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akbaby
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Sorry for the title, wasn't quite sure how to abbreviate what I'm asking for lol.. I'm 19 weeks pregnant and my mom suggested making and freezing some mild/ bland meals for right after the baby's born now while I still feel like doing stuff Smile. And she said stay away from a lot of spices, peppers, onions, tomato sauces because especially those first few weeks after birth the baby's system has to adjust to breast milk just like if I completely changed my diet. And bland foods help make that transition easier. So I was wondering if any moms had any other suggestions of what to stay away from as well, anything in particular that you remember eating that in turn seemed to give your baby an upset tummy. Or foods/ recipes that you'd be willing to share that are easy to make that you made or wish you had made to have when you got home from the hospital? Thanks for any and all suggestions ladies!! How's everyone doing? Is motherhood everything you hoped and dreamed it would be? Smile

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Patti
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Hi Carrie,
I did a lot of cooking and freezing before my daughter was born...I made things like sheperd's pie, lazagna (sp??), spagehtti sauce, casseroles....anything that I figured would freeze well. All I would do was double whatever I was making for dinner and freeze half. Nothing seemed to bother Isabella's tummy except for Indian food and broccoli! I asked my doctor about food changing the flavor of my milk, and she said that there's really no scientific proof that this is true. The only thing that may affect things would be super spicey foods. I noticed after we had curry one night Isabella did a lot of crying, so I stayed away from it after that. Tomato didn't seem to affect my milk at all Smile
Hope that helps!
Patti

akbaby
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Thanks Patti!!!

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mimimommy
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I'm sorry you have been given that information. The truth is, the occasional baby will have sensitivities to things the mother eats, but the vast majority will not, and there is absolutely no reason you need to be on a special diet. That people believe the baby "needs to get used to breastmilk" really astonishes me. Breastmilk is the biologically normal food for the baby. All other foods (and yes, that includes formula) are abnormal for the baby's digestive system and would therefore need getting used to. Breastmilk is the perfect transition to solid foods (around 6 months) because it already includes different flavours the mother has eaten, and therefore solids won't be a shock to the baby's body (hence less allergies). So I would say, bring on the flavours! In addition, you will be producing colostrum in the first days after birth (and that's all the baby will need), which in itself provides your baby with a slow transition to regular breastmilk. Freezing meals in advance is not a bad idea, but to make them bland? So not necessary! And, may I add, yucky! Breastfeeding is not nearly as complicated as some people make it out to be!

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Oh, and the most common food in mom's milk that babies are sensitive to are dairy products.