Foods to avoid while breastfeeding (2nd of two parts)

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014


DEAR Jocel T.,

Now, we move on to the next list of the foods you might have to shy away during this fragile times of your life:

6. Alcohol

Occasional drinks wouldn't give you a problem and a drink a day would only pose you some risk for your babies. But, if you are drinking more than a drink a day then, you better look out. Remember, if you do drink moderately or heavily every single day of your life, your baby might become drowsy, go into deep sleep, weak and may abnormally gain weight and in your part, your milk maybe lesser.
So, if you drink to relax, try reducing your stress by other means. You can do yoga, get a massage or a relaxing bath or whatever soothes your senses. Or you can shop till you drop!

7. Garlic

Garlic odor can get to the breast milk up to two hours after your meal and the breast milk may take slightly of some of its flavor. This is the reason why some babies may grimace or fuss at your breast if they sense the garlicky smell in it. However, not all babies are the same. There are some who like it, there are those who don't. So, see for yourself your baby - for what is his or her take on this matter.

8. Bitter foods

This includes your ampalaya and other bitter tasting foods. Their bitter taste may still go into your breast milk and may again make your baby fuss and grimace. But, still some babies like it bitter. Some babies may not like it. Again, see for yourself - if your baby would like some bitter taste or not. If he or she does, then, you don't have any problem with this.

Remember that only 2 percent of what goes into your mouth will go to your breast milk. This goes to say that foods like onions, spicy foods and bitter foods like your ampalaya can probably affect the taste. But, what is good here is that it cannot affect the nutrients in it.
Well, I hope that helps. Good luck!

Dr. Fritz

(For your questions, you may send them to Dear Dr. Fritz, c/o Sunstar-Davao Publishing Inc., Ebro-Pelayo Building, Jacinto St., Davao City, (former Department of Foreign Affairs office), across Ateneo de Davao University and beside Holy Child School of Davao, or you e-mail them to dokfritz@yahoo.com. Sorry that we cannot answer all your questions. Thanks for understanding!)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 01, 2014.

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