There are many old ideas about what breastfeeding women should and shouldn't do that still make the rounds today. Many are rooted in outdated studies or medical advice, but some are culturally driven and just plain wrong. All of this is the perfect recipe for confusion, which new moms have enough of on a daily basis.Luckily, there are many things that are actually safe for breastfeeding moms and their babies, despite what people may say.
Breast milk, aka "liquid gold," has been long touted as the best food you could give an infant. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it's recommended that all new mothers exclusively breastfeed until the infant is at least 6 months old. After that, parents should incorporate other foods with the breast milk until the child is 2 years old. Undoubtedly the things you ingest and actions you take as a breastfeeding mother can impact your milk and your baby. But you have to consider if there is proof that whatever you're doing impacts things at all?
When it comes to decided what you choose to eat, do with your body, or do with your baby, knowledge is power. You can certainly listen to all of the suggestions for breastfeeding mothers, or sift through it and choose what's right for you. Ultimately, only you will know what is safest and healthiest for you and your baby's individual needs. To help you figure it out, here are nine things that are actually safe for your baby, according to experts.