Breastfeeding can be one of the most rewarding moments between mother and baby. And apart from creating a special bond with them, giving your baby the nutrients required to grow strong and healthy is a rewarding experience. But if you want to indulge in certain foods you weren’t able to during pregnancy, like alcohol and some types of fish, you’ve got another thing coming. Nursing can sometimes become a tricky situation, and whatever nutrients you eat so does your baby. So it’s very important that moms eat foods high in nutrients and vitamins to ensure the safety and well-being of their baby. So if you’re now wondering foods to avoid when breastfeeding keep on reading.

Alcohol:

If you like to indulge in some recreational drinking, you’re in luck because you don’t have to completely go cold turkey. Even though you can still drink alcohol, many doctors recommend that you avoid drinking 3 to 4 hours leading to any breastfeeding. The alcohol you consume is directly absorbed into your bloodstream. And even though you might consume small quantities your baby can’t process alcohol the same way you do. Babies have immature livers and usually can experience some side effects from the alcohol you consume. Studies have shown that alcohol can inhibit your baby’s development and can alter your baby’s sleeping pattern. Some doctors recommend that you shouldn’t drink alcohol until your baby is at least three months old.

Seafood High in Mercury:
Generally eating seafood can be a healthy option for you and your little one. But eating seafood high in mercury is serious when you’re breastfeeding. According to professionals, an ingestion of high mercury can affect your child’s  nervous system and brain development. This can impede their cognitive skills, motor skills, vision, language, memory and attention span.  Because of this, it’s always best to keep track of what fish you consume. Some professionals advise that you consume seafood that contain small amounts of mercury salmon, trout, shrimp, catfish, and canned light tuna. With these options, you can still receive the benefits of omega-3 nutrients and keep your baby safe from harmful elements.

Dairy, Nuts, Gluten and Soy:
Babies can sometimes develop certain food sensitivities during breastfeeding. And as a mom, you’ll know how to identify what to avoid if your child becomes fussy during and after their feeding time. Some of these foods include cow’s milk, nuts, peanuts, gluten, and soy. Though your baby might have food sensitivities it does not mean that they are allergic to these products. Babies usually grow out of food sensitivities in a couple months, unless they have a proven food allergy.

Drugs:

A nursing mother should never, ever consume drugs. Even in small doses.  Drugs including nicotine, marijuana, heroin, cocaine, hallucinogens, and methamphetamines can cause serious and dangerous injuries to your child. Some of the side effects can hinder your child’s brain and physical development. It’s always best to avoid these types of drugs for the well-being and health of your child.