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Seven Foods to Avoid While Breastfeeding

Dec 29,2021

The food you eat will affect the health of your baby during breastfeeding. Women who follow medical guidance for breastfeeding need to know what foods will make their baby uncomfortable, especially if her family has a history of severe allergies to a particular food.


Babies enjoy the different flavors of milk from their mothers (eating different kinds of food helps), but some types of food can be harmful to your baby.


This may even cause adverse reactions in infants. Therefore, it is very important to find these foods and remove them from the mother's daily diet.


1. Foods to avoid while breastfeeding: spicy foods


Spicy foods (such as red peppers, curry, onions, and cinnamon) may cause damage to your baby's digestive system. It can cause diarrhea, stomach upset, and sometimes vomiting. Some babies also suffer from severe abdominal pain.


2. Foods to avoid while breastfeeding: chocolate


Most women like to eat chocolate, unfortunately, a breastfeeding mother should know that this kind of food can make the baby gas, so it is the food that mothers should avoid while breastfeeding. If you really crave chocolate, try not to eat much.


In addition, choose white chocolate as much as possible. Because the baby's body is not fully developed, white chocolate is not as difficult to handle as dark chocolate. Other candies are permitted to eat, but you should also eat them in moderation for your own health.


3. Foods to avoid while breastfeeding: foods containing caffeine


Just as it can cause insomnia in adults at night, the intake of caffeine (whether in the form of coffee or soda) by breastfeeding mothers may cause sleep disorders in babies. If you can't avoid it, limit your caffeine intake to a maximum of two cups a day.


4. Foods to avoid while breastfeeding: citrus fruits and some vegetables


Although it is important for breastfeeding mothers to eat a lot of fresh fruit every day, some types may irritate the baby. Fruits with high C concentrate content, such as pineapple, lemon, orange, and grapefruit, can cause rashes in babies.


Similarly, some vegetables are not good for breastfed babies. For example, broccoli, cabbage, beans, cauliflower, and cucumber, which should be avoided during breastfeeding, can make babies gassy.


5. Foods to avoid while breastfeeding: dairy products


Although dairy products are rich in calcium and other nutrients, some dairy products may cause hernias in some babies. Try to find out which dairy products cause your baby's sickness. You don't need to remove these foods from your diet, because they are important to your health.


6. Foods to avoid while breastfeeding: peanuts


Although there is still a lack of evidence and strong research to prove that eating peanuts during breastfeeding can cause peanut allergies in babies, women who are breastfeeding still need to be cautious.


7. Foods to avoid while breastfeeding: foods containing alcohol


Breastfeeding women do not have to avoid drinking alcohol completely, but they do need moderate amounts. This means that you should not breastfeed when alcohol is still in your blood (alcohol can enter your bloodstream from your digestive system in about an hour and a half).


If you feel the effects of alcohol, then you should not breastfeed your child. Younger babies are more difficult to handle alcohol than elder babies (because their bodies are less developed). As long as the blood doesn't contain alcohol, it will not be in your breast milk.

Remember, foods that make you addicted can also make your baby addicted, but the effects will be exacerbated in the baby's body. Mothers should avoid having such foods, including caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and other medicines.


Foods to avoid while breastfeeding under medical guidelines vary from person to person, so the key is to observe closely what kind of food you eat affects your baby's health. Remember that whatever you eat will enter your baby's body during breastfeeding.


Breastfeeding places a lot of demands on mothers, so it is necessary to be extra careful with your diet to ensure your health. As a mother, you are responsible to ensure your baby's appropriate diet.

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