Food to Avoid While Breastfeeding
Even though the general recommendation is that you can eat pretty much anything in moderation, there are certain foods that you should limit or avoid completely if possible.
Drinking cow’s milk can sometimes affect your little one causing symptoms such as bloating, skin rash, face swelling, diarrhea, vomiting, etc. due to the protein present in cow’s milk that your baby may be allergic to. If you are worried that this may be the case, talk to your physician about not drinking cow’s milk for a couple of weeks and see if your baby’s symptoms disappear.
Avoid drinking a lot of caffeine while nursing. General recommendation is no more than 200mg of caffeine per day for breastfeeding mums. Keep in mind that caffeine is not only found in coffee, but it is also present in black tea, energy drinks and some sodas. Increased intake of caffeine can make your baby restless and nervous, often having trouble sleeping.
Alcohol passes through breast milk to a baby, so it’s best to avoid habitual use of alcohol while breastfeeding. If you like to have a glass of wine, it’s best to do so just after you have nursed or expressed milk rather than before and allow at least 2 hours per drink before the next breastfeeding or pumping session. That way, the body has as much time as possible to get rid itself of the alcohol before the next feeding.
Sometimes you may notice that your baby has more cramps after you eat a herbs or vegetables like onions, leek or beans. It might be a coincidence, but if you notice it every time, it is recommended to remove those temporarily from your diet.
If you are used to a healthy diet with certain herbs, you don’t have to change your habits if your nursling has no signs of bother. Probably your baby is already used trough the uterus to certain herbs.