The Meaning Behind Sugar Cravings While Breastfeeding

The Meaning Behind Sugar Cravings While Breastfeeding

Sugar craving are very common for breastfeeding mamas. Many mamas who are solely nursing find themselves wanting sugar every couple of hours, or more, and the cravings are very strong. Lactation cookies are very popular now as a means to help satisfy the sugar cravings, while also increasing milk supply, but the root of the issue still isn’t being addressed.

Sugar cravings while breastfeeding are signals from the body that we need nutrients.

Hunger and cravings tend to consume new mommies to the point where they are in survival mode. This causes reactionary eating, based on intense feelings and hunger. Candies, chocolates, chips, crackers, peanut butter, nutella and other packaged foods offer immediate satisfaction to both the hunger and the sugar needs. It is easy to open a jar of nutella and dig right in. But, the convenience of most packaged foods is actually causing more sugar cravings and continuing an endless cycle.

Here at Milk Dust, we are here to help mamas understand why they are craving sugar, and what to do to stop it.

Let’s dive head first into what sugar cravings mean, and where they are stemming from, particularly in breastfeeding mamas.

The Meaning Behind Sugar Cravings As A Nursing Mama:

Mineral Deficiencies Such As Chromium + Magnesium:

Chromium and magnesium have been used to treat diabetes and help with blood sugar control for years now. Many of these essential minerals are lost in our diets today because of the way food is grown, harvested and fertilized. Chromium is also found in small amounts in many foods, which means we need a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to help replenish those chromium and magnesium stores. Many new mamas aren’t eating colorful plates full of fruits, veggies and lean proteins merely because of the effort to prep (hello hands being full 24/7), and prepare healthy meals as a new mommy. Without a diet full of these foods, the minimal amount of Chromium is missed. Chromium is essential for transporting glucose and blood sugar regulation. Here is what Dr. Weil says,

For people with type 2 diabetesmetabolic syndrome, (marked by insulin resistance), and those who gain abdominal fat easily, I recommend daily supplements of 1000 mcg of GTF (glucose tolerance factor) chromium, a form that is well used by the body.

Milk Dust of course offers Chromium and Magnesium to help mamas with their mineral needs. Deficiencies in these minerals are one of the contributing factors to sugar cravings while breastfeeding.

Low Protein Consumption:

If your protein consumption is lower while breastfeeding, your blood sugar levels are going to jump up and down more often. It is common for nursing mothers to jump on cookies, packaged foods and comfort foods which are often full of simple carbohydrates, sugar and fat. The important point here is that a diet like this means your protein to carbohydrate and fat ration is lower. In reality, protein and carbohydrates should make up most of your diet, with small amounts of healthy fat. Without enough protein, blood sugar levels are rocky, dipping frequently and stirring more sugar cravings. Adding in more protein, with something simple and easy like Milk Dust, can help you decrease sugar cravings, slow the absorption of sugar and carbohydrates, and balance your blood sugar levels.

One study found that starting the day with a higher protein breakfast reduced sugar cravings the rest of the day. Hello protein smoothie! A protein smoothie made with Milk Dust is fast, easy and delicious!

Stress + Sleep Deprivation:

Of course new mommies are walking zombies. Newborns wake every few hours in the beginning for feedings, and it can feel like days and nights are one big blur. Sleep deprivation and stress are common causes for sugar and carbohydrate cravings. When your brain is low on sleep, it craves glucose for immediate energy to compensate for the lack of sleep. Stress can also signal carbohydrates because the dopamine reaction to help sooth and calm your brain. Both stress and sleepless nights are completely normal while breastfeeding. Combating this with non-caffeine boosts like vitamin B12, which we specifically added to Milk Dust can really help manage some of the lowest energy days. Vitamin B12 is also really important to baby. If a breastfeeding mother is deficient in vitamin B12, so will baby be. Not only does vitamin B12 help with energy levels, it helps with the production of healthy red blood cells. Very important for growing little ones.

Spirulina is also amazing for tired mamas, which we’ve added in our powder formula because it has no cell wall, and infuses your body with many nutrients quickly. This can give your brain and body an instant boost of nutrients. By offering the right nutrients to help combat fatigue and stress, you can combat some of those instant sugar cravings with instant nutrients.

Not Enough Fiber:

If you aren’t eating enough fiber, you are probably feeling hungry all the time, or soon after meals. Fiber is the key to bulking up and filling your tummy and intestines. Fiber is often thought of an issue for gassy babies. This is not the case at all because fiber can not pass through breast milk. Fiber is a form of carbohydrate that goes directly to the small intestine of the mother. It can cause mama to be gassy, but not baby. The more fruits and veggies a mama can eat, the better. Without feeling satiated, you will be headed to the pantry soon after even a large meal, if it doesn’t have enough fiber. Combining fiber with protein, like we have in Milk Dust, is going to help you feel so full after your meal, even sugary treats won’t sound appealing. Adding more fruits, or large salads to every meal can do wonders for sugar cravings. Fruit is natural sugar, and your body processes this sugar slower than many think. Because of the water, nutrients, and fiber, the sugar is absorbed slowly, yet still gives you with sweet taste you want.

By adding fruit or spinach to your perfect lactation shake, you are adding natural glucose and lots of fiber! Blend it up with our protein-rich Milk Dust, and you have an amazing combination.

Lack of Sunshine or Vitamin D:

Vitamin D deficiencies have been linked to sugar cravings, and many new mommies are stuck inside for days with a new baby. This doesn’t allow much sunshine to get in and provide the natural vitamin D levels that are needed. Dr. Axe has an awesome video on Vitamin D deffeciencies, and he correlates pregnancy to lower levels of vitamin D. A new, breastfeeding mama was just pregnant, and it is safe to say she may not have been able to get outside much, or replenish those vitamin D stores right away. Outside light is the best way to do this, but as Dr. Axe mentions in his video below, wild caught fish and mushrooms are the best food sources.

Low vitamin D levels are linked to lower seratonin, which often mean sugar cravings! If you live in a less-than sunny place, consuming more vitamin D rich foods and getting a supplement can really help with those sugar cravings.

Here we’ve gone over major reasons behind sugar cravings while nursing.

Of course, if you aren’t eating enough, your body will signal for more food. This can often come out in sugar cravings as well. If you think you need to eat more, don’t dive straight into cheeseburgers just for calories. Add in more calories from more salads, more nuts, more fruit, more beans and more complex carbohydrates like sweet potatoes and oatmeal. The most important thing you can do is fully nourish your body for both yourself and your baby.

We’ve created Milk Dust as a tool to help you do this. A full-scale protein lactation powder that helps to nourish new, breastfeeding mothers with specific nutrients that both mama and baby need. It also tastes great!

Sugar cravings often have underlying meanings that breastfeeding mamas need to aware of to combat them!

Hello, I’m Milk Dust, Your New Best Friend for Lactation + Weight Loss

Hello, I’m Milk Dust, Your New Best Friend for Lactation + Weight Loss

Milk Dust Breastfeeding Protein Powder For Milk Supply + Weight Loss

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For the past several years, I have helped mamas lose weight while breastfeeding.  I am a firm believer in nutrition for milk supply. After years of searching for a protein powder specifically designed for breastfeeding mamas to combat these sugar cravings and provide nourishment, I realized I needed to make my own. I created Milk Dust – your best friend for lactation and weight loss.

In creating Milk Dust, I handpicked specific vitamins like folate (L-methylfolate), which is as important during lactation as it is during pregnancy. I also chose vitamin B12 for energy, and superfoods like chlorella, spirulina, spinach, and blueberries. To help mamas combat sugar cravings, I included stevia, monk fruit and organic cane juice so mamas can enjoy the sweetness with very little sugar. Plus, herbs like turmeric and cinnamon bark, and minerals like chromium, balance blood sugar and taste delicious. It’s like drinking a milkshake! To top it off, Milk Dust is plant-based, vegan, made of non-GMO ingredients and is free of soy, gluten, dairy, and corn.

Milk Dust is the only protein powder on the market that is clean, nutrient-dense and specifically made for postpartum healing, nourishment, lactation, and weight loss. Enjoy!

Milk Dust is specifically formulated with the highest quality, organic ingredients to promote nutritional excellence in breastfeeding mamas, while also curbing the sugar cravings that can inhibit weight loss.

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Your Nutrition Should Not Be Left-Overs

Your nutrition as a new mama should be a priority. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Protein shakes made with Milk Dust will make your insides happy. Think of Milk Dust as a magic dust that absorbs into your body and leaves you and baby flying on a cloud of nutrients.

Milk Dust Curbs Sugar Cravings.

Sugar craving is one of the most difficult aspects of losing weight while breastfeeding. Many times sugar cravings indicate mineral and nutrient deficiencies, which causes your body to crave glucose. Your body sends craving signals in hopes that you will eat something with more nutrients. Milk Dust holds a unique combination of chromium, magnesium, cinnamon bark, zinc, and folate. Chromium and magnesium are essential minerals that many are deficient in. These deficiencies result in strong sugar and carbohydrate cravings. Zinc and folate are also two very important nutrients for mothers healing after baby. A mother’s body needs zinc to repair cells and recover after birth. Folate is not only needed during pregnancy but also after baby arrives as it passes to baby through breast milk. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends mamas consume 500 micrograms of folate daily while nursing. Lastly, cinnamon bark can help balance blood sugar, keeping sugar cravings at bay.

You can lose the weight and have your milk supply too.

Milk Dust is chocked full of lactation-boosting ingredients like fenugreek, milk thistle, fennel seed, Brewer’s yeast, and raspberry leaf. These ingredients give you a magic potion to quickly boost your milk supply. Our special blend has secondary, milk-boosting nutrients like turmeric and pumpkin seeds.

Milk Dust Promotes Healthy Energy without Caffeine.

Milk Dust provides a caffeine-free, healthy option for mamas on the go. Milk Dust is a unique powerhouse of green energy consisting of spirulina, chlorella, and wheatgrass, as well as vitamin B12 and turmeric. Spirulina is high in iron. Chlorella and wheatgrass help pull toxins out of breast milk, in addition to giving mama a healthy boost of energy. Vitamin B12 passes through breast milk to growing baby. Plus, vitamin B12 helps prevent anemia in postpartum mamas. Combined with the protein in Milk Dust, this blend of nutrients will help repair blood and nerve cells, which are important for boosting energy levels.

How Milk Dust Promotes Milk Supply + Weight Loss Safely

How Milk Dust Promotes Milk Supply + Weight Loss Safely

Milk Dust offers breastfeeding and postpartum mamas much needed help to properly nourish their bodies, as well as combat the intense sugar and carbohydrate cravings that seem to plague lactating mamas. Milk Dust offers hand-picked ingredients by Katie, a Pre/Postnatal Fitness Specialist, Founder of The Postpartum Cure and mom of three boys. Each ingredient serves an immensely important purpose for both mama and baby, which is why Milk Dust is in demand world wide. Breastfeeding mothers everywhere are searching for nutritional guidance and help to produce a healthy milk supply, while also getting back into shape after baby.

Taking a prenatal vitamin during pregnancy is widely advocated by doctors everywhere to support the growth of baby inside the womb, but what about mama and baby when nutritional needs actually increase, and the postpartum phase, or fourth trimester begins? Nutrition during lactation deserves just as much attention and importance as pre-natal nutritional support, so Milk Dust is here to offer a clean, safe, high-quality protein powder that supports the very important nutritional needs of both mama and baby.

You can read about the 5 critical nutrients breastfeeding mamas need, which are discussed in detail. These nutrients are absolutely included in Milk Dust. They are Protein, organic fruits, B12 and L-Methylfolate, Omega-3 sources (flax seed protein), and Zinc. Zinc is a very important nutrient that babies need as well.

In addition to these 5 essential macro and micro nutrients, Milk Dust offers sugar craving blend that helps regulate blood sugar and cravings. This blend includes Chromium, which is often associated with sugar cravings. A deficiency in Chromium can cause a consistent, difficult-to-resist, craving for carbohydrates and sugar. Another piece of this blend includes cinnamon bark, which has been proven in studies to balance blood sugar and manage cravings. This is a TREMENDOUS help for mamas who are working hard to lose the baby weight, but can’t seem to get a handle on their cravings for things like cookies, chocolate, nutella and brownies. These are the most popular cravings mentioned by members of The Postpartum Cure.

While balancing your blood sugar and minimizing sugar cravings, Milk Dust is encouraging your milk supply with lactation-boosting ingredients.

Many of the lactation-boosting ingredients you’ve read about are packaged together to offer an impressive blend for a healthy milk supply. This is incredibly helpful for mamas who are scared to lose any milk supply as they start dieting and working out. This is usually the point where most mamas give up. They start reducing calories and adding in workouts, and because their nutrition is deficient in essential nutrients, they experience a dip in milk supply. No more milk fears with Milk Dust. You can start losing weight, eating healthy and working out, while still nourishing your body and supporting your milk supply for growing baby.

Is Milk Dust the perfect solution?

No, the perfect solution is your own garden of fruits and vegetables and personal chickens, cows and goats. Realistically, our world is far from the perfect solution for nutrition, but we sure can get close. Supplements like Milk Dust are here to help, support and encourage a healthy lifestyle in the midst of this busy world. Mothers are busier than ever, and products like Milk Dust offer quick solutions that are far better than packaged/processed chips, crackers, breads, fast food and more.

To help, Milk Dust presents a unique, probiotic and enzyme blend that helps your body digest and absorb all the nutrients and proteins in the powder. This is actually very, very important because as our bodies get accustomed to digesting fake-food, we lose a lot of enzymes and bacteria necessary to break down and absorb the fiber and protein in real foods. Adding in probiotics and enzymes not only helps you digest Milk Dust, but they continue to work for all your meals and heal your gut balance!

Milk Dust was created because breastfeeding mamas need help. There is a gap in nutritional products that are clean, healthy, and supportive of postpartum nutritional needs. There is also no support at all for weight loss while breastfeeding. There are natural and healthy foods and herbs that can help breastfeeding mamas fight the intense cravings and nutritional deficiencies that arise during while breastfeeding.