Whether to breast-feed is an important choice for any new mom.
In the early 1970s, less than 25 percent of U.S. mothers tried to breast-feed their newborns. Now, about 75 percent of infants are receiving some breast milk.
What should you eat or not eat while breast-feeding?
Many mothers can eat whatever they like but sometimes a baby will be fussy at the breast or gassy after a mom eats a certain food.
Babycenter.com lists these foods to avoid while breast-feeding:
- Spices (cinnamon, garlic, curry, chili pepper)
- Citrus fruits and their juices, such as oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit
- “Gassy” vegetables (onion, cabbage, garlic, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, and peppers)
- Fruits with a laxative effect, such as cherries and prunes.
A daily cup or two of coffee is OK, as is an occasional alcoholic drink. But moderate or heavy drinking is not recommended.
Talk to your baby’s Signature Medical Group pediatrician before you omit any foods from your diet. If avoiding a food could cause a nutritional imbalance (for example, if you eliminate all dairy products), you may need to see a Signature Medical Group nutritionist for advice on substituting other foods or taking nutritional supplements.
Any other questions? Be sure to ask your Signature Medical Group doctor. Make an appointment today.