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QUESTION: My husband and I are starting a new workout routine and eating plan. There is a product we are supposed to purchase called Green Shake. Is this safe to drink while nursing? also, is it safe to drink protien shakes daily? I have attached the ingredients for the green shake. Thank you!

ANSWER: Dear Katie,

The ingredients for Green Shake did not come through on your email, but in any case I am reluctant to give the go-ahead for any diet plan like this while you're nursing. I have an extensive discussion in my book (see below) about losing weight during lactation by choosing the right foods in the right amounts and keeping up an exercise routine.

The eminent pediatrician (who specializes in research involving what nursing moms should and shouldn't take into their bodies) whom I consulted about this agrees with me -- and went even further, calling liquid diets a "fad." They may work for some people, but I think it is safest to wait to embark upon a program like this until after you wean your baby. Meanwhile, you may lose some weight from the nursing itself - many women do!

Best regards,

Sally Wendkos Olds
Author, THE COMPLETE BOOK OF BREASTFEEDING: Olds & Marks, 4th edition, September 2010, published by Workman Publishing, and available in most public libraries, bookstores & La Leche League chapters.

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QUESTION: I'm sorry the image did not appear. I will post the ingredients at the end of my response. I apologize if my question was not clear. The meal plan we are following is not 100% liquid based. the green shake is supposed to be taken within the first 30 minutes of waking up and the rest of the day there are meals and snacks every 3 hours. The diet is similar to paleo/ gluten free. Here are the ingredients in the green shake: Organic banana powder, organic banana flakes, organic goji berry powder, chlorella, spirulina, broccoli powder, pomegranate powder, mangosteen powder, acai berry extract, carrot powder, apple juice powder, kelp extract, apple 12:1 extract, elderberry extract, grape seed extract, bilberry extract, mangosteen extract, blueberry juice 150:1 extract, pomepgranate extract, debittered stevia rebaudiana extract, sunflower lecithin (non GMO), organic black chia seeds, non gmo organic flax seeds, apple fiber pectin, astragalus membranaceus extract, reishi mushroom extract, maitake mushroom extract, shiitake mushroom extract, cordyceps extract, ginger extract, inulin, l acidophilus, citruc acid, guar gum

Dear Katie,

Thank you for sending the list of ingredients. I am still not enthusiastic about this shake. You have no idea where these powders and extracts come from. Some may come from countries where there may be impurities in the production of the ingredients. Even in the United States there is little or no regulation of dietary supplements so you really don't know what you are getting. You are much better off eating real food that you can identify rather than this somewhat mysterious mixture. I think your baby is better off too.

I commend your efforts to embark upon a healthy workout and eating plan, but in my opinion this is not a desirable eating plan for anyone, especially a nursing mom.

I wish you the best of luck.

Regards, Sally  


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What do you want to know about breastfeeding? I can tell you what`s good for the baby, what`s good for the mother -- and the father, how it`s related to a woman`s sexuality, how working moms can nurse, how to overcome obstacles, and lots more. As the author of THE COMPLETE BOOK OF BREASTFEEDING and author or coauthor of 8 other books and more than 200 articles about child and adult development, I can offer sound, sensible advice on breastfeeding, child care and family issues.


I nursed my 3 daughters and am the grandmother of 5 breastfed children. My book THE COMPLETE BOOK OF BREASTFEEDING (written in consultation with pediatrician Marvin S. Eiger, M.D.) was first published in 1972, and in 1999 came out in an updated 3rd Edition by Workman Publishing & Bantam Books. It is now a classic, with over 2 million copies in print. I am now revising this book for a fourth edition, consulting with pediatrician Laura M. Marks, M.D. This new edition will be published September 2009. I welcome any and all suggestions for the new edition. I coauthored college textbooks A CHILD'S WORLD: INFANCY THROUGH ADOLESCENCE, and HUMAN DEVELOPMENT; both are leading texts in their fields and have been read by 2 million students. I am the coauthor of HELPING YOUR CHILD FIND VALUES TO LIVE BY and RAISING A HYPERACTIVE CHILD, and author of THE WORKING PARENTS' SURVIVAL GUIDE & THE ETERNAL GARDEN: SEASONS OF OUR SEXUALITY. My newest book, A BALCONY IN NEPAL: GLIMPSES OF A HIMALAYAN VILLAGE, published in 2002, tells the story of the way of life in a remote village in Nepal, where all the women breastfeed! My book, SUPER GRANNY: COOL PROJECTS, ACTIVITIES, AND OTHER GREAT STUFF TO DO WITH YOUR GRANDKIDS, will be published March 2009. I speak often to professional, parent and general audiences and make many radio and TV appearances.

Credentials I received my B.A. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, where I minored in Psychology, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated summa cum laude.

Other points of interest I have received national awards for my writing, and am a former president of the American Society of Journalists & Authors. I am listed in the World Who's Who of Women, International Authors & Writers Who's Who, and Contemporary Authors, and am a member of several professional and civic organizations. I believe: that all parents are working parents; that parents employed outside the home need special support; that mothers' well-being is crucial to their children's welfare; and that the family is the best institution in the world and the one for which we are least prepared. My thrills come when parents or kids tell me they were helped by my writing or speaking or just understanding. To find out more about me, go to

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