Which foods you should avoid while Breastfeeding

Breast milk is the best food for your baby. Breastfeeding is the most important phase in mother and child’s life as it meets both the nutritional and nurturing needs which allow mother and baby to emotionally bond in a special way. It is very important that you should maintain regular meals when breastfeeding to gain essential nutrients and also to increase breast milk levels. Certain foods contain toxic substances which can be harmful to baby. Here are some foods that you need to avoid.

If your baby seems to be reacting to a food in your diet, Symptoms of food intolerance include:

  • Fussiness
  • Congestion
  • Rash
  • Vomiting
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Fish and seafood

Fish contain some mercury, a common pollutant that’s a known neurotoxin, meaning it can affect baby’s brain.  Limit consumption of seafood that may contain mercury. Choose types that are lower in mercury, such as salmon, tilapia, and trout.

  • Peppermint, Parsley, and Sage

These three herbs are, in high doses they’ve been known to decrease breast milk production.

  • Coffee and tea

 When a person who is breastfeeding drinks coffee, the baby will only get a very tiny dose of caffeine in the breast milk, but this could be enough to affect their sleep.

  • Acidic foods
    •  Some babies can have a negative reaction to vitamin C which is found in oranges, lime, tomatoes, etc. The baby may experience gastrointestinal problems with citric foods.
  • Gluten intolerance might take the blame if your baby develops bloody stools.
  • If there is a history of peanut allergy in your family, make sure to avoid eating peanuts until after your baby is weaned. The allergenic compounds in peanuts and tree nuts can be transmitted through breast milk.
  • If you were dealing with gas during pregnancy, you may have staying away from certain foods known to cause gas, such as beans, cauliflower and cabbage.

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