Can You Have Honey While Breastfeeding?

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By Krystal Duhaney | Updated on Dec 3, 2023
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You can absolutely enjoy the natural sweetness of honey while breastfeeding. 

It’s generally safe to consume honey while nursing your little one, however, it's important to keep one major thing in mind: honey is known to contain spores of bacteria called Clostridium botulinum, which can be harmful to babies under one year old. While the chances of these spores causing any harm are extremely low, it's recommended to avoid giving honey directly to infants. 

As a breastfeeding parent, the amount of honey you consume shouldn’t pose any risk to your baby through breast milk. Just be sure to practice good hygiene and store honey properly to maintain its quality. 

So feel free to add a spoonful of honey to your tea or use it as a natural sweetener in your recipes. Enjoy the natural goodness, but remember to introduce honey directly to your little one only after their first birthday.

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Can You Have Honey While Breastfeeding?

 Krystal Duhaney Profile Photo
By Krystal Duhaney | Updated on Dec 3, 2023
Image for article Can You Have Honey While Breastfeeding?

You can absolutely enjoy the natural sweetness of honey while breastfeeding. 

It’s generally safe to consume honey while nursing your little one, however, it's important to keep one major thing in mind: honey is known to contain spores of bacteria called Clostridium botulinum, which can be harmful to babies under one year old. While the chances of these spores causing any harm are extremely low, it's recommended to avoid giving honey directly to infants. 

As a breastfeeding parent, the amount of honey you consume shouldn’t pose any risk to your baby through breast milk. Just be sure to practice good hygiene and store honey properly to maintain its quality. 

So feel free to add a spoonful of honey to your tea or use it as a natural sweetener in your recipes. Enjoy the natural goodness, but remember to introduce honey directly to your little one only after their first birthday.

Pregnant woman holding her stomach on a bed with a plant in the background

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