Does what you eat affect your breastfeeding baby?

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Does what you eat affect your breastfeeding baby?
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Sun, 03-31-2013 - 8:41am

Food and Beverages Not Likely to Make Breast-Fed Babies Fussy

Feb. 13, 2013 — Many new moms fear that eating the wrong foods while breast-feeding will make their baby fussy. However, no sound scientific evidence exists to support claims that certain foods or beverages lead to fussiness in infants, according to Gina Neill, a Loyola University Health System registered dietitian.

Read more: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130213114511.htm

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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010

thardy2001 wrote:
A difference in how a child responds.  If a child gets both bm and formula, it means fewer feedings with the good in bm and the bad; and the less sensitive the child will be to bad things like caffeine, alcohol, etc in the mother's bm.

OK, but my 2nd and third only got breastmilk - the 2nd exclusively (no solids) for 9.5 months and the 3rd exclusively (no solids) for 18 months. So there is my confusion? There was no caffeine or alcohol in my milk. There were no meds in my milk. And I did my level best to make sure there were little allergens in my milk.

Because my boys were sensitive - all of them, to some extent - right from birth (probably before that).

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Registered: 09-01-2002

witch_power wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">thardy2001</em> wrote:</div>A difference in how a child responds.  If a child gets both bm and formula, it means fewer feedings with the good in bm and the bad; and the less sensitive the child will be to bad things like caffeine, alcohol, etc in the mother's bm.</blockquote></p><p>OK, but my 2nd and third only got breastmilk - the 2nd exclusively (no solids) for 9.5 months and the 3rd exclusively (no solids) for 18 months. So there is my confusion? There was no caffeine or alcohol in my milk. There were no meds in my milk. And I did my level best to make sure there were little allergens in my milk.</p><p>Because my boys were sensitive - all of them, to some extent - right from birth (probably before that).</p>

So you were very sensitive to the needs of your children.  And not having caffeine or alcohol, you also were sensitive to their needs and you wouldn't see your babies reacting to caffeine or alcohol in your bm.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010

OK, I am finally seeing where you are going with this - sorry, it's been a difficult few days for me, and I am not feeling too bright... LOL

Yes, I was more sensitive to my children's needs. Which does not change the fact that they were sensitive themselves, just that I was paying attention and trying to do something about it.

So back to the original question - Does what you eat affect your breastfeeding baby?

Obviously I do think that what -I- ate affected -MY- babies. I wouldn't say that translates to all babies - I do think it's possible, but I don't think it's absolute.

But I am still not clear where you stand on this question?

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