Foods to Avoid While Breastfeeding


Motherhood puts you in a responsible position where you need to make sure that your child is getting the best diet. This is important even when you are breastfeeding. What you eat and what is miss, is what your child is gaining and missing when you feed him/her. To make sure that you are able to provide maximum nutrients to your child through breastfeeding, it is important that you have a list of foods that you should not eat while breastfeeding.

To start on this topic the first thing that should be considered is you should not eat anything that can possibly cause an allergic reaction in the baby. Go through the family history on both the sides and then rule out things that people have been allergic to and the newborn can possibly develop an allergy for. Some of the common foods that can result in an allergic reaction include garlic, freshwater fish, chocolates, eggs and products that contain caffeine. There is no surety on whether the baby would develop allergy, but it is better to avoid these foods.

The food that you eat changes the taste of the breast milk. There are some babies who enjoy the frequent changes in the flavor. But, look out for the behavior of babies when you are feeding them after having some strongly flavored foods. If the baby behaves cranky and does not feed then avoid such foods. Most of the times it is advised to avoid heavily spiced food, garlic, lime, citrus fruits, fruits that have laxative effects (cherries and prunes) and grassy vegetables.

You can have the regular 1 to 2 cups of tea or coffee in a day, but consuming excess caffeine can interfere with the sleep of your baby and even make the baby irritable. Apart from tea and coffee, caffeine is also found in soda drinks and also in some of the over the counter medicines. Having alcohol occasionally is permitted, but having more than one drink can increase the alcohol levels in the blood and also show presence in the breast milk. If you have had more than one drink then it is best to wait for 1-2 hours before you breastfeed your child again.

Eating the same food continuously should be avoided, because eating the same foods will not provide your baby with all the nutrients which are important for the proper growth. It is best to eat different types of healthy foods that are good for you as well as the baby’s health. To wind it up there are just a few things that should be avoided while breastfeeding. There are no special limits on avoiding any particular food items, but it is always important to keep a note of the behavior of your child while breastfeeding after you have eaten something new. Once you know the foods that your baby does not like, it will be easy for you to include those things in your diet and exclude the ones that are not liked.

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