Feeling guilty about eating chocolate while breastfeeding?
If breastfeeding and chocolate is on your list of favorite things, I have some good news for you!
You can continue to eat chocolate, as long as you eat it in moderation and do not see any side-effects in your baby.
It’s the caffeine in chocolate that most people are worried about, not really the sugar. If you are going to eat chocolate, it is best not to consume too many other caffeinated products such as coffee, tea or soft drinks.
Chocolate also contains theobromine, which has a similar effect as caffeine. Some moms find that they can eat as much chocolate as they want, without it effecting their babies. Theobromine has also been found to increase a mother's breast milk supply.
Some good news
The substance Theobromine has been found to be the main substance that causes the bad symptoms, and especially gas in babies. White chocolate contains very small amounts of Theobromine, reducing the risk of it affecting your baby. So, if you have found that chocolate is a no no for your baby, maybe you should try white chocolate and see if your baby still reacts the same way. (That's if you like white chocolate of course)
As long as your baby does not mind white chocolate breast milk, it’s worth the try, my fellow chocolate lovers!
Unfortunately, chocolate and nursing don’t always go hand in hand…
When you need to decrease your chocolate intake…
- Baby becomes more active and alert than usual.
- Baby becomes fussy, restless and struggles to sleep.
- Baby seems to have runnier stools and gas pain.
- Diarrhea or green stools.
- Baby refuses to nurse.
- Rash around the anus.
If you discover that your baby has an allergic reaction, or any of the symptoms mentioned above, you must stop eating chocolate or decrease the amount eaten. The symptoms should disappear within the first few days, but the cravings will last forever. Hee hee. ;-)
Most of the time, there are no weird symptoms and most moms can enjoy chocolate and caffeine in moderation while breastfeeding.
What foods did you find most disagreed with your baby while you were breastfeeding? Was it hard to keep away from those foods?
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