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    Question Foods to avoid

    Can anyone give me an idea of some foods I should avoid while breastfeeding? I've heard so many different things, but I don't know how MUCH of certain foods will upset my LO (like will a little garlic in pasta sauce be a big deal?). I know every baby is different, but some general ideas would be great!

    I had caramelized onions last night with my dinner and DD was in major stomach pain all night. I'm wondering if it was from those, or the green beans, or maybe even the chocolate ice cream I had for desert!

    Any advice would be great. Thanks!

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    Default Re: Foods to avoid

    hi, i know that when i went to the doctor they told me to eat lots of fruits veggies ad basically have a healthy diet. and if you have a question about what upset her, try and eat a small portion of what you ate last night and see which one affects her, then youll know what to avoid. i hope that helped.

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    In most cases you should be able to eat pretty much whatever you want. Some babies can be sensitive to caffeine. Some babies can have sensitivities to mom's diet - usually one of the first suspects is dairy.

    Here are some good resources:

    http://www.llli.org/NB/NBmaternalnutrition.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/gassybaby.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns...nsitivity.html
    Lynn
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    Different foods will affect different babies, just as they would adults. Your baby may like something you wouldn't expect or be sensitive to something you would never suspect.

    Some basic rules of thumb are these:

    *Whatever gives you gas, may give the baby gas.
    *Everything you consume goes through the milk. (medications, caffeine, etc)
    *Avoid foods that people in your family are allergic to.

    There are no bonafide food types that will bother your baby, for example, different cultures use more spices in their foods and their breastfed babies are not always affected. It's different for individual preferences and sensitivities. However, dairy is a very common sensitivity. If your baby seems to be affected by a food you ate, try and eliminate it from your diet for a while to see if it helps.

    Good luck!

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    from kellymom.com:
    http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/mom/mom-foods.html

    How will eating "gassy foods" affect baby?

    It is common for nursing moms to be warned away from eating the so-called "gassy foods" such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, beans, etc. However, gassy foods have no more potential to affect your baby than other foods.

    Eating certain foods may cause gas in mom due to the normal breakdown of some of the undigested carbohydrates (sugar, starches, soluble fiber) by bacteria in the large intestine (see Gas in the digestive tract).

    However, breastmilk is made from what passes into mom's blood, not what is in her stomach or digestive track. Neither the gas nor the undigested carbohydrates (whose breakdown can cause gas in mom) pass into mom's blood, so it is impossible for these things to pass into your milk to make your baby gassy.

    This is not saying that your baby will not have a sensitivity to a certain food, but a food's potential to affect baby really has nothing to do with whether it makes mom gassy.
    Lynn
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    DS2: bf 9/2009 -> ???
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    As far as gas goes, I am repeating what I was told in the hospital, and though it may be total coincidence, it seems to have been true in my personal experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rusaalka View Post
    personal experience.
    This is very true! I've been very fortunate to be able to eat just about anything with my LO and haven't noticed any correlation between my diet and fussiness or gassiness. When I was pregnant and now breastfeeding I frequently hear from people ... "I can't believe you're eating that!" (usually very spicy food) and them wondering if LO will be ok. The only thing I've cut out is caffeine and that's mostly because I'm so tired all the time I don't want to end up on a roller coaster of caffeine highs and crashes.
    Lynn
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    Quote Originally Posted by lsksam View Post
    This is very true! I've been very fortunate to be able to eat just about anything with my LO and haven't noticed any correlation between my diet and fussiness or gassiness. When I was pregnant and now breastfeeding I frequently hear from people ... "I can't believe you're eating that!" (usually very spicy food) and them wondering if LO will be ok. The only thing I've cut out is caffeine and that's mostly because I'm so tired all the time I don't want to end up on a roller coaster of caffeine highs and crashes.
    I can and do eat spicy things all the time, and admittedly, caffeine neither of us need from tea and chocolate But it has seemed that when I eat something that makes me poot, haha, the LO has some mighty winds herself. Could just be coincidence though.

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    As long as your baby doesn't show adverse affects, I say eat whatever you want. The more tastes they get from your milk, the better chance they will like a variety of foods when they get older. My best friend lived by this and her two daughters will eat anything!

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    I read a research article (peer reviewed published data) that consumption of garlic increased an infants nursing. It was a NIH grant funded project but I do not remember what journal it was published in. I will try to find it and post the source.

    From my own experience, I had to cut dairy out (I still have some cheese and ice cream). I now use rice milk and soy milk. My LO still has gas but after eliminating foods and adding them back in I found it was due to beans and I am a veggie for the most part so I can't give them up because I need the protein.
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