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Leigh Anne O'Connor
Lactation Specialist

Honey And Breastfeeding?

Can I eat honey while breastfeeding?

You may have heard not to feed honey to a baby, because of the risk it could carry botulism spores. But there’s no reason why you can’t eat honey while breastfeeding. That’s because adult digestive systems are equipped to handle the pesky spores if they’re present. The good bacteria in your gut will keep them under control, so there’s no risk to your baby if you have honey.

Honey is actually a healthy choice, as far as sweeteners go. Honey contains iron and small amounts of calcium, folate, vitamin C and B vitamins, and locally made honey may even help boost your immune system. Nice!

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