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- Daily moderate exercise is a better alternative to dieting
- Drink an extra six glasses of liquid daily in addition to your other drinks
- Include daily nutritious snacks to meet your increased need for calories
- Use a commonsense approach to caffeine, allowing no more than one or two servings a day. Watch your baby for sensitivity to caffeine, and switch to caffeine-free beverages if needed.
- Eat organic foods when possible to help keep pesticides from your milk.
Foods to Avoid:
- It is prudent to avoid alcohol, but an occasional drink (no more than one glass of wine or beer per week) does not appear to be harmful to the infant.
- Babies are not usually sensitive to foods you eat, however food sensitivities can occur on occasion, and babies with a family history of allergy, asthma or atopic dermatitis may be at an increased risk. If you suspect a food sensitivity, keeping a food and infant behavior diary will help you and your lactation consultant to determine if food sensitivities are a concern.
- If there is a family history of peanut allergy, it is important to avoid foods containing peanuts, as this could potentially sensitize your baby, and allergic reactions to peanuts can be severe. However, it is not necessary or recommended for all breast-feeding mothers to avoid peanuts.
- Fatty meats and poultry skin tend to accumulate pesticides and other toxins and should be avoided.
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