(Closed) Did you change your diet while breastfeeding?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

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
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Bee Keeper

I gave up spicy and gassy foods but only because I knew they irritated her.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

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
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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):

Dairy

Chocolate (at Christmas time there were some unhappy baby bellies in the NICU)

Hot sauce/chilli powder/salsa

Garlic/onion

Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower

 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

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 # 12
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Buzzing bee

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

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.

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