First Time Parents Guide: What Foods Should I Avoid while Breastfeeding?
If you’ve made the decision to breastfeed your new baby, you know that there are many advantages to breastfeeding. It’s an opportunity to forge a very strong bond with your little one. You’ll continue to share your life-giving abilities with your baby as his or her body and digestive system begins to develop, eventually allowing your baby to function more independently.
Since breast milk is a product of your body, anything you take in may be filtered in some way to your child. Therefore, it is more important than ever to be mindful and ethical in your own diet and consumption, and to understand what foods and other products you should avoid while breastfeeding.
What foods should I avoid while breastfeeding?
The good news is that there is not a strict list of foods that every new mother should avoid while breastfeeding. It’s important to eat a variety of foods as part of a balanced diet. During pregnancy, you got plenty of practice in avoiding certain troublesome foods, products, and habits… and now you can continue to let those instincts guide you. As a member of the Ruby & Poe family, you know the importance of eating natural, unprocessed foods as much as possible, which will also serve you and your baby well as you breastfeed.
That said, be careful of fish! Some fish, including swordfish and mackerel, can be expected to contain significant amounts of mercury - not enough that you’d notice, but not something you want to risk passing on to your child in this vulnerable stage of development.
Parsley, sage, and peppermint are associated with reduced production of breastmilk in some cases. Make sure you’re not consuming too much of these as well.
Caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco while breastfeeding? Exercise extreme caution.
Likewise, consider moderating your consumption of caffeine, and moderate or eliminate alcohol. If you’re drinking enough coffee to get a strong buzz or drinking enough champagne to get tipsy, you may be consuming these at levels that could affect your baby. It’s best to continue the moderation and abstinence you practiced during pregnancy and err on the side of caution.
It’s also advised to quit smoking and use of all tobacco products, if you haven’t already. Some risks just aren’t worth it, especially now.
Pass on your healthy, sustainable habits
More than ever in time, the world and humanity are counting on us to put our values of sustainability and ethical consumption into practice. Although you shouldn’t worry too much about what you eat while breastfeeding, it’s never too soon to make sure your baby grows up on a diet of the best-quality ingredients, prepared in an ethical and sustainable manner, that you can procure.
At Ruby & Poe, we extend this commitment to our line of vegan baby products. Have a look around!