Aunt Nan says: “You can’t eat what you want if you breastfeed.”

Did you know that breastmilk contains the exact perfect nutrition for a baby, no matter what the mother eats?  You could eat at a fast food chain 3 times a day (not that we recommend it), and your body will take from your nutrient stores to make breastmilk that is still 100% perfect for your baby. Making healthy food choices is more about taking care of yourself – your body will always take care of your baby first.

There is not a list of foods to avoid while breastfeeding, despite what you may have heard about some foods causing babies to be gassy.  Rarely, some mothers may find they need to limit certain foods in their diet while breastfeeding, because the baby can’t tolerate them (a common example is cow’s milk protein intolerance), but this should only be done after discussion with a lactation consultant. 

To talk to a lactation consultant at the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit, call 519.352.7270 ext. 2903.

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