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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

Foods to Avoid While Breastfeeding a Baby With PKD

2014-07-21 06:44

Foods to Avoid While Breastfeeding a Baby With PKDIf are have PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) and at the same time you are breastfeeding, you cannot not be too careful about your diet. There are some foods that you have to avoid no matter how you love them, because they may cause harm on your babies. Let’s take a look at what foods to be avoided while PKD patients are breastfeeding.

1. Coffee

When you drink coffee (or soda or tea), some of the caffeine ends up in your breast milk. Because babies aren’t able to excrete caffeine as quickly or efficiently as adults, too much in their systems may lead to irritation, crankiness, and sleeplessness. What you should do now? At minimum, try putting off your cup of coffee until just after a nursing session.

2. Chocolate

Proceed with caution if chocolate is your sweet indulgence of choice. Just like coffee and soda, chocolate contains caffeine. If you suspect chocolate is the culprit behind your baby’s fussiness, eliminate it from your diet for a few days. If you see a change in your baby’s behavior—for the better—continue to abstain or cut back.

3. Citrus Fruits

Certain compounds found in citrus fruits and juices may are high in potassium level, which is bad for PKD patients. You can compensate by adding other vitamin C-rich foods to the menu, including papaya and mango to supply vitamins for the baby.

4. Alcohol

Alcohol will stimulate the growth of kidney cyst and it has some possible side effects if you have a consumption of large amounts of alcohol. Drowsiness, deep sleep, weakness, and abnormal weight gain in the infant, and the possibility of decreased milk-ejection reflex in the mother are all the possible side effects.

5. Spicy Foods

The same as alcohol, spicy foods are bad for PKD patients. You might find that just a dash of pepper is enough to make your baby irritated and fussy for hours. How to spice it up food without causing Baby discomfort? Add a splash of lime juice on your chicken, rather than hot sauce.

Besides, garlic, peanuts, shellfish, soy, milk and wheat, etc are also should be limited or avoided while a PKD patient is breastfeeding. For more questions, please leave a message below or talk with our doctor online directly.

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