You just spent the last nine months worrying about what you were eating and drinking because of your baby’s development. Now, nine months are over and you’re nursing! While many will agree that breastfeeding is very beneficial for your little one, there are also a number of restrictions that go along with it. We are definitely not talking about feeding your baby in public. We are talking about certain foods you shouldn’t consume for danger of passing it along to your child. Here are 7 foods to avoid while breastfeeding.
You don’t have to worry about the occasional glass of wine with dinner. One drink or less per day likely poses little risk for babies. But if your drinking habits fall into the moderate or heavy category, you are treading into murky waters.
Caffeine might not sit well with your baby. An infant’s body cannot process caffeine as quickly as you do. The caffeine gets secreted in your breast milk and it may cause your breastfed baby to feel irritable and cranky. Your child may not be able to sleep well either.
Some babies are sensitive to egg whites. Egg allergies are pretty common in young children. If you’ve noticed that your breastfed baby tends to be more irritable or cranky on days that you’re eating eggs products, you may want to avoid this food.
Seafood is a great source of protein but if there is a fish allergy in your family (whether on your side, or the father’s side), you should try to stay away from shrimp, lobster, and other fish while you are breastfeeding. If there is a strong family history of a fish allergy, breastfed babies are more likely to show symptoms sooner.
So, that piece of honey garlic chicken you had for lunch might not sit well with your baby. When you eat foods with garlic, it can cause your breast milk to secret a garlic odor that your new baby might not like. Garlic’s aroma may taste delicious to some babies, but others may fuss. Your baby’s taste buds will clue you in on his or her preference.
If there are any members of your family with known peanut allergies, stay away from peanuts when you are breastfeeding! Peanut allergies are becoming more common. If you eat peanut products and your baby is sensitive to this nut, you may notice that he or she breaks out in a rash or starts wheezing.
If eating a sandwich results in your baby developing symptoms such as inconsolable crying, obvious pain, or bloody stools, it could point to a wheat allergy. If your baby’s symptoms progress, have them checked with a doctor for allergies.