In line with the World Breastfeeding Week 2014, we here at textyladies.com would like to share our part in keeping this healthy tradition alive by offering several great tips and pointers to help those great breastfeeding moms out there. Be sure to read everything as we aim to delve deeply into this topic to at least give you enough information to the questions you might have with regards it. So read on and have a meaningful breastfeeding celebration.
Foods to Avoid While Breastfeeding
Although it is highly recommended that you eat well when you are breastfeeding, there are some foods that can bring discomfort to both you and your baby. These foods are pretty simple enough at other times but when you are breastfeeding, they become something else entirely. Read about examples of such foods and be guided accordingly.
- Coffee, Tea, and other drinks containing Caffeine
Can’t stop the habit of drinking coffee? Well you better as the caffeine that is contained on similar beverages finds its way to your milk, which in turn is passed to your baby during breastfeeding. Caffeine makes your baby cranky, irritable and has a hard time getting sleep. Now you don’t really want those things to happen right? One possible solution to still enjoy your cup is to postpone it after you have finished all the nursing sessions of the day.
- Broccoli and Beans
You guessed it right. These foods do make your baby play the booty trumpet often. Gassy vegetables such as broccolis and beans tend to develop flatulence in the baby. Not only that, they also make irritable and fussy babies that won’t let you sleep. Colic is a bonus in some cases, so better lay off on your broccolis for the time being.
Now this is self-explanatory, but the science behind this is that what you consume really is being passed to your baby during breastfeeding, and alcohol is no exception. Alcohol makes the baby always drowsy, sleep deeper, and also contributes to the baby’s weakness and improper weight gain, or loss for that matter. It may also develop the cessation of milk production in the mother, so better limit or better yet totally eliminate alcohol consumption when you are breastfeeding.
If you want to know of ways on how to stop breastfeeding, eating peppermint might help you with your problem. Peppermint and other menthol foods have strong anti-lactogogues that helps stop milk production in mothers. One fourth teaspoon of peppermint added to tea or water every day slowly decrease the amount of milk a mother produces, up until it eventually dries up. So if you want to continue with breastfeeding as you know it, do not eat peppermint and other menthol foods.
- Spicy Foods
Red pepper, bell pepper, jalapenos, habanero chili pepper, etc. and other kinds of spicy things out there, are foods that you should distance yourself from eating. They make babies irritated and fussy for hours at a time. What’s more, capsaicin, the active ingredient in peppers that finds its way into the mother’s milk, makes the baby not want to suck at the nipple anymore because of the hot peppery taste present there. A baby not wanting to suck anymore equals the eventual stopping of breastfeeding, a thing we don’t really want to happen. So if you can’t lay off foods that has some zing in them, try replacing the peppers with other zesty things such as lime juice or ginger for much better breastfeeding results.