Q: Please Doc, can a breastfeeding mum take lemon juice as a weight loss support? Please notify me when posted
A: Thanks for writing in and you really need to forgive me, but your question gave me a good laugh!
I wish weight loss was just a simple matter of lemons 😀 That would be great. Sweetheart, you do not need lemons to lose weight. It’s a simple formula: exercise and diet!
Now, if you don’t have a gym where you stay, there are millions of ways to get your exercise.
• Do not send people to run all your errands. Go do them yourself. Go and pick up the cup, get the water you want etc
• Get up during commercial breaks and dance to the music of the commercials
• Start a pillow fight with your children, if you have, friends or significant other
• Arm wrestle with anyone who wants to take you on.
• Take a walk when you get home.
• Get up whenever you get a phone call and jog on the spot or just walk around.
While commuting (going to or from work)
• If you use a bus, stop at least a bus stop from your normal bus stop and walk the rest of the distance. This also goes for you if you’ve got a driver/chauffeur. Be sure the environment is safe in both instances.
• If you drive, pack a farther distance away from your normal spot at work and walk the rest of the distance to walk.
• Use the stairs and ditch the elevators
• Go and pick up your printouts…don’t send the office assistant to get it.
• Get up and walk around whenever you get a call
• Consider the idea of having a walking meeting with a colleague
• If you’re part of the Human Resource team, consider putting water dispensers on stair wells so that people have to walk up and down the stairs to get to them. Some music there would not go amiss too
Dancing, swimming, playing lawn tennis, volley ball and all the other games available that get you moving are great ways of exercising. And yes, this includes those video games that actually get you to get up and dance/move.
Remember that the recommendation is for 150 minutes of exercise/activity every week. And so with the above, there’s no more excuse. You can split this into 30 minutes, Monday to friday or one hour on three days of the week.
As for diet, this post answers it all. Take a look https://chatwithdrketch.com/2014/11/27/daily-health-tips-weight-loss-revisited/
Having said all these, diet affects our breast milk and by extension, baby.
Lemon and lemon water are beneficial to the digestive system as they have been found to reduce gas and bloating in both mother and baby. Ginger is also beneficial, as it has been found to improve lactation. Even though they may be beneficial to both mother and baby, it should be noted that these may interact with certain drugs and increase risk of gastrointestinal problems, stomach ulcers and allergic reactions like breathing difficulty, or swelling of the lips, tongue or face.
I would advise you talk with your doctor before commencing any of these or other herbal supplements, especially so if you are taking medications for other health conditions, or at risk of certain diseases.
These are foods to avoid or limit their consumption while breast feeding:
Caffeine in coffee (try decaffeinated and stick with 2 small tea cups), energy drinks, some soft drinks etc This makes the baby irritable and by extension, makes sleep difficult for the baby. Now, you don’t want that, do you?
Alcohol: This should be avoided at all costs.
Cigarette (yeah, yeah, I know it’s not food) should also be avoided as it reduces the production of breast milk.
If baby reacts to what the mother ate, efforts should be made to pinpoint what the mother ate before the incident started and then eliminating that from the diet to see if the diarrhea or allergy stops.
Make sure that you eat well: lots of fruits and vegetables and complex carbohydrates. Cut out the junk which will not help you achieve your weight loss goals and in addition have empty calories. And drink sufficient fluids daily.
Be careful before taking any drug as most find their way into your baby.
I hope this helps.
Have a good night, everyone 😀