Pregnancy is a time when you eat mindlessly but once your baby is born, you eat more wisely.
You may be worried about what to eat and what not. A couple of question would revolve in your mind: Which foods you should avoid when milk feeding your baby? Will eating your favorite foods will affect your baby’s health?
To save you from this anxiety, I would like to share a list of foods, you should avoid while weaning.
Coffee has some amount of caffeine and babies cannot excrete caffeine properly. Hence, the accumulated caffeine in your baby may cause irritation, sleeplessness, and crankiness. So it is better to cut down your coffee intake.
Chocolate is rich in theobromine, which has a similar effect of caffeine in your baby. The best way to know if you are having too much of caffeine is to watch your baby for erratic and fussy behavior and sleep issues.
3. Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, but its acidic ingredients may cause indigestion in babies, causing diaper rash, fussiness and more. You can opt for other vitamin C-rich foods like pineapple or leafy greens and mango.
Eating Broccoli may develop gassy issues in your baby.
Peanuts consist of allergic proteins, which might pass onto your baby while weaning, causing rashes, wheezing or hives.
6. Parsley and Peppermint
Parsley and peppermint, if taken in high amounts, can reduce breast milk production. Breastfeeding mothers usually drink peppermint tea to prevent further breast milk production post weaning.
Some babies might be sensitive to cow’s milk. When you consume dairy products, the allergens present in them may cause your baby discomfort and symptoms like vomiting, eczema, skin and sleep issues. Hence, it is better to keep away from dairy products.
Gluten content found in wheat may develop Gluten allergies in your baby, leading to bloody stools, sensitive tummy and fussiness.
For safe and healthy weaning, you should keep a close watch your baby’s behavior and reactions to specific foods. Also, maintain regular follow-ups with your obstetrician to ensure proper nutritional balance in your baby. Seek medical advice as and when required. A last, you do not need a special diet during breastfeeding, just focus on making right nutrition choices for yourself and your baby’s wellbeing.
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