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Can I Drink Protein Shakes While Nursing?

author image Adam Cloe Ph.D./M.D.
Adam Cloe has been published in various scientific journals, including the "Journal of Biochemistry." He is currently a pathology resident at the University of Chicago. Cloe holds a Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry from Boston University, a M.D. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in pathology from the University of Chicago.
Can I Drink Protein Shakes While Nursing?
You need a balanced diet while you are breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding provides many benefits to your baby as it helps develop the bond between you and your child and also boosts your child's immune system. However, the substances that you ingest can affect your breast milk. Protein shakes are generally safe for pregnant women, but talk to your doctor before using protein shakes while breastfeeding.

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Protein Shakes

Protein shakes are beverages that are made with high protein ingredients or that have been fortified with purified protein powders. Protein is an important part of the diet and provides a slowly metabolized source of energy in addition to the amino acids needed to make new proteins. Protein shakes can be used to increase your protein intake and are sometimes used by people looking to increase muscle mass. Protein shakes can also be used as a meal replacement.

Use of Protein Shakes During Breastfeeding

Some women use protein shakes while breastfeeding because they can be used as a substitute for a meal. Although protein shakes provide some calories, they are often lower in calories than a full meal. Women may use these in an attempt to lose some of the weight that they gained while pregnant. These shakes may be purchased pre-prepared or can be made from protein powders or other ingredients.

Diet and Breastfeeding

When you are breastfeeding, substances in your body can make their way from your bloodstream to your milk. This means that things you ingest can affect the composition of your breast milk and get into your baby. Although medications and herbs can get into your breast milk, there is no evidence that the foods you eat have a distinct effect on your breast milk.


Although there do not appear to be any ill effects from consuming protein shakes while breastfeeding, they should still be consumed with care. Proper nutrition is essential for the production of breast milk that has all of the nutrients needed for your baby. Talk to your doctor before incorporating protein shakes or any other supplement into your daily diet.

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