first time mom, breastfeeding and what to eat or not to eat

Dorienne - posted on 07/11/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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i'm breastfeeding and wondering what to eat or not to eat,....my daughter seems gassy all the time, and poops once or twice a week is it normal?

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Angie - posted on 07/12/2009

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when im breastfeeding i dont eat any gassy food cabage,broccoli coliflower .no spagetti,no pizza,no spicy stuff anything i thought would upset me or that was hard on my system and i did not drink alot of milk or dairy ive had 6 children and not one has had colic or gas thay were all great babies i dont know if my diet had anything to do with it but it could have helped good luck

Minnie - posted on 07/11/2009

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What you eat really has no bearing on your baby's gassiness- if what you're thinking is stuff like broccoli, cabbage, etc. YOU yourself can get gassy from those things because of the way they break down in your gut. But those veggies don't go into your blood stream- if that was the case, you'd have gassy blood!! You're not going to have 'broccoli milk' if you eat broccoli, or 'pizza milk' if you eat pizza.



Gassiness in breastfed babies is due to the immaturity of their own gut, a poor latch, and a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance, which can be rectified by block feeding.

Infants can have protein allergies, like wheat, cow's milk, and peanut, but that generally doesn't cause gassiness.

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I have always wondered if there was any truth to "gassy" foods affecting breastmilk. I still have no conclusion on it, but... after my last baby I opted to have my tubes tied a month after he was born. During the surgery they filled my abdomen with gas to inflate it so they could see what they were doing. They said they can't get all the gas back out and my body would absorb it... It seems that caused me to have the most wretched gas for a few months! And my son's was just as bad, and when mine was gone so was his. Of course this doesn't help you with your diet, but perhaps it does matter what we eat, or what is in our bodies anyhow...

There could be other causes too. And the pooping is perfectly normal, as long as she does not seem to be in any distress when she does poop.

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Several people have already mentioned these, but I've found that broccolli and cabbage are the worst offenders for my son. When he was only a few days old, I had a salad with cabbage in it (without thinking), and he was up all night crying (and so was I)! I think my husband and I only slept for an hour that night... no fun... but I have since tried small amounts of both, and he's been fine. Every baby is different! As long as you're thoughtful about what you're eating so you can notice any trends that may emerge, you're doing great. Good luck!

Susanna - posted on 07/13/2009

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no chocholates - the caffeine may keep her up. No cabbage - creates lots of gas. No alcohol / smoking of course! Avoid raw foods - eggs, fish (sashimi) for fear of salmonella.

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Jaime - posted on 07/13/2009

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I found that chocolate, nuts, any significant quantity of dairy, shrimp, broccoli, cabbage, raisins seem to cause my baby to be gassy. I know it is good to have a varied diet while breastfeeding, but when you see how hard your little one cries with gas pains, it is easy to cut things out of your diet or have a bland diet for them. Gas drops around meal time also seem to help.

Tanya - posted on 07/12/2009

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Everything you eat your baby eats. Anything that gives you gas will be even worse for her because she can't walk it off. Somethings that I've noticed is cabbage, beans, some fruits, and spicey foods. It will depend a little though what you at while you were pregnant. If you ate something alt that would normally make people gasey it might not bother her.

Jocelyn - posted on 07/12/2009

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you can eat whatever you want dear, and then if you see your baby getting fussy, cut out one thing at a time (just like you would do with allergies). just watch your caffeine intake, some babies are really sensitive to it (ie chocolate)

Sara - posted on 07/11/2009

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When I had my son, I was not aware that the food I ate would affect him. I ate a fried chicken sandwich, he screamed for hours. So, I cut out everything, I never wanted to hear that pain filled screaming again. We never had an issue again. Slowly I started adding foods back into my diet, one by one. One day I ate 2 chocolate covered graham crackers and he spit up all of his dinner and the next 2 nursings. I have a friend that ate everything under the sun and said her sons never had any problems, but they had to get special bottles to prevent gassiness. Some people say that there is no correlation, but it is so worth it to play it safe and have a happy baby, it is only a few months out of your life! Our son is almost 10 months old and the only thing I still haven't put back in my diet is Indian food, Chinese food or really spicy foods. I cut out: onions, broccoli, garlic, spicy food, fried food, chocolate (a little here and there), cabbage, soda, and really acidic fruits. Again, it is only a few months! As for the poop, it is very normal for breastfeed babies to go many days without a bm, as long as is it soft, its good!

Amber - posted on 07/11/2009

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Quoting Dorienne:



Quoting dana:




Quoting Stina:

I eat my usual diet wich is pretty balanced... There have been times after eating spicy food that my DD didn't seem as enthousiastic about eating but I figure it's good to eat a varied diet b/c it varies the flavor of the milk and sets the baby up for enjoying a wide variety of foods.
1-2 poops a week? Lucky you! My ped said the poops would start slowing down as she got older... but now it's more like, she has two seperate times of day when she is pooping lol.








This may sound ridiculous but, I've been on here awhile and still can't figure out what DD means.  Can someone help me out










yes really what does it mean DD





dear daughter/ darling daughter ...

Dorienne - posted on 07/11/2009

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Quoting dana:



Quoting Stina:

I eat my usual diet wich is pretty balanced... There have been times after eating spicy food that my DD didn't seem as enthousiastic about eating but I figure it's good to eat a varied diet b/c it varies the flavor of the milk and sets the baby up for enjoying a wide variety of foods.
1-2 poops a week? Lucky you! My ped said the poops would start slowing down as she got older... but now it's more like, she has two seperate times of day when she is pooping lol.






This may sound ridiculous but, I've been on here awhile and still can't figure out what DD means.  Can someone help me out






yes really what does it mean DD

Amber - posted on 07/11/2009

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i was once told that if a food makes you gassy, it has a good chance of making the baby gassy. as for the poop my DD does about the same thing. Her doctor told me that BF babies can go up to 10 days w/o poop.

Dana - posted on 07/11/2009

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I have to say I'm a bit confused on the broccoli comment b/c I never eat it and the one time I did my son was up all night with horrible gas and he never has problems with gas. I also noticed that when I cut back on dairy his colic went away ( it wasn't colic with gas) and certain foods make his eczema come back.

Dana - posted on 07/11/2009

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Quoting Stina:

I eat my usual diet wich is pretty balanced... There have been times after eating spicy food that my DD didn't seem as enthousiastic about eating but I figure it's good to eat a varied diet b/c it varies the flavor of the milk and sets the baby up for enjoying a wide variety of foods.
1-2 poops a week? Lucky you! My ped said the poops would start slowing down as she got older... but now it's more like, she has two seperate times of day when she is pooping lol.



This may sound ridiculous but, I've been on here awhile and still can't figure out what DD means.  Can someone help me out

Alicia - posted on 07/11/2009

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After cutting out everything imaginable from my diet when my son was a newborn, I came to the conclusion that it wasn't likely to be what I ate but just that his system was figuring itself out.

Jessica - posted on 07/11/2009

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i have noticed personally that cabbage and broccoli make my little one gassy and also delivered pizza not sure on that correlation lol.

Stina - posted on 07/11/2009

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I eat my usual diet wich is pretty balanced... There have been times after eating spicy food that my DD didn't seem as enthousiastic about eating but I figure it's good to eat a varied diet b/c it varies the flavor of the milk and sets the baby up for enjoying a wide variety of foods.

1-2 poops a week? Lucky you! My ped said the poops would start slowing down as she got older... but now it's more like, she has two seperate times of day when she is pooping lol.

Olivia - posted on 07/11/2009

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If you notice that she is extra fussy after you eat something try cutting it out and see. My baby would be gassy when I had a lot of milk in my diet.

Karla - posted on 07/11/2009

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I breastfed for 7 months and my daughter just weaned herself off. I ate pretty much everything from sour to sweet to spicy. Watch the spiciness though if you're like me, because I loved it, for rashes. And definitely watch the fishes you eat that have too much mercury. :)



Otherwise, indulge dear :)

Amelia - posted on 07/11/2009

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I was told by my baby's ped that some babies are just gassy, and that I shouldn't worry about "gassy foods". Their digestive systems are still developing, and that, combined with actual feeding habits (gulping air, not latching on correctly, etc.) is what usually causes gas. I would be more concerned about any obvious allergic reactions and eating foods that contain high levels of mercury (watch what type and how much fish you eat).

Nicole - posted on 07/11/2009

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Like adults, every baby is different as far as gassiness and bowel movements. As long as her bowel movements are soft she's ok. My first had them all the time - up once or twice an hour at first - but my second was every 3 days or so. As far as gassiness, I've been looking up info for something for myself and saw that even if a nursing mom eats gassy foods it doesn't cause gassiness in the baby because the gassiness is brought on through the digestion process whereas baby gets her food from the blood. BUT, she could be having a reaction to a certain food or more likely, getting air at the breast or while crying that's causing it. Hope that helps! Good luck! (Mom of 3 breastfed kids).

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