Generally, most sites and professionals discourage moms who recently had a baby or are breast feeding from a diet of any kind- and I think it's easy to understand why, however I think there are things that can HELP a mom reach a healthier place, feel better about her body, and be good for her AND baby!
I'm almost 6 mos postpartum with my 7th child and it's been rough for me. I was already trying to lower my weight from my 6th child when I found out I was pregnant again, so I tacked on extra weight to an already sinking ship.
My ideal weight runs anywhere from 115-130lbs (Im 5ft 2 inches) and at 157 I was really feeling dragged down. So, I took on a better diet regimen and added more exercise into my schedule that raised my heart rate.
I cut out sugar and butter and white breads/starches and started eating whole grains, fiberous vegies and fruits, and more fish.Leaner meats, eggs and cutting out fatty meats and processed foods. Basicly, more or less Phase II of the South Beach Diet.
I'm nursing my son exclusively so it's important Im eating a balanced diet, not losing weight too fast and not overdoing it. Fat burned too quickly with reduced food releases toxins into your milk- yuk!http://kellymom.com/nutrition/mom/mom-weightloss.html
So far Ive lost 11 lbs in 2 1/2mos! Its perfect! From here I have 11 more to go, but Im happy with slow and steady.