(PRWEB) December 04, 2013
Nursing moms need to eat, and they need to eat with baby in mind. Traces of food can sometimes get into breast milk, and this may affect a baby’s heath and behavior, said Parents.com. Avoiding certain foods and using the mombo™ nursing pillow can make breastfeeding easier and more comfortable for both mom and baby. Eating the right foods can maximize a nursing mom’s energy and help mom and baby get the nutrients they need.
Fish is one food breastfeeding women should avoid or eat in very small amounts. Types of seafood, including canned tuna and swordfish, are known to contain high levels of mercury. Mercury can potentially harm a baby’s neurologic development. Nursing moms should eat no more than two servings of fish a week, said Parents.com.
Nursing moms should also consider their family medical history of allergy. Avoiding known allergens during breastfeeding is recommended even if the nursing mom, herself, does not have an allergy. Some of the more common food allergy troublemakers are eggs, peanuts, soy, wheat, corn, and milk. Citrus fruits, spicy peppers, broccoli, and garlic may cause irritation, discomfort or gas in babies. Caffeine in coffee, tea, and chocolate has the potential to affect a baby's mood and/or sleep.
Then there are smart, nutrient-rich foods that are believed to boost the energy and stamina of a breastfeeding mom. According to WebMB, nursing moms should seek out lean beef, legumes, blueberries, brown rice, oranges, eggs and leafy greens, among other foods.
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