What Foods to Avoid While Breastfeeding

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While breastfeeding, avoid broccoli, cucumbers, some vegetables, oranges, strawberries, pepper, cinnamon and caffeine. See if different foods create a reaction in the baby with help from the mother of three young children in this free video on parenting.

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Hi I'm Erica, we're in Salt Lake City Utah, and I'm going to talk to you about what types of foods to avoid while breastfeeding. There are several types of foods that can cause problems or gassiness or fussiness in your baby. Some of them are green foods such as broccoli, cucumbers, vegetables, some types of some fruits like oranges, strawberries, and different fruits like that. There are also spicy like spices like pepper or cinnamon, also don't consume a lot of caffeine. Because that is directly transferred to your baby. When you are breastfeeding you can try these foods, and then see if there's any discomfort or any reactions negatively with the baby. And most babies probably will be okay with it, but not all babies react to the same foods. So you might be fine with eating broccoli, and somebody might not. So just try all the foods that you like, try fruits and vegetables and things like that. And just see if you do get a reaction to the baby, if not then it should be okay. If you do get a reaction then stay away from those foods. Probably keep a food diary to keep track of what foods you ate that day, that way if your baby does have a reaction the next day you might be able to look back and see what you kind of ate to kind of gage what might have caused the baby to have a reaction. Also limit your alcohol consumption, try not to drink at all, because that is also directly passed on to the baby, and it's not healthy for the baby. So if you can abstain from that while you are breastfeeding, and if there are any negative reactions to the baby just abstain from eating or drinking anything that is causing a reaction to the baby.

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