Monday, 16 September 2013

Avoiding Foods While Breast Feeding




Many women find that they can eat whatever they may



like during breast feeding. Even though it's true



that some stongly favored foods can change the



taste of your milk, many babies seem to enjoy the



varieties of breast milk flavors. Occasionally,



your baby may get cranky at the breast after you



eat certain foods. If you notice this happening,



simply avoid that particular food.





The most common offenders duing breast feeding



include chocolate, spices, citrus fruits, garlic,



chili, lime, gassy vegetables, and fruits with



laxative type effects, such as prunes and cherries.





You can have a cup or two of coffee a day, although



too much caffeine can interfere with your baby's



sleep and even make him or her cranky. Keep in



mind, caffeine is found in many soda's, tea, and



even over the counter type medicine as well.





It's okay to have an alcoholic beverage every now



and the, although having more than one drink can



increase your blood alcohol level, putting the



alcohol into your breast milk.





If you are planning to have more than one drink



at a time, it's best to wait two hours or more



per drink before you resume any type of nursing



or breast feeding. There is no need to pump



and dump unless your breasts are full and its



time to feed your baby. While breast feeding,



any type of heavy drinking should be avoided.





Before you actually omit any foods from your



diet, you should talk to your doctor. If you



avoid certain foods and it causes a nutritional



imbalance, you may need to see a nutritionist



for advice on taking other foods or getting



nutritional supplements.

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