Transfer rate of food to breast milk

Sharon - posted on 10/21/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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How long does it take for what I eat to be in breast milk? I need to know how what I eat affects my baby's food supply.

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Sharon - posted on 10/21/2011

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No, there isn't a specific food or beverage. This is my daughter's baby, 2 weeks old, and she is wondering, when her baby is fussy or gassy or spits up, what it might have been that she ate, and she wants to know if there is a time period. So, for example, she is not drinking caffeine, but if she did, would her baby be affected an hour after or 12 hours after. Her baby does not have gastrointestinal problems so far, except for here and there.

Christina - posted on 10/21/2011

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I can't tell you exactly how long it takes for the food you eat to affect your breastmilk, because there are so many variables involved, including how often you nurse, the type of food you eat, and your individual body chemistry and metabolism. An average (and this is only an average) is about 4-6 hours, but it can reach your milk as soon as one hour or take as long as twenty-four hours. hope that helps!

Kelina - posted on 10/21/2011

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there are some foods that many babies have issues with in the first few months of life and often they taste delicious! Often things that taste strongly like garlic and other taste good smell bad foods, oddly broccoli, and often dairy for the first couple of months. I hear from a lot of women who had issues with fussy gassy babies that cleared up when mom stopped eating dairy, including my own. Something about the cows milk protein is difficult to digest the first few months.

Christina - posted on 10/21/2011

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its tough for the first few months. the baby is getting used to new things too. after two months and shes express enough milk to store...she can always pump & dump. Its here you consume caffine or alcohol (just saying) and then she can express milk after a cpl hours & dump it out (dont give it to the baby) give the baby what she has stored in the freezer. This helped my friend out alot. So she could enjoy her morning caffine & not effect the baby. She can research breast feeding on-line & give her more information about that. Good Luck!!

Katherine - posted on 10/21/2011

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THE WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING, page 225, states that the amount of caffeine in five or fewer five-ounce cups of coffee (less than 750 ml) will not cause a problem for most mothers and babies. (It might be helpful to measure the number of ounces in a typical coffee mug, as many are 8 to 12 ounces or more.) The BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK, page 98, reminds mothers that when figuring caffeine intake, remember all sources of caffeine such as colas, some pain relievers, some cold medicines, and other medicines. Chocolate contains theobromine which can act like caffeine in both the mother's and baby's systems. A baby who is being over-stimulated with caffeine will be wide-eyed, active, alert and perhaps fussy.

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Kelina - posted on 10/21/2011

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ist here something specific you want to eat but baby gets fussy afterwards?

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