Do I need to change my diet when I start breastfeeding?

Samantha - posted on 06/09/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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I'm due the 29 of this month, and i'm planning on breastfeeding. Do I have to change my diet, like stop eating whatever I want and only eat healthy foods? Also, during some parts of this pregnancy i've been sniffing things like rubbing alcohol, nail polish...etc, but I stopped about 2 weeks ago, can I still breastfeed?

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Kate CP - posted on 06/09/2011

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If you're huffing things then that can and will effect your baby in utero. I can't believe your doctor would tell you otherwise. If you're just in the same room as nail polish or using rubbing alcohol that's okay. But to actually sit down, open a bottle of nail polish or glue and sniff it on purpose is dangerous for your baby.

Kate CP - posted on 06/10/2011

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Okay, you don't huff glue. Are you huffing OTHER items like spray paint, sharpies, rubbing alcohol, paint thinner, etc? These are all REALLY BAD for the baby.

Kate CP - posted on 06/09/2011

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Okay, when you say "sniffing" are you talking about you were just in the area of these substances or were you actually huffing nail polish and glue?

And you can eat whatever you want when you nurse. Your body will take whatever it needs from you to make the milk nutritious. Even if you were literally starving you could still produce nutritious milk for your baby. What you eat really only flavors the milk and can sometimes cause upset tummies with some kids.

The rules for drinking while breastfeeding are NOT the same as for driving. Below is a great site with lots of breastfeeding information.

http://www.kellymom.com/health/lifestyle...

Alison - posted on 06/09/2011

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Samantha, I really hope you are going to discuss all of this with your physician.

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Kate CP - posted on 06/21/2011

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http://www.inhalant.org/inhalant/?gclid=...

"WHAT IS INHALANT ABUSE

Inhalant abuse refers to the deliberate inhalation or sniffing of common products found in homes and communities with the purpose of "getting high." Inhalants are easily accessible, legal, everyday products. When used as intended, these products have a useful purpose in our lives and enhance the quality of life, but when intentionally misused, they can be deadly. Inhalant Abuse is a lesser recognized form of substance abuse, but it is no less dangerous. Inhalants are addictive and are considered to be "gateway" drugs because children often progress from inhalants to illegal drug and alcohol abuse. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that one in five American teens have used Inhalants to get high.


Huffing, Sniffing, Dusting and Bagging

Inhalation is referred to as huffing, sniffing, dusting or bagging and generally occurs through the nose or mouth. Huffing is when a chemically soaked rag is held to the face or stuffed in the mouth and the substance is inhaled. Sniffing can be done directly from containers, plastic bags, clothing or rags saturated with a substance or from the product directly. With Bagging, substances are sprayed or deposited into a plastic or paper bag and the vapors are inhaled. This method can result in suffocation because a bag is placed over the individual's head, cutting off the supply of oxygen..."

Samantha - posted on 06/21/2011

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well this site i went to said sniffin and huffing are two different things.

Merry - posted on 06/10/2011

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Samantha, join the breastfeeding moms community, there's an AWSOMepE thread pinned at the top for beginning breastfeeding, it's full of tons of tips and help for starting out!
Best of luck and ask any more questions you have! We are here to help :)

Samantha - posted on 06/10/2011

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yay i'm so relieved, cause i'm not much of a healthy eater. and once agian I do not sniff glue....

Stacey - posted on 06/09/2011

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Ill tell you what I was told drink lots of milkn and juice and eat as if u were eating for 2 cuase u will still need the extra calories..just eat as healty as poossible and remeberf icecream is still good for u! Lol

Merry - posted on 06/09/2011

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Yup I enjoyed a piece of chocolate cake, and two cookies today :) I'm breastfeeding my one month old baby And my two year old son!
You can enjoy anything you want, but your body still needs healthy foods, your milk takes what your baby needs and so you might be lacking good stuff if you don't eat well, but women in dirt poor third world countries still make nutritious milk. It's said to be the beautiful gift for ba ies everywhere, as rich or poor every baby gets the same breastmilk!

Samantha - posted on 06/09/2011

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I have discussed the sniffing problem with my doctor, and she told me she don't actually think just sniffing will harm the baby bit it's still not a good habit to get in to, and no i would sniff it like put it to my nose and smell it , and it was only rubbing alcohol like what u use for minor cuts n stuff, and nail polish, but yeah i quit the sniffing alcohol all together about to weeks ago, occasionally i will take a sniff of nail polish, but i'm trying. so i can eat w/e i want whn i breastfeed. thats good i mean i didn't want to change my diet really... and i dont drink or smoke so that wont be a problem....

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also during some parts of this pregnancy i've been sniifing things like Rubbing alcohol, nail polish..etc..

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Tyrae - posted on 06/09/2011

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As long as you eat a relatively balanced diet you can have junk food too. Try not to drink TOO much, if you can drive you can breastfeed is the rule for that. You should still be able to breastfeed after sniffing that stuff, although to tell the truth it wasn't healthy at all whether the baby is in you or not. It's a good thing you stopped doing that. If you are worried that you aren't eating a well balanced diet I would also take some prenatal vitamins, they help give you the boost of nutrients you need to help you and your baby stay healthy. Good luck! Breastfeeding is a difficult thing to get started but once it is established it is a truly magical bond you can have with your baby.

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