K.H. asks from Fremont, CA on April 28, 2009
Breastfeeding Mom Wanting to Take Acai Berry Supplements
Im a new mom of a beautiful baby boy whom is 3 mos old today and want to know if its safe to do a colon cleanse for 30 days or take acai berry to lose weight, im currently breastfeeding and donnt want to decrease my milk supply
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E.M. answers from San Francisco on April 29, 2009
It is not a good idea to lose weight too quickly while breastfeeding as it can definitely affect your milk supply. Just stick to sensible eating and moderate exercise. I never really "dieted" at all after my son was born, and was back to my pre-baby weight by 10 months. I am also really wanting to do a cleanse but I am waiting until he is weaned. Good luck!
P.D. answers from San Francisco on April 29, 2009
I'm no doctor, which is who I think you should ask.. but I have had to take cleansing products before for a medical procedure. I was breastfeeding at the time, and I couldn't breastfeed my baby while I was doing that. The doctor told me what I take affects the baby. This includes cleansers, laxatives, medicines, etc etc.
I wouldn't do anything until the doctor says it's 100% safe. It's a scary thought that the baby would have to go through that too.
Hope this helps and good luck.
J.O. answers from San Francisco on April 29, 2009
I don't know about the safety of these two methods, I do know that the best and safest way to lose weight is to eat sensibly and exercise. Colon cleanses are a lot of hype and I haven't heard enough about acai berry to have an opinion on it, but it sounds like a passing fad to me. While you are solely breastfeeding, your first priority should be the health of your baby. I was struggling to lose weight after my pregnancy with my second baby and started walking with them 3-5 times a week. The other thing I did was stop my "me time" snack (usually something big and chocolate)that I would have when I got both boys down for their afternoon naps. Those two changes alone have helped me drop 25 pounds since December.
Good luck with your weight loss goals!
A.H. answers from San Francisco on April 29, 2009
Congratulations on your new baby!
I really sympathize. After my pregnancy I really wanted to do a cleanse too. I felt so bloated and junked up from eating a lot while pregnant and then you're not moving much with a newborn around. However, I would really encourage you to wait until you've weaned your little one. When you do a cleanse, your organs will flush out toxins they've been holding onto and those toxins will end up in your breastmilk. Not to mention, you'll be putting an additional stress on your body at a time when it is trying to recover minerals and other nutrients you "spent" while creating a beautiful baby.
It is so hard to be patient, but since you are breastfeeding now and you are a stay at home Mom, seems like you'll have a good long time to breastfeed and that will ultimately help you slim down and tone up more than you realize. It's not fast, but it's the most natural way to recover your figure and your good health after pregnancy. Hang in there!
S.B. answers from Sacramento on April 29, 2009
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S.T. answers from San Francisco on May 07, 2009
If you want scientific information on ACAI, please let me know, I will email you what I have. There is a definate difference in the quality and powder and tablets do not stack up to other products that are available.
You have received some good advice from the other responses. Eat right and do not skimp on quality of what you are feeding your body. I also have an article on why you should be eating organic. If you are intersted contact me.
B.D. answers from San Francisco on April 29, 2009
No not a good time to any cleanses while you are breastfeeding! Wait until you are done. A healthy whole foods diet + exercise is the best way to lose weight! Congrats on baby.
R.G. answers from San Francisco on April 29, 2009
Ask your doctor. I was told to consume 300 extra calories a day while pregnant and 600 extra calories a day while breast feeding.