7 Foods to avoid while nursing an infant

June 28, 2016

So, you just spent the last nine months waiting for the arrival of a new member into the family.  For the most part of those precious months, you were worried about your drinking and eating habits because of baby’s development. Now, that your infant has arrived and you are nursing, you need to be more watchful of your diet because of some reactions.

Keep a watch on your baby when you eat something for reactions. And, when you find something concerning then consult a paediatrician to get back to the track.  Here are a few beverages and food you should keep an eye on.

Caffeine

We know that nursing mothers need caffeine to stay fresh. Since you are not getting enough sleep, coffee and tea become a must have. While it’s perfectly fine to have it included in your diet, keeping a watch on the quantity is equally important because it does have its way into breast milk. Bodies of infants are not prepared to process the presence of caffeine as quickly as the body of an adult.  Make sure you do not have more than a cup or two of tea or coffee in a day else chances are that your baby might become irritable and cranky.

Fish

There is no need for you to avoid intake of fish completely. You just have to be selective about the choice of seafood you make. While some fish might be high in mercury, others can find their way right into your milk supply. Just makes sure you stick to the same rules of easting seafood as you did during nine months, rest should be fine.

Chocolate

So, do not worry when it comes to chocolate as you are not required to eliminate it completely from your diet. Since chocolate has caffeine, you just need to ensure you consume only when it is really needed. In fact, some nursing mothers have found that intake of chocolate has a laxative effect on infant. If you are eating chocolates while nursing then keep a check on baby’s diapers and behaviour. If your infant becomes a runny poop or fussy then cut down or eliminate the intake of chocolates.

Parsley or peppermint

While peppermint makes for a great tea, parsley is just the perfect garnish.  Now the problem with both these popular herbs is that they can reduce the supply of milk. However, if you are using them in small quantity then it should not be the reason to worry.

Dairy

Not many know but it is one of the most common foods which can create the problem for breastfed infants. If your infant has eczema or any other skin problem, is fussy or has issues related to sleep, it’s high time to eliminate diet. There is no doubt at all that it is pretty impossible to avoid all dairy products. However, to rule out an allergy related to these products, you have to be dairy-free for a few days or weeks. If you notice an improvement in your baby then dairy allergy might be the culprit.
Alcohol

This is not at all a brainer. However, it does find a mention. You have lived without it for nine months and you need to do the same while nursing baby as it gets into your breast milk and affect your infant.

Red chilli pepper

Do you have tingling taste buds for hot salsa or a dish which is tangy? There is very possibility your infant might not share your food attraction. Peppers comprising capsaicin can trigger skin allergy which can last for as long as 12 to 48 hours among breastfed babies.  Also, it can cause rashes around the bottom of your baby.

There you go. If you are breastfeeding baby then avoid intake of any of these items.

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