No matter how “clean” we try to be, our bodies ingest, absorb and inhale toxins that can burden our bodily systems. Doing a regular body cleanse while breastfeeding is not recommended as most limit essential food groups and calories that are needed to sustain a healthy milk supply for your baby. Instead, you can employ a few safe and healthful breastfeeding body cleanse methods to help you detox while breastfeeding.
The good news about toxins is that your body inherently works to get rid of them every day. Many of your organs and bodily systems including your kidneys, liver, urinary tract and digestive system are your body’s way of purging waste that could be harmful to your body. Therefore, a vital part of cleansing is clearing the pathways for waste elimination. You’ll also want to be preventative by avoiding certain types of foods and substances, and of course you want to consume and use products that will help draw out pathogens for a cleaner, healthier body.
While breastfeeding, you should try to be as natural as possible. It’s not only great for you, it will also help your baby’s precious, pure body as she continues to develop and mature. Here are some breastfeeding body cleanse suggestions:
Diet: A clean diet is a great start to detox while breastfeeding. This includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables – select organic when possible. Lean proteins, bone broths and healthy fats such as omega-3 fatty acids are also terrific choices for a nutritious breastfeeding diet. Fiber is crucial to cleanse the digestive tract, and cultured foods (like yogurt) and fermented foods help as well.
Supplements: Supplements are a great way to help clean your system. First, you should continue taking prenatal vitamins while breastfeeding as they contain many critical elements your baby needs such as folic acid and DHA. A daily probiotic can help keep your digestive system running smoothly by creating a healthy environment in your gut. Other supplements like salt tablets are known to help clean the body too.
Hydration: Pure water is the best form of hydration. Breastfeeding moms should get a minimum of 64 oz. of water daily. Try drinking a serving of water during and in-between each feeding. Adding unrefined sea salt to your water can speed up the cleansing process. Pure fruit or vegetable juices contributes to hydration as well and can supplement your nutrition if your diet lacks produce.
Skin: As your largest organ, your skin absorbs a lot of toxins. Fortunately, it is also a method of purging toxins too. In addition to cooling you off, sweat is your body’s natural way of eliminating harmful substances, so don’t be afraid to sweat. Light exercise can help you work up a sweat and is good for your muscles, joints and cardiovascular system. Taking a bath in Epsom salt draws out impurities or you can dry brush your skin before showering to help cleanse and energize your skin. After bathing, use natural oils to moisturize and replenish your skin’s nutrients.
Mental & Emotional Balance: Being a new mom is hard and can take a toll on your mental and emotional state. Practice healthy self-care habits daily including relaxation, meditation, deep breathing, exercise and plenty of sleep. Find your personal way to release, whether that is laughing, crying, appreciation, dancing, singing, whatever! Also participate in your own hobbies apart from your children such as sports, crafts, entertainment, massage, gardening or anything else that you enjoy and keeps your body and mind at peace.
A breastfeeding body cleanse is a wonderful way to create inner balance for yourself, which will benefit your baby too!
Sources: Eat Naked Now, The Coconut Mama, and Real Fit Mama