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Can I eat chocolate while breastfeeding?

Can I eat chocolate while breastfeeding?

During the postpartum period, you might have a special craving for sweets and wonder: can I eat chocolate while breastfeeding? If you have just given birth, someone might have gifted you a box of chocolates or some other type of chocolate, or you feel a strong desire to eat them now, even if you have never had a sweet tooth before. Does it have any effect on the baby? You may have heard that chocolate contains something called theobromine, which…

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Vitamin D and Breastfeeding: What is the evidence?

Vitamin D and Breastfeeding: What is the evidence?

For some years, it has been recommended in some countries that infants under one year of age take a supplement of 400 IU/day of vitamin D to prevent nutritional rickets. It is estimated that 80-90% of vitamin D is synthesized in the skin from the action of UVB radiation (1). Several factors influence vitamin D syntheses, such as skin pigmentation, latitude, time of day of sun exposure, use of sunscreens, and seasonality, being the winter months in the northern hemisphere,…

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Do I need to give my baby water?

Do I need to give my baby water?

Depending on where you are, it is starting to get hot, and you might wonder what you should do. Adults are advised to be careful with their hydration and increase the amount of water they drink to stay well hydrated, but what about babies? You might wonder: should I give my baby water, too, or is this not necessary?  Here we answer all your questions! Firstly, recommendations about offering water to a baby are very different depending on whether your…

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A mother’s nutrition has very little influence on the composition of her breastmilk

A mother’s nutrition has very little influence on the composition of her breastmilk

Julio Basulto is a bestselling author of several nutrition books; he is the father of three beautiful daughters and happily married to dietitian-nutritionist Olga Ayllón. His books are highly recommended, as he has published 5 books on different subjects, and in all of them, he talks about the importance of breastfeeding in maternal and child health. In his book “Eating and running” he doesn’t speak about breastfeeding, although he does insist that exercise shouldn’t be a (another) hindrance to breastfeeding….

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