Diet “don’ts” for breastfeeding moms
In a previous post, we discussed good things to make sure that you incorporate in your diet while breastfeeding, including fruits, whole grains, sources of calcium, and lots of water.
However, there are also certain things that you should make sure to keep OUT of your diet while breastfeeding, as they can be dangerous to you and possibly to your infant.
Some of the things to stay away from while you are breastfeeding include:
- Alcohol. This toxin is dangerous to development while your baby is in the womb and now that he or she is born as well.
- Mercury. High levels of mercury are found in some types of fish including swordfish and halibut, so be careful with seafood.
- Caffeine. This stimulant can be found in soft drinks, coffee, and tea, among other products, so read labels carefully before drinking or eating anything you think might contain caffeine.
- Artificial sweeteners. These chemicals can be found in diet drinks and low-calorie foods and may be harmful to your baby.
- Nutritional supplements. While it is important to get vitamins and minerals while breastfeeding, it is best to get them from fruits and vegetables than to take a multivitamin or other supplement. These supplements are not monitored by the FDA, so it is difficult to be certain that what you are putting into your body is safe for you and for your baby.
Have a question? Ask your doctor.
If you have any questions about what to eat while breastfeeding, be sure to ask your doctor about specific issues. Being healthy will help you be the best mom you can be, so take care of yourself during this bonding time with your infant.