Giving birth is both emotionally and physically challenging to all mothers but the great thing is that you get to hold your baby in your arms for the first time.
During pregnancy, you were most likely bombarded with so many things that should be avoided so as not harm the baby but after giving birth, it is now time to concentrate on being the best mom.
However, breastfeeding phase is as important as the pregnancy phase. The baby still fully depends on the mother for nutrition, therefore, you should be very careful with the type of food you eat. If your diet is unhealthy, there are higher chances of your baby getting colic, allergic reactions and other disorders through breast milk.
Here is a list of foods that you should avoid after giving birth
Spicy food easily passes to the newborn who still has a tender blood stream and intestines. Before six months, the baby’s digestive track can only digest breast milk and spicy food will only irritate him and cause fussiness hence should be avoided
for at least the first 6 months.
Coffee contains caffeine which works its way to breast milk. Babies’ bodies cannot process caffeine as fast as an adult body which in turn leads to irritation and sleeplessness.
Therefore, it is best to wait until the end of the nursing session to have as much coffee as you would like.
Mercury containing fish
Some fish such as tile-fish, sword fish and shark are packed with mercury which is passed to the baby through breastfeeding. This causes fussiness and gas to the infant. Therefore, you should avoid mercury containing fish during the breastfeeding
Similar to coffee, chocolate contains caffeine which irritates the baby. However, some nursing mothers may find that eating chocolate has a laxative effect on the baby.
To determine if your baby reacts to chocolate, watch her behavior for some time after eating chocolate, if she has a
runny poop or she becomes fussy, then you should consider eliminating chocolate throughout the breastfeeding period.
Dairy allergy is a major culprit to breastfeeding babies’ woes. If your baby is fussy most of the times especially after nursing, has eczema, has sleeping issues, eliminating dairies from your food is the best place to start.
While it can be difficult to avoid all dairy products, to rule out if it is the cause of the skin problems and fussiness in your baby, first eliminate it for a week and if you notice an improvement with your baby, then consider eliminating it for the entire nursing period..
Drinking alcohol while breastfeeding has been proven to cause weakness, drowsiness, abnormal weight gain and deep sleep to the baby. It also reduces milk production.
Therefore, in order to nurture your baby well, give up the consumption of alcoholic drinks before and after giving birth.
Before six months, babies’ digestive track is immature and some of the compounds contained in citrus fruits can be irritating to the baby. Citrus causes fussiness, spitting up and diaper rash.
Instead of taking oranges to obtain vitamin C, have mangos, papaya or pineapples instead.
If your family has a history of peanut allergy, avoid eating them until after six months when you can wean your baby. This is because, the allergic compounds contained in peanuts and tree nuts are transmitted to breast milk causing hives, rash or wheezing –These are signs of an allergic reaction.
Once you eat any food containing garlic, the garlic smell gets into breast milk. Most babies find garlic aroma in milk irksome. If you notice that your baby is reluctant to nurse or makes faces when nursing and it coincides with the last time you ate
something containing garlic, then it could be the cause.
While most people think that garlic improves the taste of everything, babies’ taste buds are not mature enough to appreciate it yet.
Fatty and oily foods
You are probably looking to shed the baby fat after giving birth and eating fatty and oil foods only makes it difficult. Oily and fatty foods
store fat in your body which can make it difficult to get your fit body back.
Also, fatty foods strains your digestive system.
Therefore, it is best
to avoid sweets, ghee, fries and other foods that will lead to weight gain.
All nursing mums should follow the prescribed food diet for young one’s health benefit. Though not all babies will react to the same foods, always watch how your baby reacts when you eat something that is questionable and inform your pediatrician if you have any concerns.
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