10 Foods to avoid while breastfeeding

by Udita Saklani

If you thought you could eat anything and everything after your delivery- think again! Here is a list of 10 foods to avoid while breastfeeding

As an expecting mother, a woman takes very good care of her diet to provide nutrition to the growing fetus. No wonder the family also goes to a great extent to make the woman eat healthy so that the developing fetus is hale and hearty. So, if you thought you could eat anything and everything after your delivery- think again!Foods to avoid while breastfeeding 01

Just like the nine months are crucial for any mother and baby, so are the initial 5-6 months of breastfeeding. Apart from taking your meals at the time and in the right quantity you also need to eliminate foods which might cause trouble to your newborn. As a breastfeeding mom, you need to take care of what is going on your plate before you eat it. This is because there are certain foods which might irritate your newborn or infant, or in worst case might trigger an allergic reaction. No wonder women, are given a proper diet plan once they return from the hospital. Of course, a doctor will advise you to have everything in moderation, but it is best to avoid certain foods during the initial few weeks after delivery.

It is normal for any new mom to crave and wanting to go back to fast food items post-delivery, but one really needs to watch before they pick any of those items off the shelf. This is primarily because the food you eat is what the kid will drive nutrition from. Watch out for these food items when you are breastfeeding your little one:

1. Cabbage:

Cabbage is one of the prime reasons as to why your baby might have colic if you had cabbage in any form in your meals. Research and evidence do not point to any direct relation, but many mothers have complained of a colicky baby post having cabbage in their diet while they were breastfeeding.

2. Coffee:

If you are a coffee lover, then you might have to just give up on your coffee love for some time while you are at breastfeeding. We all know coffee contains caffeine and an infant’s body is not well developed to take it in. So, it is best if you avoid it.Foods to avoid while breastfeeding 02

3. Processed foods:

Just like you were advised to take everything in its natural forms while you were pregnant and avoid all sorts of packaged and processed food; same goes for the initial few months of breastfeeding. Processed foods contain excessive amounts of salts or sugar which is not good for your little one.Foods to avoid while breastfeeding 03

4. Peanuts:

While peanuts are an excellent source of protein, they are also said to be the triggering point of allergies. Do your research as far as genetics is concerned and only then go ahead and include peanuts in your diet.Foods to avoid while breastfeeding 04

5. Fish:

You need not completely avoid fish when you are breastfeeding. But its advised that certain fishes like mackerel and swordfish which are high in mercury content should be avoided.Foods to avoid while breastfeeding 05

6. Alcohol:

Alcohol needs to be avoided during those precious nine months of pregnancy and when breastfeeding. Even if you wish to have it, wait for a gap of good 24 hours until the alcohol is flushed out of your body. However, doctors are still against alcohol when it comes to a woman who is breastfeeding.Foods to avoid while breastfeeding 06

7. Citrus fruits:

A   major portion of citrus fruits are high in Vitamin C, but their otherwise high acidic content can cause irritability in babies. A baby’s digestive system is not well developed, so it is always better to stay away from citrus fruits.Foods to avoid while breastfeeding 07

8. Dairy products:

There have been numerous debates whether a breastfeeding mom should have dairy products or not. While it is not a strict no, but it is always safer to check if your baby is intolerant of cow’s milk or not. In case cow’s milk doesn’t sit you can always switch to soy-milk.Foods to avoid while breastfeeding 08

9. Peppermint and other similar herbs:

If peppermint is taken in larger portions, then this can adversely affect your milk supply. Peppermint and other herbs from the same family are in fact used when there is an oversupply or when a mother is weaning her kid off breast milk.Foods to avoid while breastfeeding 09

10. Spicy foods:

Well if you thought you can get back to adding all those spices back to your food after the first-month post-baby. Think again. Adding too many spices or having chilly food might as well lead to diarrhea in your little one.Foods to avoid while breastfeeding 10



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