Breastfeeding? Here Are 15 Things You Should Avoid Eating

When you have already started breastfeeding, you have to monitor your baby very carefully. The reason is that the kid may be sensitive when you eat some foods and drinks such as caffeine. Some babies become fussy, gassy while some will develop allergy symptoms. This is because the food or the drinks you take will find their way to breast milk and it can be quite a challenge to tell what is affecting the baby.

Although these foods should be avoided, you will need to see a nutritionist and your baby's doctors for advice. You may omit the wrong type of food. Here are some of the things that you should avoid when breastfeeding (or at least be careful until you know what your child is and isn't allergic to.)

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15 Caffeine

Drinking a lot of caffeine on a regular basis while breastfeeding is not advisable. What you eat works its way to the breast milk, and caffeine disrupts your baby's sleeping pattern. Caffeine can also lead to your baby becoming fussy. Caffeine is not only found in coffee but also in some teas as well as sodas and some medicines. Pay close attention to what you are drinking but a maximum of two cups of coffee is not a problem.

14 Alcohol

In some instances, when you drink too much alcohol, or more than one drink on a regular basis, alcohol will find its way into the breast milk. You can breastfeed the baby first before taking your drink or wait for a few hours after you have taken the drink. If you are wondering how alcohol affects your baby, it's known to increase the level of blood alcohol. It may also interfere with milk production.

13 Sage

You should avoid sage when breastfeeding. This is a type of herb that when it is taken in large doses, it may interfere with the milk production. This is a big risk as the milk will not be enough for the baby and may lead to a lack of enough nutrients from breast milk.

12 Eggs

There are many people who are quite allergic to eggs and newborns are not exceptional. If you notice your baby becomes allergic or reacts whenever you breastfeed them after eating eggs, you should omit them. The proteins in the eggs could be too much for them. This includes foods with eggs as ingredients.

11 Peppermint

Peppermint tea relaxes your body and soothes your throat while revitalizing your body. However much you need this, it could have a negative effect to your baby through breastfeeding. Taking several cups of this tea will reduce the production of your breast milk. It is so effective that it is recommended by experts to those that want to stop breastfeeding.

10 Garlic

Despite the health benefits of garlic, it is not a great food when breastfeeding. The aroma of garlic will find its way to the breast milk and this can contribute to the baby becoming fussy when they smell it. They can also refuse to breastfeed when they taste the garlic in your milk!

9 Broccoli

Your baby seems to be irritable and gassy after eating some vegetables? You may need to have a closer consideration if any of the vegetables was a “gassy vegetable”. Broccoli is one of the gassy vegetables that can affect your baby through the breast milk. You should avoid broccoli and cauliflower among others that are known to be gassy.

8 Wheat

Your baby may have symptoms such as pain, crying that will not stop, and traces of blood in their stool. Although this can be a result of several reasons, if you have eaten any snack or meal with wheat in it, you should watch out for a wheat allergy. The best way to rule out the possibility of a wheat allergy is by eliminating it for about two weeks. If the symptoms stop, the baby is allergic to wheat but if they continue, see a health expert.

7 Fish

The nervous system of the baby can be affected when the mother eats food with too much mercury when breastfeeding. Most seafood such as fish, king mackerel, swordfish, and tilefish has contaminants and mercury. They are a great source of omega-3 fats and proteins but should be very limited due to mercury content. Experts advise that a nursing mother should eat a maximum of 170 grams of fish in a week.

6 Chocolate

Although chocolate does not contain as much caffeine as what is found in coffee, it is advisable to either avoid it all costs or take as little as you can since it has caffeine. While coffee has about 135 mg of caffeine, chocolate is estimated to have a maximum of 35 mg.

5 Citrus Fruits and Juices

Some babies may become fussy, they might get a diaper rash and their immature GI tract could be irritated when you eat some citrus fruits. This can happen even when you blend the citrus fruits to make juices. You can replace these kinds of fruits with other sources of vitamins such as ripe mangoes.

4 Grains and Nuts

Peanuts and grains are known allergens. If your family has a history of food allergies, whether it is you, your husband or a close family member, you should reconsider introducing peanuts and grains in your diet. They could affect your baby.

3 Parsley

Parsley is another herb in the list of the foods to be avoided during breastfeeding. They come both as fresh leaves and supplements. Taking too many supplements or ingesting it in large quantities end up affecting your milk production. You may take small amounts but it should generally be avoided.

2 Dairy Products

Many newborns are intolerant to formulas that have cow's milk. This means that even when you eat ice-cream, yogurt, and cheese, it will end up affecting the baby through breast milk. These allergens may bring about vomiting and colicky symptoms in your baby. They should be minimized or completely avoided.

1 Soy

While some people may replace dairy products with soy milk, it might not be an alternative for a breastfeeding mom. The two types of drinks may have similar effects on your baby because soy allergies are a thing.

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