This beautiful journey of Breastfeeding can be your best time spent with your baby. After having 2 kids I have to say Breastfeeding has been my favourite part.
Especially the first 6 months. Baby is completely dependent on you for food, love, care and affection. This time is special so make the most of it. Learn the Breastfeeding Basics for new moms.
If you already know what to include in diet for Breastfeeding Moms then you should also know that some of the things if you avoid can make your Breastfeeding journey so easy.
So what you eat or choose not to eat can affect your health.
Lets see what are those foods to avoid during Breastfeeding-
- Junk Food- Any pizza, burger, bread, fries or anything that comes out of a pack does not really have any nutritional value. Instead it will help you gain pound which you don’t need. If possible cook in bulk and freeze in portion sizes. Homemade, fresh and local, seasonal food is your best bet.
- Caffeine- Caffeine, tea and even green tea whatever is your magic potion can transfer to your breastmilk. 1-2 cups should be the most you should be having in a day. If you want to do good drink milk…it will also provide you with calcium.
- Alcohol- Goes without a saying, alcohol of any type can be transferred via breastmilk. Avoid it. If you can’t or you don’t want to drink no more than a glass and keep atleast 4 hour difference between feed.
- Fish- As much as fish is good for Breastfeeding Moms you have to keep a check on the mercury levels of the fish. The USDA and FDA recommend that pregnant and breastfeeding moms stay away from shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish — those are the ones known to have high mercury levels. Instead, choose low-mercury fish, such as salmon, pollock, catfish, shrimp and canned light tuna.
- Gassy Foods- Foods like beans, cauliflower, cabbage, some variety of lentils can cause gas and bloated a d ultimately transfer to the baby. Gas can make babies uneasy and upset their little tummies.
Special mention to Chocolate and herbs which both affect baby’s stool or cause gas and constipation. However these foods eaten in moderation may not really be a problem.
To avoid simply means to restrict if you can or eat less of that so that you can breastfeed without any difficulty to your baby or your own health.
Honestly having breastfed twice I can tell you that all these things may seems like a lot but it’s not. Once you see your baby’s face and how to latch on to you these food items may not even look important.
The opinions, ideas, views expressed in this article is solely my experience based in hope to help new mom’s. Kindly excercise caution and self judgment.
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