What Not To Eat When Breastfeeding
The whole nine months of pregnancy is a long period of many dos and don’ts. Your specialist will give you a list of things you can and can’t do to ensure your health and your baby’s good health. There will also be some restrictions on your diet to make sure that you and your baby will get the key nutrients you need during this period.
Unfortunately, after you’ve given birth, you still won’t be able to enjoy certain liberties. This is particularly true if you will be breastfeeding your baby. If you won’t be bottle-feeding your child, the milk from your body will be your baby’s only source of nourishment. If you want to make sure your baby is getting all the nutrients he or she needs, you will have to eat a lot of healthy foods.
In addition, you have to remember that the food you eat and beverages you drink can change the taste of the milk you are feeding your baby; as such, you just can’t eat everything that makes your mouth water.
Lastly, it is important to be a bit fussy with what you eat since some foods can cause some unhealthy reactions in your baby such as gas, rashes, and colic.
Foods to Avoid When Nursing Your Baby
Below are some of the usual foods breastfeeding moms can’t eat:
• Processed food. Canned and frozen, artificially preserved foods are convenient go-to fares if you’re really hungry and want a quick meal or snack. However, they contain a lot of preservatives and additives that aren’t good for your baby. As such, stay away from them.
• Tuna, swordfish, shellfish, and other types of seafood. Tuna and swordfish contain mercury and shellfish can cause allergies. Limit your intake of seafood and make sure the ones you eat are healthy and safe for you and your baby.
• Spicy foods. Large amounts of spices and heat can cause acidity. Your baby may become cranky and irritable because of this so avoid eating too much spicy food.
• Fried, fatty foods. If you are breastfeeding, your body needs more calories to make sure your baby gets the nourishment he or she needs. But even if your body needs the additional fat, you have to avoid food high in trans- and saturated fats since these can cause your child to become obese. Opt for healthier types of fats such as the ones naturally found in fruits. When cooking protein, opt for healthier, less greasy ways of doing so as well.
• Cherries and prunes. Although these fruits can have healthy effects on your digestion, they can cause gas in babies. They will also stimulate your baby’s bowel movement more often than necessary.
• Coffee and tea. Lastly, coffee and tea contain caffeine which can cause sleeplessness, irritability, and even gas in babies. Limit your intake of these beverages to one cup daily, or better yet, drink milk or more water.
Even if you’ve already given birth, if you’re breastfeeding, you’re still eating for two people. Be selective with the foods you eat and always opt for healthy options to ensure that your baby gets the right amount of nourishment he or she needs every day.