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good foods to eat while breastfeeding

I am in need of some good recipes or some good foods that are good with breastfeeding. Preferably not ones that cause gas.

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Prican91181

Asked by Prican91181 at 11:37 AM on Feb. 19, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • You can eat whatever you like when you are breastfeeding. Studies show the composition of human milk is similar all over the world, with all of the varied diets. It is a myth that foods that make mom gassy will make baby gassy.
    "If mom is gassy, can that make baby gassy? No. Gas in mom's body cannot pass into breastmilk."
    There are a few foods/herbs like sage, parsley and peppermint that are known to decrease milk supply. Some people think that oatmeal helps to boost milk supply.
    From kellymom.com: There are NO foods that a mother should avoid simply because she is breastfeeding. It is generally recommended that you eat whatever you like, whenever you like, in the amounts that you like and continue to do this unless you notice an obvious reaction in your baby to a particular food. There is no such thing as a "LIST OF FOODS THAT BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS SHOULD NOT EAT"
    maggiemom2000

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 12:13 PM on Feb. 19, 2010

  • you want to have a healthy diet just like you did when you were pregnant. leafy greens and all veggies should always be a priority, fresh fruits, whole grains, good fats, beans...
    if you are not giving your body the nourishment it needs, your body will steal nutrients from you to get the baby what they need in their milk!
    we like stir frys with all natural sauces...meat fresh veggies and brown rice...it is quick and easy.
    happy2bmom25

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 12:35 PM on Feb. 19, 2010

  • fennel is supposed to help milk supply. Slice a fennel bulb, cut 3 potatoes into chunks, toss the potatoes and fennel with olive oil and herbs de provence, roast at 375 for about 40 minutes. Salt and pepper to serve.
    ecodani

    Answer by ecodani at 12:43 PM on Feb. 19, 2010

  • Eat and drink AS YOU LIKE. Only change your diet IF baby reacts.

    I could and did eat all the "gas producers." No issues. There are moms who do have problems with specific foods.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 6:19 PM on Feb. 19, 2010

  • If your baby is getting gassy, you might try eliminating one thing at a time, and see what makes it go away. Some "common gassy goods are onions, cabbage, garlic, and dairy, though there can be others. My son was getting really gassy when I had milk, and eliminating that made a big difference. Milk also makes me gassy, and while the gas itself cannot get into the milk, often what irritates mommy's digestive tract will also irritate baby's tract. Watch out with foods that bug Dad's stomach, too. My hubby has stomach problems with apple juice, and so does my son. So really, it all just depends on your kid. The other stuff we've had no problems with.
    Oatmeal is good for your milk supply, just an FYI, but really, the best thing you can do is eat a balanced diet, and try to avoid junk food. Those flavors pass into your milk, and what you eat now affects what foods the baby likes later.
    musicpisces

    Answer by musicpisces at 3:16 AM on Feb. 20, 2010

  • Also, here are a few websites with recipes in general:
    Sparkrecipes.com (generally pretty healthy stuff)
    epicurious.com
    foodnetwork.com
    allrecipes.com
    A lot of parenting magazines (and fitness magazines) have some good recipes, too.
    musicpisces

    Answer by musicpisces at 3:18 AM on Feb. 20, 2010

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