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#1 Kittykit

Posted 08 May 2012 - 10:17 AM

Hello!

Just wondering if anyone could tell me what foods affect breastmilk?  I had a glass of red wine last night, and consequently my DS had wind from it during the night (and yes, I am already feeling guilty).  I'm assuming it was the red wine which made him windy/unsettled?

thanks guys!!

#2 lucky 2

Posted 08 May 2012 - 10:24 AM

Hi, how old is your baby?
The link below is to kellymom and has lots of information about food. Most foods are fine for most babies.
Alcohol is a bit different, it isn't recommended to have when bfing but the 2nd link from ABA is informative.
I wouldn't think alcohol caused the "wind", it can interfere with the amount of milk baby can get from the breast, or it could be a myriad of other reasons for crying, often related to the age and developmental patterns of the baby.
http://www.home.kellymom.net/nutrition/mom/mom-diet.html
http://www.lrc.asn.au/ABA_Alchohol_BF.pdf
All the best.

#3 *LucyE*

Posted 08 May 2012 - 10:24 AM

Everyng you eat and drink will be passed through to the breastmilk.

All babies are individuals. What affects my babies may not affect yours. It's a bit of trial and error.

With my #1 just about everything affected him. I ended up with a bland boring diet for nearly 2 years.

#2 was much easier and I think I only limited citrus.

#3 was fussy and I couldn't have dairy or wheat but he outgrew it quickly.

#4 deejie

Posted 08 May 2012 - 10:25 AM

Honestly? If you ask this of EB members, you are going to get every answer under the sun. Chocolate, garlic, onions, cauliflower, curry, coffee, chilli....

It is very tempting with our newborns to fall back on to cause and effect: "My baby had a bad night/ lots of wind/ was very unsettled, therefore it must have been something I did/didn't do/ate/drank". Remember there is not always cause and effect with newborn babies. They cry a lot, they can have long periods of being unsettled, they can be awake for hours, they can periods of 'wind' and this all falls under the umbrella of normal newborn behaviour.

Have you checked out the Purple Crying website? http://www.purplecrying.info/ It has a lot of good information on normal newborn behaviour. There is no need to impose guilt on yourself because the poor little guy had wind and a rough night-- goodness knows Mums have enough guilt to deal with already! original.gif

Hope he has a better night tonight!

#5 OoooO

Posted 08 May 2012 - 10:28 AM

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Edited by OoooO, 26 July 2012 - 09:23 AM.


#6 libbylu

Posted 08 May 2012 - 10:29 AM

As others have said, everything you eat and drink affects your breastmilk.  If you drink alcohol, your baby will be drinking alcohol, although much diluted.
My baby was always much fussier if I ate spicy food, which is a shame, because I love it!  So I cut it out while I was feeding.  On the few occasions I had a coffee I noticed he was more difficult to settle after a feed!

#7 Jenferal

Posted 08 May 2012 - 12:38 PM

The only things I noticed which affected my baby was too many onions(or leeks, found out as I made leek soup to freeze and eat after the baby was born. I LOVE leek soup and haven't had it in nearly 2 years. Sigh) and Thai food, though Vietnamese food was fine. Mum reckons it was the fish sauce, but who can say for sure?
I still drank coffee as I honestly don't think it affected my baby(though my Sil argues with me about that). Too much chocolate I was told to avoid by the midwives at the hospital which was a shame as my baby was born the week after Easter and I'd kept my choc for the 3 day blues. I just ate small amounts and didn't have a problem.
Different cultures all say to avoid different foods. I doubt Indian or Thai women start eating super bland foods instead of their normal spicy foods when breastfeeding.

#8 Guest_Nyz31_*

Posted 08 May 2012 - 12:45 PM

I couldn't eat any onion or green veges for months coz it would cause major belly upsets for my daughter.... the worst bout of wind she ever had was from me having a couple of glasses of champas for my birthday (she was about 4 months at the time).

Everyone is different, unfortunately it's a process of elimination.




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