Learning to breastfeed can be a complicated process for the first time mom.
It’s so important to research and internalize all the basic things to know about breastfeeding, how breastfeeding affects your emotions, and how to care for you and your baby during this precious time.
One thing nursing mothers should definitely do, is watch what they consume.
So, should protein shakes be on your list?
Here’s everything you need to know!
Can you drink protein shakes while nursing?
There is nothing inherently wrong with protein powders for breastfeeding mothers and they will generally have no adverse effect on you or your baby.
However, it’s always a good idea to consult with your doctor before making any adjustments to your diet or starting to take supplements.
Your doctor can guide you towards the best products and brands and provide recommendations for your specific needs.
Can protein shakes help me lose weight while breastfeeding?
Protein shakes are often advertised as meal replacements, but you should proceed with caution if that is your intent while nursing.
Protein shakes generally do not offer the proper amount of calories to truly be considered a meal. Consult with your doctor on a healthy way to use protein shakes in your daily diet and try other proven and safe ways to lose weight while breastfeeding.
What foods SHOULD I avoid while breastfeeding?
While protein shakes are generally safe while breastfeeding, there are certain foods you should be cautious of or completely eliminate from your diet during this time.
You should continue to use Tylenol (Acetaminophen) vs Aspirin (Ibuprofen) until you are done breastfeeding and if you’re experiencing depression, be sure to take the safest antidepressant while breastfeeding.
You should also avoid:
- Foods high in mercury like fish
- Foods your baby is sensitive to or allergic to (that cause baby to have an upset stomach, gas, fussiness, diarrhea, excessive spit up, rashes, etc.)
- Peppermint, parsley and sage which can limit breastmilk production
NOTE: Contrary to popular belief you can consume alcohol, coffee and soda in moderation.