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Really ... I shouldn't eat copious amounts of chocolate while breastfeeding?

Posted by Micaela Owen on

With Easter quickly approaching I thought I would write a quick post on chocolate consumption and breastfeeding.

For those of you who are not aware of the effect of consuming too much chocolate whilst breastfeeding I am about to swing a curve ball that is going to smack you between the eyes and perhaps turn your love for chocolates into a chocolate nightmare. Okay … so maybe a little melodramatic but it is important to be reminded that anything you eat transfers to your breast milk.

Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine which is the 2 ingredients that can affect some babies and if consumed can cause:

  • Windy, gassy, colic babies
  • Diarrhoea
  • Rashes
  • Insomnia, difficult settling, restlessness, hyperactivity
  • Reflux, vomiting, nausea

It is important to note that white chocolate has less theobromine than that of dark or milk chocolate. YAY if you like white chocolate!

If your baby has an allergic reaction or has any of the above symptoms it is best to stop eating chocolate and master the art of self-control.

You can be solaced in the fact that I am with you this Easter, every step of the way in limiting chocolate consumption.

Everything in moderation PEEPS!

Who has a horror story about what you ate while breastfeeding?

Feel free to share as this may help someone you know.

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