Jun 20 2011

Broccoli and Breastfeeding?

Published by at 3:25 pm under Breastfeeding


“I love broccoli, but I had always heard that when you’re breastfeeding to stay away from it as it is considered a “gassy food”.  Is that just a myth?”  Just  recently I was  asked this question from a new  mother.

Lots of breastfeeding mothers have concerns that the gassy vegetables including; cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli along with onions are vegetables that might upset the baby. As far as I know there is no hard evidence to say these foods  will be upsetting. Over the years I have talked to lots of mothers who eat all sorts of vegetables as well as garlic and rich spicy food with no problem at all. Just this past week I met with about 15 new mothers as part of a baby group, half of these women were breastfeeding and when I asked for their input only one said broccoli did cause her child to sleep less. All the other nursing moms reported no problem.  In fact there is some fascinating research suggesting women who eat a varied diet make breast milk that is more flavorful,  increasing their babies desire to nurse longer.

If you are a new breastfeeding mother, who has never been a big vegetable eater, I would suggest you start with the milder vegetables first ( carrots, green beans, summer squash) then add the stronger flavor vegetables and see how you and your baby feel. Mother’s know their bodies best. Just don’t be a slave to what others say you should be eating.

If you are  a breastfeeding mother did you change your diet while nursing, did you avoid certain foods? I would love to hear your experiences.

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