Knowing what foods you can eat and what you need to avoid when breastfeeding can help make breastfeeding a wonderful experience for both you and your baby!
Breastfeeding is an amazing experience for both you and your little one. However, it's also important to take note of what types of food you're eating, since while some foods help improve your breast milk, other foods can make it taste bad for your little one, and can even adversely affect your milk supply. Here's what you need to know.
What you should avoid
Alcohol - Alcohol should be avoided whenever you're breastfeeding since alcohol can make its way into your breast milk and cause a lot of problems for your child.
Chocolates and coffee - They might be tasty, but chocolates and coffee contain caffeine, which can get into your breast milk and causes your child to become sleepless and fussy. Caffeine also dehydrates you, and can reduce your milk production.
Spicy food - It's best to lay off the spicy food if you're breastfeeding. That's because babies are sometimes sensitive to the food you eat, and it's best to avoid food that has a lot of spices, as well as garlic in order to avoid any reactions.
Citrus fruits - Drinking a glass of juice while you're breastfeeding is fine, but drinking too much juice or eating a lot of citrus fruits can bother your child and make them gassy or fussy since their sensitive tummies are not yet used to citrus fruits.
Veggies that cause gas - Onions, cabbage, garlic, cauliflower, and broccoli should be avoided whenever you're breastfeeding since those foods can make both you and your baby gassy.
Pineapples - Just like citrus fruits, pineapples can make your child gassy and can even affect how your breast milk tastes, which can sometimes put off your newborn from feeding.
What you should eat instead
Oatmeal - Oatmeal is not only great for your digestion and overall health, but it also helps increase your milk supply.
Salmon - Salmon has a lot of omega-3 fatty acids, which are a healthy type of fat. Eating a lot of salmon helps improve your milk quality so that your child can also benefit from the nutrients that you get from salmon.
Spinach - Spinach has a lot of folic acid, iron, and calcium. All these nutrients are important for your baby's development, and iron can help prevent you from having anemia.
Carrots - Carrots are high in vitamin A which helps your child's eye development, as well as prevents night blindness. It has also been said to improve your milk production.
Dairy products - Dairy products are a great source of protein and calcium and helps with your child's development.
Eggs - Just like dairy products, eggs are a great source of protein that your growing baby needs.