Breastfeeding and Honey

April 21, 2008 at 2:09 am 3 comments

After much research into what people are searching for when they visit my blog, I have noticed one common thread: Nursing mothers are concerned about honey consumption while breastfeeding.

Honey can be potentially dangerous while pregnant — especially raw honey — because of a deadly botulism spore that can harm the unborn fetus. This is a valid concern and unpasteurized honey should not be consumed while pregnant (thanks to a loyal reader and some additional research, you CAN consume raw honey while pregnant as our own stomach acid kills the spores-yeah!). The same goes for sushi, unpasteurized soft cheeses and deli meat (due to lysteria), or any other raw food that might contain bacteria that may be benign for the regular person, but harmful to a pregnant mama. Anything “tartar” is a no-no, with the exception of tartar sauce.

The foods listed above are relatively safe while breastfeeding, as mom’s own gut flora and immune system will filter out anything dangerous that may transfer into her milk. This excludes any kind of prescription or over the counter drugs. For right now, let’s just focus on food.

If you want more information I suggest you look here. This is an area at Kellymom that discusses this topic and gives loads of resources and links.

The worst thing you can do as a breastfeeding mom is NOT eat, so get going on dinner!

Bon Appetite!


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Bernadette  |  May 12, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    eating honey while pregnant is perfectly safe even if it’s raw.

  • 2. milkandhoneydesigns  |  May 12, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Thank-you! I’m sure pregnant moms will be happy they can again enjoy honey in their tea:)

  • 3. k  |  March 1, 2013 at 11:39 am

    My wife eats a lot of raw honey during her pregnancy and will be happy to hear this.


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