Major foods to avoid when breastfeeding

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Breast milk is said to be very nutritious for the baby. This is because it contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses, bacteria, lowers the baby’s risk of having asthma or allergies and has fewer ear infections and respiratory illnesses.

For you to produce healthy milk and the baby to grow without complications, you need to avoid eating these foods when breastfeeding;

Alcohol

Avoid drinking alcohol because it can affect your child negatively, for instance: abnormal weight gain, drowsiness, deep sleep, and weakness.

A research reported that alcohol can reduce the amount of milk breastfeeding women produce. This may be due to alcohol disrupting the hormones that control the production of breast milk. Other studies have shown that babies take around 20% less milk if there’s alcohol present, so they have to feed more often. 

Caffeine

Babies under six months are more sensitive to caffeine and every mother is advised to avoid it. Breastfeeding mothers who want to take the safest approach should limit caffeine intake to about 300 milligrams (mg) a day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Fish

Fish is nutritious but since it’s said to come from polluted water environments, it has chemicals like mercury that may affect the baby’s health.

Breastfeeding mothers are advised by The Bump to choose low-mercury fish, such as salmon, pollock, catfish, shrimp and canned light tuna. For those that love local fish are told to reduce the intake to six ounces in a week.

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