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Traditional detox diets don’t work if a baby is counting on you for nourishment. If you’re feeling sluggish you can still give your baby a boost. Here’s how to cleanse your body when you’re breastfeeding:
Why You May Need to Detox
Most of us eat more sugar, pesticides and preservatives than we should for optimal health. If we do nothing to eliminate toxins from our body, they can build up, resulting in more rapid aging and even illness.
A detox diet is a great way to boost your liver and kidney function–the body’s natural detox agents. Most detox diets are too calorically restrictive for nursing women who need a minimum of 1,800 calories a day to maintain milk supply. If you’re breastfeeding you need solid foods to keep your energy elevated and to take care of your baby.
“Luckily, there are different ways to detox,” says Mary McGuire-Wien, author of The Seven-Day Total Cleanse. If you’re nursing you shouldn’t follow an all-liquid diet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t detox.