Mothers who make the decision to breast feed their children do so as part of an effort to do all we can to give our children the best start in life. Mothers know that making this decision is only the start. Many mothers who breast feed are like me, and are searching for ways we can make the breast milk we offer our children the best possible. One thing which has concerned me and other mothers is if the food we are eating is improving or decreasing the quality of our breast milk. While we all know that eating a healthy and balanced diet is the best way to go about properly producing breast milk, there are several bad foods which can get by us unnoticed. Here is some information which I think breast feeding moms need to know about the food we eat.
Having a new baby in the house can often leave us with little time to make a fresh, home cooked meal. This can lead a lot of us to become reliant on package meal mixes and frozen entrees to help us get by. These foods need to be avoided or consumed in extreme moderation. This is because these foods contain a lot of unnatural chemicals and high sodium levels. The chemicals which are used to add flavoring to foods or to preserve them along with excess sodium from these foods can end up in the breast milk we produce. The long term effects of these substances and breast milk are still being studied. While the effects are still being studied, it is known that these substances do not have positive effects on the human body.
We all know that eating organic is a great way of life. Breast feeding mothers should do all they can to eat organically whenever possible. These foods do not contain the harmful pesticides, and other chemicals, which are found in non-organically grown foods. When organic foods are consumed, the breast milk mothers offer their babies purer and healthier.
In addition to eating organically, breast feeding mothers should also consider eating seasonally. This is because many of the methods which are used to grow fruits and vegetable in areas where they out of season involve chemicals. Eating organic, in-season, fruits and vegetables eliminates the presences of chemicals in breast milk. Eating this way also offers mothers a way to vary their diets to get the essential vitamin and minerals they are in need of to create high quality breast milk.
One of the more recent food contamination threats getting attention is BPA. This is a chemical which is found in plastic. This chemical has been found to have several negative effects on the human body when it is consumed. Breast feeding mothers should be careful not to eat foods contained or cooked in plastic containers. This is because many chemicals leach out this chemical when they heated or cooled. Mothers should look for plastics which are labeled to be BPA free when dealing with food containers or utensils.