Tomatoes with breastfeeding
When I breastfed the first child, the introduction to the diet of each product turned into a problem. Because of the fear of harming my son’s health, I refused myself many delicious and healthy dishes. Now, after the birth of the second, I know a lot more about nutrition during the period of breastfeeding and I want to share my experience with young mothers. For example, many doubt whether it is possible to use tomatoes during this period.
Is it possible to eat tomatoes during breastfeeding?
Refusing to eat tomatoes during breastfeeding would be unreasonable in view of their tremendous benefits to the mother and child:
- a high content of vitamin C promotes immunity;
- the natural antioxidant serotonin normalizes the work of the nervous system;
- phytoncides possess antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties;
- seeds of a tomato dilute blood, being a preventive agent from thromboses;
- peel stimulates the work of the intestines, preventing constipation;
- purines stimulate the work of the kidneys and have a diuretic effect;
- the alpha-tomato substance helps fight cancer cells.
In addition, the tomato contains a whole range of vitamins and minerals necessary for the full development of the mother and child. No less useful and tomato juice, enhancing lactation and normalizing the water-salt balance in the body.
Up to three months of age the child should be especially cautious, especially with allergenic products, which include red tomatoes. If you really want to eat these vegetables, try a small piece first. If the child does not react, then introduce it into your diet. With an allergic reaction, you need to exclude this product.
If the child does not have allergies, tomatoes in the period of breastfeeding are a useful vegetable that will provide mother and baby with many useful essential substances.
Fresh tomatoes contain many useful substances:
- ascorbic and folic acid, vitamins of group B;
- Lycopene is a carotenoid pigment that gives tomatoes a red color. Has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect. Prevents development of cervical cancer. Participates in DNA protection and slows down cell aging;
- tryptophan – an amino acid that promotes the formation of serotonin; a hormone of joy;
- Choline – a substance that increases the hemoglobin content in the blood.
Another important nuance is the purchase of a tomato. Vegetables with nitrates pose a threat not only to the baby, but also to his nursing mother. Choosing tomatoes in the market, before buying, push one of them with your finger. If the peel is whole, and the dent remains on the surface, you should not buy a vegetable.
Of course, the market will not be able to check all the tomatoes, so at home inspect the vegetables more carefully:
- lowly throw a tomato over a hard surface. If it jumped off and the peel did not burst, then the vegetables were treated with nitrates;
- The presence of chemicals can also be inferred from the cut (pale pink flesh and white veins).
When buying tomatoes, pay attention to the color and integrity of the peel. Do not take underserved and rotten fruits. Never buy tomatoes in supermarkets, it's better not to use them in the non-season at all.
If you are very fond of tomatoes and you know that the period of breastfeeding will fall out for the winter, pre-freeze a small amount of fruit. For freezing it is better to use small fruits like cherry. Rinse and dried fruits lightly frost on a plate, and then pack in plastic bags and place in the freezer.
In the absence of allergies, as well as the correct choice and use of tomatoes will necessarily benefit the nursing mothers and their babies.