How to consume cacao while pregnant and breastfeeding?
According to their knowledge of Mayan midwives’ practices in Guatemala, small amounts of cacao, 15-21 grams, are likely to be fine during pregnancy. Furthermore, during breastfeeding, there doesn’t seem to be any concern at all. In fact, ceremonial cacao is believed to contain valuable minerals that can be passed on to the baby.
As always, the bottom line is to listen to your body and your baby’s body. If your body feels good and your intuition aligns with it, then it is likely safe for you. Starting gradually and observing how you and your baby respond is recommended. A suggested dosage for breastfeeding mothers could be around 21 grams, but it’s important to assess the baby’s reaction and adjust accordingly.
It is important to note that individual experiences may vary, and it is always advised to consult with a healthcare professional or midwife for personalised guidance during pregnancy and breastfeeding.