9 Foods to Avoid While Breastfeeding

foods to avoid while breastfeedingA healthy and well-balanced diet is not only very important for the good health of a nursing mum but also for the proper development and growth of the breastfeeding baby. However, there are certain types of foods to avoid while breastfeeding your baby. It’s because these foods are harmful for your baby’s health. Here’s a list of 9 foods that you must avoid while breastfeeding your baby.

1 – Citrus Fruits

Some citrus fruits may not suit your baby’s stomach. It’s because some citrus fruits contain high acidity and high levels of vitamin C. The common citrus foods include oranges, pineapples and lemons etc. These citrus fruits can upset your baby’s stomach. That’s why it is advised to breastfeeding mums to first note the reaction of their baby to these fruits and either totally avoid or consume these fruits in limited amounts.

2 – Avoid Eating Too Much Dairy Products

Low-fat dairy foods are very important part of your breastfeeding diet. You should avoid eating dairy products in large amount while breastfeeding your baby. It’s because some babies can contract colic if their mums are eating too much dairy products.

3 – Avoid Mercury-Containing Fish

Mercury containing fishes are included in foods to avoid while breastfeeding. These fishes include mackerel, tilefish, swordfish and shark. Those fishes that contain high content of mercury are very harmful for not only your health but also for your baby’s health. Here it is important to note that tuna contains moderate levels of mercury and it is a well-liked fish. If you like eating this fish, you should eat it in limited amount.

4 – Chocolate

Chocolate is one of the foods to avoid while breastfeeding because it contains high content of caffeine that could make your baby gassy.

5 – Caffeine

While you are breastfeeding your baby, you should avoid consuming caffeine. Tea and coffee are two major sources of caffeine. You should either cut down on your daily caffeine consumption, or the better practice is to completely avoid hose things that contain caffeine. It’s because caffeine disturbs the sleep pattern of your baby and it can cause nervousness and irritability in your baby.

6 – Peanuts

Some studies have shown that peanut consumption while breastfeeding put your baby at the risk of contracting peanut allergy in later life. However, more evidences are required to support these studies. Breastfeeding mums should limit their peanut consumption.

7 – Spicy Foods

Majority of women love eating spicy foods. Spices such as cinnamon and curry and other foods such as onions, peppers and chili can upset baby’s stomach. That’s the reason why spicy foods are on the list of foods to avoid while breastfeeding.

8 – Some Vegetables

There is no doubt about the benefits of vegetables in breastfeeding diet are great, but still there are some vegetables that should be avoided while breastfeeding. These vegetables include cucumber, cauliflower and cabbage etc. These vegetables give your baby gas, so you should avoid these vegetables.

9 – Alcohol

Alcohol is also included in the foods to avoid while breastfeeding. If you consume alcohol, you should either avoid it completely or you should limit its consumption. Alcohol is not only harmful for your health but also it has a bad affect on your baby’s health.

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