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Breastfeeding and Shakeology (Beachbody)

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  • Breastfeeding and Shakeology (Beachbody)

    Is it safe to take shakeology while breastfeeding? If not, why? I have a friend that says you can and then I have someone telling me that it should not be taken while breastfeeding. I would like to inform either on why or why not it can be taken with some information to back me up. I would like to take it as well if it is safe.

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    We do not have data on a lot of the herbal products. Some herbs are considered are safe some are not. Several of the ingredients in the proprietary blend have absolutely no data available so we are unable to advise on the safety of these herbs. Remember these products are not FDA regulated, could have cross contamination during the processing, or could contain heavy metals such as mercury and lead.

    "We have a policy of not commenting on the safety of combination herbal products or mega-doses of vitamins. There is rarely satisfactory literature published on the safety of a complimentary therapy in breastfeeding women. It is not ethical for us to make a recommendation based on anecdotes. Also, herbal products are not regulated by the FDA and there can be significant variations in the potency and purity between different products or even between different lots of the same product. Herbs can also interact with each other and with prescription medications, so we tend to advise not taking them at all. As a general rule, breastfeeding is a time for simplicity. Focus on eating a balanced, nutritious diet and minimizing your use of extraneous stuff. When you do take a med or supplement, make sure that you're making that decision based on a clear understanding of the benefits you are likely to get. Benefits are often a lot better researched and documented than risks. -James Abbey, MD" (Medications and Mothers' Milk database, Dr Thomas hale PhD).

    Sandra Lovato R.N.
    InfantRisk Center