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Which foods should I avoid after childbirth?

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If you’re breastfeeding, be careful with:

Alcohol: Talk to your doctor about what’s right for you.

Caffeine: You can upset your baby's sleep if you drink more than 3 cups (24 ounces) of coffee or soda a day.

Some fish: Swordfish, shark, king mackerel, and tilefish are high in mercury, a toxin that is harmful to your baby, so avoid them. Tuna can have some mercury, too. Make sure to only eat the “light” kind and no more than 6 ounces each week.

SOURCES:

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: “Postpartum Counseling.”

Sutter Health CPMC: “Postpartum Nutrition.”

Sutter Health: “Postpartum Nutrition.”

Nutrition Services in Perinatal Care: 2 Edition nd : “Ch. 2: Nutritional Concerns of Women in the Preconceptional, Prenatal and Postpartum Periods.”

Eatright.org/Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: “Tips for Healthy Post-Partum Weight Loss.”

United States Department of Agriculture: “Tips for Breastfeeding Moms.”

Stanford Children’s Health: “The New Mother -- Taking Care of Yourself After Birth.”

ParentHealth123/WithinReach: “Postpartum Diet and Exercise.”

Mayo Clinic: “Infant and Toddler Health.”

First Steps Nutrition Trust: “Eating Well for New Mums.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: “Postpartum Counseling.”

Sutter Health CPMC: “Postpartum Nutrition.”

Sutter Health: “Postpartum Nutrition.”

Nutrition Services in Perinatal Care: 2 Edition nd : “Ch. 2: Nutritional Concerns of Women in the Preconceptional, Prenatal and Postpartum Periods.”

Eatright.org/Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: “Tips for Healthy Post-Partum Weight Loss.”

United States Department of Agriculture: “Tips for Breastfeeding Moms.”

Stanford Children’s Health: “The New Mother -- Taking Care of Yourself After Birth.”

ParentHealth123/WithinReach: “Postpartum Diet and Exercise.”

Mayo Clinic: “Infant and Toddler Health.”

First Steps Nutrition Trust: “Eating Well for New Mums.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on June 25, 2019

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