Breastfeeding Kiwi: Benefit or Harm

The lactation period, especially the first few months after childbirth, is very important in the life of a young mother, as it is important not to harm the baby’s still weak immune and digestive system. The modern market offers a large abundance of vegetables, fruits and berries, which both mother and child need. But are they all equally useful and safe? Domestic pediatricians advise to eat only local and seasonal vegetables, fruits and berries. But, no less, many women are interested in the question: can kiwi be eaten during lactation?

The beneficial properties of kiwi

Kiwi just a couple of decades appeared on the domestic stalls, but it has already become a familiar and everyday "fruit" in the diet of almost every Russian. Although we are accustomed to perceive it as a fruit, in fact it is a berry that has its roots far to China.

An unusual exotic berry with light green pulp, inside of which there are a large number of small black seeds, and brown skinned with short hairs, can not but become a subject of temptation for young mothers. But besides the fact that it looks appetizing and somewhat mysterious, it is also rich in vitamins, minerals and other useful substances.

Kiwi owes its name to a New Zealand breeder who named it after a small kiwi bird.

Table: useful properties of kiwi

Most people perceive kiwi as an exotic treat, but few people know that this berry is an excellent source of vitamins and nutrients.

Nutrients in the composition of kiwiProperties, benefits to the body
Vitamin B6
  • improves protein synthesis;
  • regulates the production of amino acids and lipids;
  • takes part in the development of red blood cells;
  • controls hormonal balance in the body;
  • stimulates the adrenal glands and the thyroid gland.
Vitamin B9 (folic acid)
  • synthesizes DNA;
  • strengthens immunity;
  • improves hair growth, nail plate;
  • prevents the growth of tumors;
  • supports the cardiovascular system;
  • produces serotonin - the hormone of "happiness."
Vitamin C
  • assistant in the fight against viruses and infections;
  • raises a tone;
  • strengthens the immune system;
  • dilates blood vessels;
  • stimulates the production of iron and collagen;
  • increases hemoglobin production.
Vitamin E
  • fights toxic substances in the body;
  • involved in the biosynthesis of proteins;
  • stimulates cellular metabolism.
Beta-carotene (entering the body is synthesized in vitamin A)
  • is an antioxidant that protects against cancer.
  • reduces the risk of arteriosclerosis and ischemic heart disease;
  • lowers cholesterol;
  • slows the growth of cataracts and glaucoma;
  • fights infectious diseases;
  • accelerates the regeneration of the skin.
  • normalizes heart rate;
  • maintains water balance in the body;
  • normalizes magnesium concentration.
  • strengthens the musculoskeletal system and tooth enamel;
  • regulates the level of cholesterol in the blood;
  • improves blood clotting.
  • regulates metabolic processes;
  • provides tissue respiration;
  • improves cell metabolism;
  • supports the immune system;
  • improves the functioning of the thyroid gland and the brain.
  • provides metabolism;
  • regulates cell growth and cardiovascular function;
  • supports kidney function.
  • regulates metabolism and body temperature;
  • improves the metabolism of most vitamins;
  • increases the rate of biochemical reactions;
  • controls the metabolism of fats, proteins and water-electrolyte balance.
  • improves the gastrointestinal tract;
  • fights diabetes;
  • boosts immunity;
  • prevents the formation of gallstones;
  • prevents the development of colon cancer and fights the formation of cholesterol plaques in the intestine;
  • normalizes intestinal microflora.

Kiwi is characterized by a low sugar content, so nutritionists do not prohibit its use. But everywhere should be the norm and a reasonable approach. Moreover, the berry helps to fight excess weight.

How does Kiwi affect breastfeeding

Domestic breastfeeding consultants and pediatricians advise against abstaining from eating exotic fruits and berries, as they are completely subjected to chemical treatment for better preservation during transportation. As for kiwi, it can also be an allergen to the baby. Therefore, a young mother should not rush to introduce this berry. But at the same time, since kiwi is characterized by a rich energy and vitamin value, its “reasonable” use will benefit not only the mother, but also the baby.

As you know, to eat this berry you need to clean it. But it will be much more useful to take kiwi in food with the skin, since it is she who has a large amount of vitamins and nutrients. But unfortunately, the quality of modern imported fruits and berries is desirable.

Basically, all vegetables, fruits and berries, both imported and domestic, are chemically treated to accelerate growth and ripening, as well as to increase their shelf life. Moreover, they are often coated with paraffin and wax. Therefore, I always wash purchased “vitamins” under warm running water with laundry soap, most often I also use a sponge. Moreover, the child is already three years old, but I still peel the peel off the apples and give the baby only pulp.

Harm for mother and baby from kiwi while breastfeeding

Reasons to limit the use of kiwi during lactation:

  1. Increased acidity of the berry due to the high concentration of vitamin C can cause destruction of the tooth enamel in a young mother.
  2. The presence of fiber in the composition of kiwi causes its laxative effect, so it can provoke a violation of the chair like a mother, and the baby.
  3. Hypersensitivity of the baby’s immature body to the berry’s composition can cause allergic reactions in the form of skin rashes, redness and itching of the skin.
Mom's drinking kiwi during lactation can cause an allergic reaction

In no case can not eat kiwi, along with dairy products, as the bones contained in the pulp, getting into the intestine and interacting with lactic acid bacteria, cause fermentation processes. This can cause diarrhea, colic and bloating in a baby.

Kiwi juice, as well as the berry itself, has high acidity, so the problem of early destruction of tooth enamel in children is becoming increasingly popular. Personally, having studied the information about the benefits and dangers of juice, I stopped giving my baby this not very useful "water". Of course, many children are attracted to the colorful packaging from the juice with a tube. But we can be more cunning than mothers. Alternatively, you can make homemade compotes on your own and give your child to drink them through a straw from both a glass and various colorful drinking bowls.

Cases where a young mother is contraindicated in the use of kiwi during breastfeeding

Kiwi is contraindicated nursing mommy in the following cases:

  • in violation of renal function;
  • with increased acidity of gastric juice;
  • with ulcers and gastritis of the stomach;
  • in case of poisoning.

How to enter kiwi in the diet of a nursing mother

Pediatricians believe that introducing kiwi into the diet of a nursing mother should be no earlier than three months after delivery, the best option is 5 to 6 months. But every mother should know her baby and determine whether he is ready for innovations.

When a woman is allowed to eat kiwi after childbirth:

  • if a woman ate this exotic berry before and during pregnancy, no negative reactions of the body were observed;
  • after consulting a pediatrician;
  • if the baby is 3 months old;
  • if the child does not suffer from increased gas formation and skin rashes.

Rules for introducing kiwi into the diet of a nursing mother:

  1. It is necessary to introduce kiwi gradually from one to two slices per day in the first half of the day. Then wait two days to see the reaction of the body of the baby. If after 48 hours no negative reactions are observed, you can double the amount. When the child is fully accustomed to the new product, you should use no more than one kiwi per day.
  2. When the first signs of an allergic reaction or problems with the tummy of the baby appear, stop eating kiwi for food.
  3. In parallel with the introduction of kiwi, do not introduce other new products.
  4. There is a kiwi half an hour before the main meal.
  5. You should choose only ripe berries, with a uniform skin color, no dents.
The absence of hairs on the surface of the rind of the berries indicates a poor-quality berries

Allergy has a cumulative effect, so it may appear even after a week. For any change in the skin and condition of the baby, it is necessary to exclude kiwi from the diet of the young mother. After two months, you can re-try to enter this exotic fruit in the diet.

How to choose a quality product

The modern market offers a huge selection of kiwi varieties. But how to choose a quality product and when you come home not to send all the good you bought into the trash can? First of all, you need to pay attention to the size of kiwi. Berry should not be small and not quite big. The ideal color of the skin is a uniform dark brown with fibers. When you click on the berry juice does not ooze and do not appear dents.

Reviews of nursing mothers on the use of kiwi during lactation

After studying the forums of young mummies who breastfed their babies, they came to the conclusion that, despite the fact that kiwi became an ordinary berry for most Russians, women are suspicious of this “exotic”. Many of them cannot even explain the reasons for such a wary attitude. But as in any situation, there is a completely opposite opinion. Some women calmly use this berry and do not see changes in the behavior and well-being of the baby.

I eat kiwi, and in general everything is already. On chocolate poured out when he was 1 month old. And then after 3 months I tried again and nothing happened. Since then, I eat everything.



I love Kiwi too. Already ate, with my child everything is fine, I do not limit myself in diversity, only in quantity. I think all children have different reactions.



In general, exotic fruits are not advised to eat with HB, but all children are individual. Try a piece, if nothing happens, you can, probably. We are 3, 5, but so far, apart from apples, pears and bananas, I have not eaten anything. Although, the persimmon ate once and everything was ok.



my baby is three months old. we are only on gv. weight gain 1.2kg every month. since yesterday evening, bunches and mucus are yellowish-greenish. and so sutra and at night cocoa normally. I know that up to 4 months. mucus is the norm. the pediatrician spoke. but I ate a few days ago a kiwi (och wanted)



I have already eaten a pineapple for the new year (we are also 3 months old), a week ago I ate mandarins, I eat kiwi all the time, I really love this fruit. Daughter poured only on the red fish, no longer eat it until

Khnykina Elena


Like most fruits, especially exotic, kiwi has its pros and cons when it is consumed by a young woman during lactation. But each mother has the right to decide what is best for her own health and the health of the developing baby. The main principle when choosing food during lactation: "Do no harm!".