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Thread: foods to avoid when breastfeeding

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2007

    Default foods to avoid when breastfeeding

    I have heard that woman who are breastfeeding should not consume chocolate. I think I have also heard that they should not have cow's milk.

    Is there any truth to these? Also, is there a list available somewhere of foods to avoid when breastfeeding?


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006

    Default Re: foods to avoid when breastfeeding

    A SMALL number of babies do react to certain foods their mothers consume. The majority do not and therefore you do not have to worry about what you eat.

    Here's a link to check out: http://lalecheleague.org/FAQ/avoid.html

    Check the allergy info in the above link to read about signs to watch for to know if something could be bothering you baby. Otherwise there's no need to worry!

    Here's more info I found here: http://www.breastfeedingonline.com/12pdf.pdf

    "Myth: A breastfeeding mother has to be obsessive about what she eats.

    Not true! A breastfeeding mother should try to eat a balanced diet, but neither needs to eat any special foods nor avoid certain foods. A breastfeeding mother does not need to drink milk in order to make milk. A breastfeeding mother does not need to avoid spicy foods, garlic, cabbage or alcohol. A breastfeeding mother should eat a normal healthful diet. Although there are situations when something the mother eats may affect the baby, this is unusual. Most commonly, "colic", "gassiness" and crying can be improved by changing breastfeeding techniques, rather than changing the mother's diet."

    Anne- Mom to two active boys: Henry 10/06 and Jamie 4/09

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