The food any family chooses will depend on personal preference, climate, culture and finances. Some strongly flavored foods may change the taste of your milk, and many babies seem to enjoy a variety of breast milk flavors! Often the dominant flavors of your diet — whether soy sauce, chili, garlic or something else — were in your amniotic fluid during pregnancy. Before birth babies swallow amniotic fluid and are accustomed to these flavors before tasting them in your milk.
As a new parent, your focus will of course fall singularly on your baby. That doesn't mean you should forget the big lesson from every pre-flight safety demo, though: You have to focus on your own health before you can help the health of others around you. Beyond giving you enough energy to change diapers and stay awake for those late-night cries, your body has some other magic to do during this special time. How can you maximize your own eating, so you can pass on good food to your baby? Here's some advice from doctors, dietitians, and nurses about exactly how much and what to eat while breastfeeding.
The Ultimate Breastfeeding Diet: What to Eat, Avoid, and Consider
Some nursing moms find they can eat whatever they like. While it's true that some strongly flavored foods may change the taste of your milk, most babies seem to enjoy a variety of breast milk flavors! Generally, the dominant flavors of your diet — whether soy sauce or chili peppers — were in your amniotic fluid during pregnancy.
Tired of eating like an expectant hawk? That said, you'll still be aiming for plenty of nutrient-dense foods and steering clear of less healthy ones. The good news: Lots of your favorites are back on the menu.