Newborn babies with all the innocency filled within their eyes have only three demands for themselves. They want warmth in the arms of their mother, food from their breasts, and security. Breastfeeding satisfies all three.
This beautiful quote by Grantly is the best way to present the world’s most immeasurable moment for a mother.
Looking at your little one after nine months of internal attachment is the best feeling in the world. But emotions and creations always come with extra precautions.
In this world where your silent baby is unknown to the surrounding, has an eternal trust on his/her Mum whom he is been watching since the first time he had opened his eyes. The baby although can’t speak it but he/she has a trust that his/her parent will look after every goods and bads. As a responsible parent to the little child, you have to know the precautions a Mom needs to take while breastfeeding. The precaution covers a spectrum of eating habits, like eating 400-500 calories more in your diet, avoiding your favorite food items, and a lot more to keep your baby fit.
So here we are for all those mothers concerned about the diet which would harm the little life you are carrying in your hands.
Listed are the top 10 foods to avoid while breastfeeding.
1) Coffee and Tea: Maybe you are a coffee addict, or you have a constant habit of sipping some coffee before going to bed. But this habit of getting a peaceful sleep after caffeine can disturb your baby. It’s difficult for your little ones to process caffeine. Hence it comes in the first position of breastfeeding foods to avoid.
2) Chocolate: Chocolate also being an unimpeachable source of caffeine, and it’s important to exclude caffeine from the diet of a mother considering the above reason. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends less than 300 mg of caffeine per day for breastfeeding mothers. Hence chocolate bars, chocolate shakes, chocolate cakes are foods and drinks to avoid while breastfeeding.
3) “Gassy” Foods: It’s not that the gassy foods like beans, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli pass into mother’s milk, but it’s harmful to the mother’s bowel.
4) Alcohol: Note that alcohol is not a drink to avoid while breastfeeding. It’s not mandatory to avoid alcohol, but controlling the time and the amount is the catch here. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) prescribes waiting at least 2 hours after alcohol to breastfeed. Mothers can also limit alcohol to just one standard drink per day.
5) Medicines: Medicines are the most important things to avoid when breastfeeding. Always consider your doctor before taking Doxepin, Narcotics, Thiazide diuretics, etc.
6) Seafood: Not all kinds of seafood are to be avoided. But you can avoid the seafood with a high or even moderate level of mercury. A high level of seafood can be toxic for your little ones.
Some examples of which are Swordfish, Bigeye Tuna, and King mackerel.
Examples of fish with less amount of mercury are Tilapia, Salmon Trout, etc.
7) Highly processed foods: Anything unhealthy comes under the list of foods to avoid while breastfeeding. It’s essential to have a healthy diet as a mother takes care of two lives. And researchers say that the eating habits of a mother can affect the eating habits of the child.
8) Garlic: It’s not that garlic is harmful but that the babies did not like the smell of garlic. It is good to take a break from garlic as it can trigger colic in your infant.
9) Herbs like Parsley, Peppermint, and Sage: These herbs are special to add flavors but may reduce your milk supply.
10) Last but not least, on the list of top 10 foods to avoid while breastfeeding is listening to your body. It’s always good to take advice from your body and act accordingly. There may be some situations in which the food suitable for you and your baby is not that good for some other mother and her little one.
So the last suggestion is to listen to your body!
We have provided a comprehensive list of breastfeeding foods to avoid. Now is the time to list down some healthy diets during your breastfeeding months.
The fruits and vegetables you can prefer are:
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has shared a list of nutrients during lactation. The fruits and vegetables included are Bananas, Oranges, Cantaloupe, Mangoes, Apricots, Red or Pink Grapefruit, Honeydew Melon, Prunes.
Similarly, tomatoes, spinach, carrots, and a lot more are for vegetables.
We recommend these fruits and vegetables because of their vitamin A and potassium content.
In nutshell, we conclude that always keep the focus upon the health and growth of the baby as it’s better to be a smart cookie than crying over the spilt milk. Proper nourishment at a particular period of time is essential for the overall development of the baby. You might go bananas for the crave of a scrumptious dish, but controlling yourselves in such a crucial time for baby is a must. As there may be situations where you might process the foods, but your baby may have to struggle for the same. What not to eat while breastfeeding depends upon the little one. That is why taking his/her ability into consideration is mandatory!