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CATTERS
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2/18/07 1:37 P

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My husband is a doctor and he encourages me to drink one protein shake a day to supplement my diet. It is simply a whey protein powder I add to milk and a little frozen yogurt. Sometimes I add a banana or peanut butter which tastes really good. I'm having a hard time putting on weight right now and as protein is the building block of our bodies he's encouraging me to eat this instead of just gorging on high calorie items. I take a prenatal so I try to avoid too many other vitamin supplemented foods.

The protein we use is 100% Whey Gold Standard.


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DIETITIANBECKY
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2/16/07 8:22 P

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Erica--
I am glad you are monitoring your protein and nutrient intake this time. You do have special nutritional needs, that need special attention.

Protein sources include: milk, cheese, yogurt, beans, lentils, eggs, nuts, seeds

The slim fast shakes are a choice, you may want to also investigate carnation instant breakfast, boost, ensure, etc. Some also make a juice form as well with protein and nutrients.

Be careful with not over--supplementing your body with too many extra vitamins/minerals. Some can be dangerous at high amounts. I assume you are also taking a prenatal supplement. You may also be using fortified foods like Total Cereal. This can all add up quickly. You may want to discuss this with your doctor.
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2/16/07 2:01 P

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I don't know if you are in the same boat, but I don't eat meat and I am deathly (anaphylaxis) allergic to soy and protien supplements.

I am planning on drinking slim fast shakes while breastfeeding because they are loaded with vitamin's and protien and I am not allergic to them. After my last pregnancy I wasn't breastfeeding, but I never took the time to eat and I ended up very malnourished and in the ER. Since this time I want to BF, I think I will need something easy that I can just drink it and get vitamins, so when I am running around crazy I don't have to worry about cooking anything.

Edited by: AGENTERICA at: 2/16/2007 (14:02)


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DIETITIANBECKY
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2/15/07 4:25 P

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Protein powders are probably safe, but I really don't understand the need for them. And I do NOT feel they are as good as other protein food sources in your diet which also provide many additional vital nutrients. Is there are specific medical need or food allergy? Why do you feel you need a protein supplement? We can provide some tips on healthy ways to get adequate protein in your diet. Just let us know.

Becky, Your Bf dietitian

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2/14/07 10:58 P

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I would assume they are fine, but I am not really sure. I think as long as your calorie intake is okay, you shouldn't have any problem with milk production etc.


Erica

Maddox, Maguire, and Paxton. Plus, two puppies. It's insanity at my house ;)

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2/14/07 6:26 P

 
 
Can I take protein shakes while I am breastfeeding? I will be having my baby in about a month and I am planning to start a new diet after 40 days of having him but I was interested to know if their were some protein shakes that I need to stay away from since I will be breastfeeding.


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