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Breastfeeding and Chocolate

Interesting Jan 5, 2021

Are you feeling guilty about eating chocolate while breastfeeding?

If breastfeeding and chocolate are on your list of favorite things, I have some good news!

You can continue to eat chocolate as long as you eat it in moderation and do not see any side effects in your baby.

Most people are worried about the caffeine in chocolate, not the sugar. If you are going to eat chocolate, it is best not to consume too many other caffeinated products such as coffee, tea, or soft drinks.

Chocolate also contains Theobromine, which has a similar effect to caffeine. Some mothers find that they can eat as much chocolate as they want without it affecting their babies. Theobromine has also been found to increase a mother's breast milk supply.


Some Good News for Chocolate Lovers

Theobromine is the primary substance that causes severe symptoms, especially gas in babies. White chocolate contains tiny amounts of Theobromine, reducing the risk of it affecting your baby. So, if you have found that chocolate is a no-no for your baby, maybe you should try white chocolate and see if your baby still reacts the same way. (That's if you like white chocolate, of course)

My fellow chocolate lovers, as long as your baby does not mind white chocolate breast milk, it’s worth the try!

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A cute baby lying on a fluffy white blanket - Photo by Irina Murza / Unsplash


When you Need to Decrease your Chocolate Intake…

Unfortunately, chocolate and nursing don’t always go hand in hand…

If you discover that your baby has an allergic reaction or any of the symptoms mentioned above, you must stop eating chocolate or decrease the amount consumed. The symptoms should disappear within the first few days, but the cravings will last forever. ;-)

There are usually no weird symptoms, and most mothers can enjoy chocolate and caffeine in moderation while breastfeeding.


Vegan & Gluten-free
Oatmeal and Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies

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Tracy Behr

Mom of two, breastfeeding helper, and lover of all things natural! Studying a breastfeeding counselor course via Childbirth int. & plant-based nutrition via the Nutrition Inst.

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