BFeeding and diet

Chequita - posted on 10/15/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )




To all moms who are bfeeding: What do you and don't you eat? I was given a whole list of things that are a no no, but my friend says she eats everything!


Tricia - posted on 10/18/2010




It's actually a great idea to eat a varried diet with a lot of different foods in it all of the time, but especially when you are nursing. Your milk changes taste based on your diet, so whatever you eat, the baby gets to "sample." And because babies like familiar tastes, they will be happier eating foods that they recognise from the taste of your milk. One study had half of the moms drink 8 oz of carrot juice every day while nursing, and then they fed rice cereal mixed with carrot juice insted of water to the babies. Babies whose moms didn't drink the carrot juice HATED the cereal, but the babies whose DID drink the carrot juice ate the cereal right up.


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Katie - posted on 10/20/2010




I've been breastfeeding for 11 months now and I can eat anything without it causing problems for my little man. For example, I love Indian food. A lot of people have tried to tell me not to eat it because it would bother my Son, but he has no problems with it. They more varied foods you eat while breastfeeding the more varied tastes they get to try!

Chequita - posted on 10/18/2010




Thanks guys! I really appreciate all the responses. You have helped me alot! One of the reasons I stopped breast feeding was because of all the things I couldn't eat! And I regret it every day! But if I have another baby, it will be different......

Laura - posted on 10/18/2010




some of those things on the list MAY cause a reaction in a baby. chocolate can loosen bowl movements, dairy can cause reactions, caffeine makes some babies jumpy, some children get diaper rashes from tomatoes, broccoli and greens can cause gas ect ect. the best thing to do is to eat in moderation and if your baby has a reaction, THEN eliminate that food. every baby is different and yours may not have any issues at all. i dont think i could go a year plus with out chocolate! hope this helps!

Catherine - posted on 10/18/2010




Wow Chequita, I've never heard of a list like that. Like Jennifer said, your only real concern is mercury in fish, so like when you were pregnant, you should be careful about that. Also, you should be careful about caffeine and alcohol, but you can have some. Anything else is fair game unless it's bothering your baby. I hope this helps, it doesn't sound like there's much left to eat on your list!

Brittany - posted on 10/18/2010




While everything you eat or drink goes through your milk supply, you can eat anything and your milk will still be super healthy! Of course you want to stick to lots of fruits and veggies for added vitamins for the both of you. As long as your baby doesn't have digestive upsets or is overly-gassy, you dont have to worry about what you're eating! It is a good idea to keep track of what you eat in a day for a while so that if you notice that your baby is being fussy or gassy, you can see if you have eaten something that might have caused it. When I first started breastfeeding, something that helped me a lot was to ask myself, "would I feed this to my baby?" before I would eat something. That helped me a LOT with my willpower or lack thereof =P

Chequita - posted on 10/17/2010




Here are a few of the things I was told not to eat: chocolate, onions, tomato (incl. paste so no pizza) cucumber, Broccoli, any green leafy veg, coke, coffee.......the list goes on!

Jennifer - posted on 10/15/2010




i eat everything but some things i am careful to moderate. i eat sushi and fish but i am of course careful about what kind of fish, and how much (because of mercury) but all women of childbearing age are supposed to be careful about fish, not just when pregnant or breastfeeding). i have a beer every once in a while as well.

i'm curious as to what is on your list of things you shouldn't eat? some babies are sensitive to dairy in moms diet but that is certainly not true for all babies...

Celeste - posted on 10/15/2010




There aren't really a list of foods that you can't eat. You can pretty much eat anything you want, unless it affects your baby. My first daughter, broccoli and beans would cause issues with her. My twin boys? I ate anything, didn't cause any problems.

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