View Full Version : like to try 30-day challenge but breastfeeding
07-07-2007, 11:54 PM
Hi! I gave birth about 6 months ago and would like to try the 30 day challenge but I am breastfeeding. I don't produce that much milk to begin with, but I was wondering if I do take on the challenge would that pass on "toxins" or bad stuff to my little one, or will the change in diet do him some good? He is already starting solids and is fed about 27-oz. of formula in addition to me breastfeeding 5x times a day.
Thanks for your help! ;)
07-08-2007, 12:49 AM
hi there! congrats on your sweet little one! i have a niece who is 6months. soooo sweet at that age (or any).
i really don't think you should go 100%. of course you're going to detox and i just think "has any one done any studies on toxins leeching into breast milk during a detox?" know one knows. at least it's not commonly known. i doubt anyone on this site knows. so don't take the chance!
i say yes to adding lots of extra raw nutrition to your existing diet and eliminating the ultra poisonous foods like junk food, fast food, any pre-packaged. and just stick to what ever cooked whole foods your already on.
trust me, i've been detoxing for a couple months now and it's EXHAUSTING at best and achy and painfull at worst...you do NOT need that now! when your baby needs to feed so often!
wait to be 100% when the little one isn't feeding from you. that's what i think. cause if you get bad detox and need to vomit or you have bad headaches...you don't want to have a baby nibbling...you know what i mean?
but i'm sure you'll do what's right for you.
all the best, j
07-08-2007, 03:10 AM
As long as you are having good elimination and are eating enough I wouldn't worry. Your baby is getting PLENTY of toxins already if you are not raw. If you go raw your baby may still be getting some, but will also be getting healthier milk with much more nutrition and will develop a taste for healthy foods through your milk.
07-08-2007, 11:00 PM
thanks for your replies! i will wait until I am done breastfeeding to do 100% raw. My diet now is fairly healthy, but not 100% and meat at least once a day (I craved meat and dairy during my pregnancy). but by incorporating more raw (especially now with all hte great produce available) it will definitely do more good for both me and baby! thanks!
07-09-2007, 10:28 AM
I've thought about this, too - although I'm not currently pregnant or breastfeeding. I've been thumbing through some raw books at the bookstore and I thought I read something about going raw and pregnancy would be okay. I think the idea is that the baby is getting the nutrition directly from you and you wouldn't be dumping toxins into the placenta. They would still use their usual routes out.
But breastfeeding, I think you're right. I wanted to do a cleanse after I gave birth to my first and my midwife said the toxins would come right out with my breastmilk. I would feel comfortable being a cooked vegan (any cooked food is going to slow down detox), low, low, processed vegan stuffs, and incorporating green smoothies into my diet. I think that would be a good compromist since you would be getting good nutrition, cutting down on your own toxin intake, and slowing detox by eating cooked.
07-09-2007, 05:38 PM
Hi, when my son was just over 3 months I started a slow transition to 100% Raw.
We had allergies and health problems (gas for him, low energy for me) and something HAD to change. I did it slowly because my 2 year old made the change too and I am tandem nursing them so I was quite worried about a toxin dump into my milk. Just in the last 2-3 weeks we have gone 100%, it has all been slow and gentle and easy, we started in the beginning of February. We didn't push or force ourselves to do anything, it all kinda flowed from one thing to the next.
First we just had fruit for breakfast,
then only fruit till noon,
then we stopped buying meat of any kind but kept eating eggs and fish,
then we had raw lunches,
then gradually we cut out all but manna bread, and organic corn chips.
Now we have arrived 100% -had only one brief period that I would call "detox", we had fevers and headaches for one-two days. :) :)
ps -due to allergies all wheat and dairy was out of our diet before we even thought of going raw so that battle was already over :D
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