Zobo drink or Hibiscus tea is a popular drink in Nigeria. People consume it in large quantity because it comes from a natural plant and has many health benefits.
However, if you have been following this page closely, you would have learned that despite the numerous health benefits, Zobo has some serious side effects, especially during early pregnancy days. In this article, we will focus on the issue of Zobo and breastfeeding.
A breastfeeding mother, just like a pregnant one, should first consult her doctor for directions. If the doctor says you can drink it, you’ll get lots of advantages while breastfeeding. If not, then you need to stay away.
Specialists in the field of breastfeeding recommend that women consume as much fluid as possible. It is useful to consume green tea with milk, fruit drinks, and medicinal herbs. A lot of women give preference to zobo drink but you need to put the health of your baby first before your personal preference.
Zobo drink is made from Hibiscus flower and this flower has a pronounced allergic activity. If a lactating woman is allergic, it is strictly forbidden to use Zobo drink. If the propensity to allergy is absent, then the nursing mother should closely monitor the behavior and condition of the baby.
Hibiscus allergens can enter the baby through breast milk and cause a hypersensitivity reaction. The negative reaction can be expressed through the appearance of skin rashes, redness, a decrease in appetite. The child becomes capricious, constantly crying.
In addition, because of Zobo, the baby may develop digestive disorders. If a nursing mother is abusing this drink, a newborn develops flatulence, intestinal colic, and dysbiosis.
Particular caution is recommended to those mothers whose children have problems with urinary tract and kidneys. The ingestion of drink components into the body of a child with breast milk provokes exacerbation of chronic diseases.
The tonic effect of the drink is reflected in the state of the newborn in the form of sleep disorders and increased irritability. It is recommended for a breastfeeding woman to start using Zobo drink only after the introduction of complementary foods when the baby’s body is not dependent on the chemical composition of breast milk alone.
How To Brew Zobo Drink Properly
If the nursing mother and her baby do not have serious contraindications to the use of this drink, then a woman can drink a cup daily. If you want it to have a rich taste and a lot of advantages, you need to brew it properly. There are 3 different ways to do:
- Take a container, put 1 tbsp. of dried hibiscus petals, pour 350 ml of boiling water and cook on low heat for 2 minutes. The received drink is recommended to strain and use as in warm or in a cold form.
- Take 1 tbsp. of petals, pour 250 ml of warm water and leave it in the thermos for 30 minutes.
- Take 1.5 tbsp. of hibiscus flowers, pour 350 ml of potable water at room temperature, add 1 tsp. of sugar and leave it for 1.5 – 2 hours. The resulting drink can be consumed in a cold form.