When a woman finds out she is pregnant for the first time, she will read as many books and articles as well as speak with her family and friends in order to get the best advice on what she should not do or eat while she is pregnant; the reason for this is because most if not all first time Mommy’s to be what to ensure that they do everything right for their baby’s well-being as well as their own.The same thing can be said for Mothers who are breastfeeding; while there is not a whole lot that should be avoided while breastfeeding but there are some things that many first time Mothers are not aware of when choosing to breastfeed their baby.
In this article, I will explain what should be avoided and how to make breastfeeding a better experience for both the Mother and the Baby together.
Nursing Tips – What Not To Do
Above anything, when deciding to breastfeed your baby, a woman must never give up! Breastfeeding can be a bit frustrating at times for numerous reasons that will vary from Mother to Mother but there are so many benefits to breastfeeding that many believe outweigh the frustrations that may be encountered during the breastfeeding journey. Breastfeeding have so many benefits that are very helpful to and for the mother and the baby. They include:
- Delaying or Altogether Preventing Allergies that potentially form in Infants and Young children who are not Breastfed.
- Breastfeeding helps with Proper Jaw, Teeth and Facial Development in Babies that are Breastfed.
- Increases the Immune System in Infants.
- Helps to Lower a Child’s Risk of Obesity.
- Helps to Lower the risk for Many Forms of Infant Illnesses.
- Has been Prove to Lower the Risk of SIDS also known as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
- Has been shown to Provide Protection for the Mother against Breast, Cervical, and Ovarian Cancer.
- Can greatly Lower a Mother’s Risk of Osteoporosis.
- Allows for a Mother to Returning to her Pre-Pregnancy Weight
In the event that you or your child has a medical condition that prevents you from breastfeeding, there are alternatives that allow you to provide your baby the best nutrition he or she needs but if you are able to it is highly recommended that you try to breastfeed for at least the first six months of your baby’s life in order to give him or her the best start as much as possible.
It is well-known that Formula is nowhere near comparable to that of the perfect human food that a Mother can provide to her baby – breast-milk is a super food, if you will for your baby. If you find that you are having difficulty in the process of breastfeeding or having any pain that is associated with breastfeeding, the absolute best thing that you can do for your little bundle of love is not to be persuaded by your well-meaning family or friends, but rather contact a professional breastfeeding counselor or lactation consultant for guidance in this process; they will have the best advice and tips to thoroughly do all that you can to get through the rough patches that some women experience during breastfeeding. Additionally, you should know that it is highly recommended to cease the process of breastfeeding your baby if you are ill. It is well-known by many that anything you eat, drink or medications you ingest can be passed onto your baby through your breast milk.
Foods To Avoid While Breastfeeding
Most, if not all, Breastfeeding Mothers will be told or they will hear that there is a list of foods and drinks that are a must to avoid while breastfeeding; such things like: Caffeine (Coffee, Tea, or Soda), Food that Produce Gas such as Broccoli and Nuts (These can potentially cause an Allergic Reaction in your Baby), and Spicy Foods. There are some recent reports that were the result of research conducted that make claims that much of this is simply just not true; however, it is still better to be safe than sorry and these restrictions are still in place until further research can 100% prove these findings.
It can be said that only about 1% of what a Mother consumes, whether it is caffeine or a prescription medication or OTC Cold Medication, will make it to their breast-milk that is given to their baby. It is recommended that, unless your little one has a severe allergy with symptoms that can without a doubt be pinned down to a specific cause, it is best for Mothers to eat a wide variety of foods as a way to introduce a variety of flavors and different foods that will reduce chance or incidence of your baby developing any allergies later on and when the time comes for solid food the baby will not be resistant to trying different flavorful foods such as fish.
Also, regardless of what you might hear or be told, it is not necessary to avoid caffeine but it is important that you limit your caffeine intake to 500mgs a day; any more could potentially disrupt their mood and the amount of restful sleep that he or she should have.
Breastfeeding is a beautiful time spent between Mother and Child; it is important to understand that there are some women who have the desire to breastfeed their baby but were not as fortunate as they hoped. If you are able to, it is highly encouraged that you do so for as long as you can for as much as you can produce.
Carrie is a professional Doula and mommy blogger who writes extensively for websites particularly breastfeeding blogs. Her specialize subject matter include nursing tips, baby nutrition and natural children care.