Foods to avoid while breastfeeding

Posted on: July 20th, 2015 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

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Your pregnancy was filled with eating the oddest food combinations—and avoiding some of your favorites! However, your little one is still depending on you for nutrition, so what mommy eats is what baby eats as well. Some foods aren’t the best for your infant, including:

  • Caffeine. A couple cups of coffee a day are fine, but you can actually impact your child’s sleeping habits if you consume too much—it’s like you’re giving your child a cup of joe!
  • Alcohol. The general rule of thumb is to wait two hours after consuming one drink before breastfeeding. If you’re drinking to excess, make sure you “pump and dump”—or pump the milk and throw it down the drain—before you feed your baby.
  • The baby may just not like certain foods. Babies will have their own taste buds and their own preferences. Sometimes after mom eats beans, broccoli or cauliflower, their baby gets gassy or fussy. The same applies to spicy food. Some babies just don’t like how their mother’s milk tastes after too much spice, and they will express it!
  • Peppermint and Sage. If you eat both of these spices in excess, you can actually inhibit your milk production. Some moms even use them when they’re weaning their baby and want to dry up their milk supply quickly. A few cups of peppermint tea or a couple of candy canes are fine, but don’t eat a plateful of either unless you’re ready to wean!
  • Chocolate. It’s sad but true! Chocolate can actually cause your child to experience loose or runny stools. Just like with everything else on this list, a couple piece of chocolate are okay, but don’t eat to excess.

Even if you have to cut out certain foods, it’s still worth it for your child! Jayhawk Pharmacy sells a variety of breast pumps to make sure your little one gets the nutrition he or she needs.

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