What to eat and drink when breastfeeding

This is a common question in antenatal classes. You have been dreaming of having pate, cheese and wine again but are these still forbidden when you are breastfeeding?

The good news is that you can eat and drink anything you like while breastfeeding – everything in moderation. You can have the occasional glass of wine or cup of coffee. However, there are some foods that may affect your baby making them ‘windy’ or unsettled. Everyone’s experience is different. It could be cabbage or peas or onions. For me it was bananas.

If you find that your baby is unsettled try leaving some foods out of your diet for a few days to see if this makes a difference. Some women have reported their baby having a reaction to dairy products. Your health visitor will be able to advise if this is the case.

It’s important to try and have a healthy balanced diet. You can use up to 500 extra calories a day breastfeeding so you may feel more hungry. You will find that you need to drink more so always have water to hand when you sit down to feed.

It’s fine to eat peanuts and if there is a history of allergies in the family then your health visitor will be able to advise you when it’s time to wean your baby.

The Breastfeeding Network has lots of useful information on their website including more about alcohol and what drugs are safe to take when you are breastfeeding.

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