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Which foods should I avoid while breastfeeding?

Which foods should I avoid while breastfeeding?

Allergenic foods: All over the world, women breastfeed their babies just fine. These women have very different diets from one another, yet as long as they eat balanced diets with a good variety of foods, they should do well with their breastfeeding. A breastfeeding mom may avoid a food that she is allergic to, or that she suspects is causing a change in a baby's behavior; and should discuss this with the doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Griggs
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What kinds of foods should I avoid while breastfeeding?

What kinds of foods should I avoid while breastfeeding?

Eat Your Usual Diet!: You can pretty much eat whatever you ate during pregnancy. What's really important is to get adequate amounts of dairy products and fluids so you can make enough milk. If you don't like dairy take extra calcium and if your vitamin d levels are low, take a good vitamin d supplement. As always take adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables and it is good to take a probiotic like acidophillus as well. ...Read more

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Can I eat spicy foods while breastfeeding?

Can I eat spicy foods while breastfeeding?

Yes: There is no danger from eating spicy foods, however if your baby seems fussy or gassy after those meals, you may have to eliminate or minimize those foods in your diet. ...Read more

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Is it ok to eat spicy foods while breastfeeding?

Is it ok to eat spicy foods while breastfeeding?

Sure: Mothers in all cultures eat the food native to their countries. I don't think those in mexico, greece, or thailand are eliminating anything from their diet. We know what a mom eats during breastfeeding flavors her milk to help the baby become accustomed to their native food. Some children can be fussy after certain foods, but mom's diet is blamed too much for a baby's fussiness. ...Read more

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What food to eat when breastfeeding for healthy milk?

What food to eat when breastfeeding for healthy milk?

Balanced diet/fluids: You have to have a balanced diet with enough proteins/carbs/fats and fluids, get extra 500 cals a day for a total of 200 cals a day.Avoid junk food and eat nutritios food whole grains fruits&vegetables diary, milk and yogurt, avoid if that makes baby fussy meat&proteins occasional treats. ...Read more

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Should I stay away from certain foods while breastfeeding?

Should I stay away from certain foods while breastfeeding?

No: Each baby is different, so if baby isn't feeling well (ex. More gas) you will have to experiment with eating different foods and watching for a reaction. Some mothers feel that their babies don't tolerate foods like broccoli, cabbage, and spicy foods. You may want to monitor baby's sleep if you drink caffeine or eat chocolate. Not everything makes it into breastmilk, however. ...Read more

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Which are the best foods for moms to eat while breastfeeding?

Which are the best foods for moms to eat while breastfeeding?

Good, balanced diet: All over the world, women breastfeed their babies just fine. These women have very different diets from one another, yet as long as they eat balanced diets with a good variety of foods, they should do well with their breastfeeding. A breastfeeding mom may choose to avoid a food that she suspects is causing a change in a baby's behavior, and should discuss this with the doctor. ...Read more

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If im breastfeeding what food I have to avoid so my baby wont get colics?

If im breastfeeding what food I have to avoid so my baby wont get colics?

Colic: There are no particular foods that cause colic. If there were foods that gave you trouble during pregnancy- acidic foods, caffeine, spicy foods- you may want to avoid them in the first few months after the baby is born. If you eat a particular food and notice the baby is very fussy, you may want to avoid that one for a while until she is a bit older. Eat healthy foods and see how it goes. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how have I affected my baby by eating so much junk food while breastfeeding ?

Can you tell me how have I affected my baby by eating so much junk food while breastfeeding ?

Baby likely OK: If you had a poor diet while breastfeeding, it more likely took its toll on you than on the baby. If the appropriate nutrients are not present while you are producing milk, your body will steal these nutrients out of your body's tissues in order to feed the baby. For instance, it will pull calcium out of your bones to ensure enough calcium in the milk for the infant. You need to get yourself back ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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