5 Tips to Safely Detox While Breastfeeding

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5 Tips to Safely Detox While Breastfeeding

Note from Tiffany: As a mama of three I understand some of the struggles so many of us have when it comes to losing the extra baby weight. I’m long overdue for a detox but as a nursing mama I’ve hesitated to start a program. I asked my friend Kristen of Mix Wellness Solutions about safely detoxing and losing weight while nursing. She was kind enough to share this guest post on the subject! Enter Kristen….

5 Tips to Safely Detox While Breastfeeding

 

No matter how seasoned or prepared a mama is, being thrust into the throes of life a newborn is not easy, particularly when you have other littles that need you. In my humble opinion, I think the transition from one to two was a bigger a** kicker than starting from ground zero. But that’s just me. Everyone’s tolerance for mass mayhem varies.

I’m often asked the question from lots of post-partum mamas, “I want to feel better and lose this baby weight, but is it safe to detox while I’m breastfeeding?” Great question.

My response: “During those first few precious and fleeting moments, ain’t nobody got time for detoxing.”

That first month, you’re in survival mode. You sleep when you can, you eat whatever and whenever food is near, and showering is optional. Adding a new (and possibly overwhelming) “thing” to your plate is totally cray cray.

However, when the dust settles and a quasi-routine falls into place, your adrenaline starts to wane, your energy crashes, and your post-pregnancy body hits the wall, it’s a good time to take stock and create (or re-establish) healthier routines so you can boost your energy and fit back into your pre-pregnancy jeans.

A detox or cleanse is a great way to boost your liver and kidney function–the body’s natural detoxifying agents. However, most detoxes are waaay too restrictive, or worse, 100% juice or liquid based, leaving you malnourished and cranky. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take newborn-induced sleep deprivation over hangry (hungry + angry) any day, thank you very much!

5 Tips to Safely Detox While Breastfeeding

1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate: When you’re single-handedly nourishing another human, a good portion of the fluids you take in, goes right back out via your liquid gold. Staying hydrated while breastfeeding is not only critical to maintain or boost your milk supply, but also to keep your energy up, and allowing your kidneys and bowels to do their #1 job to eliminate waste (also known as toxins) from your body.

2. Rest: One of my favorite bits of advice from well-intentioned family and friends during the first few months was to “sleep when baby sleeps.” Riiight….easier said than done, buuut, this advice is solid. Nap when (and if) you can, and make it a point to at least try and get a decent amount of shuteye at night, even though it’s guaranteed to be interrupted. Any sleep is better than no sleep, right? And the bonus, since you are not (supposed to be) eating during those six to eight hours of night sleeping, your digestive system gets a break and your elimination has a chance to catch up, improving those processes during your waking hours.

3. Keep your gut health in check: I know, I keep talking about pooping. Perhaps it’s because I live with a 4 year old, or perhaps it’s because pooping rules. Nonetheless, this normal human function that everyone does is critical to staying healthy and allowing your body to naturally detox itself. Unfortunately, it’s one of the top things that new mamas struggle with, present company included (**TMI alert**) after both my girls were born. The remedy? Nope, not the orange-flavored junk in a canister. Staying properly hydrated, enjoying lots of fermented foods (or at the very least, taking a good quality probiotic like this one), and eating as much fresh, real, whole fruits and veggies with naturally-occurring fiber. Green smoothies are a new mama’s BFF – easy, nourishing, and supports elimination. Bam!

4. Oil pulling: This is an ancient Ayurvedic practice for detox and rejuvenation where you swish oil in your mouth for a set amount of time and then spit it out. Read more about this practice and how to do it here. The benefits include improving dental health, sinus problems, allergies, skin breakouts, arthritis, headaches, and hormone imbalances, among others.

5. Doing a gentle, real food detox: Detoxing enhances metabolism by supporting the liver–the body’s most important detox organ that helps metabolize toxins and fat. When your liver is firing on all cylinders, your body burns fat more efficiently. Adding insult to injury, pesticides and preservatives found in processed foods can (and do) inhibit your body’s natural ability to lose weight. Clean, unprocessed foods do the opposite, support weight loss, and most importantly, nourish you and your growing babe.

Now there are tons of different detox diets out there, all promising to unleash the sexy, lean beast that’s currently spending her days in spit-up covered yoga pants (yep, I’ve been there). Worse, aggressive cleanses can cause your body to mobilize toxins too quickly, dumping them precisely where you don’t want them to go – your breast milk. You want to detox slowly and gently. Few are designed specifically for you, my fellow, multi-tasking (and possibly nursing) mamas. Except for one…

The Superwoman Slim Down: A Real Food Detox & Cleanse for Real Women

After studying, researching, testing, and experiencing many detox programs, I’ve whittled down the best of the best and have created a 21-day hunger-free detox program for moms like me, that will teach you step-by-step how to feel better than you ever imagined in your own skin!

During this program, you will:

  • Lose baby weight and melt belly fat
  • Boost energy and be more productive (more laundry in less time – yay!)
  • Eliminate brain fog (and misplacing your keys – again)
  • Kick cravings (and suppress the constant urge to stuff chocolate in your mouth)
  • Improve your mood (less yelling, more laughing)
  • Sleep better (with the exception of those glorious night feedings)
  • Kick start your metabolism
  • Decrease aches and pains
  • Get relief from bloating, allergies, and skin problems
  • Improve digestion with one simple tip
  • Get your glow back (without having to get pregnant)
  • Save time and reshape your body

Have I gotten your attention?

Read all about it here. Even better, besides eating delicious, nourishing food, this program just so happens to eliminate many of the foods that contribute to fussy, colicky, and refluxy behavior in babies (like soy, gluten, and processed dairy). It’s a total win-win!

Best of all, for a limited time, the registration rate has been slashed to pennies on the dollar, so there has never been a better time to say “yes” to more energy, confidence, skinny clothes, happiness, better sleep, and productivity and “no” to cravings, baggy and unflattering clothes, brain fog, allergies, and insomnia.

Tell me, what is/was your biggest challenge as a new mama? Please leave a comment. I’d love to hear!

 

10478513_10204391534177146_1836095988_nAbout The Author
Kristen Boucher is a registered nurse, healthy living junkie, health & wellness coach, real foodie, full-time working wife to an amazing husband, cloth-diapering crunchy mama of two beautiful girls, creator of The Superwoman Slim Down: A Real Food Detox & Cleanse for Real Women, Lose Weight, Feel Great: 8 Weeks to a New You, and Founder of MIX | Wellness Solutions For A Balanced Life, where she inspires busy women to eliminate the overwhelm to lose weight, kick cravings, stress less, and cook delicious, healthy, and family-friendly meals so they can gain confidence, double their energy, and save money without crazy diets, countless hours at the gym, or quitting their day job. Kristen can be found pushing the envelope at www.mixwellness.com and on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google+.

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About the author: Tiffany is a real food mama who lives in Oregon. She is a stay at home mom of three coconut babies. She is passionate about traditional and healing foods. As a true believer in the health benefits of coconut, she uses coconut products in almost all her cooking. Subscribe to The Coconut Mama’s Newsletter for more articles like this one.

6 comments… add one

  • Janine June 21, 2014, 8:46 pm

    I’ve been told that loosing weight too quickly or detoxing while nursing can be harmful because fat holds toxins and once you start burning fat, toxins get released into the blood stream and can end up in your breastmilk. Still holding onto my additional 20 lbs because I’m afraid to try and loose it until I am done breastfeeding. Any thoughts on this?

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    • Kristen @ MIX June 23, 2014, 6:02 pm

      Hi Janine,
      Kristen here – thanks for the question, it’s a good one! :) Indeed, losing weight TOO quickly can release toxins that are stored in your body fat into your bloodstream, which in turn, increases the amount in your milk supply. However, you can safely and effectively lose the baby weight while nursing, just do it slowly and incrementally, ensuring that you’re still eating plenty of real, whole, fresh food and incorporating moderate activity into your life.

      Hope that helps!

      All the best,
      Kristen

      Reply
  • michelle June 23, 2014, 11:32 am

    I have wondered for 9 months of pregnancy and 6 months of babyhood if and when I could resume oil pulling. You say we can do it, you are sure right? LOL!

    What about taking bentonite clay baths?

    Thanks for your timely post!

    Michelle

    Reply
    • Kristen @ MIX June 23, 2014, 6:08 pm

      Hi Michelle! It’s Kristen – great question! There are a lot of mixed ‘best practices’ when it comes to pregnancy/BF’ing and oil pulling. Personally, I oil pulled throughout my pregnancy and continue to do so, while nursing my now 13 month old. I do it once a day, first thing in the morning. I just make sure to (obviously) spit it out (since that’s where the toxins end up) and rinse and brush right after.

      As far as bentonite clay baths, this is another gentle way to detox your body – so, personally, I would see no issue with enjoying this practice while breastfeeding, particularly since your baby is 6 months.

      Hope that helps!

      All the best,
      Kristen

      Reply
  • Rebecca June 23, 2014, 4:36 pm

    Can you confirm your sources to guarantee that these are safe while breastfeeding? I would love to forward these on to my crunchy mamas group but don’t want to give them information that could harm. The main one I am interested in is the oil pulling, as the others (sleep, drink, eat, etc) are pretty much must dos no matter whether you are breastfeeding or not…. I have heard a lot of controversy over the subject and don’t want to recommend your article to the group unless I can confirm it is safe.

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  • Kristen @ MIX June 23, 2014, 6:14 pm

    Hi Rebeccca – great question, and thanks for reading! Crunchy mamas unite! :) As I mentioned above to Michelle, there are a lot of mixed reviews when it comes to nursing and oil pulling. In my personal experience, I oil pulled throughout my pregnancy and continue to do so, while nursing my now 13 month old. I do it once a day, first thing in the morning. I just make sure to spit it out (since that’s where the toxins end up) and rinse really well and brush right after. It’s a very gentle method to detox your body, unlike some others out there.

    Hope that helps!

    All the best,
    Kristen

    Reply

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