Foods to Avoid While Breastfeeding

Uncategorized By October 1, 2006 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

People believe that there are multiple foods to avoid while breastfeeding, but the only thing women need to be careful of is alcohol.  Alcohol does pass through the breast milk so if a woman does have a drink she should avoid breastfeeding for the next four hours and express and discard the milk produced during that period.

Women are often told they should not have chocolate, coffee or certain vegetables but none of these are actually harmful to the baby.  Some babies will react to certain foods a mother has eaten, but this varies greatly from baby to baby and mother to mother.  It is always wise to try foods you like even if they are “gassy vegetables” and watch for a change in the baby’s behavior.  If there is no change then there is no point in restricting yourself.   From my own personal experience, my oldest son was never upset about my eating chocolate or coffee but was not thrilled with tomatoes but my youngest one really did not like my eating chocolate. (Probably why I lost the weight faster the second time around.)

– Linda Ducholke

Share:

Rice Congee for Baby

Uncategorized By September 19, 2006 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

baby food recipe for new babies

Traditionally a dish eaten in China and the rice growing regions of Southeast Asia. Congee, an unseasoned and unsweetened rice pudding is eaten much like a slice of toast – for breakfast and as a filler between meals. Light and digestible, it is the perfect baby food. Grownups eat it hot; for babies let it cool to finger temperature.

Tip: All rice, even the rice labeled “glutinous” is gluten-free, making it non- allergenic. It is also free of extrinsic sugar, the sticky stuff which leads to tooth decay!

  • ½ cup short grain rice (Thai fragrant is perfect)
  • 2 ½ cups of water

If you have time, soak the rice for 2 hours in plenty of cold water, then drain. If not, no matter.
Put the rice in a roomy pot and add the water (proportions do matter though: for a rice to make pudding, the grains must absorb 4 times their own volume of liquid). Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, loosely cover and simmer gently for a least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until you have a soft soupy pudding. It freezes well – just pop a supply in the ice cube tray and defrost portions as needed.

from: Adventures in Baby Food, Elisabeth Luard and Frances Boswell

See also our Baby’s First Foods.

Share:

Sore Knees and Achy Back in Pregnancy

Uncategorized By September 1, 2006 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Q. I’m only 5-months pregnant but already I’m finding that my knees are tender when I’m trying to do my normal workouts, and my lower back is getting achy more often. I don’t want to stop working out, but want to make sure I’m not doing any permanent damage. What do you recommend?

Share: