Features of the use of peach during breastfeeding
Juicy tasty pulp and persistent summer aroma of peaches attracts almost everyone, even newly minted mothers who breastfeed the baby. The article discusses the benefits and dangers of this fruit for a nursing woman and an infant, as well as whether and how much it can be consumed during lactation.
Can peaches be breastfed and in what form?
An already held mother during lactation, as well as during pregnancy, needs an increased amount of vitamins and other substances useful to the body. A nutritional balance is simply not possible if there are no fruits in the diet, and a peach must be on any person's summer menu.
But it is with breastfeeding that the female regimen and nutritional composition undergo changes and severe restrictions. Mom should take into account the needs of her body, and her close relationship with the baby.
The fact is that in the first months of life, the child has an increased sensitivity to the nutrition of his mother, because through his mother’s milk his digestive system only gets acquainted with the food components and begins to digest new substances.
Canned store peaches in any container (glass or iron) and in quantities with high temperature are prohibited due to the content of harmful preservatives and hazardous chemicals, sweeteners and flavor enhancers.
Did you know? In the United States, since 1982, August has been considered the peach month, Georgia has the largest number of orchards with these trees, and California is the country's absolute leader in the cultivation of these fruits.
As for packaged juices from the supermarket, they include a significant amount of sugar syrup, flavorings and other additives. They are not allowed to be used by a nursing woman. Another thing is fresh fruits and juice squeezed at home, and even from fruits from your garden.
As a general rule, if a woman wants these fruits during breastfeeding, they are allowed to enter them in the diet only from the age of 3 months. However, subject to certain rules, you can do this before. If the preservation is homemade, then it is less safe, but it also contains sugar: it is better to use such peaches from the child’s six-month-old age.
Useful properties of peaches for the body
The fruit contains vitamins (group B, A, C, E, K, PP) and natural acids (tartaric, malic, citric and quinic).
It also includes useful macro- and microelements:
Did you know? The ancient Romans, when they heard the name Prunus persica, thought that the birthplace of the fruit is Persia. They called it a peach apple.
The calorie content of the fetus is quite low - only 39 kcal, so that a woman who has gained extra pounds during pregnancy will lose weight faster. Accelerating the processing and metabolism of fats, proteins and faster burning of carbohydrates, cleansing the body of toxins, toxins - these are unique beneficial properties of the fruit for the body of a recovered nursing mother. Next, we consider in more detail the main qualities of this fetus, which affect the health of women and infants.
- The direct positive effect of peach on the body of a nursing mother is manifested in its following properties:
- removing excess fluid from the body, eliminating edema and preventing their occurrence;
- the destruction of bacteria in the body, strengthening the immune system;
- improvement of blood circulation, normalization of hemoglobin level, establishment of normal blood coagulation;
- renewal of the structure of the skin and hair, slowing down the aging process of the skin;
- stabilization of blood pressure, reducing the degree of cholesterol;
- an increase in energy supply in the body, increased activity, a beneficial effect on mood;
- overcoming psychological stress and postpartum depression;
- restoration of the digestive system and bowel movement, elimination of constipation, normalization of stool;
- the resumption of pancreatic function;
- improvement of vision, activation of the brain, memory development;
- normalization of hormone levels.
Important! Pectins, which are part of peach, reduce the risk of cancer.
- The benefits of eating peach for a newborn look like this:
- participation in the formation of the brain (brain and spinal cord), improvement of visual function;
- a beneficial effect on the formation of the baby’s nervous system, its emotional state;
- participation in the launch of the proper functioning of the digestive tract (in the absence of previously identified chronic failures);
- development of immunity;
- participation in the formation of teeth, bones, joints, muscle and cell tissue;
- activation of the cells, providing them with a large amount of oxygen.
Harm and possible contraindications
It is a mistake to think that peach is an allergen-containing fruit. A negative reaction of the young body can only be provoked by the substances that processed the peel of the fruit.
In addition, in large quantities, they have a natural laxative function, therefore, they can cause stool disturbance, gas formation, colic and other malfunctions of the stomach of the baby.
Individual fruit intolerance to the mother, a genetic predisposition to diabetes and allergies in the child, as well as chronic gastrointestinal diseases in one of them are direct contraindications to the use of the fetus.
Did you know? In Hungary, the peach is called the “fruit of peace”, and in China it is considered a symbol of longevity.
Peach consumption by breastfeeding
Let us analyze in which periods of lactation you can start introducing peaches into your mother’s diet.
In the first month
In the first month of a child’s life and lactation, no fruits and vegetables should be eaten. The same applies to peaches, despite their exceptional benefit for both the mother and baby.
In the second month
In the second month of lactation, peach can already be tasted, however, in the absence of a negative reaction, there is a certain amount (this is described in more detail below), in no case daily.
In the third and fourth months
But, starting from the third and fourth month of the baby’s life, the risk of allergic reactions is significantly reduced. If the child responds normally, the product can be consumed at least every day.
General recommendations for eating a fruit by a nursing woman are as follows:
- It is necessary to introduce peach into the mother’s daily diet gradually and carefully: for starters, before lunch, you can eat a small piece of fruit without a peel, and then look at the baby’s reaction.
- A child should be tested for fetal perception without introducing other potential allergens and generally new products.
- If the baby is all right, then he will not have a rash, spots, dryness and peeling of the skin on his face, tummy and neck, swelling of body parts, runny nose and irritation of the mucous membranes. In this case, it is possible to eat peach, but in small quantities, while a sharp increase in the portion is also not allowed.
- You need to start with a quarter, then increase to half the fetus, until you switch to a daily portion.
- As for peach juice, you can start drinking it with a quarter cup (it is mandatory only from the third month of lactation), but do not drink more than 4 glasses per week.
- Do not forget to thoroughly rinse the fruit before eating, despite the fact that you remove the peel.
- The loose and decaying bone inside is a sign of a non-natural peach. In this case, refuse to use it in any quantity.
Important! It is in the peach skin that contains allergens that can cause a negative reaction of the body. Various chemicals are applied to it to protect the fruit from pests, stimulate an increase in shelf life and improve transportation.
As a rule, allergies are cumulative in nature: it may not appear immediately, so after eating a piece of fruit it is better to wait a couple of days. If a newborn has a reaction in the form of an allergy or a malfunction in the digestive system, then for two months a nursing mother may forget about peaches.
The next attempt to introduce fruit into the diet is allowed after the baby is three or four months old, depending on what period of lactation, the mother tried to include peaches in the diet. Since the ripening of this type of fruit occurs in the middle of summer, they should not be bought and consumed until August or early September.
In the second month, the mass of peaches per week in the diet of a nursing mother should not exceed 500-600 g. The maximum and already established norm for consuming these fruits with gw (usually 3-4 months) is considered to be 1-2 pieces weighing 250-350 g each or 1 cup peach juice per day.
The right combination with other products
There are certain rules for the use of peach by a nursing mother in combination with other products:
- It is not recommended to eat fruit before or after the main meal, there is a risk of fermentation processes. It should be a separate snack.
- It is undesirable to eat these fruits at night, because their tonic effect can excite the state of the central nervous system like energy and caffeine.
- Peaches are combined with dairy products (cottage cheese, kefir, fermented baked milk, yogurt), bananas, apples, unsalted and low-fat varieties of cheese, nuts.
- A cross reaction to peaches may occur if the child has an allergy to apples.
- It is recommended to refrain from the parallel use of red berries, grapes, citrus fruits, plums and pears, as well as boiled and steamed fish.
- It is not recommended to eat immediately one after the second peach and potatoes.
- Fruits can also be cooked in the oven or on the grill.
Rules for selection and storage
It is also recommended to carefully choose peaches:
- Buy only seasonal, ripe fruit from a trusted customer. But it is better if they are homemade. Most of the fruits are characterized by a clear time frame, that is, in the season of their ripening, they are most rich in useful elements.
- A peach will be irregular in shape if it is natural.
- After the purchase, fruits should be kept in refrigerators both in the store and at home, since at room temperature they begin to deteriorate quickly. 5–7 days is the optimal period for their use after purchase.
Important! If a woman ate peaches before and during pregnancy, and felt normal, they are allowed to eat during lactation.
In this way, if you carefully approach the choice, norms and rules of eating peaches while breastfeeding a newborn, there will be no problem. The reaction of each baby to a particular fruit or any other product new to him is individual. And if one child does not react in any way to the use of peach by her mother, this does not mean that all children will do so, and vice versa.
It is worth remembering, however, that strong allergic reactions of the body, transferred in childhood, can provoke the development of dangerous chronic diseases, for example, allergic asthma, atopic dermatitis and others.Remember the sense of proportion, carefully monitor the health of the baby and everything will be fine.