I do not recommend undergoing a Candida cleanse when you’re nursing. I have four children, and sometimes I would go on cleanse when my children were born, but my wife wouldn’t. I’m not a fan of women undergoing any kind of dietary or supplement work while pregnant or nursing.
When a woman is nursing, the best thing to do is support that person. If she needs help keeping her energy up, pitch in as best you can. Being relaxed, happy, and well-supported makes breastfeeding that much easier. Breastfeeding that proceeds smoothly is good for the entire family.
During a cleanse, you’re stirring up the body. Think of it a bit like you’re cleaning up a dusty, dirty room. You’re going to be coughing, have itchy eyes, and the dust flying through the air is going to land on your skin. You might end up breathing in some of the dust. Basically, you’re going into an environment that’s not great for your health.
Why would anyone want a nursing woman to be exposed to a dirty, dusty room? She might end up with itchy skin and all sorts of health problems due to toxin exposure. You wouldn’t want to do that. You’d probably tell her to get the heck out of the room.
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Nursing women should wait until they have stopped breastfeeding to do a Candida cleanse. The focus during nursing should be on getting enough rest and excellent nutrition. Eating food containing the right fats to support breastmilk production is a really good idea. Avocado, fish oil, and omega-3s are great for breast milk. There are many, many good foods you can eat for breastfeeding. Brazil nuts, almonds, and leafy green vegetables with their folic acid and magnesium are all great choices. Sesame seed paste (tahini) provides fantastic fat for breastfeeding mothers.
Chamomile and peppermint are okay when a woman is nursing. Herbs that are used for detoxification like St. Mary’s thistle should be avoiding until nursing is finished.
Nursing can range anywhere from six weeks up to two years, depending on the mom. I prefer to see women breastfeeding for as long as possible. It confers so many emotional and physical benefits to the baby.
One last time: doing a Candida cleanse while nursing is not a good idea. Reserve the cleanse for down the track.