It is important for each person to take care of the food habit to remain fit and healthy. And it becomes a bigger commitment and responsibility when some other life is nourished through your own body. Every woman who is pregnant or is breastfeeding should take care of what they should eat and what they should not. For they give life to somebody, to the baby who is breastfed or is inside the womb.
If you take caffeine a lot, you must monitor your tea or coffee intake while you are breastfeeding a baby or carrying a bay. It is essential to control the quantity of caffeine during those days. You may consume one cup of coffee or tea in the morning and one in the evening. However, you should avoid taking it more as excessive intake of caffeine (in the form of coffee, tea or soda) may bring significant shadow on the mood or sleep pattern of your baby.
If you take alcohol, you must take care of certain important facts. Alcohol is a big NO-NO for a pregnant lady. If you breastfeed a baby, note that a small amount of consumed alcohol passes into the breast milk. It takes about three to four hours for one large drink to metabolize. So, you should be cautious if you take more and wait for the alcohol to vanish its effect before breastfeeding your baby. You may pump and throw the milk from your breast if you plan to take extra drinks.
You must monitor your eating habit to avoid allergies to your baby. Certain food may cause gassy, fussy or colicky behavior in your baby. Broccoli, cauliflower or beans may also cause these patterns in your baby. Milk products are common allergens and may cause allergy to babies. However, you must watch your eating habits and its’ effect on your baby. Some babies don’t like the taste of spicy food. So, keep a log of what you eat and how it affects the mood of your baby.
Certain signs of allergies may include loose, red stool, stomachache, swelling or rashes over skin, breathing trouble, vomiting or spitting etc.
Keep a watch on your eating pattern and you are on your way to nourish your baby in a healthy manner.