There are  foods Mums should not eat while breastfeeding for the sake of her baby. Confused about what you to eat that can affect the development of your child before childbirth continues even when you are a nursing mother. You should watch what you ate after childbirth to avoid some possible reactions your baby might have towards your food intake. Some nursing mums eat whatever they like without knowing that some strongly flavored foods may change the taste of their milk. Most babies seem to enjoy a variety of breast milk flavors! generally, the dominant flavors of your diet. Mums should try to follow a healthy and balanced diet because what you eat reflects on your babies.

You can eat almost anything while breastfeeding. Although cigarette, alcohol, coffee and medications should be avoided if possible while breastfeeding. This is because a small amount is often passed into the breast milk which can sometimes affect your baby.

Also watch out for foods that your baby reacts to, symptoms you will notice include passing gas excessively, change in poo, diarrhea, vomiting, crying and fussing, poor appetite, constipation, coughing, retarded development, swollen face and any such reaction. If your baby has any of this reaction, think back on what you ate within 24 hours and take note not to eat the food again.

check with your pediatrician if you have any concerns. Here are some foods Mums should not eat while breastfeeding.

1. Caffeine

When you drink coffee (or soda or tea), some of the caffeine ends up in your breast milk. Babies aren’t able to excrete caffeine as quickly or efficiently as adults, too much in their systems may lead to irritation, crankiness, and sleeplessness. A fussy baby will not sleep, which mean you will not get the much needed sleep you require. Babies’ bodies aren’t developed enough to process caffeine as quickly as an adult’s body, so it is necessary to cut down your intake of caffeine while breastfeeding.
2. Garlic

That delicious garlic tea or garlic sauce you want to eat might not taste so wonderful to your baby. Eating garlicky foods often leads to breast milk taking on the slight flavor of garlic (garlic odor can enter milk up to two hours after a meal). Some babies may grimace or fuss at the breast if they detect garlic’s telltale aroma.

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3. High-mercury fish

You don’t need to avoid fish entirely, but you do need to be selective of the types to eat. Some fish can be high in mercury, which can find its way into your milk supply. Fishes to avoid are shark, swordfish, tilefish and king mackerel. These older, top-predator fishes contain the highest levels of mercury, so eliminate those foods from your diet completely. According to the FDA, nursing women should eat up to 12 ounces (two average meals) a week of a variety of fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury.

4. Alcohol

After taking nine months off drinking, you’d probably like to have an occasional beer or glass of wine but If you’ve had even a bit too much, you have to wait until your body has gotten ride of the alcohol in your system before breastfeeding. If your drinking habits fall into the moderate or heavy category, you are treading into murky waters.

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 5. Peppermint

High doses of peppermint have been known to inhibit milk production. If you notice your milk production level dropping after you’ve ingested a bunch of peppermint, it’s best to lay off for a while.

6. Dairy Products

It’s common knowledge that many babies are intolerant to cow’s milk-based formula. When you drink milk or eat other dairy products (yogurt, ice cream, and cheese), these same allergens enter your breast milk. Some babies are affected by the protein in cow’s milk, which causes symptoms such as bloating, itchy skin, rashes, swollen eyes, face or lips. Other symptoms include wheeziness or coughing, diarrhoea, constipation, vomiting or reflux, poor appetite and eczema.

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