Breastfeeding: problematic foods

By adapting the nutritional habits protect the child

In addition to harmful substances, there are ingredients of certain foods that can individually lead to discomfort in the infant, but by no means need. General recommendations can and should therefore not be made. However, by closely observing and adjusting nutrition, a mother can minimize her child's adverse reactions.

Foods that can cause discomfort in the baby

The following list gives hints, which foods can lead to symptoms:

Food intake by the motherPossible symptom in the child
Cabbage, leek (leeks, garlic, onions), asparagus, fruit juices (orange juice, apple juice), legumes (beans, peas)Indigestion, abdominal pain, bloating, malaise.
Consumption of citrus fruits in large quantitiesDiaper dermatitis (sore skin in the diapers) by acidification of the urine.
Garlic, onions, asparagus, rhubarb, melonsTaste impairment. Aversion to breast milk, lower drinking volume.

If the mother decides to breastfeed, the transfer of substances from mother to child does not fundamentally change after birth. Thus, consideration should be given to the child at least to the same extent during breastfeeding as during pregnancy.

Taking vitamin and mineral supplements during breastfeeding

Normally, in a healthy and varied diet, an additional intake of vitamins and minerals in the form of tablets is not necessary. However, if there are restrictions on ingestion or absorption (uptake in the digestive system) of nutrients, the preparations should include:

nutrientdaily dose
calcium250 mg
iron30-60 mg
zinc15 mg
copper2 mg
Vitamin D10 μg
Vitamin B62 mg
folic acid300 μg

The intake of iodine (200 μg / d) is also recommended. Women with a lactose intolerance or a vitamin D deficiency and vegans should take the following vital substances to prevent deficiency symptoms:

factnutritional supplementdaily dose
Lactose intolerance or low intake of dairy productscalcium600 mg
Low sun exposure or low vitamin D containing food products (animal products)Vitamin D10 μg

Vitamin B12

Vitamin D

2.6 μg 10 μg
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