What foods are best to eat while breast feeding?

February 16th, 2013 by Emily
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Question: What foods are best to consume while breast feeding?
My baby is 6 weeks old and is breast feeding. I do have one problem, however. He is very gassy and will cry because his tiny tummy hurts from the gas. I was wondering if I need to consume differently to prevent this from occuring? Any suggestions? Thanks, Millie

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vegetables i would think

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8 Comments on “What foods are best to eat while breast feeding?”

  1. Daisy says:

    I had to avoid popcorn and chocolate when I was breastfeeding.

  2. maccrew6 says:

    drink milk, eat fruits and veggies, but avoid those that cause gas like broccoli, cabbage, etc.

  3. Donica H says:

    It does matter alot on what you are eating and drinking while you are breastfeeding. I would avoid alot of spicy stuff and anything that you think would make yourself gassy or anyone else it is very important to drink alot of fluids while you are breastfeeding i would suggest alot of water fruits and veggies just think of what kind of foods would be to rich like cheese and beans just avoid those types of food

  4. jenzen25 says:

    i had to stop eating peanuts, that was giving my daughter gas.
    avoid spicy things as well.
    always drink plety of fluids as well.

  5. ezgoin92 says:

    1) Keep taking your prenatal vitamins.
    2) Avoid foods that are spicy and anything that would make you gassy. (Like broccoli)

    You could even try and keep a food log to see if you can correlate what is upsetting his tummy.

  6. Jamie M says:

    I found this information on a website. This is just part of it. Check out the link for more info.

    A mother’s diet while breastfeeding

    One of the most frequently asked questions from mothers who are breastfeeding or pumping milk to feed their babies is, “Do I need to be on a special diet?” In most cases, the answer is no. Women who are breastfeeding should eat a well-balanced diet and drink enough liquids. Although shedding those extra pounds gained during pregnancy may be one of your biggest concerns, strict weight-loss programs are not recommended, especially during the first few months of breastfeeding. There are no special diets a breastfeeding mother must eat, but the following suggestions may help you focus on your eating patterns while breastfeeding:

    adequate fluid intake – Drink enough liquids. You may find you are thirsty during the first few days after delivery as your body sheds excess fluid accumulated during the pregnancy. After that, the body will balance out to a thirst based on your body’s needs; however, most mothers do notice they are thirstier when breastfeeding. Drink plenty of liquids, such as juice, water, milk and soup to quench your thirst. Liquids can be in any form, but limit your intake of any with caffeine. It is not necessary to force fluids beyond your thirst, but it is a good idea to drink something whenever you feel thirsty. Grab something to drink while breastfeeding or keep a glass or mug of liquid near your favorite breastfeeding spot.

    variety – Eat a variety of foods. The best guide as to how much to eat should be your own appetite. In general, mothers are hungrier during the first several months of breastfeeding, and you should not ignore feelings of hunger when producing milk for your baby. Grab a one-handed snack to eat while breastfeeding or keep wrapped snacks near your favorite breastfeeding spot.

    sufficient caloric intake – Eat many different foods to get the calories, vitamins, and minerals you need to remain healthy. A minimal caloric intake of at least 2000 calories per day, with an optimal intake of 500 calories above a non-pregnant caloric intake of 1800 to 2200 calories is recommended. (This is the equivalent of a peanut butter sandwich and a glass of milk.) Foods from the following food categories offer the most nutritional value:

    meats

    beans

    vegetables (especially leafy green vegetables)

    fruits or 100 percent fruit juice (not fruit drinks)

    breads, cereals and grains

    milk, cheese and eggs

    Other diet considerations while breastfeeding

    spicy or gassy foods – Spicy or gas-producing foods are common in the diets of many cultures, and these kinds of foods do not bother most babies. A few babies will develop gas or act colicky when their mothers eat certain foods. However, there are no particular foods that create problems for all babies. Unless you notice that your baby reacts within six hours every time you eat a certain food, there is no need to avoid any particular foods.

    vegetarian diets – Vegetarian, or mostly vegetarian, diets have been the mainstay of many cultures for centuries, and the milk of vegetarians usually is as nutritionally appropriate as that of other mothers. You will want to be sure that your diet includes complete proteins, so eat a wide variety of foods. Many vegetarians, including some lacto-ovo vegetarians who eat eggs and dairy products, may require supplementary vitamin D, iron, and calcium during lactation. In addition, the milk of women eating vegan or macrobiotic diets may be deficient in vitamin B12 and these mothers often require supplements of vitamin B12 so their breast milk will contain a sufficient amount.

    coffee, tea or sodas – You may drink caffeinated beverages; however, caffeine may make your baby jittery, irritable, or have difficulty sleeping, especially if you drink too much or too many quickly. Drink mainly caffeine-free beverages when breastfeeding. If you enjoy caffeinated beverages, limit their intake to about two eight-ounce servings per day.

    alcohol – It is best to limit drinking alcoholic beverages while breastfeeding or pumping for milk, although an occasional alcoholic beverage or two is not contraindicated. Alcohol passes into and back out of breast milk at about the same rate it enters and leaves your blood stream. If you plan to have an alcoholic beverage, breastfeed beforehand and allow an hour or two before breastfeeding afterward. If you become intoxicated, pump and do not give that milk to the baby. You can resume breastfeeding once you are sober.
    Alcohol consumption and breastfeeding
    Chronic, frequent consumption of alcohol may pose a problem to the baby’s motor development. In addition, it can interfere with milk let-down (milk-ejection reflex), which may come as a surprise to mothers who’ve been told an alcoholic beverage will enhance milk let-down by helping them feel more relaxed. Perhaps the most important point is that alcohol use can affect a mother’s ability to properly care for her baby.

    http://www.chop.edu/consumer/your_child/wellness_index.jsp?id=-8349

  7. kalirush says:

    Most breastfeeding babies don’t have any issues with what their moms eat. Gas can be caused by a large number of things, only one of which is something in the mama’s diet. If it *is* a genuine food sensitivity, you should see other symptoms- like rash, vomiting, congestion, diarrhea or runny nose.

    Other things that could be causing gassiness:
    -forceful letdown (if your milk sprays alot), that makes the baby gulp air

    -bottlefeeding- if you’re supplementing at all.

    -thrush, which is usually associated with pain on your part and patchy white in your baby’s mouth (doesn’t sound like it’s your issue)

    -anything your baby eats except breastmilk- vitamins, formula supplements, etc.

    If you think it’s a diet issue still (which it may well be), then maybe you should look into an elimination diet- or at least try to cut out dairy, which is the most common sensitivity. Other common offenders are eggs, soy, peanuts, wheat and corn.

    Check the links for more info.

  8. Joogie says:

    you can try to give him some GRIPE WATER or KOLIK DROPS both are available at Walmart to help him with gas……

    Here are some links for eating while breastfeeding

    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/avoid.html

    http://www.food.gov.uk/multimedia/pdfs/life02breastfeeding.pdf

    http://www.babycenter.com/refcap/baby/postpartumnutrition/3565.html

    http://www.kidshealth.org/parent/growth/feeding/breastfeed_eating.html

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