Since it's national-zillion-threads-bout-breastfeeding day here at GM (which is great, tons of information popping up now that formula feeding questions have been eliminated from feed your baby) I thought I'd ask something I was always wondering about (as someone with an ED who suffered severe bulimia the entire time she was nursing). Also concerns women who don't eat much at all, in 3rd world countries, and maybe you can help me debunk some myths and get some conversation going on this.
A mothers diet affects her milk, when she eats certain things. What happens when she herself is not getting enough nutrition? Say a woman in a third world country who eat rice every 3 days. Is she still able to make enough milk to feed her baby? If so.. is it even quality milk at all? How does she make nourishing milk for a child if she herself has no nourishment for the development of the breastmilk?
I see all the time that women in 3rd world countries use formula because they're scared of not being able to make adequate milk themselves.. but with no food, are they really making adequate milk? Not being judgemental, it's something I'm seriously curious about, and something I've thought about every time the evil corporation thread comes up and people talk about the advocating of formula in third world countries.
I guess that third world thing too would cover my question if a woman who suffers from anorexia and never eats, if she'd be able to make adequate milk as well.
But same with bulimia, I was bulimic the entire time I nursed. I'd eat twice as much to make sure a good amount of it still stayed in my stomach to 'develop healthy breastmilk', but maybe my bulimia was the reason I had so much problems with my breastmilk production and supply. I never got an answer to why my supply dried up and why nursing didn't work for me, but it always was in the back of my mind, whether or not my eating disorder had something to do with it.
The first one about 3rd world is basically just curiousity, but seeing as I'm going to be trying to conceive.. well .. like in a few days here, the answer about bulimia affecting BM would help me greatly, because I'm pretty damn sure I'll battle with my ED after this next pregnancy as well.
What do you guys think about it all?