When breastfeeding, mothers should choose healthy products and a balanced diet to restore their nutritional reserves after delivery and avoid burnout. Even though the body needs extra calories for making milk , it is advisable to eat enough to make enough of it.
But during the 3 daily meals and nutritious snacks , you should know that some foods are to be consumed with caution and that others may be totally banned.
Here is a list of foods not to eat theoretically for all women breastfeeding their child , as well as the reasons related to them …
The alcohol absorbed by the mother passes into her breast milk and is found at a rate similar to that found in her blood. However, it does not change the composition. Moreover, consumed at too high doses, alcohol will cause a drop in lactation and less good ejection reflex. Alcohol is therefore to be consumed in a very small quantity by the nursing mother and if possible, 2 hours before feeding her baby.
Fruits and vegetables
No fruit or vegetable is really discouraged , but if the mother does not tolerate a food from the digestive point of view, then her baby may know the same thing or make an allergy.A allergy can also occur in the newborn baby while his mother is very supportive of the food. Significant signs will always be visible (regurgitation, eczema …) and an allergist will have to be consulted to find out if the mother should remove the food or eat it. very small amount.
Meat and raw fish
Meat and raw fish are completely discouraged during pregnancy and during lactation because of the risks of contracting toxoplasmosis or listeriosis and transmitting them to the baby. These extremely dangerous diseases (they can lead to death) could cause significant malformations.
But when breastfeeding, if the disease is contracted, taking a treatment is possible and compatible. The mother’s antibodies will then help to heal her child and stopping breastfeeding may even be harmful to the baby (preventing her from healing and causing her to be engorged, not to mention the emotional distress caused).
Coffee, tea and chocolate
Too much consumption of these drinks can lead to over-stimulation of the baby, as well as colic, difficulty sleeping and a decrease in iron levels in the milk . So do not exceed 3 cups a day of any drink containing caffeine (coffee, tea, coca, chocolate) and pay attention to some drugs that contain it.
Note that chocolate does not contain caffeine directly , but a very close substance, theobromine. And that soft drinks (except coke and those containing caffeine) can be consumed without any problem because the gas does not pass into the blood and therefore not into the breast milk.
Garlic and spicy foods
It has been proven that the taste of milk can vary depending on the food ingested by the mother. Garlic can sometimes repel a baby during feeding , but it is not automatic and it is by trying that the mother can know it. Some babies will appreciate and others will not. It’s the same thing about spicy foods. If the mother is accustomed to consuming it, she has no reason to stop unless she finds that it bothers her child.
A baby may be allergic to cow’s milk proteins and the mother will realize it very quickly, because it will have many regurgitations.These proteins are present in many foods (yogurts, milks, butter, soups, purees, ham, industrial products etc.) and the mother will have no choice but to completely avoid these so-called POS products. She will have to choose vegan products or homemade food.
However, it should be noted that sometimes a simple decrease in the consumption of PLV is sufficient, especially when the baby has a simple gastro-oesophageal reflux. Thus the breastfeeding mother has no reason to deprive herself of dairy products during her breastfeeding, unless she notices an allergic reaction from her child.
Parsley, sage and mint
These 3 plants cause a drop in lactation ; the parsley or sage tea being even prescribed to alleviate the strong ejection reflex (REF) or hyper-lactation.But every mother reacts differently and drinking a mint tea or disperse a little parsley in a dish should not cause any problem.
In conclusion, there are not really any forbidden foods during the breastfeeding period, but rather foods to be consumed with caution and moderation. The main thing is to eat balanced and if the child has an allergic ground , the mother will stop eating foods that bother her baby, but there are very few mothers involved.
Moreover, it is useless to eat foods that have recognized benefits to increase lactation (almonds, lentils, fennel …) because it is the sucking of the baby that determines the amount of milk produced.