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Foods to Avoid while Breastfeeding

Foods to Avoid while Breastfeeding

Most nursing moms find they can eat whatever they like. While it's true that some strong flavors of foods may change the taste of your milk, most babies seems to enjoy a variety of breast milk flavors. The dominant flavors of your diet whether it’s soy sauce or chili peppers it is were in your amniotic fluid during pregnancy.

Fetuses swallow a fair amount of amniotic fluid before birth, so when they taste those flavors again in their mother's breast milk. they're already addicted to it. A baby will be fussy at the breast or gassy after you eat a particular food. If you notice a pattern, avoid that food for a few days. 



Processed Foods

Processed foods are quick and easy to prepare especially when you have a baby. But these foods contain preservatives and additives that are toxic for the baby. Additives can also cause colic in the baby and allergies. Your baby can also turn fussy.


Sugary Foods


It is safe to consume sugar and artificial sweeteners, BUT IN MODERATION. You can use it occasionally in your food. There are several internal barriers that prevents the baby from consuming excess sugar. The sugar first passes through your blood vessels, plus your baby should want to consume it. 


Spices

Spicy food and flatulence causing foods can cause a shift in your baby’s reaction. Though this research is in its rudimentary stage, it would help keep a diary of your diet and your baby’s behavioral change.

Citrus Fruits

Some babies can have a negative reaction to vitamin C which is found in oranges, lime, tomatoes, etc. The baby may experience gastrointestinal problems with citric foods. Consume it in moderation and keep a diary of your baby’s changes.




Peppermint, Fennel, Parsley, or Chamomile

The amounts of these herbs normally used in cooking are unlikely to be of concern; it’s mainly the large amounts that might be used medicine that could pose a problem.


Caffeine

Avoid consuming caffeine as it can make your baby agitated and prevent your baby from sleeping. You can consume two to three cups of coffee a day, but consult your doctor on the same.

 

Alcohol

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy and post pregnancy is a complete, NO. Even the smallest amount of alcohol can hamper your child’s growth. If you want to consume a glass of alcohol, stop breastfeeding till the alcohol is completely washed out from your system.


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