Does what you eat affect your breastfeeding baby?

Community Leader
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

Welcome to the board Greeneyes!!

<< I think sensitivity depends on the baby (genetic), and the amount consumed.>>

I agree. My youngest was a sensitive child - he seemed to react to everything I ate. I had to eat a very strict diet to keep him feeling well. But I think that it's fairly rare. The child before him was not as sensitive, and there were only a few foods I avoided while breastfeeding him.

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-20-2013

thardy2001 wrote:
<p>I've seen a visible difference after drinking caffeinated beverages and breastfeeding.  A nervousness in the infant and difficulty with sleep.  So I eliminated caffeine from my diet in beverages and any chocolate throughout breastfeeding.  It was a shame as I'd gone 9 months without certain foods and realized the same would continue as long as I breastfed.</p>

That stinks. Was this just one baby or did it happen with all (assuming you have more than one)? Is this same baby also sensitive to other foods that he/she eats? I'm just curious. I think sensitivity depends on the baby (genetic), and the amount consumed.

I didn't give up coffee while pregnant, but I cut down to about 1/2 cup a day, and if I really wanted more I'd drink decaf.  After the baby was born I went back to about a cup a day, sometimes 2, and didn't notice any difference. I would have cut caffeine if I needed to but I'm sure glad I didn't! :-)

Shaking my head at the things grown women get their panties in a wad about.

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-01-2002

I've seen a visible difference after drinking caffeinated beverages and breastfeeding.  A nervousness in the infant and difficulty with sleep.  So I eliminated caffeine from my diet in beverages and any chocolate throughout breastfeeding.  It was a shame as I'd gone 9 months without certain foods and realized the same would continue as long as I breastfed.

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