Foods To Avoid While Breast Feeding

There are certaind foods to avoid while breastfeeding. Find out the most common foods that cause discomfort in breastfed infants, and tips for avoiding discomfort.

Most of the time, unless a mother has many food allergies, the foods that she eats won't cause problems for her baby. However, some foods that a mother eats while nursing do tend to affect the baby in adverse ways. In many cases, this will first be noted by the mother whose infant seems to be suffering from colic, having sharp intestinal pains, abdominal bloating, and gas.

In addition to the symptoms of colic, infants who are experiencing irritation or allergic reactions from what the mother has eaten being passed into breast milk will often produce symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, runny noses, bronchitis, wheezing or eczema and other skin rashes and irritation. Baby's can react with a wide range of symptoms, and often the mother will only know that her child is fussy after feedings.

A major offender is cow's milk as well as other milk products. Other foods that have been known to cause trouble in nursing infants are eggs, wheat products, citrus fruits, caffeine and chocolate. Garlic and cucumbers seem to be major gas catalyst in some infants, producing bloat and colic symptoms. However, even food dyes can cause a reaction in some infants as they feed. For example, when a mother is drinking large amounts of soda pop that have an orange coloring in it her child's urine suddenly may develop an orangish cast to it.

Nursing mothers should be very aware of the foods they are eating when they breastfeed. Breastfeeding offers one of the best food options for the young infant, however as well as good nutrients passing through the breast milk, harmful chemicals, colorants and other irritants can pass into the feeding infant as well.

In order to minimize risks to the nursing infant, all breastfeeding moms should avoid freshwater fish from waters that are known to be contaminated. Other environmental pollutants exists in processing plants with commercial fruits and vegetables, and it is best to thoroughly rinse, or even peel fruits and vegetables obtained from supermarkets where pesticides may have been used. Meat and poultry products can also contain harmful chemicals which tend to concentrate in the fatty portions, so it is best for nursing mothers to cut off these portions of meat before ingesting them.

The best thing a nursing mother can do is pay attention to her infant's reactions to her breastmilk. If she notes a change in behavior in her infant that results in fussiness, discomfort or other symptoms mentioned above, she should take note of what she has consumed prior to the feeding. Then, try a feeding or two without the possible irritant. Once you have discovered your infants source of discomfort, you can avoid it and breastfeeding will continue, the natural and pleasant feeding experience it can be for your infant.

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