A breastfeeding woman can eat spicy meals as well. There are countries, for example India, where spicy meals are an everyday standard and they are eaten also by breastfeeding women. For instance, I love curry and I add it to almost every meal I eat.
MYTH no. 4: a breastfeeding mother mustn’t eat sour meals
Sour food doesn’t cause acidification of milk at all! If a child develops allergy symptoms (usually in the form of rash next in the area of buttocks, creases of the knees and elbows and cheeks) it is caused by allergy to protein included in a given food, not to its pH or spice content. I couldn’t live without a tea with lemon juice!
MYTH no. 5: don’t east too many sweets or the milk is going to be too sweet!
The amount of sweets eaten by a woman has not impact on the amount of sugar in her milk. The sugar content in milk is fixed and doesn’t change as a result of a mother’s diet.
MYTH no. 6: fish are totally forbidden because of mercury!
It’s true that it’s necessary to limit the amount of fish eaten in one’s diet, because fish, particularly oceanic fish, may contain mercury that is very harmful for the child’s developing nervous system. The weekly consumption of fish should be about 12 ounces, that is, about 340 g.
MYTH no. 7: coffee? Forget about it!
(that’s what I heard from a patient I met after delivering my baby in the hospital)
First of all, there is no evidence that caffeine consumption has any impact on the amount of milk produced by women (some people claim that coffee limits lactation). Secondly: the dose of caffeine that is safe for your breastfed infant is within the range of 300-750 mg/day. Everything depends on the child’s age and whether a given woman was drinking coffee while pregnant. Children up to the age of 6 months can be more sensitive to caffeine, similarly to the children of women who were not drinking coffee during pregnancy. Now, a couple of numbers. A cup of instant coffee (250 ml) contains about 80 mg of caffeine. A large latte or cappuccino from Starbucks has 70 mg of caffeine. You can find more examples of beverages with caffeine with specification of its exact content in mg at this website: http://kellymom.com/bf/can-i-breastfeed/lifestyle/caffeine
MYTH no. 8: you have to eat like two people!
Dear Breastfeeding Mom, you don’t have to eat like two people, but enough for two people. A breastfeeding mom’s diet should include extra 500 kcal. It should be a healthy diet, rich in fruit, vegetables and all the necessary nutrients. Nothing more, nothing less!
Is there anything one should pay special attention to? Yes – all the artificial additives to food, such as taste enhancers (e.g. sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate), sweeteners (e.g. aspartam), artificial colour additives and preservatives.