Thursday, February 19, 2015

Shakeology and Breastfeeding

First, let's get the particulars out of the way. I am not a doctor. I am not a lactation consultant. I am just a mother who drank Shakeology while nursing her baby BEFORE I ever even imagined signing up as a coach. This post is reflective of my experiences only. 

I started my first Beachbody program back in March of 2014 making Arya about 9 months old. I started p90x3 with a side of Shakeology. I was having a really hard time losing the weight and getting my eating under control. I ate so super healthy when I was pregnant but once I actually had the baby I adopted the mentality that I could eat whatever the hell I wanted because I was exclusively nursing. 

That wasn't working out so well for me in the health and fitness department. I had no time to get to a gym  and was having inconsistent results with weight watchers and running. A friend of mine at work was having amazing results with Beachbody so I figured, "Why not?" 

BUT I was nervous about trying the Shakeology because even though Arya was eating table food as well, she was still very much a nurser and I had no plans to wean her any time soon. I don't know why I was so worried. I didn't much care about the processed and refined foods I was eating affecting her, like white pasta, Oreo cookies, and a serious deficit of vegetables. I guess I was worried about the protein affecting her tummy or whatnot. 

I brought the ingredient list to my pediatrician and she looked it over and she told me that the ingredients were perfectly safe but to try a half serving every other day at first to see if it bothered her. Arya never reacted to any food in my diet ever. So I tried it and it didn't affect her at all. No constipation, no gas, no discomfort. I did notice a significant boost in my supply though. Not sure if it was from the extra nutrients or calories or whatever but I definitely saw more in my pumping output when I was at work. 

I went on to nurse Arya until she was 16 months old. I drank Shakeology almost every day and I have never had an issue. Arya is bright, funny, and has hardly ever been sick. I can't say for sure if that's from nursing in general, drinking Shakeology, or just dumb luck. 


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