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This is a lean, green machine of a smoothie that will really help you make progress on your weight loss goals, while never affecting your milk supply. You can boost your milk supply, while also shedding pounds with this smoothie as your breakfast.

This lactation smoothie is full of nutrients, not calories:

Many lactation smoothies out there are very high in calories, which if milk supply is your goal, then great. But many mamas are working really hard to lose the extra baby weight, and their goals can quickly be put aside for fear of losing their milk supply. Not with our Milk Dust lactation protein powder and this smoothie recipe. Because spinach is the bulk of your smoothie, you are basically eating very few calories, but completely nourishing your body.

By eating lots of nutrients, your body can safely use stored fat as energy:

If your body is deprived of essential nutrients, especially while breastfeeding, it will want to store as many nutrients as possible. If your body has plenty of essential vitamins and minerals for breastfeeding, it will happily let go of the stored energy and nutrients during pregnancy.

If you aren’t sure what the essential nutrients are, grab this free ebook!

Milk Dust uses a unique lactation-boosting herb blend to boost milk supply:

You can count on Milk Dust to protect your milk supply because if offer essential nutrients, adequate protein and amazing galactagogues! These include herbs like fenugreek, fennel seed, milk thistle, red raspberry leaf and Turmeric. These have all been proven both in scientific studies and anecdotally to increase milk supply in many mothers. With this extra boost, and the sugar-craving busting minerals like chromium, you can count on Milk Dust to help you lose the weight, not your milk. Milk Dust also tastes great, and you can read some of the reviews so far on what mamas are saying!

Weight Loss Super food Lactation Smoothie

This weight loss lactation smoothie is full of superfoods, boosts milk supply and helps with postpartum weight loss! Perfect for your breastfeeding diet.
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: breastfeeding protein shake, increase milk supply, lactatoin smoothie

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 3-4 hand fulls fresh spinach (this is up to you!) the more spinach the better, but also the more spinach taste.
  • 1 scoop Milk Dust you can add a little extra to mask spinach if necessary
  • 2-4 whole strawberries (frozen of fresh)

Instructions

  • Blend everything together and drink right away!

Notes

This is a high-volume, nutrient-dense smoothie that is low in calories. It will fill you up on all the essential vitamin and minerals you need, without any extra calories! skinny lactation smoothie

This lactation recipe will have you feeling super full! Being full on nutrients and protein, with as nice, sweet tastes is almost too good to be true! Keep in mind that is a big, spinach smoothie. The more spinach you put in, the more nutrients you get, but also the more spinach-taste you get. If you need to add more strawberries, milk or Milk Dust to help with that, feel free to do so!

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The keto diet is gaining in popularity for weight loss because it is very effective for burning fat, and if done properly, burning stored fat. But, can breastfeeding mamas use the keto diet to lose the baby weight? There is still little research on breastfeeding and the keto diet specifically, but we can look at what research and experts say.

First, what is the keto diet?

You may have heard the keto diet is amazing for weight loss, and be thinking about it as an option to lose the baby weight, but not fully understand what it is. The keto diet is a very low carb, and high fat diet that forces your body to use fat as fuel, rather than carbohydrates. It is said that your body will then use dietary fat and stored fat for energy, which results in losing fat.

What do experts say about ketosis and breastfeeding?

Not many experts have made statements concerning the keto diet and breastfeeding. It is stated that while breastfeeding, you are sending glucose, or carbs, to your baby, thus burning more carbohydrates than a normal person. The standard keto diet isn’t the best solution because you need more carbohydrates for both mama and baby to function. Experts suggest that 30 grams of carbohydrates or glucose is sent to baby, and the keto suggests eating less than this for an average female.

Eating too few carbs can be dangerous for breastfeeding:

Eating too few carbohydrates can put a breastfeeding mother into ketoacidosis, which has actually happened to a mother in Sweden, who was eating low carb before breastfeeding, meaning her body was adapted.

Experts suggest eating at least 50 grams of carbohydrates per day for breastfeeding mothers.

How to make low-carb eating safe for breastfeeding:

It is actually fairly simple to make low-carb eating safe for breastfeeding by adding in extra fruits, veggies, and complex carbs to compensate for the additional glucose being used as fuel for both mama and baby. At the end of this post, we have an awesome keto lactation smoothie that uses raspberries and avocado to help with the additional glucose needs, but still keep the carb-count low.

Our favorite low-carb carbohydrates for breastfeeding:

Eating carbohydrates does not mean eating processed foods like chips, bread and crackers. There are carbohydrates that are low-carb because they are high in nutrients and fiber, yet low in sugar. Here are our top picks:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Apples
  • Berries
  • Quinoa
  • Beans
  • Nuts
  • Basmati Rice
  • Sprouted Grain Bread

These low-carb carbohydrates are really important to supplying breastfeeding mamas with both the nutrients and glucose they need to fuel themselves and babies, without getting too much glucose that will be stored as fat.

Is Milk Dust low carb?

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The answer is yes! Milk Dust offers only 2 grams of sugar per serving, and it has 2 grams of fiber, leaving the total carbohydrate count at 5 grams per serving. Milk Dust is specifically formulated to be low in sugar, but offer an amazing sweet taste (just read our reviews!). This helps curb sugar cravings, balance blood sugar and offer the amino acids new mommies need. As you work through your keto diet, and make adjustments necessary for breastfeeding, try this amazing keto lactation shake!

Keto Lactation Shake For Breastfeeding Mamas

This Keto lactation shake is amazing for breastfeeding mamas needing a sweet, lactation boost, but wanting to stay low in carbs.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breastfeeding protein shake, lactation recipe, lactatoin smoothie
Calories: 370kcal

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Avocado fresh
  • 1/4 cup frozen raspberries
  • 3 tbsp cream
  • 1 scoop Milk Dust
  • 1/2 cup water or keto-friendly milk for blending use as needed for desired thickness

Instructions

  • Blend all ingredients together in a blender and enjoy! Your water/milk for blending can be added a few splashes at a time for desired consistency, depending on if you like a thicker or thinner smoothie!

Notes

This recipe is specifically made for breastfeeding mamas on the keto diet. The keto diet can have wonderful weight loss and milk supply affects for some, and because Milk Dust is low in sugar, it works great for the keto diet as well! 

Eating low carb while breastfeeding isn’t necessarily dangerous, but does require re-evaluating what low carb means.

If you’ve had success with the keto diet in the past, try adjusting your carb intake to higher than you were before, then tweak it as you monitor your health and milk supply.

Losing belly-fat while breastfeeding doesn’t have to be impossible with the right fitness and diet steps. Belly fat is the area most new mommies want to lose weight, but sometimes it can feel like it will never go away. Here are some easy, yet very effective tips to lose the belly fat while breastfeeding:

Effective Steps for Losing Belly Fat While Breastfeeding:

  • Be Patient: This is a step because if you aren’t patient with yourself as you make healthy lifestyle changes, you will want to give up.
  • Focus on nutrient-dense foods
  • Add in more walking
  • Don’t jump into lots of crunches or ab work!
  • Focus on small snacks and meals
  • Try intermittent fasting
  • Use milk supply boosters

Thinking about all these steps can be totally overwhelming, but let us take you through each one, so you can make your plan to lose the weight, as well as keep your milk supply. We will go over some tips and tricks to keep your milk supply while losing weight, then take you through each step to lose the belly weight. We also have an awesome 10-day sugar detox + weight loss plan, FREE you can use to get started!

How to keep your milk supply while losing weight:

Keeping your milk supply while losing weight is a challenging, but possible! You can start by using galactagogues and supply-boosters to encourage a healthy lactation. We have a lot of information on the specific supplements that work, and of course our protein powder has a unique blend that will help breast milk production. Here are some quick tips that help encourage your body to produce lots of milk as you transition your diet for weight loss:

Increase feedings:

Increasing feedings is going to increase production. By upping the demand, you can increase your supply before you really start making an impact with diet. This will boost your supply to help mitigate and decreases that might happen when your diet, calories and nutrients change.

Add more pumping sessions:

Pumping more is basically the same as feeding more, but adding more feedings doesn’t always work with working and schedules. Sometimes baby’s don’t always want to eat more, so you can use the pump instead.

Wear baby more often:

Wearing baby can add more skin-to-skin contact. This is going to increase the pheromones that help product the oxytocin for lactation. By wearing baby more, or even co-sleeping, you can help increase these chemicals.

Use milk-supply boosters:

Using supply boosters like our protein powder, as well as some teas or supplements can help keep hormone levels stable and milk production going strong. Fenugreek is one supplement in particular that we use in our formula, and many moms have had success with to increase milk supply.

Now that you know how to keep your milk supply flowing strong as you start working on losing weight, let’s get into how to lose the belly fat while you’re still breastfeeding:

Be Patient + Make Small Changes In Your Breastfeeding Diet:

Changing your diet and habits is actually very difficult. People are habitual creatures by nature, so once we develop habits that make us feel good, like tasty food, it is really difficult to change these habits. Especially when the food switches are not as yummy. But, by switching to healthy food that tastes great (like our powder!), and is nourishing, you can get yourself to make changes! Start with small changes. Substitute breakfast for one of our lactation smoothies made with milk dust! Just substituting one meal is a small step with a big impact.

lactation smoothie for weight loss

Focus on Nutrient-Dense Foods For Breastfeeding:

What are nutrient-dense foods? These are foods that have a lot of nutrients per calorie. Think of fruits and vegetables. They are low in calories, yet high in nutrients. Some amazing nutrient dense foods, which we also have in our powder include:

  • Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds
  • Spinach + Kale
  • Apples
  • Berries
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Oatmeal
  • Avocados
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Start Walking More Often for 45 Minutes At A Time:

Walking is an amazing, free and easy way to help your body burn fat. If you raise your heart rate a bit, but not as much as running, you keep your body in a fat-burning zone. Luckily, walking with a newborn isn’t too difficult, especially if you wear them and go for a walk. Most babies love to be worn and carried, so this makes both mama and baby happy. Some babies do really well in a stroller, depending on their age. By adding 45 minutes of walking to your daily routine, you will add in some fat burning activity to help burn off that belly fat.

Don’t Start Doing A Bunch Of Crunches!

Ab exercises are not going to burn the belly fat. Eating healthy, walking and ultimately burning more calories than you are consuming is going to help get rid of the belly fat, and extra weight all over. You can do some ab-healing exercises to help your muscles repair after baby. By focusing on closing the gap between your ab muscles, this will help your abs return to normal after pregnancy.

Try Intermittent Fasting While Breastfeeding:

Intermittent fasting can be awesome for burning fat because it helps your body use fat as fuel. By fasting for 14-16 hours, your body has to use stored fat once the glucose is used. By combining this with a nutrient-dense diet, you can lose weight, but still nourish your body for breastfeeding. Intermittent fasting can also help with appetite control and cravings, which are so common while breastfeeding.

Use Milk Supply Boosters:

Milk supply boosters, like our powder, take a lot of stress out of the weight loss process while breastfeeding. By offering your body a helper, you can get back to working out, eating healthy, and losing the belly fat without compromising your milk supply. Most women have a lot of success with out powder because it also offers important B vitamins for energy, lactation herbs, necessary protein and superfoods like Chlorella and Spirulina. Purely supply boosters usually comprise of herbs like fenugreek or milk thistle, which we have as well, but Milk Dust offers a full, nutritional philosophy. We believe in supporting mothers with nutrients and herbs, to allow a mother’s body to thrive and function the best it can.

To lose the belly fat while breastfeeding, make sure to start by following our simple steps.