Post # 1
If so was it because your baby was getting cranky or was it a decision from information you read?
I guess I didn’t realize that it was common to change your diet, no one in my family has allergies so maybe that’s why I’ve never seen any dietary change.
Also this baby has been a hot sauce fiend (or at least I’ve been a hot sauce fiend while pregnant), I guess cravings change after pregnancy but did your baby not like to nurse if you ate spicy hot food?
Post # 3
I know my cousin is always like “Uuggggg… Derek has been crying all day and I know it was from that coffee (Or insert cholo, spicy foods exc.) I had yesterday. I feel so bad hes in pain and I did it to him.”
They get whatever you eat and their little bland baby bellys are not used to that types of food.
Post # 4
We just met with a pediatrician and I asked about it, and she basically said that (unless the parent or kid has some other issue that may affect their food allergies or sensitivities) she doesn’t see a need to limit what you eat while breastfeeding right off the bat- she thinks it’s fine to eat whatever you want, and then if you notice that your particular baby seems to react poorly to a particular thing, think about taking that thing out of your diet and seeing if it helps. But in general, all babies are different, and what bothers someone else’s may not bother yours at all.
Post # 5
I gave up spicy and gassy foods but only because I knew they irritated her.
Post # 6
@SoontobeMrsA: What are gassy foods? Like beans?
Post # 7
I didn’t change anything and never had any problems. I tend to eat a lot of spicy and garlicky foods and it never bothered him. But I know other moms that eliminated those items once they started seeing gassiness/ belly problems in their little ones.
Post # 8
I had to give up milk, soy and egg due to bloody poops. The whole thing about spicy foods etc irritating the baby is supposedly a myth. (I’m quoting from Kellymom here… but keep in mind that Kellymom isn’t entirely accurate on all fronts. She says not to do Vitamin D supplementation, and that’s not in keeping with AAP recommendations.)
Post # 9
I have had to ask a few moms to contemplate and eliminate items from their diet for their babies when I am working in NICU because you can see a change in a baby sometimes depending on what a mom eats. The big things you see in the baby are excess gas, changes in poop, distended belly, not wanting to eat/breastfeed.
The common offenders that I have noticed are (in order):
Chocolate (at Christmas time there were some unhappy baby bellies in the NICU)
Hot sauce/chilli powder/salsa
Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower
Post # 10
I couldn’t eat chili or have anything with cabbage (sauerkraut) as my poor daughter would have terrible problems if I did. It wasn’t worth it to me, so I did eliminate them until she was weaned.
Post # 11
@Mrs. DG: Most of the information I’ve been reading from doctors/nurses says the same thing, that needing to avoid foods is a myth but then when I go to message boards it seems like moms have a different experience. How did you know those foods were the culprits for your daughter?
@Ms Mini: What do you recommend for the moms? Start bland and then see if you notice changes when you add in spicy or dairy? Or just eat what you want and if you notice cranky/gassy baby try a meal with completely different ingredients and see if there’s a change?
Post # 12
I think the biggest offender is cow’s milk. Our LC said that when baby is sick from Bridesmaid or Best Man it is over 90% off the time dairy related, followed by gluten. I’m already gluten free, so at least I’m ok on that front. Of course, “fussy” might be harder to gauge than an actual reaction to a food, but I haven’t noticed anything. I do feel bad, though, bc I did have some cappucino ice cream, then baby did seem a little wired. I didn’t even think about it probably having caffeine. 🙁 Sometimes, though, I just think babies get fussy, and I mostly look to make sure he isn’t spitting up too much or having gross diapers. My SIL just had to give up dairy, though, and her poor baby did have bloody stools. 🙁
Post # 13
I have a friend who gave up all peanut products while pregnant and breastfeeding. She heard that it decreases the chances that your baby will have a peanut allergy. I, however, crave peanut butter like crazy and read that it really doesn’t matter if I eat it.