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Rusha May 18th, 2006 12:18 PM

Breastfeeding. Your Baby Eats What You Eat.

As a breastfeeding mom, you essentially still need to be especially aware of what you eat. But as doctors will tell you, there are no set rules --- each woman’s needs are different. The best rule-of-thumb is to simply eat and drink enough to satisfy your own hunger and thirst needs.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that to make sure you’re getting the proper amount of essential vitamins and minerals – for you and your baby – that you eat a balanced diet. This balanced diet should include plenty of fresh or lightly processed fruits and vegetables. As in pregnancy, keeping up your calcium intake is also very important. But if you are following that balanced diet, taking added calcium isn’t necessary.

What to watch for.

According to Your Baby’s First Year week by week (Curtis and Schuler) certain things you eat or drink can be passed on to your baby through breast milk. Spicy foods and chocolate might upset baby’s digestion. Caffeine can cause irritability and sleeplessness. Of course, these are a just a few examples of foods that your baby may react to.

If you suspect that something you’re eating or drinking is causing problems for your little one, eliminate it from your diet for a few days and see if you notice a difference.

Overall, remember that when breastfeeding, the healthier your diet is, the healthier your baby’s diet will be.

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