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Is it safe to detox while breastfeeding?

May 25th, 2014 | By: Nancy Ripton
Find out if detoxing while breastfeeding will negatively impact your baby’s diet.

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Is it safe to detox while breastfeeding?

The Breastfeeding Detox is one of the most popular articles on our site. After giving birth, chances are you’re holding onto a little extra weight, are exhausted from sleep-deprived nights, and are looking for a way to boost your health, lose a few pounds and generally feel better.

Along with articles that get a lot of attention, come questions. The biggest one we get in terms of the breastfeeding detox is: Is it safe? If you’re trying to rid your body of toxins, isn’t it natural that some will come out in your breast milk?

Toxins in Breast Milk

The bad news is there are already toxins in your breast milk. The good news is that eating only vegetables, fruits and a few other natural foods for a few days isn’t going to increase the toxicity of your breast milk.

Toxins are an unfortunate side effect of modern society. “We have polluted everything,” says Dr. Jack Newman, author of The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers. “Everything is polluted to some extent including formula, cow's milk, everything we eat and, yes, breast milk.”  

Breast milk has been shown to carry toxins ranging from DDT, PCB’s, mercury, lead and arsenic. These toxins are present in similar amounts regardless of whether or not a mother is doing an approved for breast-feeding cleanse.