Chocolate also contains Theobromine, which has a similar effect as caffeine. Some mothers 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.
What foods help produce breast milk?
Foods that help increase your breast milk supply:
- Oatmeal. Oatmeal by itself is not the most flavorful food out there, but you can always spice it up by adding different fruits or blend in some cinnamon or honey.
- Brewer's Yeast.
The most likely culprit for your baby is dairy products in your diet — milk, cheese, yogurt, pudding, ice cream, or any food that has milk, milk products, casein, whey, or sodium caseinate in it. Other foods, too — like wheat, corn, fish, eggs, or peanuts — can cause problems.
Foods that May Affect Milk Supply
- Parsley is a diuretic.
- Peppermint and spearmint can adversely affect milk supply.
- Sage and oregano can negatively impact milk production.
- The topical application of cabbage leaves: cabbage can work wonders to relieve breast engorgement, but don't over-do it!
Here are some nutritious foods you should eat while breastfeeding:
- Fish and seafood: Salmon, seaweed, shellfish and sardines.
- Meat: Beef, lamb, pork and organ meats, such as liver.
- Fruits and vegetables: Berries, tomatoes, cabbage, kale, garlic and broccoli.
During the four hours after a breastfeeding mother consumes an alcoholic beverage such as 4 ounces of wine, one mixed drink, or one can of beer – babies who nurse consume about 20 percent less milk. Some experts recommend breastfeeding moms avoid drinking alcohol until their baby is 3 months old.
Theobromine is generally not an issue for breastfed babies unless mum is eating chocolate in very large amounts. If mothers are consuming more than 750 mg of caffeine and/or theobromine a day they may find that their babies are irritable, fussy and don't sleep for long periods.
- Low-Fat Dairy Products. Whether you prefer yogurt, milk, or cheese, dairy products are an important part of healthy breastfeeding.
- Lean Beef. Boost your energy as a new mom with iron-rich foods like lean beef.
- Brown Rice.
OK, now on to things that can help increase your milk supply:
- Make sure that baby is nursing efficiently.
- Nurse frequently, and for as long as your baby is actively nursing.
- Take a nursing vacation.
- Offer both sides at each feeding.
- Switch nurse.
- Avoid pacifiers and bottles when possible.
- Give baby only breastmilk.
Though the caffeine you eat and drink does end up in your breast milk, most research suggests that amount is less than one percent of what you ingest. How many cups of coffee are okay? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than three cups daily; La Leche League says that five cups a day is safe.
A: Yes, it is safe to eat peanut products while you are pregnant and while nursing. There has been much debate about this topic over the years, but the most recent data shows that early exposure to allergenic foods actually decreases the risk of developing food allergies. So, go ahead and enjoy that PB and J.
Another benefit to drinking pineapple juice while nursing is the nutrients you and baby will receive from it. Like most fruits and vegetables, pineapples are loaded with Vitamin C and fiber.
You've probably heard that eating “gassy” foods like cabbage, beans, or broccoli will make your baby gassy. There is a natural tendency for nursing mothers to attribute every little thing their babies do to breastfeeding. ALL babies (whether breast or bottle-fed) have days when they are gassy, fussy, and spit up.
Yes, it's fine to eat spicy food while you're breastfeeding. Traces of what you eat enter your milk, but it shouldn't unsettle your baby if you eat spicy food. In fact, it may benefit your baby. If your breastfed baby seems upset or irritable, you could try eating a milder diet to see if makes a difference.
28 grams (1 oz) of milk chocolate contains approximately 60 milligrams (1 grain) of theobromine, while the same amount of dark chocolate contains about 200 milligrams (3 grains). Cocoa beans naturally contain approximately 1% theobromine. The plant species with the largest amounts of theobromine are: Theobroma cacao.
Yes, eating sushi from a reputable restaurant while you're breastfeeding is safe for your baby. Unlike during pregnancy, when there's a risk of bacteria or parasites in raw fish harming your fetus, there is little to no risk to your baby during breastfeeding.
Theobromine. Chocolate contains a substance called theobromine, which is similar to caffeine. In large amounts, theobromine can be toxic for both dogs and humans; however toxicity is very rare in people even when very large quantities of chocolate are consumed.
So why can humans eat chocolate, but animals can't? Dogs cannot metabolize theobromine and caffeine as well as humans can. The substances accumulate in the animal's body in an amount that can be toxic or even fatal.
Substantial amounts of chocolate consumption can lead to lead poisoning. Also if you have defects in the enzymes for metabolizing theobromine, or consume massive amounts of chocolate you could potentially die from theobromine poisoning. The elderly and the young are more susceptible.
Cocoa contains caffeine and related chemicals. Eating large amounts might cause caffeine-related side effects such as nervousness, increased urination, sleeplessness, and a fast heartbeat. Cocoa can cause allergic skin reactions, constipation, and might trigger migraine headaches.
The amount it would take to kill a person weighing 70 kilograms (or roughly 154 pounds) is 70 cups. That is 560 ounces, which is equal to 28 Venti Starbucks coffees. To put this into perspective, the average American only drinks 2.1 cups a day.