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Can I Eat Raw Cookie Dough While Breastfeeding
Yes, but risky: Eating raw eggs is often associated with contracting intestinal infections, such as salmonella. Salmonella can make you very ill. If you contract it, transfer to your baby, through handling, would be likely. It can be deadly to a baby or elderly person. Sounds too risky, if you ask me. ...Read more
Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more
I heard there are cookies you can eat when breastfeeding to provide the extra nutrition you need. Anyone know about them?
Healthy foods: Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, good sources of protein including dairy and milk if able. Also need complex carbohydrates like grains, rice, etc. Avoid spicy, fatty, fried foods and refined sugar. Drink pleanty of water and fluids. Continue taking your prenatal vitamins daily. ...Read more
Enough calories: A good variety is important, including some omega 3 fats (fish, nuts, olive oil), proteins and plenty of fluids. You should also take a multivitamin so you don't rob your body of calcium, iron and make yourself anemic or soft boned. The most important things are enough fluids to keep your milk supply flowing and enough calories to make the milk rich for optimal growth. ...Read more
Depends: The choice to eat only organic food is an individual one- depends upon your budget, availability of organic foods in your area. It is a good rule of thumb to eat a well varied diet. Some foods are grown with more pesticides than others- you can look at lists of foods that are recommended to be purchased pesticide free. ...Read more
Good balance: Eating healthy, well balanced meals is the best diet for breastfeeding (and for everyone for that matter!) be sure to eat a wide variety of foods; your baby is exposed to the different flavors thru the breastmilk so make sure you eat lots of veggies. Stay hydrated by drinking at least 64oz a day. Avoid highly refined and processed foods. ...Read more
Follow your weight.: No one can tell you. Your own brain and body will tell you. Eat protein 3 times a day and avoid processed foods, flour and sugar. As long as your milk is plentiful and you are not gaining weight you are doing well. You may even lose weight slowly without problems, 1-2 pounds per week. But stable weight is possible even as you convert fat into muscle into fat. Eat lots of leafy and green vegetables. ...Read more
Why does everyone tells me that I should not eat chocolate because I am breastfeeding, baby is 3 weeks. Why not?
Let me explain: Some babies are sensitive to certain foods in a nursing mother's diet. And since food allergies can run in families, it makes sense to avoid foods that you or the baby's father are allergic to. But there is no evidence that all babies react poorly to certain foods. Each baby is different, and a food that bothers one may not bother another. ...Read more
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
Healthy foods: You need the same balanced diet with lots of fluids and milk if tolerated but will need to eat more calories than for a single baby. Want to avoid refined sugars, fatty or fied foods, but lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates, especially grains, and sources of protein - dairy, meat, fish, fowl. Avoid spicy foods and condiments. ...Read more
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
Should Be: I am not aware of any proven problems. It is, I think, shark. ...Read more
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
diary, milk and yogurt, avoid if that makes baby fussy
occasional treats. ...Read more
Fenugreek: Has been widely used to increase lactatation and is generally safe and well tolerated. ...Read more
I'm breastfeeding and I'm overweight is it ok for my baby if I eat cabbage soup to loss weight? Thanks...
I weaned my baby from breastfeeding. What will I give my weaned baby to make him eat food and be strong and healthy. Thanks?
Depend on baby's age: If your baby is younger than 12 months of age, I would recommend baby formula till 12 months. After that you can give homogenized milk, but limit the amount to no more than 24 oz a day. If you give more milk, chance of developing iron deficiency is very high. The baby also should eat jarred baby foods, increasing the volume gradually. Start with vegetables such squash, green beans, and liver, beef. ...Read more
I eat out daily and can't be sure if abit of alcohol have been added to the food. Now that I'm breastfeeding, will that be a concern?
Alcohol in food: If you are eating food prepared with alcohol most of the time it is cooked- only the flavor remains not the alcohol. It is wise to limit alcohol intake while breastfeeding however cooked foods prepared with alcohol will not be an issue. However "jello shots" where the alcohol is not cooked, not a good idea. ...Read more
Which is the healthiest way to lose weight safely while breastfeeding? I know breastfeeding helps but that's not enough. How many x a day should I eat
Weight drops if...: "Dieting" is not needed, as long as the breastfeeding woman eats only as many calories as needed to maintain her normal (pre-pregnant) weight. For example, if she was 120 pounds before pregnancy and is now 145 pounds, she should eat just enough for a 120 lb woman. Her 25 lb excess will be gradually used up in the production of breastmilk (25 ounces of breastmilk contains about 500 calories). ...Read more
I'm breastfeeding and im afraid to eat too little because I don't want it to affect my supply but im trying to lose weight. I had my baby 4 1/2 months?
Balanced nutrition: If you eat a well balanced diet based on your pre-pregnant weight (calorie wise) & simply breast feed, you can lose a pound every week or two. Make sure you are taking prenatal vitamins & plenty of fluids. The loss will be slow but natural. The books that say to up your calorie intake to bf are assuring that you won't lose weight. ...Read more
60 g: During pregnancy and breastfeeding, we need 60 grams (gm) of protein a day. This is 15-20 gm more than usual. This "extra" is the equivalent of one egg, 1/4 cup of cheese, or one glass of milk. It is also important to maintain a well balanced diet and to stay on your prenatal vitamins. ...Read more
Breastfeeding/dietin: You shuld eat healthy nutritious diet, high in vegetables and protein, avoid fatty foods and exercise daily. Try to get enough sleep as well so your body does not produce more cortisol inducing more weight gain or difficulty gaining weight. If you are on a calorie redced diet you may not be able to make enough milk and it would be bad for the baby. ...Read more
Fruit and Veggies: Almost any fresh fruit or vegetable should meet your criteria. ...Read more
Yes: Sushi can be wonderful, healthful food during nursing. 3 health risks to know about 1) mercury. Some large fish, such as bluefin tuna can have high levels of mercury. You may want to minimize these choices. 2) parasites. Very rare in us. (<40 cases per year, mostly raw salmon or mackerel). Freezing, smoking, vinegar drops risk. 3) pufferfish. Fugu has potent poison if not prepared right. Why risk? ...Read more
Well balanced diet: And plenty of fluid intake.Get a more detailed answer ›
Flax breastfeeding: Flax seed meal is probably safe during breastfeeding as long as you don't take more than a normal supplemental amount of 2 tablespoons or so. Too much can decrease breastmilk supply due to estrogen effect. It can be a good healthy source of brain healthy fats, however, and is recommended on several health forums. ...Read more
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