What can I eat when breastfeeding?
What you eat, so does your baby. Choose wisely if you want a good night’s sleep.
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There comes a day in every breastfeeding mother’s life when she thinks: “Oh, whatever, I am going to drink this giant cappuccino now and hang the consequences!” As an occasional rebellion it’s fine, but remember that you’re the one who’ll be walking the passage with a howling baby at midnight.

  • You should have a balanced intake of the foods. Variety in the diet is important.
  • Strong flavours are inclined to flavour the milk, but even this is acceptable to the baby - maybe even fun!
  • If you notice a direct link between certain foods such as coffee or cabbage and your baby’s restless nights, try doing without for a day or two.
  • Avoid cutting kilojoules while you are breastfeeding, but at the same time, don’t kid yourself that you are eating for two.
  • Do not smoke, drink alcohol or use any other recreational drugs.
  • If you are on medication for a chronic condition, consult your doctor about whether it’s suitable for pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Can I take the pill?
  • Breastfeeding is not a contraceptive. Your body may even be fertile soon after your baby is born, even if your periods haven’t really returned as normal.
  • You could still ovulate, so unless you really want to have a small gap between babies, it is recommended that you take contraceptives after the birth of your baby and while you are breastfeeding.
  • The mini-pill, which does not contain oestrogen and has lower progesterone, should not affect your breastfeeding. The normal combination pill is not recommended during breastfeeding as it can decrease your milk supply. The contraceptive injection can be used during breastfeeding, as can most other forms of contraception such as the diaphragm, IUD and condoms.

Are painkillers okay?
There are many reasons why you may want to take painkillers while you are breastfeeding: Stress-induced headaches, a cold, and soreness from a C-section, an episiotomy or even tender breasts. Since everything you consume is transferred in your breast milk, you do need to be aware of what is safe and what is not. Always speak to your doctor before taking any medication.

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