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    Default Avoid certain foods while BF?

    As above - I know all babies will be different and tolerant of foods - however I am planning my once a month cook (where I freeze dishes ahead of time) and wonder of I should leave out some ingredients?

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    Apparently stuff like cabbage, broccoli and sprouts can make your baby gassy. But that's the only ones I know of.

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    Thanks my grandma told me that too - I will leave out the cabbage and suppose cauliflower is the same too..

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    What Moxy said and apparently also peas.

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    When every day is different it is so hard to tell! But after I ate broccoli my DD was really unsettled.

    I've heard onion isn't good so we've cut it out but haven't experimented to see what affects it has.

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    Onions, garlics, leeks, Jerusalem artichokes, lentils and beans contain a carbohydrate called oligasscharide that isn't fully digested until it reaches the colon and then undergo rapid fermentation and cause gas. They also cross into the breastmilk whole and are then processed in the babies colon undergoing rapid fermentation causing gas.

    Some babies can tolerate them well cooked, others not at all. And then some like my son will eat a big pile of beans and spend the rest of the day farting and looking very pleased with himself.

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    Thanks that is great info - I suppose it will be trial and error. Peas still give my toddler gas lol!

    Can omit all the others and will halve the amount of onions too..

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    Quote Originally Posted by elleandsam View Post
    Onions, garlics, leeks, Jerusalem artichokes, lentils and beans contain a carbohydrate called oligasscharide that isn't fully digested until it reaches the colon and then undergo rapid fermentation and cause gas. They also cross into the breastmilk whole and are then processed in the babies colon undergoing rapid fermentation causing gas.

    Some babies can tolerate them well cooked, others not at all. And then some like my son will eat a big pile of beans and spend the rest of the day farting and looking very pleased with himself.
    My paed had the funniest advice - he said that babies need to learn how to fart. how else will they amuse themselves. Also that the more you expose babies to foods in BM the more they tolerate when they start eating.

    I didnt exclude anything. My MIL tried to get me to not cook with onion, garlic, chilli, plus other veges and I pointed out that I'm Indian and that there is a whole continent of people who eat those foods regularly and their babies survive just fine. Food without onion, garlic or chilli... what was she thinking?!?!

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    Iol, Izzys mummy

    I'm another who didn't change my diet whilst breastfeeding.

    As long as its balanced and i was not eating massive serves of it (like a whole cabbage head) I had no problems.

    Once, I had Nasi Goreng which was spicy well and truly beyond my comfort level, and I think it may have upset her, but to be honest, she ended up having a similar episode at the same time for about 5 days in a row. I will never know, because I was careful to only eat foods that were spicy within my comfort zone after that.

    If you suspect something has bothered bub you can always cut it out. But in moderation, I would think you would be fine.
    Last edited by Daydream Believer; 20-04-2012 at 14:05.

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    I didn't change my diet at all, my boy with an iron gut can tolerate anything but I know some babies can't. Some people can't. My sister has a very sensitive stomach and can't handle anything too acidic or with a lot of fat, I can eat anything and we're from the same stock so it's all down to the individual.

    Not saying mum's shouldn't have onion or garlic when breastfeeding but that they can cause problems so it problems do come up eliminating foods can help.


 

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