I saw an awesome video today on YouTube from a British poet made in defence of public breastfeeding. Personally I find it crazy that this defence of breastfeeding is needed, but I guess that’s the world we live in. In my home breast milk was often referred to as boobie juice, quite apt given that my wife would often have a juice or smoothie for breakfast while she was feeding our daughter.
I was asked on the weekend by a Natural Juice Junkie reader (via my Facebook page) if it is safe and healthy to juice or juice detox when breastfeeding.
As I said above, my wife juiced when breastfeeding. I also have a friend that is breast feeding and juices, and her feedback is that it gives her daughter loads of energy.
Juicing will provide you with lots of natures finest nutrients in a highly bio available form and my common sense tells me it would be much more beneficial to a baby than much of the processed food sold in supermarkets, fast food restaurants, etc. which few people would question wether a breast feeding mother can eat.
If you are breastfeeding and plan to make juicing a significant part of your diet then I would suggest you blend your juices with avocado and maybe some nuts and seeds as these are rich in essential fatty acids (EFAs) that help with milk production. If you are thinking about following a juice only programme (like the Budget Juice Reboot) while breastfeeding, then I would advise against it. The feedback I’ve had from breastfeeding mums that juice is they find they need to have 1 or 2 meals alongside their juicing to make sure you have sufficient energy (calories) for both your own body’s needs and milk production and feeding.
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