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“Wanting to hear from anyone breastfeeding if they have any favourite recipes without onion, garlic and the other nasties that have a habit of upsetting babies!”

Posted by Catherine, 20/5/2013

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  • This is an old post so thought I’d check it out for inspiration for myself with my own breastfeeding journey

  • Don’t have onion or capsicun as i found!!

  • I just tried a lot of things like stirfrys where I could be specific with avoiding onion etc. make sure you drink lots if water too that’s reay important. And chocolate can cause a very restless bub

  • I have gone 7 months and managed to avoid all of the above. I cooked lost of chicken breast and do things like snitzel and stir fry but doing the sauce from scratch. It can be hard but if you have a colicky baby it’s well worth the extra effort. Good luck

  • yes totalle! it was like taht for me :(

  • Hope some of the suggestions below helped

  • Capsicum also I found a problem, I think you can still make some of your favourite recipes, but just omit the onion and other negatives.

  • Hope you have found some good recipes

  • Nursing mothers web site have a few that might help you

  • Look at recipe websites online and you should be able to come across lots of recipes that don’t include those things.

  • I’d love to know too – also has to be without brocolli, cauliflower, peas & corn so far I’ve discovered

  • check out the recipes here there are some fantastic healthy and hearty meals that you might enjoy :D

  • Check on here they have a lot of good recepies

  • Breastfeeding is very demanding on your energy levels. Therefore your diet is just as important when you’re breastfeeding as it was when you were pregnancy because you are the primary source of nourishment for your baby. A good diet will also help you to cope with the demands of a new baby. A baby sucking at the breast causes the uterus to contract and it will return to its normal size much faster. You also burn on average 300 -500 calories a day to produce milk. So hopefully breastfeeding will help you regain your prenatal figure.

    When you breastfeed it is important to enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods every day. Keeping up a good milk supply is not only dependent on you eating and drinking well, you also need to look after yourself and take some rest, especially if your baby is keeping your up at night.

    To give you energy and help maintain a good milk supply, you should eat and drink slightly more than usual and make sure that you are not skipping meals because you are too tired or too busy to eat.

    You can eat anything you want (including all the foods you avoided during pregnancy, such as soft cheeses) but do be aware that some babies react badly to certain foods and might become windy and unsettled if you eat them. The most common culprits are garlic, hot spicy foods such as curries, or excessive amounts of citrus fruits.

    With regards to dieting, you may be keen to lose the extra weight as soon as possible but you shouldn’t embark on a crash diet when breastfeeding. Avoid empty calories and a enjoy healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and lean meats, fish and wholegrains.

    You also need to drink enough fluid to keep yourself well hydrated. If your milk supply is good, whatever you are drinking is probably enough, but if it’s low and you have dark-coloured urine, you should drink more. Herbal teas, water and milk are excellent and it’s best to avoid drinking too much caffeine as this can make you and your baby a bit jittery. Fizzy drinks are best avoided as they tend to give your baby indigestion.

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