Herbalife and breastfeeding. 

This post is going to make loads of people mad at me. This post must be done. 

Is Herbalife safe, or as safe as they claim it to be, while breastfeeding? 

No 

It is not safe. I don’t think you want your baby to be a test subject. It is explicitly unsafe while exclusively breastfeeding to ingest Herbalife or anyother weight loss product. Why? Let’s break this down. 

Logically anything that makes you lose weight, natural or not, can pass through your milk and affect your baby and his/weight gain. 

But let’s get a bit scientific. 


Above it the actual ingredients of the French vanilla shake. 

Fructose :- The American Nutritional Journal article on why fructose is bad should suffice. Since I know some won’t click the link Articles Mercola has a great breakdown chart I’d place here. 


Why would a herbal, all healthy good for you drink contain fructose? Why not a more natural sweetener? 

Here are some articles that will have you thinking about how fructose can affect your baby through your breastmilk. 

Fructose Malabsorption

Another study suggests ” that “Consuming fructose during suckling may result in lifelong changes in body weight, insulin secretion, and fatty acid transport involving CD36 in muscle and ultimately promote insulin resistance.” Suckling equates to the breast-feeding period in humans. If these results translate to us, it suggests that a child receiving fructose during the first year of its life may be programmed from day one for obesity and Type II Diabetes.” Fructose and Babies by David Gillespie  

So head over to google and see why you maybe should be having a fructose rich diet or meal replacement drink while breast feeding. 

Lecithin powder :- According to livestrong “Because lecithin powder can bond with both lipids and non-lipids, such as oil and water, manufacturers use it to combine the ingredients in foods such as candy and margarine. It is also added to cooking sprays because it helps keep baked goods from sticking to pans. Lecithin may also appear as a dietary supplement with various health benefit claims, but many of these claims are unsubstantiated by independent scientific research. Only take a lecithin supplement after speaking with your doctor and a registered dietitian.”

For breastfeeding moms, we know of this powder if we have suffered from mastitis. It can safely be used (in its pure form) to help prevent mastitis with little or no harm to the baby. Please remember this must come from your doctor or lactation consultant.  

Soy protein isolate :- it’s soy right? 

Most soybeans in the Us used to get this protein are GMO.  “Genetically modified soybeans are designed to be “Roundup ready.” That’s right. They are chemically engineered to withstand heavy doses of herbicides without killing the plant! What does this mean for your health and the health of your unborn or yet-to-be-conceived children?”

Hm m. Interesting. Also according to Mercola and many other articles out there, the benefits of soy have been very overstated. Here is a overview of what the good doctor has to say in his article on Soy isolate. 

Maltodextrin :- according to The risks of Maltodextrin this compound is another sugar used to increase energy. This is the second ingredient so far that is high on the glicimic index. The article explains that if one isn’t active enough this particular compound can lead to weight gain instead of weight loss. 

Breastfeeding moms know weight loss and weight gain are two factors of development monitored constantly by medical personnel on each visit. Let’s just leave that here. Again. Google. It. Do. Your. Research. 

Calcium and sodium caseinate:- Hello MSG! Yes that’s just what it is. 😳. Yeah. Fancy names for good ole MSG! 

Here are some links Truth labelingLife spaLivestrong and Health impact news

Corn barn. 😳😳 I don’t even know what this is and it’s the easiest to pronounce. 

Guar Gum:- say hello to your laxative. According to Life Science  “the gum can function as a laxative by forming a bulky gel that moves the contents of the intestines along. For this reason, doctors will sometimes prescribe the stuff to alleviate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn’s disease” I don’t think you want to be ingesting laxatives while breastfeeding. Just don’t. 

One herbal supplimemts page Share Care Inc warns that you should “Use cautiously when breastfeeding. You should read product labels, and discuss all therapies with a qualified healthcare provider. Natural Standard information does not constitute medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.”

At this point I have only been through Eight of the ingredients listed. I’m already convinced that you should not take this while breastfeeding and be very cautions while pregnant. 

I am not a doctor, I am not a weight loss fanatic. I believe that eduction is necessary and that we should research to help ourselves. 

One more article that is of interest is posted by mommies favorite Kelly Mom. Have a read.  

At the end of the day I know many moms struggle with weight loss after baby.make your decisions wisely. 

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2 thoughts on “Herbalife and breastfeeding. 

  1. Missylane says:

    I realize you’re convinced, but that’s not science. Mercola is completely untrustworthy. (He claims cancer is a fungus and AIDS is just anxiety). Fructose is just sugar. Sugar is sugar. Too much of any sugar is not good just as too much of most anything is not good. Everything in moderation. And the science is clear the GMOs are not harmful to consume.

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    • trinimomcorner says:

      I still don’t think drinking a glorified laxative when breastfeeding is healthy. Anything that affects your weight gain or supposed to impact on weight should not be taken while breastfeeding. As to Mercola, his suggestions may be a bit out there (especially concerning AIDS) but he is founded in some of his research. To be on the side of caution I would take any weight loss products while exclusively breastfeeding. It makes no sense. Post breastfeeding what one chooses to put into there bodies is fine. When a baby is dependent on you for every nutrient it is necessary that you be careful

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