By Nmami Agarwal
Pregnancy is the most exceptional phase in every woman’s life. After settling down with the happiness of being a mother, you might find yourself in a dilemma to make the best choice of food that is beneficial for your baby. It’s certainly an important concern and should be taken seriously. A well-balanced diet is all time mandatory but becomes even more essential during breastfeeding.
Humongous food list categorized under balanced diet is completely safe for a mother-to-be and the baby but there are few selected foods as well in the list that you should strictly avoid during breastfeeding. All kinds of packed and processed food items should be restricted during breastfeeding. Whereas, including iron-rich foods can be good for your health. Some seasonal and dark coloured fruits like Jamun are healthy for both the mother and baby. However, eliminating the suggested food items discussed below will help you and your baby stay fit and healthy. Take a look.
- Caffeine: Newborn babies cannot excrete caffeine as efficiently an adult can and the accumulated caffeine passed in their bodies while breastfeeding can causes irritation, crankiness and sleeplessness. Moreover, a high ratio of caffeine in mothers can also lower the iron levels in breast milk and decrease haemoglobin levels in the baby.
- Alcohol: Keep in mind that the consumption of alcohol can pass through your breast milk into the baby’s system and have adverse effects on baby’s neurological development. Having a glass of beer or wine once a week is fine but the higher consumption can inhibit the mother’s reflex. And if you decide to consume more than one drink at the same time then wait at least for two to three hours to breastfeed your baby.
- High Mercury Fish: If you eat high-mercury fish and other seafood which are high in mercury, it can come out in your blood affecting your baby’s neurological development and can also harm the further development of baby by getting transmitted into the breast milk and then into the baby. Rather, consume fish like salmon which is high in omega-3 fatty acids, beneficial both you and your baby.
- Spicy Foods: Including spicy foods in your diet while lactation can cause irritation in babies. If you are extremely fan of spicy food than a dash of pepper will be fine to have in the beginning phase. Lessening spices in your food is recommended if your baby is comfortable with it. Cut back on the heat of spices from your food for few weeks to avoid bloating and other related issues in your baby.
- Peppermint, Parsley and Sage: These three herbs are anti-galactagogues items which mean that they been known to decrease breast milk production. It’s best to avoid these three herbs while breastfeeding. Whenever you take any of these three herbs, examine your milk supply. In fact, peppermint tea is often consumed by many mothers to stop the milk production after weaning.
Over to you
We understand the feeling to keep your hands off from spicy and strong flavoured food items but avoiding few which are mentioned above will take you to a safe post-pregnancy (breastfeeding). You probably might be aware of an idea of eating, that how does food what you eat can directly affect the health of your baby. So, be conscious of what you pick to avoid any complications.