This ‘secondhand sugar’ solely comes from the mom’s diet, through the consumption of foods such as energy drinks, frappuccinos, and cranberry juice cocktails for examples.
“New moms can prevent passing secondhand sugars to their children by eating and drinking less sugars while pregnant or breastfeeding,” Goran said. “Caregivers can shield babies and children from harmful effects of sugars by carefully choosing infant formula, baby foods and snacks without added sugars or sweeteners.”
However, not all sugar is bad for babies. Lactose, a naturally occuring sugar found in breast milk, is important for infant growth and development.