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Breastfeeding and pregnancy : is it alright to take protein supplement or powder?

on August 06, 2020

About Protein

Protein is the nutrient that serves as your tissue's building blocks and fosters growth. As a mom, you and baby need protein to ensure your body can build, repair and maintain your muscles, connective tissue, skin and organs. There are a lot of protein-rich foods, they include animal products, such as meat, fish, eggs, dairy, poultry and seafood. The vegetarian options of protein comes from beans, nuts, lentils, soy and seeds.

 


Protein and Lactation

Consuming an adequate amount of protein while pregnant provides you with optimal nutrition to maintain lean tissue and ensures your milk supply provides protein for your baby’s growing tissues. During lactation, your body uses protein to produce breast milk and to sustain your growing baby. It helps your baby grow new cells in his organs, muscles and brain.

Nutrient Reference Value for Australia & New Zealand

Nutritional Recommendation by NRV for Australia & New Zealand

The Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand recommend an increase of protein intake to 1.0g/kg body weight during pregnancy. This amount is consistent with recreational or steady-state resistance trained individuals. For reference, this would equate to 70g of protein spread over the day for a 70kg female. Source: Page 28 of https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/sites/default/files/images/nutrient-refererence-dietary-intakes.pdf

The Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand recommend an increase of protein intake to 1.1g/kg body weight during lactation. For a 70kg female, this would equate to 77g of protein spread over the day.  Source: Page 28 of https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/sites/default/files/images/nutrient-refererence-dietary-intakes.pdf

Nutritional Recommendations by USA

Research published in Medical Clinics of North America in 2016 suggests an increase in your protein intake by 25 grams per day when breastfeeding. That’s equivalent to an extra 56 to 85 grams serving of chicken breast or steak. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5104202/

 

The questions we get

We get a lot of questions from moms and moms to be, whether it is safe to take protein supplements when they are pregnant or breastfeeding.

 

Ask your Doctor!

We would like to start by highlighting the fact that pregnancy and early motherhood are extremely personalised, every individual is different and may have specific requirements or a need for special caution. We do recommend that prior to taking protein supplements, breastfeeding women should seek independent advice from their doctors to ensure that the protein powder is right for them.

 

Check the labels closely

Looking at the ingredient labels of the protein powders in the market shows that way too many additives are inside most protein shakes. Hence, much of the confusion regarding the safety of protein powders relates to the added ingredients such as added sugars, artificial flavorings, thickeners, and preservatives as well as the risk of contamination of banned substances or heavy metals during the manufacturing of these powders. Trusting your brand and reading the nutrition label is essential in understanding the ingredients within the product and how much you should use to supplement your diet.

 

Everyone is different

Having adequate protein intake for moms is actually very important. Most of the time, new moms are so involved in ensuring that their babies are well that they miss out on taking care of themselves. Adequate protein can usually be attained by consuming whole food protein sources such as meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, tofu, beans, nuts and seeds. If moms are finding diet restrictions around protein sources from a balanced whole-food diet, vegetarian diet or not much of a meat-eater, Soluxe™ unflavoured range of products will be suitable to supplement your protein intake. Soluxe™ products are non-GMO, clean, organic ingredients - safe for moms while pregnant or breastfeeding.

 

Keep it clean and natural

Opting for a high-quality, clean protein powder provides that necessary nutrition in an incredibly convenient and easy to consume form. A smoothie, for example, can be whipped up in a flash and requires little to no preparation. Or you can add protein to yoghurt or porridge, or making something like a batch of bliss balls or pancakes, it will help to gradually increase your protein intake. These are easy ways to support postpartum healing and milk production. For those struggling with morning sickness, sleep deprivation or lack of time these healthy snack options can also be a great way to avoid turning to more processed snack foods if someone’s appetite has become affected.

soluxe original and high fibre pea protein powder suitable for breastfeeding mom

Soluxe™ 100% pure plant based pea protein powders are organic produce to ensure its quality and it DOES NOT include any artificial ingredients or high-level doses of synthesised amino acids. Given its purity of quality ingredients, most of the time it is suitable for breastfeeding (and also pregnant) moms. 

Another one that is suitable for moms is Soluxe™ High Fibre Pea Protein (Unflavoured). There are only 2 ingredients for inside this product, high quality Belgian sourced organic pea protein and Belgian sourced inulin. Making it a great addition to having good bacteria in your tummy.

We would like to share some of our customers’ experience with the product. :)

 

Testimonials

“Make me more energetic as I'm BF my baby and taking care my son age 2 years old. For sure will recommend this product to my family & friends!” Junaidah ( Sendayan)

“刚开始接触这个产品的时候 老实说我并不太喜欢它的味道 因为对我而言它太过于无味。 但还是抱着尝试的心态去喝 喝着喝着 的确感觉到身体没有像以往那么容易劳累和容易饥饿了。 我是一个全职妈妈+哺乳妈妈,能量对我真的十分重要 哺乳期间几乎都很容易存在着饥饿感。自从连续服用了Soluxe Protein 明显感觉自己体内能量在改变. 也谢谢Home TesterClub给了我这一次的机会去尝试和接触。 #htcmysoluxeprotein #soluxeprotein #hometesterclubmy

Honestly, this protein SOLUXE helps me a lot during i'm breastfeeding after consuming. No doubt, the smell have little unacceptable but still can consume. Choosing this protein helps me boost up my energy for my daily routine. I will recommend this product to my lovely friends as knows how good its it. Chee (Simpang Ampat)

Love so much the taste of salted chocolate and matcha. But still can drink the original by adding dates or Milo with it. It works best as a milk booster and makes me feel full after drink it during dinner time. Recommended for any breastfeed mom that still want to maintain their healthy diet. Considering to change from my normal Soy protein powder to this Pea protein Syazwani (Bandar Saujana Putra)

Want to read more reviews / testimonial? Check all of them out here.

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What to avoid

However, not all protein powders are suitable for lactating mothers. It is recommended that protein powders with Fat Burning capabilities should be avoided. Many protein powders that are designed for athletes might contain something that is not meant for pregnant or nursing women such as extra caffeine, guarana, ginseng, green tea extract, etc. Stay away from fat burning mixes! They often contain stimulants that are dangerous for your baby. Hence Soluxe products like Matcha and Coffee Cacao are not suitable.

 

Our beliefs

To ensure the best for moms and babies it is important to keep things natural. Always consult your doctor if in doubt. We fact check our guidance with doctors to ensure that we share the right information too. Feel free to ping, message, ask if you have any questions, we are here to help. 

Interested in our Original or High Fibre Pea Protein Powder? Check them out here.

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