2 Common Fruits You Should Avoid While Breastfeeding

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While breastfeeding, women are often advised to eat plenty of fruits to maintain a nutritious diet. However, not all fruits are beneficial for lactating women. Thus, some fruits to avoid while breastfeeding are citrus fruits, cherries, and prunes. Although they may not cause direct harm to the mother, they can induce undesirable reactions in the baby.

Scroll through this article to learn more about the effects of these fruits on babies during lactation and why they should be avoided. This post also offers some safer alternatives to these fruits so that you don’t miss out on the essential nutrients they provide.

Fruits To Avoid While Breastfeeding

When you are breastfeeding, you aren’t as rigid about your diet as you were during pregnancy. However, a proper and a healthy diet is highly desirable as it has a direct effect on your breast milk. Many a time, there is a possibility that your infant may fall ill or contract allergies due to your improper diet. Infections and microbes remain in your breast milk and pass into your infant’s body. While your diet is all about making sufficient quality and quantity of milk, you should avoid some types of foods.

Doctors typically advise breastfeeding moms to include two bowls of fruits in their daily diet, as fruits are rich in essential minerals and other nutrients. Fruits help provide extra nourishment to your baby through your milk. However, not all fruits have similar advantages, especially when you are breastfeeding. Remember that your baby’s health will directly depend on your diet.

Here we list some fruits to avoid while breastfeeding for you and your little one’s well-being.

1. Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits may affect the baby’s digestion through breast milk

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Juicy, tangy and incredibly tasty is how you would describe most citrus fruits. Citrus fruits are some of the most popular fruits, and they form a major part of your fruit basket. However, as a lactating mom, you need to monitor your intake to see if citrus fruits are affecting the baby’s digestion through your breast milk.

Citrus fruits include fruits like lime, kiwi fruits, strawberries, pineapples, oranges, and grapes. Many-a-time, citrus fruits lend a pungent flavor to your breast milk. Some babies might object to the taste of it, and get fussy while consuming it. Other babies may vomit. Sometimes, your baby may also develop diaper rash as a result of the citrus content in breast milk. Citrus fruits contain many acidic compounds and can lead to irritation of the gastrointestinal tract (GI) in children.

2. Cherries and prunes

Cherries are fruits to avoid while breastfeeding

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Apart from citrus fruits, make sure you don’t consume any cherries, prunes or berries. Cherries may sometimes create gas problems for your little one. Moreover, it is quite common for newborn babies to suffer from gas due to their newly developing digestive system.

In case you notice any of the above symptoms, give up on the citrus fruits, cherries, and prunes immediately before you consult a pediatrician. However, if you are breastfeeding, make sure you consume a wholesome diet.

What Fruits To Eat?

Mango can help you maintain the Vitamin C levels in your body

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Now that you know what fruits to avoid during breastfeeding let’s understand what options that leaves you. Well, to replace citrus fruits, include fruits like mango and papaya, which will help you maintain Vitamin C levels in your body, without the obtrusive citric acid and its nasty side effects.

Nursing mothers are advised to eat plenty of fruits to get sufficient nutrition. However, not all fruits are suitable to consume during this time as they might have adverse effects on the baby. It is better to exercise caution while taking citrus fruits, cherries and prunes. Since a baby’s digestive system is still developing, they may not be able to tolerate these fruits well when they pass through the breast milk. Therefore, consuming these fruits may irritate the baby’s gastrointestinal tract. Instead of these fruits, you may consume mango and papaya to compensate for the nutrition.

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Jessica Albert

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Mindy Cockeram

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Mindy Cockeram is a Childbirth and Breastfeeding Educator currently residing in Southern California, where she teaches at a non-profit hospital. Her career began after the birth of her second child when she changed career direction and trained as an antenatal teacher with the National Childbirth Trust in London, England. She taught childbirth classes for both the Wimbledon & Wandsworth Branch... more