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Are there some things you can eat / drink breastfeeding that you couldn't pregnant?

For instance is caffeine more harmful while pregnant or while breastfeeding? I know it isn't good either way but which is worse? And what about things like herbs and stuff?

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:51 PM on Apr. 21, 2011 in Pregnancy

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  • Coffee really don't help your milk supply while breastfeeding.

    Answer by babygirl0782 at 9:53 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • Some things can diminish your supply if you aren't careful.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 9:54 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • Alternately, some things help. When pregnant, you shouldn't drink alcohol, and 24/7 it affects the baby. But while nursing a beer in the afternoon can increase milk supply. If you drink right after one feeding, it gets out of the system in a few hours, before the next feeding. Not sure on the exact time it takes...

    I don't know about any herbs... what herbs can't you have when pregnant?

    Answer by KateDinVA at 9:58 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • Caffeine while pregnant is bad for baby but while nursing... Some say it decreases supply, but I drink coffee every morning and haven't had a problem with either of my kids. Alcohol is a BIG no no at every moment of pregnancy, but a beer once in a while won't hurst while you're nursing. Ibuprofen is a big no during pregnancy but totally safe while nursing. Basically, your breasts are much better filters than your placenta kwim?

    Answer by JeniJonas at 10:17 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • Pretty much...everything you eat/drink goes to the baby while breastfeeding...HOWEVER it's not the same "direct line" that pregnancy has. You CAN drink a little alcohol...and time it, once you're beyond that "nursing every 20 minutes" stage (first month max), but food wise, you can eat pretty much ANYTHING after they are born. WILL effect the TASTE and composition of your milk. SO, they may get gassy (for example) if you binge on broccoli...or they may not like the taste if you have spicy food. Every child is different.
    Just keep taking your vitamins...and eat what makes you feel good.
    (also...FYI, it takes alcohol about 2 hours to get into your milk...and then it will filter itself out in about that long, but a newborn doesn't have that kind of time LOL. A little trick a midwife gave me: drink a glass of wine WHILE you nurse them to you get maximum time out of it.

    Answer by boomamma at 10:20 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • I love how everyone thinks alcohol is okay to have while breastfeeding. I don't know who your Dr is, but mine said nothing that isn't natural. Everything passes through the milk. If it's not natural, then don't eat or drink it. It's just a small sacrifice for a huge reason, the love you have for your baby.

    Answer by MrsLeftlane at 10:30 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • There are no general limits on what you can't or can't eat/drink while breastfeeding (beyond drugs/alcohol, of course). That's the difference between breastfeeding and pregnancy. Now, because everything does get filtered through your breastmilk, your baby might react to certain things--caffeine, for instance, or dairy, or spaghetti sauce, etc., etc.--but another baby won't, and there's no way to know until you try it. Some foods, alternately, can affect milk supply--not always, or with all women, but it's possible. Like caffeine again. But there are also things you can consume to help if you have a problem.

    So basically, no limits beyond the obvious drugs/alcohol unless you or baby has a problem.

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 11:59 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

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