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Foods To Avoid During Lactation

Foods To Avoid During Lactation

You just spent the last nine months worrying about what you were eating and drinking because of your baby’s development—and now that you’re nursing, you should be on the watch out for some possible reactions.
After all, molecules from the food you eat can make their way through your breast milk and into baby’s system. The foremost thing to remember here is that as a breast feeding mom, you need to ensure that you eat a healthy and balanced diet. The nutrients you get will be passed on to your little one and will be the sole source of nourishment for him for the first 6 months of his life.

Diet recommendations for a breastfeeding mother:

A healthy diet for lactating women includes:

  • Six portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables a day.
  • Plenty of fibre from lentils and fruit and vegetables .
  • Protein, such as lean meat and chicken, eggs at least two portions
  • Dairy foods– these contain calcium and are a source of protein.
  • Drinking plenty of fluids .

Food to avoid while breastfeeding:

Caffeine

Breastfeeding and coffee don’t have to be contrary terms. Caffeine is okay to consume while breastfeeding, in moderate doses.

Peppermint, parsley and sage

These three herbs are what’s known as anti galactagogues, meaning that in high doses, they’ve been known to decrease breast milk production.

If baby shows these symptoms only then watch out the foods you are eating

  • Gas
  • Crying and colic
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloody or mucusy stool
  • Rash
  • Eczema
  • Excessive spit up or vomiting
  • Congestion, runny nose, wheezing or coughing
  • Trouble sleeping

If you are still having issues in holding the baby or making him latch, it is best that you consult a lactation consultant. These specialists help you give tips about lifestyle, nutrition and how to manage your baby to ensure your bundle of joy feeds well.

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