It does not matter if you are a freshly baked mother who has just given birth to your first child, are you already having several births? You probably have many questions about how you should eat while breastfeeding.
When you are still pregnant or if you have already given birth and are breastfeeding, you should eat lots of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and calcium-rich foods. Remember – you do not eat healthy only for yourself, but also for your child. It is estimated that you need about 500 extra calories if you are breastfeeding. Perhaps more often you will also feel thirsty, so you must drink a little more water.
A child who drinks mother’s milk may have an allergy to certain foods she has eaten, such as cow’s milk, soya, wheat, maize, oats, eggs, nuts, peanuts, fish or shellfish. How does such an allergy manifest in a child?
They can appear:
- vomiting and spitting,
- abdominal pain caused by a large amount of gases in the intestines of the child,
- bloody stools,
- rash or swelling.
If the above symptoms appear, you should contact your doctor and avoid foods that may be responsible for this condition. Keep a journal of what you drink and eat. It will help you find out what your toddler can be allergic to.
You should avoid certain foods during feeding, such as beans, cauliflower or broccoli. The child may have problems with bloating after them, and hence, the stomach may hurt. Do not eat spicy foods as they change the taste of milk. You should also not eat a lot of fish with high mercury content – it can affect your child’s nervous system.
As in pregnancy, you should avoid alcohol. Its concentration in milk depends on the concentration in the blood. You also need to limit coffee, or rather caffeine. One or two cups will not hurt, but a larger amount will certainly affect the child’s mood.