Re: Food for Mom - Breastfeeding
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One of the reasons that so many women give up on breastfeeding is that they are held to completely unreasonable dietary standards. They're supposed to nurse while subsisting on a diet of bread and water- unless the baby hiccups and then they should probably stop eating the bread!
The only things a breastfeeding mom should routinely avoid are illegal drugs, large quantities of alcohol (the occasional small drink is okay), and large quantities of high-in-mercury fish. Every food on your list is absolutely fine for both you and your baby.
So let's say you start eating everything on your list and then your baby is fussy, has a gassy day, or comes down with a nappy rash. Should you immediately backtrack and start living on bread and water? NO. Babies are naturally fussy and gassy, and nappy rash is an occupational hazard of a life in diapers. Instead of focusing on transient episodes of fussiness, gas, or nappy rash, you want to look for patterns. If you feel like your baby is ALWAYS miserable or rashy after you eat a certain food, maybe you want to cut back on it a bit, and see if things change. Then you reintroduce the food and see if things change again.
So, what foods are actually likely to make babies gassy, fussy, and rashy? Not the things on your list. The foods that cause reactions in adults are generally not the ones that cause reactions in babies. If your baby is very gassy and miserable, you might want to consider limiting or eliminating your intake of cow's milk, since it's the top offender. Some moms also find that it's beneficial to limit caffeine intake- though I personally require a couple of cups of coffee in the morning, particularly when the baby is nursing all night long!
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