Breastfeeding Diet

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A healthy diet is equally important to the mother during lactation as well as during pregnancy. Breast milk is affected to some degree by the food you eat.

Here are some tips for a healthy diet during breastfeeding:

1. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and calcium-rich foods.

2. Caloric intakes must be sufficient to produce milk. Raise your ratio with up to 500 calories daily and make sure you hydrate yourself. During breastfeeding, you may be thirsty and you have a big appetite.

3. Avoid alcohol as it can get to your baby through the milk. If you do consume alcohol, it is preferable to drink immediately after breastfeeding and not before.
Try to avoid caffeine or at least reduce caffeine consumption during this period. Caffeine tends to accumulate in the baby’s body, and he can not easily eliminate it. A cup of coffee a day is not so dangerous to the child, but excess caffeine can have unpleasant effects, sleep disturbances, nervousness and irritability. Opt for decaffeinated coffee or tea varieties and avoid carbonated drinks like coke, because they contain caffeine.

4. Do not smoke while breastfeeding, or around children! Passive smoking is dangerous for children and especially babies.

5. Sometimes, children react to food consumed by mothers during the lactation period. Some mothers find that the baby is fussy and crying more often after the consumption of spices and foods such as beans, cauliflower or broccoli. Considering that babies who have colic symptoms are the same, the best way to observe what is the problem is paying attention to the duration of the symptoms. If the problem is related to food, symptoms are shorter than 24 hours. Symptoms caused by colic occur daily and sometimes takes several days or even weeks in a row. If your baby shows symptoms every time you eat a certain food, you should avoid those foods.

6. Some babies may have an allergic reaction if the mother drinks cow milk and then breastfeeds. Symptoms can occur within minutes to several hours after feeding and are: diarrhea, rash, restlessness and intestinal gas. To determine if the baby is allergic, you should exclude all dairy from your diet for two weeks. Then, one day consume the milk product to see the baby’s reaction.

7. Most drugs are not contraindicated during lactation. However, some drugs can be dangerous for your baby’s health. To avoid all risks, inform your doctor that you are breastfeeding before he prescribes a medicine. In addition, it is preferable to take medication immediately after breastfeeding and not before that.

8. Some pills may affect milk production, but the effects vary depending on the type and contraceptive use. Consult your doctor before taking any medication.



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