You Are What You Eat, And So Is Your Baby

Originally posted here

I am often asked, “What foods should I stay away from when I’m breastfeeding?”

Actually, you don’t have to be on a strict diet when you’re breastfeeding. Your baby has already been exposed to the foods you eat while you are pregnant by swallowing the amniotic fluid around them in the womb.

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Breastfeeding just continues the process… how cool is that?

Your baby is exposed to all the different flavors of foods that you eat — garlic, jalapeño (after all, we are in Texas), and even chocolate (that’s what I’m talkin’ about!). In fact, some researchers have reported that breastfed babies are more likely to try new foods after they wean because of the variety of tastes and flavors that they are exposed to during breastfeeding.

That’s not to say that sometimes your baby may act fussy after you’ve eaten a certain food or liquid.

A good rule of thumb is — if something bothers you, it’s more likely to bother your baby. If you suspect that something you’ve eaten has caused your baby’s tummy to be upset, try taking it out of your diet for a few weeks, and then try it again. If your baby acts in the same way, then it’s a pretty good bet that this certain food is the problem.

The good news is, as your baby grows and matures, they can handle more and may not have the same reaction to those foods!

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About Nancy Hurst, Director of Women’s Support Services

I am an international board certified lactation consultant and the Director of Women’s Support Services at Texas Children’s Hospital.

I’m the proud mother of 4 adult children (all previously breastfed!) and grandson. I am passionate about providing the best possible support and resources to families who are breastfeeding their infants.