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Can You Eat Shellfish While Breastfeeding
Breast milk &allergy: If the baby is definitely allergic to the seafood you wish to eat (meaning positive skin test and challenge, or recurrent reactions), I would advise that you not eat it . Allergens can be transmitted in milk. If the baby is allergic to shrimp (example), but not to other shellfish or fish, not all fish need to be avoided by mom, only the ones baby clearly has a clinical reaction to . ...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
4 mo boy exclusive breastfeeding. Has rashes on face every time when mom eats prawns or shell seafood. Allergy? Coincidence?
No: Since breast milk does deliver some food allergens consumed by the mother, it is not a coincidence if this happens every time you ate shellfish. I would suggest that you avoid shellfish or discontinue breastfeeding. At age 4 months, it is also time to introduce table foods (no shellfish) to the child's diet since this may actually reduce the risk of developing yet more food allergies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My breast feeding 3 1/2 mo baby has rashes on his face at times. Is it possible that's because i eat shell seafood?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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