3 foods and drinks to avoid while breastfeeding

The health of an infant is dependent to a large extent upon the nutrition it derives thru breastfeeding. Hence, the food a mother consumes has a great impact on the nutrition that the baby derives. While there are certain food that aids breastfeeding, there are certain foods and drinks deserve caution while you’re breast-feeding.

Here are some of the food a breastfeeding mother needs to avoid:

Alcohol. No amount level of alcohol in breast milk is safe for the baby. If we drink, we must avoid breast-feeding until the alcohol has completely cleared. This typically takes two to three hours depending on type of liquor and body weight. Pumping and dumping doesn’t speed the elimination of alcohol from the body.

Caffeine. Avoid drinking more than 2 to 3 cups (16 to 24 ounces) of caffeinated drinks a day. Caffeine in breast milk might agitate your baby or interfere with baby’s sleep.

Fish. Seafood can be a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Most seafood contains mercury or other contaminants, however. Exposure to excessive amounts of mercury through breast milk can pose a risk to a baby’s developing nervous system. To limit baby’s exposure, avoid seafood that’s high in mercury, including swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish. If you eat fish from local waters, pay attention to local fish advisories or limit fish from local waters to 6 ounces (170 grams) a week and don’t eat other fish that week.

In addition to approach in terms of nutrition, it also becomes important to monitor the health indicators of both mother & the baby on a continuous basis. eKincare – your personal health manager helps you upload your medical reports, health indicators & consolidate medical history on a secure, cloud based platform, thus helping you manage your health in a better way.

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