If you’ve been reading my blog regularly, you know that I’ve been working on postpartum weight loss since the birth of my second son. I recently did Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living program while nursing.
I wanted to help other mothers decide if this program is right for them by sharing my experience, so I’ve compiled a detailed list of what I did and what you should know!
30 Days to Healthy Living
I started 30 Days to Healthy living when I was about 7 or 8 weeks postpartum. In the week or two right after giving birth, I lost some of my baby weight, but my weight loss had kind of stalled. My husband and I also decided that I would make the leap to become a SAHM, which is a little frightening! I wanted to make sure that I had enough energy every day to keep up with my toddler and take care of our new baby!
Thankfully, my husband is a teacher, so I had some help during the summer, but now that school is back in session, he’s going to be gone a lot more and he’ll probably be bringing home colds and other bugs, I wanted to make sure that my immune system is in good shape.
I’m not going to tell you the nuts & bolts of the 30 days program. Here’s a good video to watch if you’re interested in learning about the program:
Your Body While Breastfeeding
There are some changes that happen in your body while lactating.
First, your body takes about 6 weeks before it reaches the maximum milk production! It’s common to worry about losing milk around this time, but this is when your breasts are starting to level off. I waited until after these 6 weeks before I started the program. If your milk has been established for even longer, go for it! I’m not your doctor, but I don’t recommend starting this program until 6-8 weeks postpartum.
Second, the things you consume do get into the breastmilk. Typically, it’s not much, but there are some guidelines you may want to follow.
Last, when you’re breastfeeding, you use about 500-600 more calories a day! Which is amazing! Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that weight loss will be a breeze. It’s very important to eat regularly and not try to restrict calories too much so you don’t lose your milk.
How Breastfeeding Changes the 30 Day Program
What I Kept the Same
The products that I kept the same were the protein shakes, fiber, and digestion plus. I LOVED the protein shakes, and when I added the fiber and digestion plus, they kept me fuller longer. Sometimes I added fruit and even some almond butter to give myself some extra calories.
I stuck to the recipes for dinner, leftovers for lunch, and approved snacks for snacking. It is recommended to eat every 4-6 hours while on the program, but I definitely ate about every 2-3 hours. I did not eat from about 6pm until 6am the next day.
I also opted for the Greens Balance instead of the cleanse because it’s not really good to do any type of cleanse or detox during pregnancy or breastfeeding. That also made me feel good, knowing that I was getting plenty of vegetable nutrition that I was passing onto my baby!
Although I did receive the detox tea, I did not use it. I’m very excited about using in a year or two when I’m done breastfeeding! Again, detoxing is not good during breastfeeding because those toxins that are coming out of your body could potentially go into your breastmilk and could be ingested by baby.
The last thing is the energy fizz sticks. They do actually say that pregnant and lactating women should NOT take them. I did a lot of research and also consulted my midwife, who said that in moderation they should be okay. It seems from many other facebook forums and discussions online that other women’s doctors have said the same thing. So I only had a half to 1 full fizz stick in the morning with no additional caffeine.
PLEASE, remember that this was only my experience. If you are a breastfeeding woman who is interested in this program, please check with your doctor or midwife to make sure that it’s okay for you to join this program!
If you are an Arbonne consultant reading this and you have breastfeeding women interested in this program, send them this link and be sure to encourage your client to check with their doctor! This company keeps such high class and integrity, so it is very important to put a higher priority on the medical advice of a doctor to their patient.
I had SUCH a great experience with 30 days to Healthy Living while nursing, so please don’t let that stop you from trying the program!