Don’t restrict foods right off the bat
Many families wonder what food groups should be avoided while breastfeeding.
The truth is that most babies do just fine with their mom eating a well-balanced diet of all foods.
Ideally, we want to keep breastfeeding as convenient as possible. Instead of focusing on restriction, eating in moderation is a better way.
For example, you may not want to drink 6 cups of coffee in one sitting. Instead, you may want to drink 1-2 cups of coffee.
From mouth to breast milk
The time it takes for food and drinks to affect your breast milk differs from person to person and depends on how quickly the food is digested.
4-6 hours is average, but the timeframe could be shorter or much longer.
Food Elimination Diet
If you suspect one food item to be causing trouble, or if you have a family history of a specific allergy, you may want to try an elimination diet.
It is best to cut out one food item at a time for a full 2-3 weeks.
That way, you can pinpoint exactly what’s causing the problem and try to avoid it in the future. Try and keep a food journal during this process to watch for trends.
Staying nourished while breastfeeding
As you’re breastfeeding, it is important for you to stay well nourished (and hydrated!). Because if mama isn’t eating the nutrients and minerals she needs, the baby won’t be getting those things either.
We mentioned moderation, so keep that in mind and aim for whole, natural foods.
Some key foods that are great for nursing mamas include protein sources (eggs, meat, dairy, nuts), fruit, veggies (especially dark, leafy greens), and whole grains.
If you find your baby having trouble sleeping and you particularly love coffee or other caffeinated drinks, try to cut back a bit to get their sleeping back on track.