Pregnancy comes with a whole lot of rules, so by the time I had my baby I was ready for some damn freedom. Then I realized, to my horror, that breastfeeding comes with a few restrictions, too. Ugh. Of course, for breastfeeding mamas and their babies it's usually worth it to give up a few things temporarily. Prior to starting your nursing journey, though, you’ll want to know some of the things moms should never do while breastfeeding. Just like literally everything else involved with parenthood, it pays to be prepared, informed, and on the top of your game.
Personally, and unfortunately, I didn’t get to breastfeed for too long. Despite all the preparations I made when I was pregnant, there were a slew of factors that worked against me when it came time to nurse. For example, my son was spent some time in the NICU after he was born, and I didn’t pump enough in the first few days post-birth to establish and maintain a steady supply of breast milk. I was taking anti-anxiety medication, plus pain pills, as the result of some serious (and painful) birth injuries. And to top it all off, I have insufficient glandular tissue. So like I said, there were more than a few things working against me.
Despite the numerous difficulties and frustrating challenges, though, I did my best to do what I could to increase my milk supply and keep my baby well-fed and safe. I made sure to stay away from certain foods and beverages, and did my best to get a sufficient amount of rest (well, I tried, anyway). Here are more specifics as to what you should avoid doing while breastfeeding so you, and your baby, can get the most out of the experience.