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Eight Practical Newborn Tips for New Parents: Tip 3

February 11, 2020

STRESS FREE FEEDINGS

Whether you nurse, use formula or do a combination of the two, feeding a newborn can be stressful. Are they getting enough? Are they crying because they are still hungry? Is the breast milk or formula upsetting their tummy? Every single baby is unique in their own way. We suggest consulting your Pediatrician, Doula or Lactation consultant with any concerns.

If you’re nursing, you may find that some foods that you eat, don’t agree with your baby. For this reason, we recommend that moms keep a bland diet 24-48 hours before your session and that they eat comfort foods, such as bread, pasta, potatoes and whole grains to keep your baby comfortable.

This list is a helpful guide of common foods to avoid while nursing. These foods typically affect babies under 6 weeks. As they get older, reintroduce foods one at a time to see how they are accepted. Please use this list at your own discretion and consult your doctor when needed.

Breastfeeding Food Guide

Citrus Acidic foods and drinks such as:

  • Cranberries
  • Pineapple
  • Grapefruit
  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Strawberries
  • All berries
  • Tomatoes and tomato products
  • Chocolate (rarely affects babies)
  • Peanuts-nuts in general
  • Pizza
  • Spaghetti
  • Chilli
  • Tacos/Spicy/Mexican Foods/Salsa
  • Ketchup

Restrict Foods such as: Soda, Coffee, Tea, Wine & Beer

Check with your Doctor to see if Dairy is an issue.

Gassy Vegetables such as:

  • Asparagus
  • Onions
  • Cucumbers/pickles
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage

Getting your baby on the right formula and identifying foods that don’t agree with your baby may take a little bit of time. Once you figure it out, you and your baby will be happier.

It is very important to understand that we believe in baby led newborn sessions, which means that we never force or deny a feeding. Newborns should be fed before the session starts, but if your baby is hungry, there is plenty of time to stop and feed them. We hope that you are finding these tips helpful! Please let us know if you have any questions.

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