After the appearance of the baby in the family, the mother's diet is subjected to meticulous study and choice. Each product is subject to research on the impact on the condition of the child, allergies and lactation.
Food additives such as herbs, in particular parsley, are no exception, as in rare cases it can cause an allergy in an infant.
In this article, we will consider whether parsley can be consumed while breastfeeding. We will also find out how parsley affects lactation, what are the benefits and harms of it for mom and baby.
Can a nursing mother eat these greens?
Parsley has a bright green color and rich taste, therefore a young mother has fears that she may cause a change in the composition of milk, and cause an allergy in the baby... In fact, it is possible and necessary to eat parsley, since by limiting herself, a woman can lose many useful substances that are indispensable in the postpartum period and during breastfeeding.
This is due to the fact that breast milk "takes" all the substances necessary for the baby from the breastfeeding body and if they are not replenished from food or vitamin complexes, then very soon problems with hair, skin, teeth will appear, immunity will decrease and the work of internal organs may be disrupted. ...
Effects on lactation
There is an opinion that parsley is a stimulant of lactation, but information can be found that, on the contrary, it is capable of suppressing the process of milk formation. Here it is important to know exactly how mom uses greens. If she uses it simply as a food supplement in small doses, then this plant has no effect. And if a woman prepares special infusions and decoctions, drinking them in large volumes, then you can see that there is still an effect on breastfeeding.
So, to increase milk production, you can prepare an infusion... Two tablespoons of fresh leaves, which should be cut and filled with a glass of boiling water, then leave for 30 minutes. Drink throughout the day in equal portions.
Important. You should not drink such a drink for a long time, otherwise it may have the opposite effect and reduce lactation due to its diuretic effect.
Benefits and harm for mom and baby
Parsley contains a lot of nutrients, which have a beneficial effect on the female body that is weak after pregnancy and childbirth and help to recover faster (is it possible to take parsley during pregnancy?). This common herb has in its chemical composition:
- Folic acid.
- Vitamins K, B, C and A.
- Potassium, iron, magnesium.
In terms of vitamin A, parsley is equal to carrots, and in terms of vitamin C content it overtakes other types of greens.
The positive effects of this plant are manifested by the following properties:
- helps fight harmful bacteria and viruses;
- normalizes liver and kidney function;
- improves blood clotting rates;
- promotes better absorption of calcium;
- prevents the development of edema and removes excess fluid from the body;
- stabilizes hormones;
- strengthens gums and whitens teeth;
- removes toxins and toxins.
But as with any other food, nursing should be careful, as there can be troubles due to its consumption.
- Do not eat greens for the first time after childbirth, as it can cause painful contractions of the uterus.
- Although this plant belongs to the group of low allergenic foods, it is still necessary to carefully monitor the baby's well-being. To do this, for the first time, it is allowed to eat a little and monitor the state of the crumbs during the day.
- A large number of dietary fiber in the composition can lead to bloating in the mom, and therefore to colic in the baby.
Important. If there are any negative reactions, then parsley should be excluded from the menu for at least a month.
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Modern doctors and breastfeeding consultants argue that there is no need to deny yourself any food because of feeding (of course, apart from alcohol and chemical ingredients), you just need to exercise reasonable measure and introduce new products gradually. All this applies with confidence to parsley.
- When the baby is still very small, you should limit yourself to a small portion of greens, adding it to the first and second courses. Heat treatment will help reduce the risk of baby tummy problems.
- From about 3 months, it is allowed to include fresh parsley in the diet. In winter, it is best to use dried or frozen seasoning.
- By gradually increasing the volume of food, you can bring it to about 50 grams per day every day. This aromatic addition will be an excellent addition to soups, meat, fish, side dishes, salads.
- When buying, you need to make sure that the greens are fresh, without rot and yellow leaves. It also needs to be washed thoroughly to prevent intestinal infection.
Gradual and moderate amount - these are two principles when introducing parsley into the menu of a nursing mother, following which this product will only benefit the woman and the baby, and will help lactation to be long and successful.