can eating badly make your baby fat when breast feeding

Holly - posted on 01/17/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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does it affect your babies weight if you eat a lot of high fat or high sugar foods?

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Eating badly will not affect your baby's weight, but it can cause even more problems for you. Your body will take nutrients from you where ever it can get them in order to make breastmilk. That means you can end up with some serious vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Continuing prenatal vitamins while breastfeeding is strongly recommended for even the healthiest eater so you can't depend on those to get what your body needs. The bottom line is your baby will be fine no matter what you eat.

Shannon - posted on 01/17/2009

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Eating a lot of fatty, fst foods or just generally not so healthy like foods is not goingot cause your child to be over weight...at least not a baby anyway who gets it from Mom...but oth you and your baby will be extremely unhealthy!! Both of you can end up with vitamin deficiencies, hair loss, weak bones teeth and muscles etc... I am a trained dietician, and sadly saw something very similar to this in a childrens hospital I worked in... the poor child was dehydrated, lacked calcium, viatmin b,d and one other that I can't even recall right now... at 6 months she couldn't even pick her own head up and she was extremely underweight.

Everything needs to be eaten in moderation.. we all need those treats now and then... and I admit, I an Oreo fan... would eat a whole package if giventhe oppertunity... and once in a while, all thoughI would feel like crap... it really is okay... but don't do it everyday!

Christina - posted on 01/18/2009

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Do you feel you're child is overweight? One thing that our ped told us was that she wasn't concerned at all with weight gain for the first year. My little guy is 5 months and 18 lbs. I do splurge on the occasional cheeseburger and I have a mad sweet tooth. But otherwise I chalk it up to being a healthy breastfed baby. =0)

Holly - posted on 01/18/2009

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thank you everyone thats really helpful just to make it clear i dont eat crap all the time but i have had a bit of a phase this last week or 2 due to stress as i have a 20 mth old and a 4 mth old and am due to go back to work soon and its stressing me out



thanks for all your comments though i feel a bit better now!

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Angharad - posted on 01/18/2009

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i do know that eating fatty foods can make an impact on how much milk you can produce and also makes it taste different i would sagest not to worry at all just try to have a variety of different foods as this is known to make babys less fussy about what they eat the way i see it is if you have double the amount of good food as you do bad then al is good so say in 1 week have 5 good food day and 2 bad lol like i said dont worry ask heath visitor what they think about her weight hope this helps x x x

Stefanie - posted on 01/17/2009

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Everything that I have read says that what you eat does not change the nutritional content of your milk, but rather the flavor. Eating healthy foods can set up your child's palate to eat healthier foods later. Also, he is watching what you eat, so eating healthy will show him what is good food and what is not.

http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/mom/mo...

Michelle - posted on 01/17/2009

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While it's true you need to have enough nutrition-filled foods while breastfeeding, I have definitely noticed that the amount of fat I eat does affect the amount of fat in my milk. For any child under two years, though, remember that fat should not be limited. (I don't mean give them oreos and ice cream, but don't try to put them on anything "low fat").

Kristi - posted on 01/17/2009

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Eating poorly while breastfeeding can greatly increase the nutritional value of your milk. While it is true that the nutrients will be absorbed first from your body it does effect your your milk quality if your diet is really that poor. Also, if YOU eat good foods your children see you and will do the same but if you have crap in your house then your kids are unlikely to make smart choices.

Heidi - posted on 01/17/2009

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I know a mom's eating badly can cause a baby to be underweight but I've never heard of it making a baby overweight. There is an article in the parents mag. this month about it.

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