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Water Fasting and nursing

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 16, 2012 at 3:07 AM

Hi, I'm fairly new to the Paleo lifestyle. I keep reading about fasting and wonder if it is safe to water fasting while nursing. Thanks

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on June 17, 2012
at 12:22 PM

Your comment isn't exactly compassionate and kind in the way it's worded. All new moms have questions, and we are, as a culture, overcoming at least two generations of OUR mothers who were told that science had a better alternative to breastfeeding. This isn't necessarily common knowledge anymore.

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on June 16, 2012
at 06:51 PM

Just to add to the above statements, I wanted to add that you need to think about this - if you were formula feeding, would you give your baby diluted formula? Because you might as well be if you nurse your baby during a water fast. Not to sound incredibly harsh, but your baby depends on you for nutrients from your milk for growth, brain development and well being, and by watering it down, releasing toxins, and impacting your supply, you are hurting your baby's health by putting your desire to water fast first. Wait till baby is weaned, then water fast to your heart's content.

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on June 16, 2012
at 02:11 PM

SHE may be fine, but baby likely won't. It could also impact her ability to nurse.

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on June 16, 2012
at 12:45 PM

Not only do you impact milk supply, but your body will release toxins into the breast milk. The best thing to do is eat nutrient dense foods, as much as you want, and foods that you and your baby can tolerate.

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on June 16, 2012
at 05:37 AM

She is nursing, not pregnant.

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at 05:31 AM

Fasting might be better suited to men than to women, at least male rats according to a study I recently read. The female rats who fasted became more "masculine", not exactly the ideal hormone balance for breastfeeding.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on June 16, 2012
at 03:13 AM

Please don't fast while nursing! You may negatively impact your milk supply.

Both you & babe need a nutrient-dense diet--you need to replenish your nutrient stores & baby is growing.

Eat to hunger & add in organ meats & bone broth if you can.

9e2e3e703f4ca97e3e603a030cca5176

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on June 16, 2012
at 06:51 PM

Just to add to the above statements, I wanted to add that you need to think about this - if you were formula feeding, would you give your baby diluted formula? Because you might as well be if you nurse your baby during a water fast. Not to sound incredibly harsh, but your baby depends on you for nutrients from your milk for growth, brain development and well being, and by watering it down, releasing toxins, and impacting your supply, you are hurting your baby's health by putting your desire to water fast first. Wait till baby is weaned, then water fast to your heart's content.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on June 16, 2012
at 05:31 AM

Fasting might be better suited to men than to women, at least male rats according to a study I recently read. The female rats who fasted became more "masculine", not exactly the ideal hormone balance for breastfeeding.

4b5be253ac1981c690689cab7e4bf06d

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on June 16, 2012
at 12:45 PM

Not only do you impact milk supply, but your body will release toxins into the breast milk. The best thing to do is eat nutrient dense foods, as much as you want, and foods that you and your baby can tolerate.

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on June 16, 2012
at 04:03 AM

  1. Listen to Dragonfly. 2. Common sense applies to eating paleo, just like anything else.

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on June 16, 2012
at 05:08 AM

Be patient enough to wait until you're done nursing, for your baby AND yourself.

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on June 16, 2012
at 04:04 AM

that is terrifying to think that anyone would think water fasting while nursing was even to be considered. Wow

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

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on June 17, 2012
at 12:22 PM

Your comment isn't exactly compassionate and kind in the way it's worded. All new moms have questions, and we are, as a culture, overcoming at least two generations of OUR mothers who were told that science had a better alternative to breastfeeding. This isn't necessarily common knowledge anymore.

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on June 16, 2012
at 04:45 AM

Honestly you'll probably be fine it you do water fast, but pregnancy and the postpartum period is a time to eat a LOT of nutrient dense food because the developing fetus/baby requires very varied nutrition. Much of that is transferred through breast milk as well.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on June 16, 2012
at 02:11 PM

SHE may be fine, but baby likely won't. It could also impact her ability to nurse.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

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on June 16, 2012
at 05:37 AM

She is nursing, not pregnant.

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