Foods To Avoid While Breastfeeding: Chart & Diet Menu
Foods To Avoid While Breastfeeding
During and after one and two years of pregnancy, whatever food is intake by a mom to be or a mom gives nutrition not only to her but also to the baby. Either in the womb or via breastfeeding, food intake should be correct and healthy for both mother and child. Foods to avoid while breastfeeding is as follows:
- Spicy food or spices such as cinnamon, garlic etc.
- cherries and prunes
- Some vegetables such as cauliflower, peppers, cucumbers, onion, cabbage, and garlic.
- Intake of more than a cup of coffee a day should be avoided.
- Occasional drinking is acceptable but frequent intake of alcohol should be avoided.
- Intake of soy, egg, nuts soon after consuming milk products should be avoided.
Breastfeeding Diet Menu
There is no such breastfeeding diet menu but what you can do to make your milk supply and breastfeed well is as follows:
- Variety of foods should be eaten instead of consuming one food in large amount.
- Always try to know which food (fruit and vegetable) are high in pesticides. So always go for organic options.
- Onion, avocados, sweet peas, grapefruit, watermelon, mushrooms, kiwi, cabbage, mango, asparagus and sweet corns have the lowest amount of pesticides.
Foods That Decrease Milk Supply
- What can adversely affect the milk supply is peppermint and spearmint. Occasional consumption of peppermint tea is acceptable and will not affect milk supply.
- Candies made out of peppermint oil is one of the foods that decrease milk supply.
- Oregano and sage can affect milk supply and should be avoided while breastfeeding.
- Cabbage leaves are not supposed to be eaten while breastfeeding because the topical application of cabbage leaves sometimes do wonders to relieve breast engorgement but over applying it may affect milk supply.
- Having beer or alcohol means that you purposely want your baby to avoid drinking milk because beer and alcohol make it difficult for the baby to suck milk. It gradually slows down the supply of milk.
Foods To Avoid While Breastfeeding To Prevent Colic
Colic means a painful tightening of the muscle. Talking about pregnancy, it means a well fed healthy baby who cries for more than three hours a day or more than three days a week.
Colic goes away by the age of 3 to 4 months of a baby but if it does not go that means there is something which is causing colic for a baby.
Colic causing foods are there which actually enter breast milk and makes the baby upset leading to crying for hours.
Following is the list of foods to avoid while breastfeeding to prevent colic:
- Dairy products: cheese, milk, yogurt and ice cream are some of the products which cause colic. Cow’s milk is a leading cause of colic for baby, the sensitivity of cow’s milk can cause colic.
- Try to intake calcium from some other source such as broccoli or oranges.
- Caffeine: chocolate, coffee, tea, soft drinks which have caffeine in them are considered to cause colic. A significant amount of consumption of coffee or caffeine will not affect milk supply and colic to babies.
- Spicy food: when you consume spicy food, it leaves the small traces of spice and enters into the milk supply. Some babies find it good tasting new flavors but some get discouraged and then it causes to colic.
- Fats from grains, olives, avocados, and nuts are good for baby’s skin but these can cause mild colic.
- Foods that produce gas in the stomach should be avoided because it will ultimately affect milk and cause colic. Too much gas in the belly can cause discomfort to the baby.
Foods To Avoid While Breastfeeding Chart