transition to parenthood.
Are you in need of a postpartum doula? We would love to work with your family! Feel free to reach out in order to schedule an in-home consultation with our experts, or request a postpartum service guide.
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Share! Tweet it! Pin it! Share it!Total: 5The Final Checkup The postpartum checkup was once done at 6 weeks. In May of 2018, new guidelines put out by the American College of Gynecologists (ACOG) state that 3 weeks is the ideal time for this exam with a more in-depth follow up appointment scheduled around 12 …
Share! Tweet it! Pin it! Share it!Total: 2Over the years, I’ve had a lot of friends/family/clients come to me like “OMG I HAVE GBS IS IT AN STD WHAT IS HAPPENING?!?!” (and yes, it’s all one sentence like that – ha!). So I thought I’d clear a few things up, for everyone’s sake: First …
Share! Tweet it! Pin it! Share it!Total: 1Summertime often brings family vacations that require traveling away from home. For some, that can involve a road trip, or a flight out of state. An airplane ride involves planning and coordinating and in some cases frustration, patience, and exasperation. I recently took a flight to lead …
Share! Tweet it! Pin it! Share it!Total: 0Some induction methods are medical, and some are more natural approaches. Regardless of the reasoning behind wanting (or needing) to get labor started, they are simply different ways to encourage babies out. Both categories have their own risks and benefits. Our suggestion is to never try …
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