Yup. I said it. Trash. Listen Mama’s we all know breast milk is the best milk. But is it good for your babies when you are eating garbage? Nah, my sista. It is not. If breastfeeding is easy peasy for you, chances are you are not really doing the right thing. I breastfed my son for 14 months. During those 14 months I gave up everything I loved. I gave up dairy, hot sauce, greasy foods (Lord knows I love some grease), excessive sweets, and so much more. It challenged me as a person overall. I drank wine on occasion but only after I was certain that I had enough milk left in the freezer to hold my baby over. It was trying for sure. If it’s a piece of cake for you, chances are, you’re still enjoying too much cake. Listen, if an infant cannot ingest dairy directly (cow’s milk etc) without severe consequences then why should you do so then feed it to them through your body? Breast feeding is a sacrifice. If you do not change/adjust your diet then you may actually be causing your baby more harm than you are helping them. Here are some foods to avoid while nursing.
- spices (cinnamon, garlic, curry, chili pepper)
- citrus fruits and their juices, like oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit.
- spicy foods
- excessive amounts of fish
- pineapple (yes pineapple)
- “gassy” vegetables such as onion, cabbage, garlic, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, and peppers
- fruits with a laxative effect, such as cherries and prunes.
There are also foods that you should add to your diet while nursing. Such as…
- (take vitamins everyday as well)
You are not expected to have a perfect diet while nursing but you are expected to be mindful of the fact that what you are ingesting is going straight to your little ones. Be very careful not to have trashy milk. Until next time…
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