What foods affect baby when breastfeeding?

Jolleen - posted on 03/25/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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How do I tell what foods I am eating that upset babies tummy when breastfeeding? Does anyone know the most common types of food that affect the baby when you eat it?

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Dvorah - posted on 12/11/2013

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I've researched this one with my 9 infants, as well as relatives and neighbors.
I began with a "safe" nursing diet, where I ate only what I would give a baby just beginning to eat. Then I added and checked foods. It worked for me and my relatives and friends, and now for my daughter.

Helpful foods: almonds, tahini (whole organic), oatmeal (is great) and other whole grains like quinoa, millet, rice, and if there aren't allergies to it in the family, wheat (including bread).

Some babies are not sensitive, but if yours is, try the following:

Unhelpful foods (caused crying, and actually writhing in pain with one of my babies: (Worst first): spinach, eggplant, pepper (sweet-all colors, hot, and paprika, as well as the spices), hot spices, cabbage and cabbage family (cauliflower, broccoli, kohlrabi), and legumes (beans, lentils, humus -chickpeas). Citris in large amounts (like orange juice), but you can flavor with lemon. Same with tomato, some in salad was fine, but not paste or juice.
Coffee, chocolate and especially alcohol are also problematic (alcohol is dangerous to the infant's liver).
Processed foods have chemicals and preservatives added and should be avoided.

Dairy products: Many infants cannot tolerate them even in mothers' milk.
Try a safe diet without them for at least 4 days (they have to get out of mother's and baby's system) and then add just a little at a time to test.

Sara - posted on 03/25/2009

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I eliminated onions, garlic, spices, peppers, fried foods, whole wheat, diary, chocolate, acidic fruits, eggs, nuts, caffine and alot of premade grocery items (granola bars, chips, etc.)  and slowly started adding them back in.  He is 6 months old and I still don't eat onions, peppers, caffine or fried foods.  Everything else has been added back in and he is doing great!  We did give him the Mylacon and I am sure it worked, but it was a kind of after the fact, he already had the gas and was uncomfortable.

Emily - posted on 03/25/2009

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Are you noticing a problem with your baby? If he has an allergy or intolerance the most common culprits are dairy, soy, wheat, and eggs. If you are worried about gas I have heard broccoli is a problem for some babies. One word of caution if it is a strong reaction to especially wheat or dairy- it can sometimes take up to two weeks to totally eliminate these products from your body even after you stop eating them so you may not notice a result right away. Additionally, both wheat and milk like to hide in foods under other names on the ingrediant list so make sure you are familliar with the terms and read labels religiously.

Erica - posted on 03/25/2009

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With little miss I haven't been able to eat quite a few foods. She doesn't like asparagas, brocolli, beans (any kind except green beans), cabbage, alcohol (I think my milk tasted funny the next day), too much caffiene. Now that she is older 6 months she doesn't seem so sensitive

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Darlajean - posted on 12/18/2012

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Hi, these are the things I stayed away from, I got this information from my doctor when I was having babies. I have passed it on to my family and others. "Food and Drinks to Avoid During Pregnancy"
No level of alcohol consumption is considered safe during pregnancy. Also, check with your doctor before you take any vitamins or herbal products. Some of these can be harmful to the developing fetus. And although many doctors feel that one or two 6- to 8-ounce cups per day of coffee, tea, or soda with caffeine won't harm your baby, it's probably wise to avoid caffeine altogether if you can, so I limit my intake and I switch to decaffeinated products. I cut back on sugars, we love our sweets. As I raised my children through out the years I had a nurse show me about better health with whole food in a capsule fruits and vegetables, since then my whole family has been at their best in their health. The key is to eat foods from the different food groups in approximately the recommended from your Doctor. I like Doctor Doug Odom, M.D. Obstetrics and Gynecology from Jackson, Mississippi this Doctor recommends Whole Food Juice Plus+ simply because the next best thing to fruits & vegetables. Good nutrition takes time and planning. Clinically proven Juice Plus+® helps you bridge the gap between the 7 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables recommended by The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the nutrition we actually get with our busy schedules is hard sometimes. Better nutrition would lead to improved medical nutrition in healthier mothers and newborns. My family , moms, babies and other children and their family love their extra help in healthy eating. There is information to study. Enjoy your time having a baby it's the great gift. Darlajean

Daniela - posted on 12/13/2012

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I have breast feed all my 3 boys,and I avoided the foods with very strong flavor,spicy,solty foods , garlic-hi,cabbage ,try to eat as healthy as you can .this will help having very good milk and for long time as well,is very good to eat a lot of home made sups,with .Hope this helps,it has been awhile since my last breastfeeding about 4 years ,other wise I would had telling you a list ,every time you eat see your baby how is feeling after feeding , if he sleeps ok if is fussy,his bowel movement and try in making a list ,this way you will now what to avoid,after all everyone is different,Good luck .Hope this helps

Tara - posted on 12/12/2012

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My babys almost diminished after I stop taking Metamucil. I had cut out dairy, wheat, onions ans all the foods that have been known to cause gas. For my LO it was the metamucil that made a fifference. Good luck!

Emily - posted on 03/26/2009

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Glad you got it al figured out! I don't thik I could live without garlic and onions lol. You sound like a great mom.

Jolleen - posted on 03/26/2009

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Thank you so much ladies! I think it may be garlic and onions, Italians put them in everything!

Dora - posted on 03/25/2009

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I wrote every thing down in a a little book I labeled "Gassy Ass!!" lol I would writer down every thing as much as I could, to see just what gave him a reaction I found it was mostly, wheat and broccoli and cabbage and black bean garlic and onions... I gave my boy mylicon gas drops on a regular basis they seem to help him a lot. I didn't cut every thing out of my diet because my Doc says that those are flavors that you wont your baby to get used to unless they are really fussing about then maybe cut it out of your diet, they also say that breastfed baby's are more diverse when it comes to new foods when they get older because of the different flavor in your milk each day :) so that is a plus.. my boy is 10 months and eats just about anything I give him..
Best of luck with your little one

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What foods affect baby when Breastfeeding?

How do I tell what foods I am eating that upset babies tummy when breastfeeding? Does anyone no the most common types of food that affect the baby when you eat it?


 cabbage, onion, peas, garlic, baked beans all the sort of windy vegetables and foods  can cause a few problems, i had the same problem with my son.

Michelle - posted on 03/25/2009

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I was told that you can eat and drink anything apart from alcohol, personally tho ive foud that i cant eat or drink alot of caffine including chocolate and fizzy drinks and also if i drink to much milk it upsets my babys tummy. I stay away from garlic and pickles aswell as theese also seem to disagree with my baby. Hope this helps some. Oh yeah nearly forgot, any spicy food is a no no. I had a curry once....... Never again!!!

Danielle - posted on 03/25/2009

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When I was breastfeeding my baby I noticed she would gas on anything so I started using Beano and that helped alot. Also they make this great stuff for babies called gripe water, I would give her some with just a little bit of fluoride water in a bottle. That worked until she was 8 months old when I stopped. But after using thos products I had no problems at all.

Shereen - posted on 03/25/2009

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With my son he was bothered by Dairy and Wheat i also noticed that it made his colic worse. Most doctors will tell you that there is no diet restrictions but every time i cut out

dairy and wheat out of my diet my son would get better and if i ate it again he would get worse. Hope this helps. Shereen

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