What Not To Eat When Breastfeeding
Hello moms… do you know what foods to avoid while breastfeeding? You must have wondered what to eat and what not to eat while breastfeeding.
Here are 5 top foods you should avoid while breastfeeding:
For the same reason, sushi was one of the foods should not to eat during pregnancy. It can be a problem while you’re breastfeeding, because fish that are high on the food chain, thinks salmon, tuna, and swordfish, tend to have a concentration of mercury and other toxins. All of that ingredients can affect your baby’s development. Of course, fish also has a lot of omega-3 fatty acids and other compounds that are good for you. So, just avoid raw fish and stick to fish with low mercury content too.
Caffeine doesn’t just affect your little one through pregnancy, it also passes
into your breast milk. Babies process caffeine differently than adults, it means a small amount of caffeine for you can be a big jolt for your little one. It can cause irritability crankiness and trouble sleeping and the last thing you need as a new parent is a baby that can’t sleep.
Coffee is usually the first thing that comes to mind when we think of sources of caffeine, but it’s hardly the only one you also get caffeine in sodas, chocolate and some kinds of tea. You may be able to have small amounts of caffeine without affecting your baby, but as always be mindful of how your little one reacts after you have a chocolate bar or a cup of tea.
3. Fatty Meats
In the same way that certain fish concentrate mercury the fatty parts of meat concentrate toxins like pesticides from the environment. Even in humans, those toxins get stored in our fat tissues. Those toxins can make it into your breast milk and cause developmental problems for your baby. Lean cuts are safer and better for you. It’s not always doable, but you may want to look into the farming practices of the sources of your meat to find options that will expose you and your baby to fewer toxins.
4. Peppermint and Parsley
These herbs won’t actually bother your baby’s stomach, but they can affect your milk supply. In fact, they’re often used as a way to naturally decrease milk production during weaning. If you take dietary supplements, be sure to check that they don’t contain serious amounts of peppermint or parsley. You will be fine with the occasional spring of parsley with your dinner, or the occasional cup of peppermint tea, but you will want to avoid large quantities.
5. Allergenic Foods
Food allergies are extremely common peanuts, shellfish, wheat, soy, corn, dairy, eggs and more. If you or anyone else in your family has food allergies your little one is much more likely to have them too. You could go the extra cautious route and avoid major allergens altogether, but it’s not easy to completely cut all of those things out of your diet and lots of them are included in other foods. Especially eggs dairy and wheat and may be difficult to watch out for.