2023 Author: Anita Thornton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-22 03:30
To give quality milk, there is no particular diet to follow during breastfeeding. In general, a woman who eats well will not need vitamin and mineral supplements.
Food while breastfeeding
- Eating enough at me altimes and frequent nutritious snacks will allow you to replenish your nutritional stores after childbirth. Never skip meals and rely on the food guide (diet section) suggested by Mamanpourlavie.com and which offers you some food references for breastfeeding women.
- DRINK plenty and preferably water. You will be surprised at the feeling of thirst you will experience during feedings. Do not hesitate to quench your thirst regularly by having a glass of water handy while the baby is drinking. Drink as much as you can to avoid dehydration, as the milk your baby drinks takes away a significant amount of fluid.
- Reduce your consumption of coffee, tea, soft drinks and chocolate to two servings a day. The caffeine and theine contained in these drinks go directlyin your milk and overexcites baby.
- If allergies are common in your family, you can reduce your baby's risk of developing them by avoiding the most allergenic foods (peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, soy, fish and shellfish). However, on this point, opinions differ. Contact the dietitian/nutritionist at your CLSC for more information on this subject.
When you start breastfeeding, do not deprive yourself of any food. However, if you realize that some of them are causing symptoms of discomfort or bothering your baby, remove them from your diet for a week and observe if any changes occur. You can try to reintroduce them into your diet after a few weeks. His digestive system as it matures and may absorb them better. If your child has strong reactions, such as repeated vomiting and skin patches, see your doctor.
Alcohol while breastfeeding
The alcohol that you drink quickly finds its way into your bloodstream and, therefore, into your milk as well. This is why it is recommended to limit its consumption. On the other hand, wine or beer taken in very small quantities and occasionally does not seem to cause problems for the baby.
If you drink a 350 ml bottle of beer or a 150 ml (5 oz) glass of red or white wine, both contain the same amount of alcohol.
It is said that beer could promote andincrease milk production. In fact, it would rather be the effect of brewer's yeast.
Smoking while breastfeeding
The cigarette decreases milk production and the milk ejection reflex. It can also cause crying, irritability and insomnia in your baby. However, the benefits of breast milk are great enough that you breastfeed anyway. It is therefore preferable to smoke outside, away from baby and to avoid smoking just before feedings.
Marijuana and other drugs while breastfeeding
Although the long-term effects on the baby are not known, it is clear that marijuana passes from mother to baby in breast milk. Its consumption, even occasional, should be avoided. As for other drugs (amphetamine, cocaine, heroin, LSD, PCP), they are undoubtedly dangerous for your child and should be avoided.
Drug use during breastfeeding
Many medicines absorbed by the body do not constitute a potential danger. On the other hand, most drugs manage to penetrate into breast milk, even in small quantities. acetaminophen (Atasol, Tylenol) is safe. For other medicines, the best people to advise you on this subject are your doctor or your pharmacist.
Various tests and medical examinations
Contrary to what one might think, common x-rays orBarium enemas do not affect the quality of your milk. However, nuclear medicine tests require a temporary cessation of breast-feeding in order to facilitate the elimination of the radioactive product used. Always keep the person who will give you medical examinations informed.