Can I Do the GAPS Diet if I’m Breastfeeding?
This is the most common question that I get asked- and the answer is yes!
What is die off and how does it affect breastfeeding?
- Cultured/fermented foods
- Coconut products
- Fresh Pressed juices
- Apples and peanutbutter or other nut butter (purchase soaked/sprouted nuts and seeds here)
- Yogurt with berries and/or coconut
- Savory yogurt with avocado, dill, and cubed meat
- Dried fruit
- Smoothies made with yogurt, frozen fruit, and a couple tablespoons of coconut oil blended in (buy healthy coconut oil here)
- Cheese and grain free crackers
What if the rest of the family needs Intro?
It seems to me that so many of you nursing moms want to add one more thing to your full full plate! I generally encourage moms to focus on the breastfeeding relationship for the full first year of the baby’s life, or until they have started to go longer between nursing and are starting a bit of solid food. But really, mamas, for the newborn period please try to relax and enjoy the baby if at all possible!
The GAPS introduction diet is a lot of cooking, cleaning, and feeding. I have tried to help the best I can by making the 30 days on GAPS Intro Ebook, but it still is a lot of cooking!
That said, in some cases it is best for the family to start the GAPS intro while mom is exclusively breastfeeding the baby. Maybe there is a sibling with autism or hyperactivity that could greatly benefit from the diet and make the baby’s newborn period much more calm, or another family member’s daily life is being affected by a GAPS condition.
In that case, I would recommend that mom eat the intro foods with the family, but add in some extras like cooked fruit and nutbutters or smoothies for easy calories. This can be done in a couple snacks a day- perhaps a smoothie mid morning and some apple sauce and a handful of nuts after the kids go to bed in the evening.
I personally feel it’s too much work for you to be cooking two separate meals, and it would be hard on the kids if you were snacking on food that they couldn’t have all throughout the day.
What if my baby is allergic to dairy/nuts/fruit/etc?
If you’re already basically limited to the GAPS intro foods by your or your little one’s food allergies, you may have no choice but to just go ahead and go on. You can still be very careful to reduce die off as much as possible, even putting off probiotics completely until the baby is eating more solids and very gradually introducing cultured veggies. Epsom salt baths should help with detoxifying, and drinking lots of gelatinous broth should help heal your gut quickly and provide your baby with much needed amino acids.
I hope this has helped answer some questions about breastfeeding on the GAPS diet!
I have done the GAPS intro twice while breastfeeding- I did intro while nursing a toddler (he was 2 and was on intro too) and it wasn’t an issue at all. I did a ‘modified’ intro when he was 11 months old and still pretty much exclusively breastfeeding (I added cooked apples and coconut oil after a couple days).
I’d love to hear your experience, have you done GAPS while breastfeeding?
This is all just opinion and not intended as medical advice. I have no credentials, and am just a mom myself! Please check with your healthcare provider for your and your nursling’s specific needs.
Where to find the Gut and Psychology Syndrome Book
Meal Plans for the Full GAPS Diet (which includes nuts, optional cultured dairy, and fruits)
What Can I Eat Now? 30 Days on the GAPS Intro Handbook
Starting Solids with a GAPS baby or in a GAPS Family
Download the PDF of my best GAPS articles to continue reading
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