Are there any foods or drinks I should avoid while breastfeeding?
Are there any foods or beverages I should avoid while breastfeeding?
When you are breastfeeding, it is very important to eat a well balanced diet that supplies all of the different nutrients, vitamins and minerals instead of relying on supplements. The only exception to this rule is if you follow a vegan diet or do not consume animal products like meat, chicken, fish or dairy frequently; consider taking a vitamin B12 supplement.
Studies have shown that while you are breastfeeding, it is recommended to avoid eating fish with a high mercury content such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish. Other types of fish and seafood like shrimp, canned light tuna, catfish and salmon have safe levels of mercury and are ok to eat up to two times per week.
Alcohol and caffeine can pass to your baby through breast milk. It is recommended that if you have one drink, you wait two hours to allow your body to metabolize the alcohol consumed before breastfeeding your child.
In this case, one standard drink is equal to one glass of wine or one beer.
It is generally okay to drink caffeine while breastfeeding, but if you drink more than three cups of any caffeinated beverage per day you may notice your baby getting fussy or having difficulty sleeping. Discontinuing or lowering your caffeine consumption will be enough to alleviate this problem.
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