Breastfeeding moms, especially new moms, are extremely cautious about what they eat. If you are curious to know whether consuming oranges while breastfeeding is safe, read on.
Orange, a juicy citrus fruit, is one of the best sources of vitamin C. You may safely consume it while lactating since it can provide the energy and iron you need during this time. However, similar to other foods, too much of it may cause undesired reactions in your baby as they are not used to consuming high amounts of citric acid.
Read on to know more about the consumption of oranges while nursing, including their benefits, side effects, and the treatment for these side effects.
Benefits Of Eating Oranges While Breastfeeding
Can you drink orange juice while breastfeeding? Well, while nursing, your body needs more Vitamin C than during pregnancy. Orange is an excellent source of Vitamin C and its also great energy booster. It helps you absorb more iron from food. Hence, you might want to eat oranges or drink orange juice during breastfeeding.
Side Effects Of Eating Oranges While Breastfeeding
For moms, having an orange or juicing it is quite normal. But, for you, it might not be the same case. In the first few months, as your baby’s intestinal tract is not fully mature and yet to develop, your baby might be sensitive to the high amount of citrus food in your diet.
- It may disturb your baby’s tummy, and she might get gassy, fussy or start spitting.
- Sometimes, she may develop diaper rash as her skin is very sensitive and irritable to the acidic nature of citrus fruits.
If Your Baby Is Sensitive To Oranges?
If you feel your baby’s intestinal upset is because of the orange or orange juice you consume, you might want to try some preventive measures like:
Test if orange is the real culprit and reintroduce it again and see if there are any side effects. If you notice your baby experiences fussiness and begins spitting within few hours of breastfeeding, it’s better to cut back on oranges as directed by a dietician.
Reduce the quantity of consumption and pay closer attention to your baby. If the pattern still continues, avoid oranges for a few days and see the difference.
If you can’t eat oranges, replace them with leafy vegetables or strawberries. These fruits will ensure you get enough Vitamin C. You may even consult your pediatrician if you think your baby is reacting negatively to oranges to avoid any nutritional imbalance in you and your baby.
Are Oranges The Only Cause Of Stomach Upset?
If your baby is gassy or fussy or is spitting, it is not necessary that your orange consumption is responsible. All babies have days when they get gassy or become fussy whether you breastfeed them or not. Sometimes, your baby’s digestive systems might be so sensitive that no matter what you feed your baby, she will experience stomach upset. Therefore, you need not think that the fussiness is because of your diet and stop having oranges. Consult your doctor and find out what leads to these symptoms.
Treating Gas Problems In Babies
To alleviate any gas problems your little angel may face, try some simple tips we list here:
- Fold your baby’s legs up to the stomach in bicycle motion.
- Give your baby a warm bath.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can orange juice make breast milk acidic?
No. Orange juice or any other citrus fruit will not make your breast milk acidic because they do not change the pH of maternal plasma (1).
2. Which fruits should I avoid during breastfeeding?
Many women avoid certain fruits during breastfeeding because they believe these may cause adverse effects on their babies. However, it is important to understand that most beliefs do not have a scientific basis (2). Studies show no need to avoid any fruit during breastfeeding unless it adversely affects your baby (1).
3. Which fruit is good for breast milk?
There are no fruits that should be eaten specifically for breast milk. You should eat a well-balanced diet to stay energetic and get sufficient nutrition. The US Department of Agriculture suggests including fruits and vegetables, whole grains, milk, yogurt, cheese, and proteins in your daily diet (3).
Oranges are a good source of vitamin C that provide lactating women with energy and enhance iron absorption. However, consuming oranges while breastfeeding may irritate your baby’s digestive system and make them gassy and fussy. If you notice that your consumption of oranges is having a side effect on your baby, you may cut down on their quantity. If the problem persists, you may have to avoid oranges while breastfeeding. Replace oranges with other vitamin C sources, such as strawberries. However, remember that children may become gassy due to reasons not connected to the consumption of oranges. Keep an eye on your baby’s health and see what may cause a stomach upset. Consult a doctor if you are not sure about your baby’s digestive issues.
- Goun Jeong et al.; (2017); Maternal food restrictions during breastfeeding.
- Karolina Karcz et al.; (2020); Foods to Avoid While Breastfeeding? Experiences and Opinions of Polish Mothers and Healthcare Providers.
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