First of all, I would like to say thank you so much for all the questions and comments you have been sending me! Today I will be answering two of the questions that many people have asked. Enjoy~~*
What type of protein do you recommend and use?
Protein that comes from a food source rather then a powder is always better, but it can be tough to get the proper daily amount into your system with just food. So if you’re going to drink protein shakes, I would recommend “New Zealand Whey Protein.”
Why New Zealand Whey?
New Zealand Whey Pro-Series comes from the New Zealand Dairy Industry, which is perhaps the most advanced dairy producer in the world. The quality of their products is reflected in their very high standards for product safety, environmental sustainability, and humane treatment of livestock. The cows are NEVER subject to any chemicals, hormones, antibiotics, genetically modified organisms, hyper-immunizations or injected pathogens. Nor are they given bovine growth hormone (rBST or rBGH) or any other hormones.
I’m currently breast feeding and worried that if I work out my milk supply will go down. True or false?
Before I answer this question, I would like to remind everyone that this is coming from my own personal experience and each person’s body can have varying results. Always consult your family doctor or healthcare provider before starting a exercise program. You will find that while working out and breast feeding, people can have some pretty strong opinions regarding this subject. Remind yourself that this is your decision and stand firm once you have done the research. Your body is your own, your baby is your own and you will know what works, but it will take some trial and error.
I worked out while breast feeding both of my boys. With McCarthy, I gradually started getting back to my intense workout schedule with him and at 4 months started training for a fitness photo shoot. At 9 months, he decided he was too busy to sit still and nurse. He refused to even take a bottle at this point, so he started drinking from a sippy cup. This was all around the same time as my fitness shoot. I had lost 28 pounds, was at 10% body fat and had breast fed right up until that time.
With Bennett, I got back into the gym a lot sooner than with McCarthy, and started training for Tri-Fitness when he was 10 weeks old. When you’re working out and breast feeding, the calories you intake need to be clean and in high doses in order to lose weight. Do not cut calories! I digest 2000 calories a day and have lost 14 pounds since I started training.
DRINK WATER! I cannot stress this point enough!! When I drink less than 4 LITERS of water in any given day, my breast milk goes down. Studies actually show that with proper diet and water intake, a mother’s milk will actually increase slightly with exercise. Remember, clean healthy foods nourish and natrually slim the body down.
If you are having trouble with producing enough milk, there are many natural ways to solve this problem. One that I have found to be very effective with many of my friends is Blessed Thistle and Fenugreek seed. For more information check out Simplebreastfeeding.
I hope this information is helpful! Tomorrow I will be answering more of your questions. If you have a questions that you would like answered please leave a comment or send me a e-mail!