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What to eat and what to avoid when breastfeeding

What to eat and what to avoid when breastfeeding
September 09
09:29 2014

Generally, when women breastfeed their newborns, they become extremely cautious about their diet. However, the fact is that you can eat almost anything when breastfeeding. However, sometimes it may happen that you will think that something in your breast milk is disturbing your baby. For example, there may be changes in his/her poo or he/she may have wind.

During the time associated with colic i.e. late afternoon or early evening, your baby may cry a lot. There are various reasons of tummy problems or fussiness in babies. Still, it has been found that presence of particular substances in breast milk do disturb some babies. But it’s been found that trace of some substances in breast milk do disturb some babies.

If you doubt that your baby is reacting to your breast milk, you may want to remove some eatables from your diet to see it could help ease out your baby’s troubles. If you choose to remove some eatables from your diet, ensure that you still get a balanced, healthy diet.

Here are some foods that you can consider to cut down from your diet:

  1. Onion, cabbage, garlic, Brussels sprouts, broccoli may reason crying and wind, however, no firm evidences are available. Therefore, it is advised to cut them out from your diet at least for a week. If symptoms of your baby get better then, avoiding them until the time, you plan to breastfeed could be considered.
  2. Dairy products like cow’s milk, cheese, butter, and even yoghurt in your diet can cause intolerance or allergic reaction in a number of babies who are breastfed. If you doubt that your baby is susceptible to presence of dairy products in your breast milk, watch for all the unusual signs and consult your doctor. Your doctor may recommend you to not to include dairy products in your diet for a week or two, in order to see if the signs improve. If in case, it would be required to exclude then from your diet for long, then your doctor may suggest some supplements.
  3. Oats, soy, wheat, and eggs are some likely products to cause allergy in some babies. Cutting these foods may help better the symptoms.
  4. Peanuts are very common to cause allergies. Proteins from peanuts may get absorbed in to your bloodstream and go into your milk. However, no significant evidences are available, but if you suspect them to upset your baby, cut them out.
  5. Chamomile, fennel, peppermint when taken in teas is okay. But adhere to teas that have common ingredients like mint. Avoiding blend of teas in one tea as their can be some unknown ingredients.
  6. Avoid herbal medicines. Even though, they are available easily over the counter, you can’t be sure about their effects on your baby. Consulting your doctor before hand is advised.
  7. Alcohol is known to enter your bloodstream and then your breast milk at variety of speeds, depending on your weight, and whether you are having it empty stomach or with food. It takes almost 30-45 minutes for alcohol to enter your bloodstream after you drink it. Therefore, you should try to avoid alcohol or if you want to have a drink then keep consumption limited to a glass or 2 of beer or wine after you feed your baby.
  8. Caffeine is known to enter the breast milk, but in small quantity. However, there is no official guidance on breastfeeding and caffeine. Caffeine in breast milk is not known to have some serious health risks on your baby, but if your baby is irritable or restless then keeping your caffeine consumption at the same level as advised for pregnant women may help. That is 200 mg in a day. Also remember when cutting down the consumption of caffeine, you have to keep your consumption of coffee, cola, tea, chocolate and energy drinks into consideration.

If you suspect any other food items to be disturbing for your baby, then consulting your doctor is highly advised.

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