While breastfeeding, it is not necessary to amend your diet significantly.
If the mother and child are healthy, then there is no need for the mother to have and antiallergic diet as used to be the case in the past. The important aspect is that the food the mother eats is varied in nature, balanced and includes sufficient liquids. It is essential to eat in smaller quantities more frequently. It is also advisable to avoid foods that are flatulent in nature (such as beans, cabbage, donuts, fresh bakery and others). It is good to know however that flatulence in children is variable – i.e. the reactions are different from child to child.
While breastfeeding, smoking, consumption of alcohol and drugs is definitely disallowed. Any information about the long-term use of medications should be relayed to the pediatrician. With one-off uses of medication, there is a simple rule to follow: while breastfeeding, a mother should not be using anything that could not be used by the child when ill. For example, if the mother has a fever and takes Paralen while breastfeeding a two to three month old baby, then it is ok because even a small child can take Paralen when sick. Medication that combines substances such as caffeine, codeine etc. should not be used. The same applies to most antibiotics.
This text was prepared by lead pediatrician of Canadian Medical Care, MUDr. Silvie Knoppová.
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