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Go Raw While Breastfeeding – Chlorella
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Go Raw While Breastfeeding – Chlorella

by admin on February 27, 2010

I watched a video on YouTube earlier about whether or not it was safe to go raw while breastfeeding.  Like many people, my main concern is that the toxins my body gets rid of will be released into my breast milk, which obviously could be harmful to my son. 


Most people I’ve talked to advise to wait until you have stopped breastfeeding before going 100% raw.  The guy on the video earlier, however, seemed to have a different perspective.


I’m not sure if he was specifically referring to going raw, but he did bring some good information to the table.  He talked about a few different studies that basically prove that changing to a cleaner diet doesn’t significantly elevate the toxicity levels in breast milk.  What’s more interesting is that Chlorella supposedly aids in leaching the toxins from the body.  (In other words, supplementing with chlorella while going raw may help get rid of all the junk in your system.) 


I realize that going raw isn’t the same as just “improving” one’s diet.  It is a much more serious process.  I’ve experienced severe detox symptoms first hand, and it’s not fun.  It’s just common sense that if I try to go raw while breastfeeding, some toxins will be passed along to Axel.  The question I have is whether or not it would be worth it anyway.


I don’t want to go raw permanently, but it would be nice to do it for a couple of days.  I’d love to give my body a break by only drinking green smoothies and juice for a few days.  (I’d probably incorporate some sprouts, as well.)  I probably won’t be able to go completely raw until I’m done breastfeeding anyway, simply because we aren’t in a stable enough position financially to do so.


What do you all think?  Have any of you successfully gone raw while breastfeeding?  Have you heard of anyone attempting to do it, only to find that it just wasn’t possible?  I could really use some help.  I don’t want Axel to suffer through detox, obviously, but at the same time, isn’t he suffering right now by not having optimum nutrition?  This really is a controversial issue, especially among raw food circles.  It’s hard to make an educated decision when there is so little information out there on the subject.


So, if you or someone you know has gone raw while breastfeeding, please, PLEASE share your experience.  It would be so helpful to me, and I would be forever grateful.  I just don’t feel “well” right now, and I really think a couple days off of cooked food would benefit me immensely.  Thank you all.


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admin March 1, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Lemons do make me feel good, but they DESTROY my teeth. My teeth aren’t really in good shape as it is, so I’m trying to preserve them as much as possible. Do you think drinking through a straw would work? Or, do you have any raw food teeth tips? I’m enjoying your responses!

Terilyn March 1, 2010 at 7:05 am

My 100% raw vegan fitness model friend is Joanne Gero. Her website is vibealive.ca and she also has youtube channels and a few other things if you need ideas on fun and delicious ways to include more raw in your diet. She also has an amazing Facebook page if you want to check that out that seriously shows her kicking ass hardcore on the fitness stage.

One thing Jo has always told me, before I was pregnant and now that I am is to EAT MORE LEMONS! Homemade lemonade with agave or honey is an amazing body purifier so consider making that one of your drinks of the day. xx

admin February 27, 2010 at 8:15 pm

I’ll definitely be checking out your post.

As for pumping milk for a day, that wouldn’t really be worth it for me. He loves nursing, and I have a really cruddy pump. I wouldn’t want to hurt our nursing relationship, or my milk supply!

Hmm… to go raw, or not to go raw. Lol. :)

admin February 27, 2010 at 8:12 pm

I agree with you about listening to your own body. That’s really important, although it is nice to have some people there to reassure you when you don’t know if you’re making the right decision or not. You all have helped me so much, thank you!!!

Anna February 27, 2010 at 6:15 pm

I have been about 80% raw while breastfeeding a toddler, and I have done other detoxes out of necessity while nursing a baby. Like other things, it is important to weigh the pros and cons. Does your baby have health issues? Allergies? Detoxification would probably heighten those issues for a short time, but afterward the baby would greatly benefit from a completely allergen-free diet.

You spoke of feeling a need to give your body a rest. Would it be possible to feed your baby another way for the day or two you were detoxing? Pumped milk would be a good option. Personally, I have always opted to continue breastfeeding rather than switch to formula.

I have done juice fasts and 100% raw for a few days at a time while breastfeeding an infant and never saw any detrimental effects to the babies. What a previous poster said about transitioning to the raw diet is what I would recommend most. This allows both your body and the baby’s to adjust to the higher levels of nutrients and fiber, a gradual off-loading of toxins, and it allows your cravings and emotional attachments to food to change gradually.

I can’t recommend green smoothies highly enough. They have been instrumental in righting several chronic ailments for me. You can see my initial post about them here http://akgreeley.blogspot.com/2010/01/starting-out-with-green-smoothies.html or feel free to email me with more questions. HTH <3

Erin February 27, 2010 at 4:56 pm

I think that it is best to listen to one’s body. If you are feeling that you need to go raw while breastfeeding then you should. I think that Terilyn’s suggestion to start at 70% and then increase the % as you go is probably wise. It is true that you are not supposed to do detoxes while breastfeeding, although gentle ones are okay. I’m not sure which category going 100% raw would fall under. Perhaps they say to not detox while breastfeeding because of all of the supplements that usually go along with the kits, which may not be good for baby. I myself have only ever gone 100% raw for a brief period of time so I don’t have any firsthand experience of being raw while breastfeeding. I did however keep my youngest son on only raw foods for the first year of his life (with my breastmilk of course,) and he is the biggest little fan of green smoothies ever! :)

admin February 27, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Oh, and Terilyn, who’s your raw fitness model friend? I’d love to know. (Come on, how ’bout some name dropping?! Haha :)

admin February 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Wow! I really appreciate all your helpful comments! I guess for now I’ll just try to start eating “more” raw. I did just started doing the green smoothie thing, and that seems to be helping my energy levels. Maybe I’ll just start doing that every morning for “brunch.” I eat fresh fruit for breakfast everyday, so that is helpful, but sometimes I get so fed up with this cooked food stuff!

Terilyn- Congratulations on your pregnancy! I love babies, they just bring so much joy to the world. If our situation was different, I would have more much sooner. For now, though, we’re going to try to wait until Axel is about 4 years old before trying for another babe.

Melodie- Thanks for the suggestion. I tend to agree, but I guess it does make sense that toxins could get to Axel and cause bad reactions. He’ll feel how I feel, I think. Thanks!


Terilyn February 27, 2010 at 7:45 am

I would just like to add a response to Melodie’s comment, “If you are detoxing wouldn’t that mean that they are already there?” True, if you detox it means there were toxins in your body but those toxins often lie dormant in places of your body like your liver and are not expelled through breast feeding until released (hence why detox is scary when breast feeding because weird dormant toxins come gushing out of every expulsion site including the breasts).

Terilyn February 27, 2010 at 7:41 am

According to one of my very good friends who is a raw fitness model and raw lifestyle chef and coach, GOING 100% when breast feeding (as opposed to maintaining 100% raw if you stayed raw throughout your pregnancy) is absolutely NOT a good idea because of the unhealthy toxins you’ll be expelling through your milk. Her son suffered through extreme skin rashes when she tried to detox and so she abandoned it. She suggested you up your raw intake to about 70%, while including things like cooked quinoa, sweet potatoes, and whole grain bread to feel better and healthier but curb detox.

I’ve was 100% raw for over a year (I have recently stopped since becoming pregnant thanks to food aversions to raw vegetables. Grrr…) and my experience with detox was that it was VERY slow and gradual but unfortunately some people experience detox like the flu :S My suggestion to you would be to up your raw intake to around 70% and then gradually up it by a few percent every day or 5% a week to make sure that if your body decides to release ALL its toxins, it’s slow and constant and not one fell swoop. Also this way, you can keep an eye on Axel and his own reactions in case you need to stop at a certain percentage or scale back a bit. No matter how you slice it, upping your raw should make you feel healthier just be aware of averse reactions in your gorgeous baby boy <3 x

Melodie February 27, 2010 at 6:43 am

I have a friend who’s very much into raw food. I’ve emailed her to visit your post hoping she might have something to share. I’m afraid I wouldn’t be much help, except I do think it sounds odd that one would have to worry about toxins in breastmilk if you are detoxing. If you are detoxing wouldn’t that mean that they are already there? And raw foods are natural foods and breastfeeding is natural…. Keeping those two things in mind it sounds like they would go hand in hand as long a you were getting the right amount of calories and keeping up your energy level. The composition of breast milk doesn’t really change depending on what we eat. But it does matter if we the moms are healthy, just for our own sakes so we can then best attend to our babies.

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