Is it safe to donate blood if I’m breastfeeding ?
Donating blood while breastfeeding
Yes , you can donate blood six weeks after giving birth. Delivery can take a toll on the body whether its vaginal or c-section. You will need time to recover and regain the circulating red blood cells lost during delivery.
The American Red Cross will allow nursing moms to donate blood if its at least six weeks since they delivered. This is assuming you you’re not at risk for anemia or other medical problems.
Some moms worry about getting an infection after blood donation. However a sterile technique is used for donating blood and the risk of an infection from blood donation is extremely low and no greater than when you have blood drawn at the doctor’s office.
You lose hydration when you donate blood. Since your breastfeeding is dependent on being hydrated, you should drink water before and after donating blood. You can also have a 200- to 300-calorie snack before or after to help you feel better.
Is It Safe to Donate Blood While Breastfeeding? Livestrong.https://www.livestrong.com/article/496273-is-it-safe-to-donate-blood-while-breastfeeding/. Accessed July 12th, 2018