Former adult film star Jenna Jameson breastfeeds while on the keto diet — and she’s sick of the uninformed, unsolicited criticism from mom-shamers.
The TV personality has been open about both her breastfeeding and weight loss journeys. But not everyone has been supportive of her ketogenic lifestyle — the diet advocates for low-carb, high-fat consumption — as she reaches two years of breastfeeding her daughter, Batel Lu.
“Let’s talk breastfeeding and keto,” the mother of three wrote on Instagram. “This subject is quite taboo it seems. A lot of naysayers rattle off falsehoods like ‘you have to eat oats to produce sufficient milk.’ Seriously ridiculous.”
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Let’s talk breastfeeding and #keto This subject is quite taboo it seems. A lot of naysayers rattle off falsehoods like “you have to eat oats to produce sufficient milk”. Seriously ridiculous. I thought the same thing for a long time. So when I started my #weightlossjourney I slowly subtracted carbohydrates over a week long period while monitoring my supply. I’m not quite sure why I thought processed foods contributed to my fabulous supply. I was absolutely wrong. The moment I got into full ketosis my milk increased. I think a lot of people think Keto is all about bacon salami and copious amounts of cheese. It’s actually quite well rounded with lots of organic veggies, fish and eggs. I am aware all women are not the same, but I think if you do your research, start slowly and monitor yourself…. nursing and keto go hand in hand 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 ps- I started the keto lifestyle when Batel was 1. She was eating lots of Whole Foods as well as breastfeeding. #normalizebreastfeeding #ketotransformation #beforeandafterweightloss #intermittentfasting #weightlosstransformation #postpartumbody #postpartum MY QUEEN SHIRT IS AVAILABLE ON MY POSHMARK IN ALL SIZES (link in my bio)
Jameson, who posted a side-by-side photo of her before and after she started the keto diet, added that she was once skeptical too. But after a week of carefully monitoring her breast milk supply while “slowly subtracting carbohydrates,” Jameson noticed that she had actually increased, not decreased her overall production.
“I’m not quite sure why I thought processed foods contributed to my fabulous supply. I was absolutely wrong,” Jameson wrote. “The moment I got into my full ketosis, my milk increased.”
She ended her post by clarifying some other common misconceptions about the keto diet.
“I think a lot of people think Keto is all about bacon, salami, and copious amounts of cheese,” she continued. “It’s actually quite well-rounded with lots of organic veggies, fish and eggs. I am aware all women are not the same, but I think if you do your research, start slowly and monitor yourself…. nursing and keto go hand in hand.”
Her final point that “women are not the same” is an important one. All bodies are diverse and have different dietary requirements. Just because Jameson claims to have lost weight by changing her diet postpartum doesn’t mean every new mother can and should follow suit.
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The before pic shows a tired new mom in absolute love. Sore but elated. Batel was only 2 weeks… and I am still in awe of the fact that my body made a perfect 8 lb baby. I honor that beautiful body. Batel is now 21 months and I’m still in awe of this body that continues to nourish her. I hope that all of you mommys understand how magical you are! PS- thank you for all the prayers for my husband. He is going into surgery tonight at 6 pm *** update he’s getting prepped for surgery right now 😨*** update- he’s out of surgery and doing very well. I know he will come through with flying colors. Baruch HaShem. Shabbat Shalom #ketotransformation #beforeandafterweightloss #positivevibes #beforeandafter #postpartumbody #postpartum #breastfeeding #ketodiet #keto #ketotransformation #intermittentfasting #biohacking #prayers #shabbatshalom
Additionally, Jameson’s post raises another excellent point: What you eat while breastfeeding is important. Of course, that’s not to say that everyone’s diets will or should look the same during the process. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that breastfeeding women eat 450 to 500 extra calories a day to aid with milk production, and the only foods the ACOG specifically suggest not consuming too much of are fish high in mercury (like swordfish and king mackerel), coffee (more than 200 milligrams per day), and alcohol. As always, you should consult with a doctor to find which foods are best for your body and your breastfeeding needs.
While we’re not hopeful that all of the mom-shamers will back off from harassing Jameson online, we are optimistic that her most recent post will spark a meaningful conversation and inspire parents to figure out what’s best for them. In the meantime, let’s all allow Jameson to live her best life, OK?