Can you eat all cheese when breastfeeding?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question: “Can you eat all cheese when breastfeeding?” We will also discuss the effects of eating cheese while breastfeeding, if there are any health benefits of eating cheese when breastfeeding and why not all cheese are safe. 

Can you eat all cheese when breastfeeding?

Yes, you can eat all cheese when breastfeeding. However, you should pay attention to the quality of the cheese and if it is organic. The more processed the cheese, the higher the chance that your baby will get less quality nutrition. Cheese can bring a lot of benefits for women that are breastfeeding such as a high content of calcium, protein and some vitamins.

Although eating cheese during breastfeeding can not bring any harm to the mother or the baby, you should always notice your baby’s reactions when you are eating cheese. If the baby shows any pain reaction, it can be due to the casein protein present in milk and consequently in cheese, because it can give allergies or abdominal pain.

What are the effects of eating cheese when breastfeeding?

Eating cheese when breastfeeding can bring good and bad effects. Although cheese can bring you joy because of its awesome taste and variable uses, dairy foods can cause you abdominal pain due to gas. You must always take your baby to his doctor’s appointment to make exams of food tolerance and allergy if you want to continue your dairy consumption.

If your baby has a dairy allergy, he will start to show a few characteristic symptoms, such as skin rash, swallowed lips and eyes, abdominal pain and gas, runny nose and eczema. However, if he has some intolerance to lactose, the digestion issues will be prominent, as symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain.     

There are different kinds of cheeses with variable structures, taste and nutritional rate. The higher the levels of fat in a cheese, the higher the chance of you to get unpleasant effects like gas, heartburn, abdominal bloating and pain and the same goes to your baby, as all you eat transfers to your milk.

Are there any health benefits in eating cheese when breastfeeding?

Yes, there are many health benefits in eating cheese when breastfeeding, but that depends on the cheese you are eating. For mozzarella cheese, you can eat it in higher quantities because it is a low-fat and sodium option. It also has a lot of Lactobacillus probiotic, which increases your intestines function.

If you like blue cheeses, you will be pleased to know that, besides being delicious, it is the most high calcium quantity among all kinds of cheese, so it helps you with avoiding osteoporosis and keeping your baby’s bones strong and in a good development rate.

Maybe the healthier cheese of all while you are breastfeeding is ricotta. This cheese is made of leftovers from milk water, so it has a softer texture than other sorts of cheese. It has high levels of aminoacids that enhance your milk production, in that way improving your baby’s health. Because it is so easily digested, it grows your muscle rate in a fast way.

Why aren’t all cheeses safe?

Some types of cheeses are not safe because the milk used in the process was full of pesticides and others ultra processed substances. So be aware of the ingredients present in your cheese before buying it. Give preference to organic, grass-fed and local farms cheese, so you can better control the food you and your baby are ingesting.

For the cheese to be safe while you’re breastfeeding, it must have gone to the pasteurization process. Pasteurization is a method of avoiding cheese contamination, since the food passes to high temperatures in order to kill harmful microorganisms. The majority of cheeses in the market are safe to eat because pasteurization is mandatory in most countries.

Although buying from your local farmer is a good alternative for the local economy and the higher probability of getting a quality cheese, some farmers do not follow the food security laws 100%. So, especially while breastfeeding, observe and ask if the farm you get your milk from does the pasteurization process in cheese and other security methods.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we have discussed the question: “Can you eat all cheese when breastfeeding?” We also debated the effects of eating cheese while breastfeeding, if there are any health benefits of eating cheese when breastfeeding and why not all cheese are safe.  

Hope you found this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Citations

https://parenting.firstcry.com/articles/is-it-okay-to-eat-cheese-while-breastfeeding/
https://www.nhs.uk/start4life/baby/feeding-your-baby/breastfeeding/healthy-diet/food-and-drinks-to-avoid/
https://www.momjunction.com/articles/is-it-safe-to-eat-cheese-while-you-are-breastfeeding_00360422/
https://momlovesbest.com/foods-to-avoid-while-breastfeeding
https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/can-eat-blue-cheese-breastfeeding-4200.html

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