Eating Well for Safe Breastfeeding

What you put into your body plays a critical role in your overall health. Nutrition impacts the function of your organs as well as the state of your mind. If you are a new mom who has chosen to breastfeed your baby, what you eat will also impact the health and nutrition of your baby. Getting enough calories and eating a well-balanced diet can ensure your breastmilk retains a dense nutritional content, which in turn affects how your baby grows and develops.

While it is important to focus on what you eat, it is equally important to understand what you should not eat. There are certain foods that you’ll need to avoid as a breastfeeding mom. Keep in mind that your baby’s digestive system is far more sensitive than your own. In addition, substances like alcohol or certain medication may pass on to your baby through your breastmilk and cause harmful effects.

Foods to Avoid While Breastfeeding

As a mother, it is your natural instinct to protect your baby. One of the most influential ways you can do that is through mindful eating while you breastfeed, especially when breastmilk is the primary food source for your child. It doesn’t mean that you can’t have the foods or drinks that you want, but you’ll need to wait an allotted period of time to ensure that certain substances don’t pass onto your baby through your breastmilk. Some can be harmful to your baby’s development while others may just cause gastric upset or sleeplessness. To be safe, avoid the following before breastfeeding your baby:

At North Pointe OB/GYN, we are committed to helping women throughout all stages of pregnancy, birth and post-partum. We welcome your questions and concerns about successful and safe breastfeeding. Contact our Cumming clinic today!

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