Breastfeeding

Don’t Consume These Foods While Breastfeeding

Written by: Amicis

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Feeding the baby is actually an obligation which also brings benefits to Mommy. Breastfeeding Mothers who breastfeed their babies will lose less blood. Besides, the size of the uterus will shrink faster. By breastfeeding, post-partum depression can be reduced.

The interesting thing is by providing exclusive breastfeeding for six months, Mommy can reduce weight. Although diabetes during pregnancy and after giving birth are considered normal, but the risk of diabetes can be reduced for breastfeeding mothers. In some cases, this diabetes will disappear after six months of breastfeeding. 

For Mommies providing breastfeeding to the baby for at least 12 months, the risk of arthritis could be reduced to 20%. The risk will drop to 50% for Mommies providing breastfeeding for at least 24 months. The risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer could also fall by 28% for Mommies who provide exclusive breastfeeding. 

Things to Avoid

Of the various benefits of breastfeeding which are already mentioned earlier, there is no excuse to be lazy to provide breast milk for the baby. However, breastfeeding should also be done properly. One of them is related to food consumption for breastfeeding mothers. There are foods which should be avoided during breastfeeding.

The first is foods with preservatives and containing food colorings. It will be very difficult to assess whether the foods bought are free from harmful preservatives such as borax and formaldehyde. Similar to the foods with harmful colorings such as rhodamine B. Therefore, try to reduce the frequency of buying foods outside home. If it has to, make sure that the color is not too strong. 

Secondly, foods with artificial sweeteners. Foods that contain artificial sweeteners will increase the risk of bladder cancer and latently has a share in early childhood obesity.

Third, reduce the flavoring or MSG. The recommended usage is 0.3 to 1 gram per day. The use of MSG is considered excessive if it is more than 30 mg / kg of body weight per day. 

Fourth, study the possibility of foods which can trigger allergies in infants. For this reason, breastfeeding mothers are sometimes prohibited to consume seafood. 

Myths in Society

Apart from the general category of foods that should be avoided above, it is important to note that certain restricted foods for breastfeeding mothers are a myth or cultural heredity which are not scientifically true. For example, breastfeeding mothers in Italy usually avoid garlic and red pepper. But in India, garlic is regarded as one of the ingredients to increase the breast milk production. 

And so is spicy food. Mommy who likes to eat spicy foods will not make the breast milk become spicy. This happens because breast milk is not taken directly from Mommy’s digestive system. Breast milk is derived from the mother’s blood. Even though breast milk contains capsaicin (a compound in chilies), it is not strong enough to make the breast milk tastes spicy. If the baby has diarrhea, the possible cause is allergy or being sensitive to certain foods.