Reader Question: Dukan Diet while Breastfeeding

I got an email a few weeks ago from a reader that just had TWINS who is dying to get back into shape. She had an emergency c-section and has been absolutely exhausted learning how to navigate the world of mothering twin babies. She’s ready to start working on losing the baby weight though and asked our advice about the safety of doing The Dukan Diet while breastfeeding and nursing.

Singer Jennifer Lopez and model Giselle Bundchen are reported to have lost all of their post-pregnancy pounds on The Dukan Diet so we know you can do it too!

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However much weight you have put on during your pregnancy, the first thing you have to understand is that YOU CAN LOSE THE WEIGHT! I know it probably seems like an impossible feat, but I know you can do it. I can tell you honestly that it took me almost 2 years after the birth of my second child before I was sick and tired of the extra 35+ pounds I was carrying around and decided to finally do something about it. I kept telling myself that it would be too hard, that it was too much work, but it’s a LIE we tell ourselves when we are afraid of failure. You CAN do this!

I waited till I was almost finished nursing my son before I started The Dukan Diet, but you don’t have to. My son was weaning himself and we were only night-time comfort nursing so I was not concerned about the diet affecting the quality of my milk. He really didn’t need it anymore! (Note: We successfully nursed for 25 months.)

It is not advised to follow a super strict diet while nursing because it will affect the newborn baby’s nutrition. If you are nursing and your baby is less than 3 months old, start dieting slowly and carefully to make sure you do not decrease your milk supply. We put the utmost importance on baby’s nutrition!

Eat as if you were simply managing your weight during a normal pregnancy. Think of it more as “Eating Healthy” instead of dieting. If you have the book “The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever” skip to page 134 for a brief outline of dieting while nursing or breastfeeding.

The book recommends that you follow the Consolidation Phase with the following adjustments…

  • Have 2 portions of fruit per day instead of 1.
  • Using 1 percent fat milk and milk products instead of nonfat ones.
  • Skip protein Thursdays

If you don’t have the book, here is a general idea of what your menu should look like:

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Click here to download the PDF printable version of the Dukan Diet Guide for Nursing Mothers

When you are finished breastfeeding, if you still have more than 10 lbs to lose, just start The Dukan Diet at Phase 1 and follow it to a T until you reach your goal weight.

Keep in mind, that you might not want to aim for a goal weight of exactly what you weighed before having children. Dukan says the average weight increase is about 2 pounds for every 10 years on your age, above 20 years old. Plus add 4 1/2 pounds for EACH child. So a woman who weighs 110 pounds at age 20, should weigh around 120 at age 25 including the 9 pounds she gained from two pregnancies. (Source: The Dukan Diet Book)

Disclaimer: I do not claim to be a doctor or a nutritionist! I am a fashion writer! Consult your doctor, midwife or nutritionist if you have any questions or concerns!

Mamatini – The Drink for Breastfeeding Moms That Helps Increase Milk Supply

If you are a mom or a mom-to-be you’re going to want to read this post!

With my first child, I had a really bad experience with breastfeeding. I persevered for 17 months, but ultimately I had to stop due to many factors including low milk supply, plugged ducts, a lot of pain due to poor latch and a couple run-ins with Mastitis to name a few. When I became pregnant with my second, I was terrified I was going to have a horrible experience nursing again. I wasn’t going to give up though…

I was pretty excited when Mamatini contacted me a couple months before my due date and asked me to review their organic herbal tea that promised to increase milk supply. A low milk supply was one of the biggest problems I had last time around, so I was really excited to try Mamatini.

Mamatini™ is an all-natural, organic herbal infusion that was created with your specific needs in mind. You realize that breastfeeding your baby is the best way to ensure that your child receives the most perfect nutrition and immunity-building proteins during his or her first year of life. You know that the experience of breastfeeding will bond you and your baby more than anything else you will do together. Mamatini will help you breastfeed better by boosting milk supply, increasing your energy and increasing your ability to absorb and retain critical nutrients your body is using to produce milk for your baby.

Mamatini was created by a pediatrician to help mothers like you breastfeed better, easier, and for longer. So drink to your baby’s good health, and Drink Mamatini™!

Their proprietary formula:

  • Is pediatrician designed and approved
  • Contains herbs used for centuries to increase milk supply
  • Helps your body absorb and retain vitamins and minerals depleted during pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Can help relieve baby’s colic symptoms
  • Provides the energy you need for motherhood
  • Tastes delicious! Try our all-natural and refreshing lemon flavor made with organic ginger.

I drank my first bottle of Mamatini while I was in labor and my second bottle within 3 hours of giving birth. It was one of the first things I could stomach after my intense and rapid labor and delivery. (4 hours of labor and 2 pushes!) I labored and gave birth at home, in a birthing tub with no medication or drugs. It was a beautiful experience being at home where I was comfortable and with my family. And it was wonderful to have my hubby bring me a nice cold bottle of Mamatini as I laid in our king size bed with our new little muffin. :-)

I love the flavor – ginger lemon. It’s a very mild tea-like flavor that you’ll adore. It tastes so refreshing ice cold!

Anyone with breastfeeding experience knows it usually takes 36-48 hours for your milk to “come in” after giving birth. My milk came in within 24 hours after drinking 3 bottles of Mamatini, which really surprised and delighted me!

It took me about a week to drink the entire case (12 bottles) of Mamatini. I noticed a plentiful supply of breastmilk which made nursing my new baby a completely different experience. He was able to latch on really well and I was able to relax because I knew he was getting nourished. His birth weight was 8.5lbs and he went right back to his birth weight within 4 days of being born and has been gaining a pound a week since then.

Mamatini made a huge difference in my new baby too. He didn’t have any symptoms of colic at all and slept peacefully and for several hours at a time from day one. Just a completely different experience from my first child and I attribute a lot of it to Mamatini.

I believe that Mamatini helped me so much, that I purchased an entire case of it as soon as I finished the first case I was sent to review. I didn’t want to go one day without it!

Mamatini was on backorder for several months and I was unable to order more. I’ll tell ya, I definitely noticed my milk supply decrease and my normally content and peaceful baby was suddenly getting fussy, had occasional indigestion and wasn’t sleeping quite as well anymore. To me, that was proof that Mamatini is absolutely essential and worth every penny….

I was so glad when Mamatini was finally back in stock and I could get more! Hallelujah!!!!

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HELP! Desperately Seeking a Nursing Bra

Since my husband and I are expecting our first bambino next month, my life is full of changes.  Most of them are exciting, like creating a nursery for this little person we haven’t met yet.  Some of them are funny, like when the fraud department at my credit card company called and asked if I was really the person spending so much money at Wal-Mart and Babies R Us.  (My response?  “Yes, I know.  I miss Nordstrom, too.”)  But some of the upcoming changes are a little scary, and for me, breastfeeding falls in that category. 

I’m definitely planning to breastfeed, and I know it’s a natural process and women have been doing it for eons and blah, blah, blah.  But it’s intimidating!  For example, I only recently learned that newborns eat 8-10 times a day.  Seriously?  That’s more often than I check email.  

This woman looks very happy. She has obviously found a good nursing bra.

If I could just get a handle on the wardrobe issues, though, I’d feel much more confident about the whole thing.  Let’s face it: looking good while nursing is the El Dorado of motherhood.  I could go on all day about the limited variety and questionable style of most nursing clothes, but I don’t have the luxury of worrying about that because I have yet to find a suitable nursing bra.  And if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that looking good starts with a great-fitting bra.  

Since I’m naturally “well-endowed”, I’ve been investing in well-made, supportive bras for as long as I can remember.  Wacoal and Chantelle work best for me, and although they cost a pretty penny, I don’t mind spending more for such crucial wardrobe items.  But now I’m fretting because my old stand-bys won’t work for nursing.  

Further complicating the issue is that—of course—my bust has gotten even bigger during the pregnancy.  Something I read said that this is a good sign biologically; it means your body is getting ready for the baby by making sure he can find his food source.  Well, I don’t think that will be a problem.  Helen Keller could find my bosoms these days.  

And now that a supportive bra is even more important than ever, I’m frustrated with the options I’m finding.  So I need HELP in a big way!  Any D or DD women out there who’ve found nursing bras they love?  I’ve heard that underwire styles can be problematic but can’t imagine going without it.  Has anyone found a brand that works? has many options, but I’m not familiar with the brands and have no idea where to start.  Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!   

Most Comfortable Nursing Bra And Breastfeeding Advice For New Moms

We all know that breastmilk is without a doubt, what is best for babies. That’s what boobs are for afterall! These days, nursing in public is becoming less of an issue and there are many products on the market to make nursing your new little baby easier than ever.

I always recommend attempting to breastfeed for at least 2-4 weeks. It takes a few days for the milk to come in and a few more days after that to establish a really good latch and nursing relationship with your new baby. Don’t give up in the first week! Tough it out and keep your eyes on the goal. Once you get through the tough part, you’ll be so happy you stuck it out. Nothing compares to the look on your babies face as they drink up the nourishment only you can provide.

After successfully nursing two children, I have a few pointers that can make it easier for moms-to-be and first time mothers get through the tough part and go on to a wonderful nursing relationship with their new little prize!

My advice for new moms or moms to be that plan on breastfeeding:

  • Don’t wear a bra at all or wear a bra like Glamourmom® Mbody™ Starter Nursing Bra ($40). Don’t wear a nursing bra with underwires until good breastfeeding habits are established. Underwires, deodorant, tight shirts and not drinking enough water are all things that can inhibit milk supply.
  • Don’t introduce your baby to a pacifier or bottle until a good latch is established. You don’t want to confuse them! I attempted to get my first born to like the pacifier (per the urging of those around me) and it only decreased my milk supply because she didn’t like the paci and when I gave her the boob, she thought I was still trying to give her the “fake boobie with no milk” and she would refuse to nurse and just cry and cry.
  • As soon as the baby is born, start using Simplisse Nipple Cream. Forget Lanolin… Simplisse works wonders and isn’t sticky and gross. Keep your nipples moisturized constantly!!! They might stick to cotton bras, so be sure to use Simplisse Disposable Nursing Pads even if your breasts aren’t leaking. Believe me, they will come in handy the first few weeks!
  • Drink Mamatini starting in the weeks before birth or as soon as possible after giving birth. Mamatini is a great-tasting organic herbal infusion designed to meet the needs of nursing moms. It is doctor-designed to give you the confidence, energy, and strong milk supply you need to raise a healthy baby. I highly recommend it!
  • Don’t worry about what you look like! Relax with your baby and let someone else worry about everything else. It’s hard to come to terms with your new body, post-baby, and adjust to your whole new life. Try hard to just focus on baby, what’s best for baby and getting sleep. It’s the most important thing for the first few weeks!

The most comfortable nursing bra you can wear in the first few weeks of nursing (and beyond) is the Glamourmom® Mbody™ Starter Nursing Bra ($40).

This essential first step Nursing Bra with cotton heat molded cups has built-in inner sling for added support and is made from breathable, absorbent, stretchy cotton/elastane blend is cool and comfortable for sleeping. It adjusts over two sizes for added comfort during the engorgement stage, has a full, smooth, high-cut back with adjustable chest band and delivers full breast exposure for latch-on flexibility and more intimate initial connection.

The high-cut front provides added modesty and looks great under other shirts, giving you that layered look. It has a convenient hook closures for easy, one-handed access and of course, it is machine washable.

Price: $40

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Playtex Seamless Wire Free Nursing Bra Review

I recently got the opportunity to review a Playtex Nursing Bra from Orchard Corset.

It’s made of 2 ply light foam cups that provide support, modesty, and shaping without bulk. Breathable fabric minimizes moisture against skin. Expandable side panel adjust to your changing body. Playtex’s convenient one-handed clasp allows easy nursing access.

I found that it’s fits true to size and the clasp is easy to use with one hand. If you’re looking for an affordable nursing bra, this one is a great option!

Price: $24.30


Cake Lingerie French Vanilla Nursing Bra Set

Are you a new mom who is breastfeeding and just can’t stand wearing a plain, old, boring nursing bra one more day? Look no further than Cake Lingerie for sexy nursing bras that will make you feel like a new woman*!

If you are pregnant or nursing or know someone who is pregnant or nursing, you’ll want to enter this giveaway! Cake Lingerie offers maternity and nursing items that will make any mom feel sexy!

Cake offers a great selection of sexy and unique maternity lingerie that will help make the 40 week stretch fly by! I just love the items they have to offer and wish I had gotten a few pieces while I was still pregnant. Luckily, I got the French Vanilla Nursing Bra to review.

The nursing bra is available in US sizes 32B-38G and the matching boyleg panties are available in sizes S – XL. The set is great for use during pregnancy and while nursing.

I’ve been using the bra for a couple weeks now and I love it. The clip is easy to use with one hand, the cups are comfortable even with nursing pads. It holds up well with frequent washing (in a bra bag) and doesn’t stretch out.

Cake Lingerie French Vanilla Set

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* Maybe not a brand new woman, but at least more like the woman you used to be!

Best Manual Breast Pump – Simplisse Breastfeeding Products Review

Despite the widely-publicized health benefits of breastfeeding, nearly three out of four moms quit before the recommended six-month period. While the statistic is surprising, the answer why is clear – breastfeeding can be difficult, uncomfortable and frustrating for many moms. I know it was for me with my first child!

To address many breastfeeding issues, Simplisse is introducing a complete new line of “mom-friendly” breastfeeding and breast-care products designed to enhance the experience, comfort and health of breastfeeding moms, including breastfeeding accessories, skin care products and lactation supplements.

The line features the new Simplisse Manual Breastfeeding Companion, the first innovation in breast pump technology in nearly three decades that:

  • abandons the “suck-and-release” mechanism found in traditional pumps and utilizes a new technology that mimics a baby’s gentle suckling motion;
  • encourages a more comfortable, natural milk flow with the new gentle motion;
  • improves the ease and comfort of the breast pumping experience;
  • and was developed by a team of lactation consultants working with moms.

Dr. Jimi Francis is a board-certified lactation consultant and Simplisse Clinical Director. She is passionate about helping new moms have the most positive breastfeeding experience possible.

Click here to learn more about the Simplisse Breast Pump. You can watch a demo, see what other moms have to say and more.

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