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Fertility Q&A: Breastfeeding, Cleansing and Fertility

Fertility Q&A: Breastfeeding, Cleansing and Fertility


Dear Hethir,
I am looking at doing the fertility cleanse, but am breastfeeding my almost 3 year old still. Is there a modified version of the cleanse that I can do without harming her?

She nurses minimally (only 2 times a day). I have been trying to get pregnant this time for about 2 1/2 years, have done clomid and all of that nasty stuff and I am willing to try anything at this point to avoid the IVF in 3 months. We are already on the fertility diet, but want to do everything we can. Could I just skip the mercury part of the cleanse? Thank you!



Thanks for your email. I would not cleanse at all while breastfeeding. Hormones and toxins could be released into your blood stream and enter you breast milk supply. The herbs in the cleanse are powerful and are not recommended during breastfeeding. They are also too strong for a child.

But what you could do is:

  • add some fresh-squeezed fruit and vegetable juices to your diet
  • follow the Fertility Diet
  • participate in Yoga and exercise, which support the body’s natural gentle daily cleansing
  • learn about Self Fertility Massage
  • learn about Milk Thistle Extract alone

There is information on each of these on and this guide Natural Therapies to Help Your Body Detox as well.

It is rare, but some women (like my girlfriend) won’t get pregnant until they wean. The cycle after she weaned (son was three years old also) she got pregnant.

Best of wishes to you, you will get pregnant. Let me know if you have any more questions and please keep in touch and let me know when you are pregnant!

~ Hethir

For additional tips on trying to conceive while breastfeeding, please review the following guides:
Learn Important Tips for Trying to Conceive While Breastfeeding
The Best Herbs to Help You Get Pregnant While Breastfeeding

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    Hi Hethir,
    I got married in May 2015, its been 2 years now and no pregnancy occurred.
    I had health issues due to obesity and in August 2016 i did Gastric sleeve surgery and now its been around 8 months after surgery so now im planning for pregnancy.
    Me and my husband at the beginning of our marriage have done fertility tests and my husband had low sperm count and low motility and now he improved alot but for me i have hypothyroide problems and i take 75 dose of thyroxine doctors say it doesnt affect fertility but before 1 months I did some fertility hormonal blood tests and they werent so good. My progesterone level was around 1 or less and I’m only 26 years old. Please help.

    • Dear Noora,

      We have a wonderful Progesterone Fertility Guide that you may appreciate and find a helpful place to start.

      While we know that many women on thyroid medication can and do conceive, we also know that many others may not as quickly as they’d hoped as poor thyroid health can impact fertility. We share more about this in our guide Solve Thyroid Problems Before Conceiving a Baby.

      I hope the guides I have shared have been helpful, but I can’t help but wonder if you may benefit from personalized support through a Fertility Consultation. By booking a Natural Fertility Consultation you will have access to: an herbalist who is assigned to you, answers to all of your questions, a detailed plan created specifically for you to get the best results with your Natural Fertility program.

  2. Update 2014 – We are back! We have been away for a while and we sure have missed all of your wonderful questions and thoughts on our articles. Moving forward, one of our staff herbalists will be here to respond to comments! We look forward to connecting with our readers once again!

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    Hello. My periods are very regular ( every 28-29 days). If my periods are regualr can I still NOT be ovulating? Please help.
    Thank you,

    • Hi Jan,

      Yes, some women have regular periods, but do not ovulate. Hormonal imbalance may cause this. If you suspect this, you may want to learn how to chart your cycle. Charting helps you to know if and when you may be ovulating. Because of this it will also help you to know when to take your supplement and to help you keep track of when you used them. You can also monitor your progress. I find that combining at least 2 methods of charting is most helpful. You may also want to get some hormone testing done to determine if there may be an issue. If you have been trying to conceive for a year or more with no success, you may want to do this.

      Best Wishes,