HCG Diet and Breastfeeding

The hcg diet is definitely popular primarily due to its amazing effectiveness.  Since it has proven so popular, females that have recently given birth may want to turn to the diet in order to shed excess pounds that have been packed on during their pregnancy.  Before a female begins the hcg diet however, she will need to take into consideration whether or not she is breastfeeding her newborn.  The act of using the hcg diet supplements and following the plan’s protocol while breastfeeding has been called into question; there are two schools of thought on whether or not breastfeeding while on the hcg diet is safe for the mother and child.

Since hcg is a hormone that is naturally produced in the body of a pregnant woman, there are some people that assert that using the hcg supplements while breastfeeding is harmless.  Even if using the injections it is considered safe by some researchers that claim that the child has already been exposed to hcg levels while in the womb.   Some researchers believe that the hormone will not harm the child or the mother since it is a naturally created substance.   Meanwhile, some researchers will argue that it is not necessarily a good idea to continue using hcg supplements or injections if a person decides to breastfeed a child since they believe that the product can be transferred to the child during breastfeeding.

Those who assert the dangers associated with breasting while hcg dieting also explain that the plan calls for a very low calorie diet.  It is imperative that a nursing mother get the right amount of nutrition on a daily basis so that she can remain completely healthy and so that the child can be nourished with healthy breast milk.  In addition, while hcg has appetite curving properties, a nursing mother may find it far more difficult to remain committed to the ultra low calorie diet that she must maintain in order for the hcg diet to work successfully; nursing mothers naturally demand more nourishment and therefore crave food more frequently.

If a nursing mother decides to use hcg supplements while nursing, it is something that should be discussed with her physician first.  If in agreement to use the supplement, then the nursing mother will want to supplement her food intake with extra vitamin supplements so that she can remain in optimal health.  She may also want to increase her calorie intake to 700 or 800 calories more every day so that the low caloric intake requirement is less burdensome on her.  When a nursing female is advised against using hcg injections or supplements, she should definitely follow her doctor’s orders.  She can always take up the plan in the future when she is no longer nursing.  There is no rush to lose weight after giving birth and since the hcg dieting plan is very successful and powerful; waiting a little while to implement the plan can prove beneficial to the mother and the child alike.


  1. jecka says

    LOGICAL ANSWER: You can get pregnant while breastfeeding, and continue breastfeeding without any health problems to your baby. This would OBVIOUSLY be while you have a high amount of the hormone naturally in your system. So taking HCG while breastfeeding is completely fine. The low cal diet however, needs to be boosted up so that you can maintain milk production. As long as you don't lose milk, you are good to go! (plus you are supposed to be taking your prenatals throughout your breast feeding anyway, which are the most potent vitamins available)

    • Jessie says

      I'm considering doing the HCG diet myself but I'm still breastfeeding so I'm a bit hesitant. My question to you is, how are you so sure it's "completely fine"? Are/were you a breastfeeding mother on the HCG diet?

      • Brandip says

        HI, I am on the HCG diet and have lost 30 lbs in 20 days. I do breastfeed my baby is 4 months and 3 weeks. He is still content as well as gaining weight. But…I must stress you have to be on vitamins esp B12. I noticed that when I first started i felt out of it and spaced out etc. But as soon as I started taking vitamins I was great. I take Calcium, B12, Magnesium, Folic Acid, Fenugreek (for milk production), Iron. I hope this helps!

      • cara says

        hey i noticed ur post about hcg diet and nursing. Howd it work 4 u? Im thinking about starting the diet.. my son is now 7 months and ii have never had a good supply anyways… Did u stay with the 500 calories or more?? Please email back 2 cjacques86@yhaoo.com

      • JoAnn says

        Here…did you ask your physician before starting the HCG diet while breastfeeding? Just curious…going to my 6 week postpardum check up tomorrow and was going to bring it up to my dr. Did you stick to the 500 calorie or boost it to 800-1000? I would love to know more about how you lost 30lbs in 20 days…that is my goal! 🙂
        would you email me….djteter07@hotmail.com

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