Is honey during breastfeeding harmful?

(July 29, 2013)

It is a well known fact that raw honey can contains bacterial spores. The botulinum bacteria in honey can thrive in a baby’s digestive tract and then product a dangerous toxin which can result in a paralyzing condition known as botulism. It is definite that feeding raw honey to an infant can cause botulism but research has not yet shown whether this bacterium can travel through the mother's milk to her baby. Babies who are younger than a year do not have very developed digestive tracts and therefore the intake of honey during breastfeeding should be avoided.

There are many other nutritious foods to eat during breastfeeding. A lactating mother should ensure that her diet is nutritious and balanced so that her baby gets all the right vitamins and minerals. Include a variety of healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and fish in your regular diet. The diet of a breastfeeding mother should be a mix of carbohydrates, fats and protein. Choose good fats such as those in salmon, seeds, nuts, olives and so on. It is also important to eat a variety of foods so that your baby gets used to the different tastes in food. Eggs, whole grains, cereals are also some of the foods to eat during breastfeeding. Remember that your baby is eating whatever you are, so make sure you are giving him/her the best possible foods.

Submitted by N H on July 29, 2013 at 07:02

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