Whilst they might look like the ideal snack for the nursing mom, providing oats and boosting your energy, they may not seem as good once you look into exactly what is in them!
Overall, it is probably safe to eat Clif Bars while breastfeeding, but they are very loaded with sugar and carbs. However, the answer to this question is a bit complicated. There are some ingredients in Clif Bars that could be potentially harmful to breastfeeding mothers and their babies. For example, BHT is a chemical preservative that has been linked to developmental problems in children. However, the amount of BHT in Clif Bars is very small and is unlikely to cause any harm.
Clif Bars are among the most popular snack bars out there. They have been the go-to snack of people that enjoy an active lifestyle. Recently, many breastfeeding moms have claimed all over the internet that they are pumping more milk than usual after eating Clif Bars. If you are looking for healthy snacks when breastfeeding, here is our guide to healthy snacks for breastfeeding.
What are Clif Bars?
A Clif Bar is packed with calories and carbohydrates that are easy to digest.
It is great if you’re about to take a long run or hike, but not so great if you’re snacking while watching television.
They were originally created for active people and athletes. However, they have become a popular midday snack for people who have a sedentary lifestyle.
Health Benefits While Breastfeeding
There are no established health benefits to eating Clif Bars in breastfeeding mothers aside from the fact it a bar of Clif Bars is packed with protein and carbohydrates.
A woman’s breastmilk contains essential proteins that nourish and support her baby’s development. As a result, breastfeeding women need an additional 25 grams per day. Eating protein-rich foods every day is essential to ensuring a steady supply of milk.
After delivery, consuming carbohydrates provides energy to support a baby’s growth and body development. It also helps in milk production.
Even though Clif Bars are packed with protein and carbohydrates, they are also loaded with sugar and fat. After all, they are energy snacks designed for active people.
When you’re on a long hike, a Clif Bar is the perfect snack, but when you’re sitting on the couch, you should opt for a more nutritious treat. If you consume something high in fiber, unprocessed carbs, healthy fats, and protein with minimal added sugar, it will improve your energy levels and provide as much nourishment as a Clif Bar.
How much Clif Bars can I eat when breastfeeding?
Clif Bars are not ideal if you are looking for a healthy snack. They are loaded with high amounts of sugar and carbs.
These energy bars should only be taken before or during an intense workout routine or any activity where sustained energy is needed.
Keep in mind that excessive sugar and carb intake can potentially lead to diabetes and obesity, especially if you are looking out for your post-pregnant form.
Do Clif Bars affect breast milk production?
There is no supporting evidence that this bar helps boost breastmilk supply. However, many breastfeeding mothers have claimed that they are pumping more breast milk after eating Clif Bars. Before you try chomping down a bar of Clif Bars, make sure you manage your expectations. Keep in mind that what works for others may not work for you. With that said, if you notice any difference in your milk supply after eating Clif Bars, eat it in moderation (once a week) and talk to your doctor.
If you’re hungry, you can quickly grab snacks and food that are considered healthy like fresh fruits, oatmeal or yogurt. Fresh fruit doesn’t have the extra calories in chocolate chip protein bars. A good example is adding fruit to your favorite yogurt.
Can a baby be allergic to Clif Bars?
Clif Bars are available in a wide range of flavors. If possible choose a flavor that doesn’t contain a common allergen like nuts. If you notice any signs of an allergic reaction on your baby after eating Clif Bars, seek medical attention right away.
Symptoms of food allergies include rashes, hives, difficulty breathing, swelling, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea and stomach upset.
Clif Bars are a fun choice for many breastfeeding moms as tasty and easy delicious snacks. However, there is no evidence to suggest that they affect milk supply. In fact, they are not the healthiest option for a snack since they are loaded with sugar and carbs. If you are looking for a healthy snack while breast feeding your baby, try something like oatmeal or an apple. Healthy lactation snacks alternatives also include bananas, greek yogurt and granola.
This article was written by Sandra Baker – full time writer and the mother of four amazing kids (including twins!)
She’s also a breastfeeding counselor and has spent years helping new parents learn how to care for their children. When she’s not writing or caring for her children, Sandra likes to spend time reading and taking walks with her husband.