Dietary Tips for Nursing Mothers
In this article, you will find:
- Foods to avoid
- Breastfeeding and weight loss
Foods to avoid
Dietary Tips for Nursing MothersSignificant hormonal shifts go on in your body when your milk comes in for the first time, and this is often compounded by difficulties in establishing a nursing routine. Midwives jokingly refer to the forgetfulness and moodiness many new mothers experience as "milk-brain." Some women become weepy during this time. Be patient and expect the nursing relationship to take a few weeks to establish.
Avoid acidic and gas-producing foods for the first few weeks postpartum. Colic inconsolable crying that can last for hours at a time has been linked to gastrointestinal distress, and often responds well to the elimination of certain foods from the nursing mother's diet. To be on the safe side, avoid all of the following in the first month to three months of your baby's life:
- Brewer's yeast.
- Carbonated beverages.
- Chocolate and other caffeine-containing foods.
- Most dairy products and other foods containing lactose (milk sugar). Hard cheeses, butter, and yogurt with live cultures have very little to no lactose, and should be all right as long as you are not allergic to the milk protein casein.
- Gas-forming vegetables (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and the like).
- Oranges and orange juice.