When thinking about mga bawal sa breastfeeding, keep the following in mind:
1. Alcohol and Excessive Caffeine1
First on our list of mga bawal sa breastfeeding are alcohol and caffeine.
Reports say drinking alcoholic beverages may reduce the amount of breast milk your baby drinks. Moreover, it may change the taste of your breast milk, which may trigger breastfeeding strikes on babies. Also, don’t fall into the myth that alcohol increases your milk supply — that’s not true!
Should you decide on drinking liquor, do so in small and infrequent amounts and make sure it’s after nursing or pumping.
As for caffeine, experts say it’s okay as long as you don’t drink excessively (more than 3 cups daily). However, should you notice your baby getting agitated after nursing, it’s best to cut back on the caffeine.
Another thing on our list of mga bawal sa breastfeeding is cigarette smoking, including e-cigarettes. Reports say inhaled nicotine can reach the breast milk and it might disturb the baby’s sleep pattern. Likewise, it might also reduce the mother’s milk supply1. It can also potentially decrease the nutrition the baby gets, instead of maximizing it.