What's a girl to do?
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Stick With The Basics
You pretty much know what you can eat and what you can't. But, to be safe, stick to the bland basics, as well as plenty of fruits and veggies. Unless you have a history of allergies to specific foods or groups of foods in your family, then try it all! If you notice the classic signs of abdominal gas, then avoid all of the previous day's foods and bring one questionable ingredient in at a time. Elimination diets work great for determining these issues. Avoid what doesn't work! But, don't avoid going out with friends or family because you aren't sure how the baby will react to what you've eat. Trial and error tends to be the name of the game with offspring. ;)
General Foods To Avoid
While every child is different, there seems to be a trend in what upsets the kiddos in the food categories.
- Spices: garlic, cinnamon, chili, and pepper tend to upset a good percentage of breastfeeding kiddos. So, be careful, and use sparingly until you know how your baby will react.
- Chocolate: what?! Nooooo! MUST. HAVE. CHOCOLATE! You actually don't need that chocolate in your diet anyway, right? The sugar count is on super charge with this ingredient, so take it slow. With sugar and dairy involved, upset tummies could easily be in your future.
- Veggies: Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, onion, and cucumber tend to produce a decent amount of gas pain in adults. So, imagine how the baby might feel! Approach with caution! But don't avoid these nutritious vegetables all together.
- Dairy: If there is a history of milk allergies in the family, it would be wise to avoid all dairy in the beginning. You can certainly bring it in one ingredient at a time, though, to see if there is any gas, diarrhea or irritability.
What to read more on A's journey?
....or see a great post on nutritious breastfeeding mom meals? (or if you CAN eat Cauliflower...this awesome recipe!! It's to die for!)
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What kind of foods have you found to be troublesome? Or, are you one of those that can eat just about anything? Let me know in the comments below! :)