What’s the best Protein Powder post pregnancy?
Most protein powders are quite safe for use after pregnancy and while breastfeeding, but there are some exceptions. Generally it is not the protein source itself that can be an issue, but additives which you may wish to avoid that can sometimes be added to powders. These include caffeine and other stimulants which are often included in pre-workout supplements. You should also avoid products that include saccharin, which is an artificial sweetener that is not recommended.
If your baby has an intolerance to dairy products you may also need to avoid whey or casein products.
Soy should also be used sparingly at most. Soy includes isoflavones which are passed to the child in breast milk. Isoflavones mimmic the hormone estrogen in the body and high levels have been shown in infant animals to cause health issues. Soy also contains phytic acid which is a naturally occurring substance which binds to minerals such as calcium, niacin, iron, magnesium and zinc. High levels of soy can block the absorption of these minerals in your intestine. This is not ideal given these are important minerals to be passing on to your child in breast milk.
We recommend the use of whey protein powders or a rice and pea blended protein powder for use after pregnancy and when breastfeeding. You should consult your OBGYN, midwife or health care professional before supplementing your diet with protein powder.