After you’ve carried a baby for nine months, your body should be yours again, right? Eh, unfortunately—not. Now you’re breastfeeding, which means that just about everything you put into your mouth, winds up in your milk ducts, and in your baby’s mouth. That can be a great thing if you follow a good diet, but it also means a lot of responsibility on your end. While I know you were so excited to get back to eating high-mercury fish and guzzling margaritas with your friends, you do, still, need to watch what you consume, so long as your little one is latching onto your teet. You can, of course, go with formula—which can be a lifesaver sometimes—but, it’s good if your baby can have a lot of mama’s milk. It’s just loaded with immunity-boosting nutrients. Here are foods to avoid while breastfeeding.
Even though nobody needs a good cup of joe like an exhausted mommy, you’ll need to limit coffee, and other caffeinated beverages. Your baby’s body cannot metabolize caffeine the way yours can, and it can even cause low iron levels. One or two small cups is okay, but definitely avoid energy drinks and double espressos.