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Q&A: Unsafe food for nursing moms?

Is there anything I should avoid eating or drinking while I'm breastfeeding?

Re: Is there anything I should avoid eating or drinking while I'm breastfeeding?

The Bump Expert

Fortunately, you don't need to change your diet too much while breastfeeding -- All the vitamins you take in will naturally go to your breast milk first. This means it's nearly impossible to deprive baby of what she needs. However, there are a few things that you should cut down on while baby's nursing.

Fish
You don't need to completely cut out fish, but the FDA recommends that nursing women (as well as those trying to conceive or pregnant) should limit fish intake because of its mercury content. Can't do without a good tuna sandwich now and then? Just remember that the FDA advises no more than six ounces of canned albacore ("white" tuna) a week.

Alcohol
Opinions on this one are mixed -- the American Academy of Pediatrics says alcohol in moderation (one or two drinks a week) is fine, while the March of Dimes recommends against drinking any alcohol while breastfeeding. Either way, you definitely need to keep an eye on your intake. Alcohol may make it harder for your body to product breast milk, and trace amounts can show up in your milk and may harm or bother baby. If you do have the occasional drink, wait at least two hours afterwards before nursing baby.

Caffeine
Your morning cup of coffee is fine, but don't go overboard. Too much caffeine can lead to a fussy baby who doesn't want to sleep. (Meaning you'll need more caffeine to stay up with her... meaning she'll be even less into sleep... meaning you'll need more... you see where this is going, no?) Remember, caffeine can be found in soda and tea as well as some of those over-the-counter medications you may be taking for common ailments. Just to be safe, always read the label.

Spice
Though your diet doesn't need to be completely bland, you might need to forfeit some flavor... especially if you're a lover of foods with a kick. Too much spice can make baby gassy and uncomfortable, so play it safe and avoid foods strongly seasons with spices like garlic or chili powder. Of course, every baby is different, so if yours doesn't seem bothered by spice, it's fine to indulge now and then.

Vitamin C
We wouldn't normally knock a vitamin, but this one has actually been linked to mild diaper rash in babies. Watch vitamin C rich foods, especially fruits like oranges and grapefruits. You don't need to completely avoid the vitamin, but be especially careful if you notice that baby seems to react after you eat citrus.

Paula Kashtan

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My pediatrition actually recommended that I have a beer every now and again as there is thought that it can actually help produce breastmilk and beer has a lot of good things in it. I usually go for O'Doul's but will sometimes have a Guiness and I have seen a difference (in a good way) for my milk production. As for the vitamin C issue it is VERY true and remember that strawberries are in that group too! I was eating tons of them and guzzling o.j. and wondering why my baby was so fussy until her doctor told me to avoid these!! Now I know!

Nora's mom |

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Be careful with tomatoes too. My baby gets really sick anytime I have anything w/ tomato. I was worried so I called his doctor and he mentioned that the acidic nature of tomatoes can make babies gassy and fussy.

KetchumCutie |

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I have cut out milk completely from my diet because it makes my baby gassy. This is especially the case if you are lactose intolerant.

AniMAkopyan |

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I have also cut dairy out of my diet. I found that she was more fussy and spit up more when I ate dairy. Also, spicy foods and tomatoes don't work for her either... she gets super bad diaper rash. Also, as far as alcohol, my pediatrician says its okay to have a drink everyday if I want. He said that more than two drinks is not good though. After a long day with baby, I look forward to a beer or glass of wine!

crowes |

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I had to stop eating caesar and ranch salad dressing. It gave my baby bad diarrhea.

shirls11 |

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I'm the same, caesar and broccoli gives my baby bad diarrhea.

shirls11 |

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I thought it was eggs, tomatoes, and dairy. That is until I switched her to cloth diapers and the bad diaper rash completely went away.

pumpknxoxo |

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Just say no to curry and onions is my new motto!! The curry that I ate one day cleaned my boys right out that very night and it took me a couple of times to realize it but after i ate onions my boys just did not want to nurse (i'm assuming it made my milk taste weird as it smelled a little funky) then after they did nurse they were super gassy and the smell... lets just say we had to leave the room!

alibau |

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Lemonade! I would choose it, instead of carbonated/caffinated beverages and MAN he does not react well. The acidity really hurts his tummy, and it took me three or four times before I figured it out.

dreamingforJesus |

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I've had to cut out pretty much everything that's been mentioned so far, and also, Babycakes does not respond well when I eat garlic. Man, do I miss flavorful food.

jengu |

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Any kind of salad and baby gets really gassy, fussy, and lots of poops. This is especially for spinich. Man do I miss it especially since I wasn't able to eat any salads for 9 months.

michelle81@comcast.net |

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my little one has trouble with milk products, acidic foods (tomatoes, strawberries and citrus fruits), broccoli, peppers, onions... probably garlic too. the caffeine in chocolate makes her fussy as well. I MISS ICE CREAM! : (

maverickchick |

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I discovered that if it upsets me, it will upset him. The problem with that is that I have a peptic ulcer, so EVERYTHING irritates my stomach & always has. I've spent most of my life just dealing with the consequences and eating what I want anyway. Trying to find things I can eat without hurting his tummy has been a real chore & we're still working on it.

thcitynengland87 |

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After a few weeks of my husband and I just thinking that we had a colicky baby and that we just had to deal with it, I started cutting out different types of food. So once cut out dairy, chocolate, coffee and caffeinated drinks and many vegetables and our baby is a totally different happy baby, no more hours of screaming due to gas!

launatall |

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My baby gets bad gas and stomach pains when I eat chocolate! Especially chocolate baked goods like cake. I REALLY miss chocolate. I ate a little bit nearly every day when I was pregnant.

KGallo |

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My DD is pretty tolerant to most foods except anything spicy or caffeinated. Spicy foods give her bad gas that is almost impossible to remedy and caffeine, even the slightest bit, will keep her up all night. I learned this the hard way after 3 days with no sleep!

crivera05 |

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The idea that certain foods in any mom's diet will cause gas in her baby is incredibly persistent but is not founded in research. If certain foods in moms' diets were an overall problem for most babies, we would expect that cultures that emphasize those foods would have more gassy and fussy babies, but this does not occur at all. This is not to say that certain foods would not bother a particular baby - this does happen occasionally (and it's more likely with very young babies). However, there is no list of foods that every mom should avoid while breastfeeding. In fact, most babies are fine with any food that mom eats, so there is no reason to avoid a food unless you notice an obvious reaction in your baby every time you eat a particular food. Most babies are gassy from time to time, some more than others. Gassiness is often worse at night. This is due, on the most part, to baby's immature digestive system and has nothing to do with what mom does or eats. Because so many people promote the idea that food in mom's diet causes gas, many a breastfeeding mom will immediately assume it is due to something she has eaten if her baby is gassy. In the United States we sometimes forget about nursing moms in other cultures. Indian moms who are nursing continue to enjoy their curries. Moms from Mexico will still eat their spicy dishes that are full of flavor. But we feel that while nursing we must adhere to a bland diet, and this is just not the case for most nursing moms. My lactioner from the hospital gave me all this information and a booklet on it. This is what she does for a living. Eating spicy food is totally safe and the only reason your baby is gassy is because their digestive system is growing so rapidly!!! Babies get gassy! Don't automatically associate it with the foods you ate earlier.

liz5160 |

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I have a glass of wine with my dinner almost every night. Baby is completely fine. Dr. said it's fine to have with a full meal. Feels nice after a long day. Plus, my 4-month old sleeps through the night, so I drink it after his last evening feeding and then he doesn't eat again until 5:30am, so it's completely fine. And I haven't really cut anything out of my diet - my little guy is completely fine - nothing seems to bother him.

JulieMTudor |

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I just wanted to comment that the people who say their babies have diaper rash: My son has never EVER had a diaper rash. He's 4 months old this week. I DON'T use baby wipes! You don't have to switch to cloth diapers (which are a pain in the a#$) to get the rash to stop. Just wash their bums after a poop, and let them air dry after a pee pee diaper. All the chemicals in wipes are what irritate their skin! If you don't believe me, try it yourself. Use baby wipes every time you go to the bathroom for a week, and I bet by day 2 or 3 you'll feel irritation too. :)

minckley |

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To say that what a mother eats does not affect baby I would say from experience is wrong. I am in fact mexican and eat spicy chili dishes and other not recommended foods about everyday all through my pregnancy and all before so didnt think anything of it once I had my baby. I went through 8 weeks of all day crying still not knowing what the problem was as I was told by my breastfeeding consultant (this is what she does for a living as well) that what I eat should not affect baby and that it probably wasnt my diet as he would cry ALL day long and sleep through the night just fine. Finally at my babies 8 week appointment I asked my doctor what could be the problem and he told me not to cut completely but to be catious of my intake of certain foods. He told me to limit caffinated and carbonated drinks, spicy food, nuts and chocolate. It has been extremely hard to limit these as I said before I put chili on EVERYTHING including my fruit but it has also been totaly worth it. I feel like I have a completely different baby! He is as happy as can be now. Dont get me wrong its different for everyone my sister also has a baby that is the same age as my son and she continues her spicy dishes and cafffeine everyday and it does not affect her baby, it all depends on baby and mom. I had an extremely sensitive stomach all my life and can only assume that my baby gets it from me.

niese24 |

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I haven't cut anything out. I was told to avoid all of the leafy greens and spices and such. But I am Italian and Puerto Rican and during the WHOLE pregnancy I had spices, garlic, onions, and gassy leafy greens LOL. So when I stopped eating everything I liked, I found that I was eating more junk food to supplement my palate with some flavor; leaving me with terrible acne, bad stomach aches AND a cranky baby. So with that being said, I have re-introduced all of my favorites and my little one has no problems with onions or garlic or anything else I seem to ingest and she is "eating" from my breastmilk. Sometimes, like a PP said, we forget what our cultures are and the bland diet in my opinion was the problem. :)

mrscheese15 |

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There is a book called eat right for your blood type, which can explain in full detail this problem. In short, it is your & your baby's blood types that effect fussyness & mom's healthy eating when a breastfeeding mom feeds her baby foods not good for their blood types. There are shared foods healthy for different types when mom & baby are different.

AutumnRE |

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Wow, I must be one lucky mom! I haven't found anything that I eat that bothers my baby girl! Spicy, tomatoes, OJ, milk. I pretty much eat whatever I want and she is great. I think it just depends on your baby, not what the doctors say.

BrookeBoecker |

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Come on....these articles need some research to back them up. GET YOUR ADVICE FROM RESEARCH! Try who.org, kellymom.com, and LLLI.org before you listen to the Bump who doesn't cite a single reference.

Mommy2Ciara2007 |

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The photograph paired with this story on the Bump's homepage is misleading. The photo pictures salmon with a "don't eat this" caption, but salmon is actually among the best fish to eat while pregnant or BF-ing as it is one of the lowest in mercury and highest in omega-3 fatty acids. What fish you eat is just as important as how much, but unfortunately this article drastically oversimplifies. Here are some links with more complete information: http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/fishmercury.htm http://water.epa.gov/scitech/swguidance/fishshellfish/outreach/advice_index.cfm http://www.nrdc.org/health/effects/mercury/walletcard.PDF

TobioLovesAce |

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I've been reading the comments on this page and noticed people said they found that certain foods affected their baby like ranch and such. Well, I had a very fussy little girl ever since she was born that we constantly had to give gas medicine to everyday, even when I was watching everything i ate. After eating at a certain restaurant a couple of times my little girl would scream in pain for hours....it was awful! I was talking about this to a friend of mine and she told me that the restaurant was loaded with MSG in their food. I also had put soy sauce in my food which is naturally loaded with it. So, we decided to start cutting out MSG which is pretty impossible since it is in EVERYTHING! MSG has always affected my stomach and had me running to the bathroom so why wouldn't it her? Ever since i have stopped eating foods with MSG I have a NEW baby which I haven't had to give her any gas medicine in weeks! MSG is in all soups and anything mayonaise based like ranch. msgtruth.org is a great website that lists foods with it. It is worth a try! Plus it isn't very good for you anyway!

smp755 |

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We use cloth diapers (which are actually not a pain to use, minckley) and cloth wipes, and our 2-month old daughter still got a diaper rash. We ended up using strained, organic, plain yogurt like a cream on her bottom and it worked wonders clearing up the rash fast!

slaurent24 |

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I had to limit my caffeine intake, but I can still eat and/or drink everything else. I think eating spicy food while your breastfeeding is a good way to get baby used to spices. My mom did it with me and I love spicy food and have a very high tolerance to hot food. As far as alcohol is concerned, I have a drink every now and again and find that it actually helps my baby sleep if he's fussy.

wulfeyes05 |

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If you are concerned about nursing, you should try studying for an online master degree nursing or you could ask for advice from someone who already has such a degree. I hope you will find my advice quite useful. Good luck and may God bless you!!

RichieRich1984 |

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Maybe you should try eat healthy.You don't need to smoke or drink because that could seriously affect the baby.You should also try to look for soy baby formula so you can be prepared when your baby is born.

marcydaoubt |

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Everyone is different. Every baby is different. Each of our babies will respond differently and may even respond differently to the sane food at different points in development. AND, cloth diapering works great for me- maybe not for others but pointing fingers about diaper rash is stupid. And have a glass of wine if you want it. Be careful and follow "best practices" when deciding to have a drink.

haleybug01 |

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I've read what most of the moms posted and I could not figure out what was causing my daughters tummy and pooping problems! I was told at her one month check up to cut out diary, well that didn't work so at her two month check up I asked again and the dr said cut out chocolate for three days and see if that helps. The next day her poo was normal and she was a very happy baby! Funny huh?!?

taraaton |

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Be careful drinking oj. I drank a big glass of it when I was nursing my older son and the acid burnt his bottom. When I went to change his diaper I smelled the oj and his poor bottom. Anything wth a lot of acid can do this so be careful with the amount you consume ;-)

mykslnd |

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Indian food is not my little girls favorite. Poor thing! I didn't realize it until I already ate it and she was not happy about it for a few days!

monkeymomma37 |

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I read on Candy Direct chocolatecoins that everyone knows that it is not safe to consume alcohol while pregnant as it can cause Foetal Alcohol Syndrome. However, many may not realize that their babies are susceptible to the same syndrome if they consume too much alcohol while nursing. While the child will get a condensed amount of the alcohol you are drinking, you will be feeding your baby alcohol just the same.

katerninaaslaw |

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This is outdated material. Can you update please?

Cajun Momma |

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Almost anything in moderation in FINE - you do not need to be a saint to feed your baby the way GOD and NATURE intended! Focus on a healthy diet just to feel good yourself. As far as spicy food is concerned, think of mothers in other cultures whose diet is exclusively spicy. They breastfeed their babies (and I feed mine) with absolutely no problems at all.

mama_tara |

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Every baby is different. My daughter (turns 6 next month) was VERY colicky and gassy, no matter what I ate. I was, at one point, down to basically water, rice and chicken with no seasoning. That is no way to live. Needless to say, she was on a bottle after about 6 weeks of trying everything. My son, on the other hand, could handle ANYTHING. I drank coffee, milk, ate a *little* bit spicy, and he didn't flinch. My biggest issue nursing him was that he was so big! Haha.

sara7venus |

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Is your "bump expert" trained in lactation at all? So discouraging to new nursing moms or pregnant moms to see they can't have something just because they are nursing- it's just not necessarily true! While I know some foods affect some babies, it isn't a universal truth. I do/eat/drink all of that stuff and my LO doesn't seem to mind one bit. Many types of fish are perfectly safe (and healthy) to include in your diet, alcohol in moderation even on a daily basis is fine- the amount that transfers to milk is very minimal- they worry is more about being able to care for baby. Recent studies have also shown that caffeine intake doesn't affect the majority of nursing infants and mothers who even drank 5-6 cups a day didn't have babies who were any fussier than mothers who didn't. Others have already pointed out that the need to exclude spices is bogus- nursing mothers in other cultures include with minimal difficulty. Quit using breastfeeding as an excuse and a negative, and a reason to make moms feel bad- SUPPORT!

MissLizLemon |

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Chocolate and caffeine are the 2 most common items that have an effect on my daughter.

faithloveandus |

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This is pretty irresponsible information, making new moms nervous where there's no need to be. Eat your spices. See how your baby does. Adjust as necessary. Vitamin C is said by some to help increase milk production. If you take it and it doesn't give your kid a diaper rash, then what's the harm. If it does, you adjust. There is a also a lot of good fish out there, but you need to do your homework.

thekimberlyb |

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For those who have babies with tummy troubles, you can try taking a digestive enzyme. My pediatrician recommended it so that I can eat certain foods without my daughter getting gassy. Tomatoes and beans make my daughter very gassy, but the digestive enzyme has helped tons! I also cut out dairy, as per the pediatrician's recommendation, but honestly, I'm not sure if I see a difference.

Shari16 |

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My baby was gassy & fussy her first 2 months and she had silent reflux. I tried cutting out foods but it didn't make a difference. Now she has mylanta supreme at nighttime before bedtime and I eat everything I want, dairy, curry, chocolate... moderation of course.

AgapeAdrienne |

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Gosh, maybe I am just lucky. Re Diaper Rash, I agree that cotton balls and water really are the only things you need to clean my baby's bum. I do use a little vasoline to prevent chafing and redness and it works TONS better than any wipe could. I only use wipes for convenience purposes, i.e., when I am not at home. Also, the only thing that really does seem to affect my baby is broccoli. Other than that, I eat Thai food (both during pregnancy and after), spicy Indian Foods, etc. and it doesn't seem to affect baby one way or the other. I'm a big coffee drinker, but I do limit myself to 1-2 cups a day, and I do have the occasional glass of wine, but I am conscious about waiting 90 minutes or so before I feed the baby. Been BF now for 6.5 months, and doing really, really well! Baby slept through the night starting at 4.5 months, and is developing normally. I only had 1 or 2 nights of gas and fussiness, and both nights I did have broccoli, but that is it. Really enjoying Mommy-hood now!

Joy704smle |

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I was told recently that although I was steering clear of caffeine that I should also beware of decaf coffee because it's processed with formaldehyde which isn't healthy for a baby and can be transferred via breast milk. I was advised to drink decaf that is processed using "sweet water" method.

oneway71 |

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I love eating Qdoba and getting black beans on whatever I order. I had it two days in a row once and my baby was so dang gassy and fussy! Now when I go to Qdoba once in a while, I don't order beans and she is just fine and so am I! Oh and don't think cloth diapers are a pain at all, because I don't have to run to the store when I am out. Running to the store and taking out trash is more of a pain to me! It's easy just to wash them and have them ready for when I need them.

coree730 |

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This is ridiculous. Your expert sucks! And needs to go back to school, I'm one of the most informed mothers I know, my dr even calls me a smarty pants because I answer my friends questions as well as she can! I drink a beer more than 2 times per week and my daughter has magnificent brain power already and it helps me relax which in turn helps my milk production, I eat spicy stuff constantly and my daughter has zero issues, I drink lattes twice a day and she sleeps through the night, I also take extra vitamins because in Colorado you have to ESP during the frigid winters and she's not hd any rashes. Stop worrying bf'ing moms, we hv enough to deal with as it is!!! Stress is the main factor in milk production just so you know, if you are stressed your milk won't let down. The bump is one of the worst advice websites ever! Try baby center mommies

brittnicole2012 |

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I thought the advice was good! I already knew it though cause I had already read it in other baby books. I really feel thy the caffeine and alcohol is important to stay away from. If you don't do it why pregnant why would you so it breastfeeding!

Daramann |

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Beer is actually supposed to boost your milk supply, though obviously you shouldn't breastfeed while intoxicated. I highly doubt that drinking even more than a couple of drinks will effect your supply UNLESS you drink enough alcohol and not enough water and get dehydrated or hung over. Obviously that's dangerous regardless of whether or not you're nursing. And I'm LI and I still eat dairy products, like cheese and ice cream, and it doesn't bother my 4 month old at all. I really didn't change my diet much during pregnancy, besides watching out for heavy metals (LESS sushi and no large fish, not NO sushi *gasp*) and I didn't drink at all. I think both of my kiddos haven't had issues with spicy foods because I didn't cut them out when I was pregnant. My daughter was eating Rotel by the handfuls at 8 months old.

smalltownteddy |

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I can eat anything on the list (except alcohol - I don't drink) and my baby will be fine, but I noticed that whenever I drink or eat something very cold, like ice cream or frapuccino, it makes her gassy. And by the way, she is 6 months old and I have always used baby wipes and regular disposable nappies, and she NEVER had rashes! the only time she ever had it was when I put a bit of tomato on her food, and she got rashes not only on her bum but also around her neck...

amandamagal |

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I hate lists like this. Bf'ing mothers are already stressed to the max with taking care of a new little one and worrying they aren't making enough milk. You do not have to watch what you eat and drink while bf'ing a beer a day is fine. Your body makes milk from the things your baby needs, not the extra stuff. My baby has never shown any aversion to anything I've eaten (jalepenos included). Lists like these only stress women out, causing low milk production and ultimately giving up on bf'ing or not even trying.

allisoncarney |

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Some babies are more sensitive to foods and whatnot. My daughter is extremely gassy, as I have been since I gave birth. Sometimes the gas bothers her, and I will do 'leg exercises' with her, which is lay her on her back(gassy babies will fuss a lot more, but give it a few minutes) and will bend her legs up towards her chest, you'll be surprised at the amount of gas comes out. I also found giving her a little bit of sugar water works as well. I put in about two pinches of suger in 2 oz of water. You won't need to give the baby the whole bottle, just a few swallows and it works in minutes. As for diaper rash, my baby has only ever gotten slightly pink, in which I found wet wipes that are water only, and I switch between cloth and disposable diapers. Disposables are for at night so she doesn't overflow her diaper. The only problem I have with her is her exploding her diaper everytime she poops, no matter what diaper she has one, it always goes everywhere!

Melissa1516 |

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I know I'm not suppose to go overboard on the morning coffee ,but i love mine strong. I was told one cup is ok. My question is, If i drink one cup of strong coffee does it still affect my baby's sleep? I dont drink tea nor drink soda.I drink flavored water,milk, juice(variety),etc. The reason I'm asking is that my baby sometimes has a hard time sleeping threw the night in some occasion. I don't know wheather its the teeth o that he is still hungry

bstarz76 |

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Do what works for you and your baby. I've been EPing since birth (NICU baby, poor latch) and you will learn what works. In the beginning, I thought dairy made him gassy, so I cut back. I also went light on the hot sauce, and no beans or broccoli. Now, I eat everything in moderation ( I don't go on hot sauce and beans binges all day!), no more than 2 cups of coffee a day (I had one a day while pregnant - a huge change for me being a former night shift RN!) And for alcohol, use your best judgement. If I have a few drinks after dinner, I pump and dump at night. If I have only one, I will wait an hour until I pump. You figured it our during your pregnancy, you can figure this out too!

Jenks509 |

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There are several aliments that should be avoided during the pregnancy. Still, me and my wife love to drink coffee. I know this isn't quite good and we try to drink less. While working for the donper America company my wife tried a specific diet and I was solidary with her, following this diet too.

LenBrannon |

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Peanut butter!! Research cannot prove it, but I ate tons of peanut butter while nursing. My baby is allergic to peanut butter! DO NOT EAT peanut butter while pregnant and nursing

tatacalifornia |

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potatoes leads to gas n cocunut leads to acidity resultin in indigestion

haathi |

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My daughter is definitely more awake after my morning coffee. Regarding diaper rash-- I just put a little breastmilk on my baby's bottom whenever she starts to get red. It clears up within a few hours. Breastmilk is amazing!

jordanandkelly |

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tareelolo |

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While I was looking through some frozen yogurt stores some of the salesman told me about what kind of food you are allowed to eat during pregnancy and after birth. Some people told me that dairy is good and others told me that you should avoid dairy at all costs. It is weird how we are the only species in the world that drinks other species's milk.

ShakiaCallo |

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I just had my third child and it is really making sense now about what I eat. It is simple, if it makes me gassy, it will my baby. If it makes me constipated, it will my baby. My first 2 children were "colicy" up to four months, but with my third I have taken extra measures and now at two months we have no more fussy times. I exercise and drink lots of water for constipation. I also eat a lot of dairy so I take a suppliment from Herbalife called Aminogen that naturally helps your body digest protein. This has helped both of us.

jschout |

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Thanks everyone. I did not even think about how I eat will affect my baby in terms of being colicky/gassy and etc. I've only been trying to avoid the basics like mercury, caffeine, etc. I've been trying to go with the similar diet as when I was pregnant. I never thought about too much dairy and such. Now that everyone's mentioned it, I think I'm more conscientious now. Anyway, papaya should help produce more milk for anyone having trouble.

wcgpooh |

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When I had my baby`s first party, we invited all our friends who have babies of more or less same age and we threw this beautiful brunch with all the decorations, cake and donper america frozen yogurts which were basically the delight of the day. And our cake had the shape of a toy car, since our little baby boy preferred it so.

conquerer |

Q&A: Unsafe food for nursing moms?

I'm sorry but all of this advice is ridiculous. No fish? No spice? Then its truly a wonder people in India, Japan, Indonesia, etc. are able to nurse their babies without catastrophic consequences. LOL. If it doesn't bother you and you ate when you were pregnant, baby will be fine.

kesquibe |

Q&A: Unsafe food for nursing moms?

I tend to agree with Kesquibe: you can eat almost everything, as long there are fresh aliments. I remember that I won a gift club of the month card once. I ordered a lot of products and my wife was eager to try them all. Nothing happened, in fact she was even more satisfied.

RonAbner56 |

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My baby is 5 mths old and had never had a diaper rash until I ate fresh strawberries......was really red all over and in pain.....it only took a couple.....

letman |

Q&A: Unsafe food for nursing moms?

We've been dealing with spit-up/reflux off and on now for 5 months. We go to a pediatrician but also saw a holistic chiropractor to do testing for food allergies and found that my baby has food sensitivities (not allergies) but that's what is causing her reflux. She's sensitive to gluten (wheat), dairy, and peanuts. It's been hard cutting these out of my diet, but anything is worth it for my baby. Even the little bit of something I eat can come through to her in my breast milk, so I have to be careful buying Gluten-free, dairy free and peanut free and make sure it specifies its made in a facility free of any of these things as well. Once we figure out one thing, another food seems to irritate her little tummy. She's been doing great for the last week and after a big glass of lemonade last night...its been awful spit up today! I'm just guessing too much acidity..I can handle no more lemonade to see if that's what caused it. It's definitely forcing me to eat better when all I really eat now is meat, veggies, and fruit! :)

laurashumanlee |

Q&A: Unsafe food for nursing moms?

Check out Dr. Jack Newman on Facebook. Lots of great breast feeding info with RESEARCH to back it up :)

blessing3 |

Q&A: Unsafe food for nursing moms?

It cracks me up that it says to avoid spice like garlic. We eat garlic in SO MUCH of our food. I am lucky that LO doesn't seem to be bothered by it.

babybrown2013 |

Q&A: Unsafe food for nursing moms?

For those of you who had gassy & crying babies due to you drinking milk, how long did the gassy belly last?

annamichelle |

Q&A: Unsafe food for nursing moms?

I laugh when I read that its recommended that mothers cut fish out during pregnancy and during breastfeeding...but alcohol in moderation is okay. Something's really wrong with the picture here. Where do your experts draw their parallels from? I scoff at your experts and the FDA because looking at the statistics in Asia, for example, that part of the world has some of the highest test scores in the world compared to children in the U.S., and Asian mothers' diets are all fish-based. Why don't your experts tell the truth...instead of telling women to limit certain fish, talk about the variety of fish they CAN eat such as the following: snapper, carp, freshwater perch, trout, squid, crab, scallop, flounder, catfish, mullet, anchovies, crayfish, sardines, salmon and tilapia, to name a few. Fish is an excellent source of omega vitamins and fatty acids for baby. I can't tell you how many days during the week that I ate fish that were low on the food chain. Think about it...which is safer -- eating more fish with very low mercury levels or eating chicken that has been steroided?

MIKIGILLOON |