What Not to Eat While Breastfeeding?

(July 13, 2010)

Foods To Avoid While Breastfeeding

“Oh no, you’re breastfeeding your baby and this food may not agree with your baby,” says your mother, and you happily disregard her advice. Well, maybe you should give it a thought! In most cases, whatever the mother eats while breastfeeding the baby does not harm the baby in any way. However there are some types of food’s that need to be avoided while nursing the baby as it can have adverse effects on the child. If the diet you are following is not agreeing with your baby’s system, he/she will show the signs of colic, abdominal bloating, stomach pain and gas problem.

Apart from these, if any kind of allergic food has been passed to your baby through your breast milk, then your baby may produce symptoms like vomiting, runny nose, diarrhea, wheezing and such health issues.

Prevention is better than cure. Here are some of the possible culprits that can cause problems for your baby through breastfeeding. The main offender of breastfeeding is cow’s milk and other milk products. Besides this, you need to stay away from eggs, wheat based food items, citrus fruits like sweet lime, orange, lemon and so on. Caffeine and chocolates are also no-no. Garlic and cucumbers have been identified as food items that can lead to gas related issues in the babies.

Food items with artificial colorings and preservatives need to be away from your food list if you are breastfeeding. Aerated and carbonated drinks need to be avoided as well. If you have lot of soda pop with orange color to it, you will soon notice that your baby is passing urine with an orange color to it. This proves the fact that what you eat passes to the baby as well.

To stay safe, avoid having fresh water fishes in most cases these fishes tend to be contaminated. Opt for organically grown vegetables and fruits to be certain that you are not consuming pesticides and other harmful chemicals along with the fruits and vegetables.

The best thing to do is to watch the baby’s health after feeding the baby. If the food that you are eating is not right, it will definitely show on your baby’s body soon. Once you find out the source of your baby’s discomfort, you can avoid the food item and make sure that you stay away from that food item. For further clarifications regarding the do’s and don’ts it is a good idea to consult a dietician to make sure that you are eating right as you nurse your baby.

Submitted by P T on July 13, 2010 at 04:59

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