It’s a popular misconception that you can eat anything and everything while breastfeeding. This is definitely not the case! While it is true that some foods are more acidic for your baby than others, the onus of responsibility to find out which foods are safe or unsafe during this time falls on you, the nursing mother.
So there is no one straight answer to the question ‘Can I Eat Pizza While Breastfeeding’. There are many factors to consider when deciding whether having pizza while nursing will be a good idea.
Some of these factors include:
- Foods you know to be acidic in breast milk.
- The rate of digestion of pizza. (It could be an hour or two before you digest the pizza, so your baby may not getting affected.)
- The ingredients used. (Alcohol is a known irritant to the digestive system. Restaurants pizza dough often uses beer. )
- The type of pizza you’re interested in eating. (Frozen pizza is not recommended; the cheese and crust are extremely high in acidity.)
What else might be on the pizza? (Stir fried vegetables, oil and pepperoni may irritate your baby’s sensitive digestive tract. Cheese may be somewhat supportive, but it’s still a high fat food which can be irritating to the baby’s intestine.)
This however does not mean you can’t have pizza while breastfeeding. You can make your own pizza at home so that you can go light on your pizza sauce.
Also, use a low-fat cheese as this will help you stay within the recommended daily amount of fat for your baby.
However, if your baby is allergic to any kind of dairy it would be best to not have cheese while breastfeeding.
Here is a list of safe items to consider having on your pizza which will not be acidic for breast milk:
- Low-fat mozzarella cheese
- Low fat feta cheese
I would also like to add a list of unsafe items to consider having on your pizza which may be acidic and cause your baby discomfort or even pain. They are:
- Tomatoes -enjoy it as a side item, not on your pizza.
- Pineapple or any other fruit or vegetable which is acidic in milk .
- Cherry tomatoes in tomato sauce or other sauces that contain mainly tomatoes
- Vegetables like eggplant, green peppers, and mushrooms. These vegetables are considered acidic for breast milk.
- Heavy cream and/or butter which are high in fat and may be irritating to the stomach.
- Pepperoni, spicy sausage, or any fatty meats (due to the oil that may be used to fry the pepperoni.)
This list is not all inclusive and the items mentioned may vary from baby to baby.
No one can tell you for sure whether or not you can eat pizza while breastfeeding. You have to decide for yourself if it is safe to do so. You can use a thin layer of sauce and a small amount of cheese (as opposed to using thick sauce and loads of cheese).
Whether you choose to eat pizza while breastfeeding is ultimately your decision, so be sure to do what feels right for you and your baby.
Note: This article is not meant to replace proper medical advice from a qualified doctor. Please keep in mind that these are guidelines. If further questions about your breastmilk allergies or your babies diet are needed, please seek the advice of a medical professional.
This is meant to provide a brief overview of how pizza, while breastfeeding, can be incorporated into your diet. It is not meant to take the place of medical advice or diagnosis. If you have further questions about the safety of eating pizza and your baby’s dietary needs, you should seek out the advice of a medical professional.
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