11 Food Items To Avoid When Breastfeeding

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Pregnancy is a difficult time when it comes to food, you are constantly focused on what food will help your childs growth. But relieving your taste buds and cravings once in a while is still an option but after those nine months if you don’t even have room for that. Breastfeeding is a great time for a mother and the child for bonding after birth. But it can be stressful and sometimes even painful.

After giving birth you have to make sure you eat the right things and avoid a few things that could affect the baby’s health. You have to be very responsible for everything that you consume. You have to ensure that you maintain a regular healthy diet to get essential nutrition and increase milk levels in the body.

11 foods to avoid when breastfeeding :

Caffeine

Coffee is really needed when you are sleep deprived and adjusting to being a mother but you can not have it. The caffeine reaches breast milk and causes irritation, sleeplessness in the baby. Any beverage that contains some amount of caffeine should be avoided. Your newborn baby can not adjust to caffeine as you do. Increased level of caffeine can lower iron levels in your breast milk and also decrease hemoglobin levels in the baby. But if you really need some level of caffeine which should not exceed more than 2 to 3 cups a day should be consumed when the baby is napping. It is preferable to cut down coffee out of your diet while you are breastfeeding.

Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C, but being acidic in nature may irritate the tummies of your child. Their immature gastrointestinal tract will not be able to deal with these components, thus resulting in diaper rash, fussiness, spitting up and more. You don’t completely have to cut down on these fruits having one or two of these are fine. Or you can replace them with other vitamin C-rich foods like papaya, pineapple, strawberries or leafy greens and mango.

Fish

You don’t have to completely avoid fish, Just fishes with high mercury levels. Mercury appears in your breast milk if you eat high-mercury fish and other foods that are high in that element. Higher levels of mercury in the breast milk can affect the baby’s neurological development.

Alcohol

After nine months of staying clean, it is okay to have a glass of wine or beer but increased amount of alcohol can reach the breast milk and can pass from mom to baby through breast milk and affect his neurological development.  The best time to drink is 2 hours before breastfeeding but cutting down alcohol for a few more months only makes it better and helpful.

Peanut

The allergic proteins in peanuts could pass to your breast milk and then to the baby. The baby may suffer from rashes, wheezing or hives. Eating even a few peanuts can result in the allergens passing into mother’s milk between one and six hours. If your family has a history of people allergic to peanut completely avoid it. Research suggests that there is an increased chance of developing a lifetime peanut allergy for children exposed to peanuts at an early age.

Dairy

The most confusing question that new mother goes through is if to consume dairy or not. Some babies are allergic to cow’s milk. If you observe symptoms like vomiting and colic in your baby after you consume dairy products, it means that you need to stop eating them for some time. You can choose healthier alternatives such as organic varieties of high-fat dairy, meat, and poultry, as no antibiotics, growth hormones, chemicals, or pesticides are used in their production.

Parsley and Peppermint

These two are pretty small part of a dish and mostly used for garnishing but the problem with these tiny herbs is that they reduce the milk production in mothers. Small quantities is fine but avoid having dips or sauces that contain a large portion of these herbs.

Garlic

Garlic has a pretty strong smell and it can get to breast milk too. Some babies are completely fine with the smell whereas some kids really get bothered by it. If you find your baby at discomfort while breastfeeding, check if garlic is the reason. Some babies may grimace or fuss at the breast if they encounter garlic’s strong aroma.

Spicy food

Some babies can not tolerate spicy food, a dash of spice of enough to hurt the baby. While some babies are okay with spice, while create a fuss for along time. It can also result in upset stomach or acidity for the baby.

Gluten

Gluten allergies are common withing babies, it results in bloody stools, fussiness. If your baby is facing all of these symptoms and you consume gluten on a daily basis try cutting it down.

Chocolate

This comes as a shocker to a lot of new mothers, you don’t completely have to cut down chocolates out of your day. Chocolate is rich in a substance called theobromine, which has an effect similar to that of caffeine.  You should not consume more than 750mg of caffeine or theobromine a day, the baby might exhibit erratic and fussy behavior, besides suffering from sleep issues.

All babies are different, and what suits there body is also quite different. The best way to know what your baby is allergic or uncomfortable with consuming is by paying close attention to your consumption and the babies health during the day. Cutting down what causes discomfort is the answer to a healthier and happier baby it will also make the process of breast feeding quite easy for both of you.

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