You just spent the last nine months carrying your baby and worrying about what you were eating and drinking for your baby’s development—and now that you’re nursing, you should be even more careful! It is very important that moms maintain regular meals when breastfeeding to get enough nutrients plus to increase breast milk, and while not all babies react to the same foods, there are certain food that might cause problems.
I remember, when I just had my daughter, being a first time mom, I was not aware of importance of my food choices; one evening I had a horrible craving for chilly....Oh boy, what a bad choice!!! My little bundle of joy was bloody screaming from 2 am till 8am non stop... Surely, the first thing in a morning, I am, as carrying exhausted mother, run to the pediatrician...The fist question the doctor asked me: "What did you eat for dinner?" When he find out about my last night chilly craving, it all made sense: it contains beans, which a highly "gassy" food, so my baby got really bad colic...
Since then I did my own research, and happy to share it with breastfeeding moms as well :)
STAY AWAY FROM
1. Fruits and Berries
- ANY citruses (Oranges/Lemons/Grapefruits)
- ANY Berries (Cranberries/Strawberries/Raspberries/Blackberries)
- ANY RED vegetable (Tomato/Tomato products)
- Brussel Sprouts
- Cucumber and Pickles
3. Spicy Food (Tacos/Mexican Food/Salsa)
4. Spices (Peppermint/Parsley/Sage)
These three herbs are what’s known as antigalactagogues, meaning that in high doses, they’ve been known to decrease breast milk production.
Some fish might be high in mercury and can get into your milk supply. Follow the same rules for eating fish as you did while being pregnant and everything should be fine.
6. Peanuts and any nuts
Avoid peanuts and peanut products especially if you have a history of allergies in family! The allergic compound that is found in peanuts and any tree nuts can be transmitted thru the breast milk.
I don't think there any explanation are needed why would you want to stay away from those ;)