The Things that You Can and Cannot Eat While Breastfeeding

When expecting a baby, parents have certain roles they have to fill. Fathers would normally do the brunt of the work such as getting all of their babies’ essentials, making sure that the baby car seat is installed properly, and general cleaning around the house, among other things.

What mothers need to concern themselves with is taking care of their bodies because what they eat and drink can affect not only their health but also the health of their incoming baby.

Since a lot of first-time mothers do not know how to properly breastfeed yet, we’ve asked a lactation expert to give some advice to these women.

Today, I am going to go over some of the things she said pertaining to the things that you can and cannot eat while breastfeeding.

Do Not Stress About It

Tessa Webb Lyman, the lactation consultant I’ve talked to about this article, said that first-time mothers should not stress out about what they eat as there are already generally guidelines given by their doctors about what they can safely consume while they are pregnant.

That being said, though, you may want to keep an eye on dairy products. You see, there are some babies that are quite sensitive to select food groups and researchers agree that dairy products are usually the culprit when it comes to digestion.

As a result, babies who do not fare well with dairy products may be lactose intolerant  and may require a special kind of formula milk to keep them fed.

What you do have to think about (other than the daily products mentioned above) is your hydration. You should always drink water throughout the day. Listen to your body and if it is thirsty, then drink a glass or two of water.

There is no limit to how much water you should drink but a general rule of thumb is that you should consume about two liters of water every single day.

Alcohol Consumption is Okay

Drinking alcohol when you are breastfeeding is okay, but that will depend on the drink you are consuming. If you are drinking wine, a glass or two a day is okay. If you drink beer, a can will do. If you want to know more about the specifics and the limits of alcohol consumption for breastfeeding mothers, I recommend that you either go to a
lactation consultant or your doctor for answers.

Just a general rule: Do not drink to the point that you get tipsy or sleepy because you might end up jeopardizing the safety of your child.

Eat Plenty of Brussel Sprouts

Although it is a generally good idea to eat as many fruits and vegetables as you can, pay particularly close attention to Brussel sprouts. More specifically, eat more of it. The reason why you want to up your intake of Brussel sprouts is due to the fact that it contains more nutrients than others. You may also want to eat more broccoli as well.

The only time you can decrease your intake of these vegetables is if it has an adverse effect on your baby, especially when it comes to their gassiness.

Minimize Your Caffeine Intake

Personally, I cannot live a day without my coffee. That caffeine just gives me energy until bedtime. Some mothers feel the same way as well and drinking coffee may be a part of their morning ritual.

However, caffeine, that stimulant that is found in most coffees and teas, can actually slip into your breastmilk which may then be delivered to your baby while breastfeeding.

If you find that your caffeine consumption has affected your baby’s sleep patterns, then you may have to cut your habit. If you really cannot do that and you really want to have your coffee, either drink only one cup a day or opt for a decaffeinated beverage instead.