Eating chocolate while breastfeeding?
If breastfeeding and chocolate are on your favorite list of things, you can continue to eat chocolate as long as you eat in moderation and don’t see any side-effects in baby.
It’s the caffeine in chocolate that most people are worried about, not really the sugar…if you are eating chocolate it’s best not to consume too many other caffeinated things like 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 baby. Theobromine has sometimes even been found to increase a mom’s breast milk supply.
Some good news for breastfeeding chocolate lovers
The substance theobromine has been found to be the main substance that causes the bad symptoms and especially gas in babies. White chocolate actually contains very small amounts of theobromine, reducing the risk of it effecting baby. So if you found that chocolate is a no no for baby, maybe you should try white chocolate and see if baby still reacts the same way.
As long as your baby doesn’t mind white chocolate breast milk, it’s worth the try if you love your chocolate!
Breastfeeding and chocolate ~ Chocolate and babies
Unfortunately chocolate and nursing don’t always go hand in hand…
Symptoms to look out for in baby that will mean 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 find that your baby does have an allergic reaction or any of the symptoms mentioned above you can just stop eating chocolate or decrease the amount eaten and the symptoms should disappear within the first few days, but can sometimes take two weeks to clear.
Most of the times there are no weird symptoms and most moms can enjoy chocolate and caffeine in moderation.
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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