How To Breastfeed? Breastfeeding contributes to better physical and psychological health both for the mother and the baby, so new moms all over the world are encouraged to breastfeed the newborns AT LEAST 6 months.
So, you brought this beautiful creature in this world and decided to breastfeed? Congratulations, you made the right call, even though in your head there are millions of questions about what to eat and what to avoid while breastfeeding. Whew, even my head spins a little bit!
You are hungry and you like to know how to breastfeed?
Well the answer is that every baby is a story of its own. While some mothers reveal that their little ones have gasses after they consumed beans, broccoli or cauliflower, or that they refuse to suck after the mothers have eaten spicy food, other babies perfectly tolerate this food, but show allergies to nuts, cow milk, soy etc.
Diverse and balanced nutrition is exceptionally important for the mothers and their little ones. New moms need to be strong and enduring, and the last thing that comes to their mind is keeping some restrictive diet about weight loss. Actually, nursing moms need to input 500 additional calories a day in order to to make sure they have enough quantity of quality mother’s milk for the fragile babies.
There are no universal rules connected to nutrition and food in the breastfeeding period, but the experts still recommend being more careful about certain food and drinks:
Alcohol. If you have refrained yourself from consuming alcohol in the last 9 months, now you may fall into temptation to reach for your favorite wine. DON’T. While you are enjoying yourselves, small quantities go to the milk, changing its taste and smell.
»Coffee. Drinks that contain caffeine, such as coffee, tea and some carbonated drinks can negatively affect the sleep and the mood of the baby, because part of the caffeine ends up in the milk. Limit your intake to a minimum and if possible, completely take them out of your consumption. You should be especially careful with the quantity of coffee that you consume while breastfeeding a newborn or a preemie. More than 3 cups of coffee a day is not recommended.
»Fish that contains high quantity of mercury. The mercury that is present in high quantities in the meat of some species of fish can seriously harm the nervous system of the newborns that are still developing. Avoid eating shark meet or a swordfish, direct your fish consumption towards healthier fish like salmon, lake trout or sardines. Limit your fish consumption to the recommended dose of 2 servings a week (340grams).
»Garlic and onion. Food with strong taste and smell, like garlic and onions, can change the taste and smell of the mother’s milk and in that way affect the baby’s desire for feeding. If you notice that the baby refuses to latch or makes strange faces after you had garlic or onion, it is best if you avoid these smelly groceries while you breastfeed.
»Spicy food. Even though some moms constantly consume spicy food and have satisfied and enough fed babies, other moms have problems with the baby even from the smallest quantity of spicy food. Too spicy food can upset the tummy, cause gasses, cramps and make the baby uncomfortable, so you need to observe the baby for reactions after you had a spicy meal. If the baby shows signs of irritation after you had curry, chili, cinnamon etc, switch to non spicy food until it grows up a little.
»Broccoli, cabbage, beans. Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and beans can cause gasses among many babies, so new moms often avoid them. If you notice that baby suffers from colic when you consume this food, avoid it for around a week to see if there is improvement. Then, consume these foods again to confirm or reject your doubts. If you confirm that these foods are the reason for the baby’s gasses, completely avoid them during breastfeeding.
»Citrus fruits. Lots of new moms reach for oranges, citrus and lemon to satisfy their vitamin C needs. Unfortunately, some ingredients that citrus fruits contain can irritate the delicate digestive system of the baby, which leads to nervousness, vomiting and/or diaper rash. Be especially careful when consuming citrus fruit and if you notice a reaction with the baby after the consumption, find another way to satisfy the daily needs for vitamin C.
»Chocolate. Women LOOOVE chocolate, but unfortunately, mothers who nurse their babies need to be careful with this sweet pleasure, because same as the coffee, chocolate contains caffeine. If you notice that chocolate is responsible if the baby is nervous or has short and restless sleep, limit your input of chocolate. The key to everything is balance balance balance.
It is very important to mention that some food can cause allergic reaction with the baby, even though it comes to him through small quantities in the milk. If the baby has symptoms like rash, diarrhea, colic or heavy breathing right after the nursing, it can have an allergy to some food. Most often, allergies are caused from :
Every baby is different, so to find a connection with your food nutrition and the baby’s behavior, try to keep a food diary. Record everything you eat and drink, take notes how your baby reacts to the different products you consume.
It is important not only for your baby, but for yourselves too to focus on healthy food and lots of fluids (a gallon a day).