20 Surprising Things Moms should not Do While Breastfeeding


Breastfeeding are highly recommendable now-a-days. It helps to nourish the child and provides plenty of benefits such as enhancing the capability to withstand stress, increase immunity and makes the baby stringer, smarter, sharper, and intelligent. Breastfeeding can be hard and painful. But it reduces maternal stress and depression. It is capable of neutralizing the HIV virus as it generates the antibodies that restrain such virus. Nursing the baby is beneficial for both Mumma and baby, but you need to know is do’s and dont’s while feeding your child. There are some precautions that every mother need to take care of and should not practice. Here, we had brought a list of top twenty surprising things that Mumma can’t do while breastfeeding. Scroll down to know more!

  1. Skipping night time feedings: Do not skip the night feeding. Remember the rule of demand and supply. The more you skip, the less the baby feed and the less the body will produce.

  2. Using soap on baby: the most commendable thing is hygiene and all mumma’s are instructed to ensure hygiene during nursing. Using the bathing soap on a new born child once or twice will help to keep infections at bay, but over doing it will harm the child. Soaps are made up of harsh chemicals and can dry the skin. It can also lead to a crack, mastitis, and engorgement.

  3. Saying yes to the pacifier: Do not give the pacifier to your baby in the initial stage. It may lead to nipple confusion and the infant may latch on the pacifier in a different manner.

  4. Supplement your supply with a formula: Supplements are not good mother’s health. Not all mothers produce milk adequately. Avoid taking supplements for leveling up the breast milk supply.

  5. Correct latch: Make the baby open the mouth as wide as they can by teasing their mouth with nipples. Keep the nipples on their nose when they open their mouth wider and hug your baby. The infant will tilt their head in the back and then move the nipples around their mouth. Press the chin against the breast and ensure that the nose should touch the breast. Mummas should notice that the jaw of their babies should move forth and back; and not upwards and downwards. This is the correct latch. It will help the muma not to swallow with each suck and the baby will also feed properly.

  6. Right position: Having the right posture while breastfeeding will help you a lot. The most comfortable and easiest position for both Mumma and the new baby is the cross cradle. Mothers must ensure to use a breastfeeding pillow while nursing. It is necessary to have their arms, back and baby support strongly on something by sitting. The face of the infant should be in a line facing towards the chest and hugging the mother’s breast with their arms. Make sure to hold firmly the neck, shoulder, head and the body of the baby. The best posture is placing the hand in U shape under the breast.

  7. Sticking to feeding schedule: Don’t make fix schedule for feeding your baby. Try to nurse the new born child at least 10 to 12 times a day and get yourself ensure about the supply of breast milk. Frequent breastfeeding helps to improve breast milk supply.

  8. Getting stressed: An over thinking, tired, and anxious mother will never able to create a bond with her baby. Stress and depression boost up the level of stress hormones cortisol which leaves a negative impact on her baby’s health. It also lowers the level of breast milk supply.

  9. Ignoring your own health: Breastfeeding mothers should take care of themselves as a healthy mother will up bring a happy and healthy baby. Your health condition may make an impact on the breast milk supply.

  10. Indulging herbal remedies: Everyone gives advice to mothers for leveling up breast milk. Some suggest medicine while some suggest herbal remedies. Herb like pudina and salvia is good for mumma’s body and also improves their health; but others like sage, peppermint, and parsley are not good for health. These are antigalactagogues. This means these herbs can reduce or decrease the production of breast milk in the woman. You must take the recommendation of an expert or consult the doctor before indulging into any herbal remedies.

  11. Caffeine: New born babies are more sensitive. Make sure not to take caffeinated drinks like soft drinks, tea and coffee. Caffeine is not good for the health of maternal and infant as well. When caffeine adds with the breast milk, it will make your baby sleep poorly and will also cause irritation. The body of infants is not ready to process caffeine as promptly as adults do. Chocolate is also a rich source of caffeine. Nursing mothers should completely eliminate it. It is not good for your baby’s health. Put a keen watch on the behavior of the infant. Also watch the diaper, after eating the chocolate if it has a runny poop or becomes fussy; it means chocolate is hampering the child’s digestion.

  12. Enjoying seafood: Seafood is the most harmful diet that a nursing mother can have. All fish consist of some mercury which is commonly popular as a neurotoxin. This can affect the brain of your baby. Although some fishes are a rich source of high protein with low fat, but most of them are trace with some amount of mercury. Breastfeeding mothers should avoid eating fishes like a shark, king mackerel, tile fish, and sword fish. However, cat fish, shrimp, Pollock, and salmon contain a low amount of mercury.

  13. Forgetting to quench the thirst: As the largest amount of breast milk is made up of water, so it is a must for the breastfeeding mother to remain hydrate all the time.

  14. Skipping the hand wash: Clean hand is the top thing in the baby hygiene manual. Bacteria and germs are not visible through our naked eyes but it can affect your baby seriously. Infections like diarrhea, cold, and cough are transmitted through germs. Dirty hands can infect the new born life and make them ill. Nursing mumma should always take care of her baby’s hygiene. She should wash her hand after every changing the diapers and before handling the child. Sanitizers are also good to use before interacting with the baby.

  15. Not enough rest: Not getting sufficient rest is the biggest mistake that every new mother makes. A tired, stressed and depressed Mumma is risky to both; baby as well as herself. Fatigue and sleep deprivation can make you fatal. You should always find a new way to get relaxed and reset your mood. Breastfeeding mothers are usually advised to sleep with their babies as it will help both of them to regain their energy.

  16. Having a drink: Alcohol is completely injurious for new babies. The new born child metabolizes alcohol with half of the rate of the adults. Wait for 3 to 4 hours and then feed your child, so that alcohol does not stay in the breast milk. After 3 to 4 hours of consuming alcohol, its level will decrease in the blood and then you can breastfeed your baby.

  17. Parsley, Peppermint and Sage: These look fabulous when garnish. But when it comes to nursing mothers, even a small quantity can make a huge problem. Parsley, peppermint, and sage are the three herbs which are known as antigalactagogues. This means these herbs can reduce or decrease the production of breast milk in the woman.

  18. Do not forget about H2O: Water is the most essential, important and vital thing to add in your diet while breastfeeding. Nursing mothers drain their energy and tend to suffer from dehydration. It is necessary to keep your energy level up by drinking plenty of water. Alternatively, you can also choose milk, fruit juice, and other healthy drinks. But make sure not to take caffeinated drinks like soft drinks, tea and coffee.

  19. Don’t forget to eat healthy Food: Nursing mother needs to include healthy and nutritious food in her meal. Green leafy veggies are good and healthy for everyone. It consists of lactogenic properties and photoestrogens which are responsible for producing milk. Adding cabbage, spinach, broccoli, and other leafy vegetables will help in the growth of a new born baby. However, fruits are considered best for health and skin and also a rich source of nutrient, vitamins, minerals, and fibers. It also gives relieve with constipation and stress. According to a report provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), fruits like banana, mango, orange, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, prunes, apricots, pink and red grapefruit are an excellent source of vitamin A, potassium, and fibers.

  20. Gassy veggies: Vegetables are good for health. But not every veggie is healthy. Some are full of nutrients and minerals while some are gassy. Nursing mothers should avoid having cucumber, onion, broccoli, peppers, garlic, and cauliflower in their diet. Nursing mothers can include leafy and green veggies in their diet. Green vegetables are always healthy and improve the immune system. They are an excellent source of vitamins and antioxidants that help to breastfeeding mothers to produce milk. The United States Department of Agriculture recommended that veggies like spinach, carrots, collards, kale, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, pumpkin, and red sweet peppers are best to eat for potassium and vitamin A. Vegetables are must for breastfeeding Mummas to add in their regular meal.

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