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During the Breastfeeding, the baby receives the necessary nutrients to develop and grow properly. Breast milk also gives the baby nutrients that help prevent infections and common diseases.

Healthy women are recommended to breastfeed their babies for at least the first six months of life. Some medications, illegal drugs, and alcohol also pass through breast milk and can harm a child.

These are the foods you should avoid if you are breastfeeding

Alcohol. Alcohol is a substance that can pass to the baby in breast milk. There are no safe levels of alcohol for babies. If you drink, avoid breastfeeding until the alcohol has been completely removed from your breast milk. This typically takes two to three hours for 355 milliliters of 5% proof beer, 148 milliliters of 11% proof wine, or 44 milliliters of 40% proof spirits, depending on your body weight.

Caffeine. Drink no more than 2 to 3 cups of caffeinated beverages per day. Caffeine in breast milk can make the baby agitated or interfere with her sleep.

Fish. Shellfish can be a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. However, most shellfish contain mercury or other contaminants. Exposure to excessive amounts of mercury through breast milk can pose a risk to the baby’s developing nervous system. To limit your baby’s exposure, avoid shellfish that are high in mercury, such as swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish.

Family history of allergies should also be considered and the consumption of foods that cause them should be avoided during the lactation stage because their components can trigger allergies in babies.

Herbal treatments. The nutritional properties of these have not been scientifically proven and some plants contain high concentrations of active compounds that can be harmful to the health of the baby.

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Tea. Some types of tea can affect milk production or cause side effects in the baby, as in the case of lemon balm, oregano, parsley, mint, peppermint, ginseng, kava-kava or star anise.

If you have questions about breastfeeding, you should consult a doctor.

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J. A. Allen

Author, blogger, freelance writer. Hater of spiders. Drinker of wine. Mother of hellions.

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