Health Tip: No Nos While You're Breast-Feeding

Lifestyle choices can affect your baby

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(HealthDay News) -- Sometimes it's difficult to remember that your lifestyle choices can affect your breast-feeding infant, the National Women's Health Information Center says. The agency offers these pointers:

  • More than five 5-ounce cups of coffee per day could affect your baby's temperament and sleep.
  • Don't smoke or use illegal drugs.
  • Limit spicy foods, which may upset your baby's tummy as they pass through your breast milk.
  • Avoid alcohol.

On the other hand, while some mothers avoid breast-feeding when they're sick, most illnesses such as colds or the flu can't be passed through breast milk, the agency says.

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