You just spent the last nine months worrying about what you were eating and drinking because of your baby’s development.
Now you’re nursing and you should always watch your baby for reactions whenever you eat something. Here are the 6 foods you should avoid while breastfeeding.
While some caffeine may be OK, it’s important to know that caffeine does work its way into your breast milk. Babies’ bodies aren’t prepared to process caffeine as quickly as an adult’s body, so if you’re hoping that your baby will nap soon, wait to have your coffee until after baby is asleep.
Some nursing mothers find that eating chocolate has a laxative effect on baby. Watch your baby’s behavior, and diapers. If she becomes fussy or has a runny poop after you eat chocolate, that means it’s time to cut back or eliminate it altogether.
Your baby’s GI tract is still immature, and some of the compounds in citrus fruits can be especially irritating. Citrus can cause spitting up, fussiness, or even diaper rash. If you’re craving some vitamin C, try having some pineapple or mango instead.
Dairy is one of the most common problem foods for breastfed babies. If your baby is especially fussy after nursing, has eczema or other skin issues, or has sleep issues, an elimination diet is a good place to start.
You don’t need to avoid fish entirely, but you do need to be selective about what types of seafood you’re eating. Some fish can be high in mercury, which can find its way into your milk supply.
The problem with parsley is that it comes with the risk of reducing your supply. If used in small quantities it shouldn’t cause an issue, but be aware of any dips following eating either—especially if you’re coming up on a growth spurt where baby is going to be hungrier than usual.