Stephanie Greunke is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition who specializes in women’s health. She is a certified personal trainer and prenatal and postnatal corrective exercise specialist. Stephanie guides and supports women locally and globally through her web-based private practice.
The information included in this post is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult your healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for your own situation, or if you have any questions regarding conception, pregnancy, or your prenatal treatment plan.
In this post, we will consider two more reasons for potentially postponing.
- You’re feeling completely overwhelmed with the many demands of motherhood
- You’re breastfeeding, and even with the tips outlined here, here, and here, you believe you have milk supply issues while following a Whole30.
A successful Whole30 has a lot to do with the right timing. If you’re barely making it through the day, conscious meal planning, prep, and label reading may be too much for you right now. Just like we suggest you think twice about doing a Whole30 through the holiday season due to lack of awareness and stress, doing a Whole30 during this very demanding season of your life may not be the best idea. You can still choose to eat healthy, whole foods most of the time, but putting strict limits on your food choices right now is often unnecessary.
Instead of focusing on creating perfectly Whole30 meals, spend your time making double batches of meals your entire family enjoys (leftovers are your best friend right now) or enjoy freezer meals you’ve made ahead of time. Don’t hesitate to ask your community for support by having them bring you meals, consider purchasing pre-made meals to supplement your meal prep, and/or have your partner do a Chipotle salad run. Do what you need to do to maintain a healthy diet without sacrificing your mental health or rest.
Milk Supply Issues
If you’ve noticed a drop in your milk supply (while on your Whole30) that hasn’t improved with the help of an IBCLC or the tips we’ve outlined in past blog posts, then nursing > Whole30. Although we all can agree that providing your body with healthy whole foods through a Whole30 is a fantastic thing for the quality of your milk, some moms find that even with all the tools/tricks we’ve outlined, their quantity of milk is reduced while on a Whole30.
However, know that this isn’t the case for every nursing mama. In fact, in a 2014 survey of 600 women who started the Whole30 while nursing, 90% said that their milk supply either remained stable or increased during the Whole30. We want to continually encourage nursing mamas to do what they need to in order to keep their nursing relationship strong. Breast milk is such a gift to your little one, so if your lactation consultant and the tools/tricks we’ve outlined don’t get your milk supply back on track, please enjoy your morning oatmeal guilt-free.
As mentioned in Part 1 and the points above, these four factors may make completing a Whole30 less appropriate for you during postpartum or at certain times during your postpartum; however, use your best judgment and the approval of your provider to figure out when/if it’s the best option for you. You can always cut your Whole30 short and start it at a later date if something pops up. The important thing is that you do what you need to do during the rough times to keep yourself and your baby healthy. Be open to the fact that this may look like something other than the Whole30.
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