Caffeine. Small amounts of caffeine can be passed on through your breast milk, though most babies aren’t affected by it. If you observe signs of fussiness and sleeplessness in your child, then your baby might be sensitive to caffeine. If you’re a mother who needs her morning cup of coffee every day, you might want to try decaffeinated substitutes to lessen the presence of caffeine in your breast milk.
Can my baby develop allergies from the food I eat?
There are certain types of food in your diet that might trigger an allergic reaction in your baby. Usually, things like milk, fish, nuts, shellfish, eggs, and wheat can set off an allergic reaction.
If your baby is experiencing hives, rashes, and/or diarrhea, and has been coughing and wheezing, then they are most likely allergic to something. To determine if it’s an allergic reaction from a specific food in your diet, try avoiding the common allergens for about a week. More importantly, consult your pediatrician for an exact diagnosis.
What types of food can increase my milk supply?
Aside from good nutrition, breastfeeding mothers also need food that can help boost their milk supply. Some of the food that may help a mother produce more milk are:
Oatmeal is one of the most popular lactation foods out there. This whole grain is rich in iron, which scientists believe can increase milk production. Try eating a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast or munching on oatmeal lactation cookies throughout the day.
A lot of mothers claim that garlic can work wonders in breast milk production. Although there is a lack of studies to support this, it is believed that the strong flavor of garlic attracts babies to nurse more, thus stimulating the breasts to make more milk.
Moringa or malunggay is the most popular milk booster in the Philippines. The leaves are natural galactagogues, which promote breast milk production. Breastfeeding Pinays like to include it in different dishes, such as soups, pandesal, and fried foods. Also, there is a wide variety of malunggay products that parents can buy in their local supermarkets.
Lauded for its wide array of health benefits, ginger is another food that helps boost a mother’s breast milk supply. You can make ginger tea by adding fresh ginger root to boiling water and steeping it for about 5 minutes. Add honey and lemon for a milder ginger flavor.