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Nursing while DETOXING

I just finished reading a book on the Master Cleanse — one with a review that will show up on this blog in just a little while. I came across the section where the author talks about his client’s concerns — and one of them was if it is possible to do a cleanse while pregnant or nursing.

If you’re unsure of what the Master Cleanse is exactly — also called the Lemonade Diet, it is a system where, in the book I read, consisted of a regimen of drinking nothing over the course of at least 10 days (some people do a long as 40, and more), except a concoction  of water, maple syrup, lemon juice and cayenne pepper — and taking herbal laxatives. People master cleanse for various reasons, but this monodiet is said to eliminate all toxic waste from the body. The author has a very small segment on it:

If women can do the Master Cleanse safely, then they can also do it when they are pregnant or nursing. One friend of mine did the Master Cleanse 5 times in a row for 10 days each, for a total of 50 days, during her pregnancy (with intervals of regular eating in between, of course). another friend did it 3 times for 10 days each, with no ill effects whatsoever. Both women had quick births and delivered healthy babies.

I wonder exactly how this works, since breastfeeding burns at least 500 calories per day, and wonder about the levels of energy, at the very least. Below are a few threads on the topic, some questions, some message boards and have various opinions — including releasing all of those toxins into breastmilk, but I haven’t found one where someone said they successfully completed the cleanse.

I also  found this video

It seems like most of the threads and other information I’ve come across seem to not support doing the Master Cleanse while breastfeeding for various reasons. But what do you know? Ever done, or know anyone who has gone on the Lemonade Diet while nursing?

2 thoughts on “Nursing while DETOXING

  1. Hi There,

    I am a mother of 7 and started master cleansing about two years ago. I have never done so while pregnant but I have done so during breastfeeding with no ill effects whatsoever. There is another book by Tom Woloshyn(sp?) called “The Complete Master Cleanse” where he explains that since the breast are not organs of ellimination then there is no worry that toxins will get into the breastmilk thus harming the baby and I can attest to it. The second time I cleansed my baby was only 2 months old and we both did just fine, full of energy and reaped the benefits of the cleanse…hope this helps :-)

    1. My sister is a mother of 7. All boys! :O) I actually have that book by Tom Woloshyn, and believe it or not is the text I am talking about in this post (that’s linked in the first sentence).

      Maybe it was my skepticism that made me comment in my book review that I just could not see how a woman could master cleanse and breastfeed, even though I did read what he explained. I did my first 10 day master cleanse a few months ago — one I would have **never** even had the courage to do had I not read his book (not a breastfeeder, but my blood sugar does get low and it would have freaked me out to even try). But I had never heard of someone doing it while nursing. You’re a first. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing! :O)

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