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Food You Should Avoid When Breastfeeding

When a new mom is breastfeeding, what she eats is passed on to her baby through her breast milk. There really isn’t any food that’s “off-limits” or foods to avoid when breastfeeding. It just depends on what your baby can tolerate, and what he or she can’t.

For example, although you might love eating your grandmother’s recipe for homemade spaghetti, all those tomatoes and garlic might not agree with your nursing child’s tummy. Your baby can get gassy and cranky, and it might be due to what you had for dinner.

Another baby might be fine if you get tomatoes, garlic, and cheese.

If you’re a first-time breastfeeding mother, you’re going to need to find foods that trigger gassiness and discomfort in your baby.

Breastfeeding Foods to Avoid

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What is Colostrum?

colostrum benefits

Colostrum is the yellowish or creamy milk that you secrete in the first couple of days after birth. It’s often called “baby’s first milk” or “pre-milk.” Colostrum is much thicker than your mature breast milk, and full of immunoglobulins and antibodies that will help protect your baby from the millions of germs and bacteria that exist in our world.

Although you may not realize it, but your breasts have been producing colostrum since the beginning of your second trimester. If you experienced any breast leakage in pregnancy, that was colostrum.

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What Do You Need For Breastfeeding?

Breast Feeding Supplies

What do you really need for breastfeeding? In this article, you will find out my recommended breastfeeding supplies that will make your nursing sessions more comfortable and enjoyable.

First, please note that breastfeeding is the best way to nourish your baby in the first year of life. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all mothers breastfeed exclusively (not allowing your child to eat any solids) until their child is six months of age.

The Surgeon General of the United States is also making a huge push to get more mothers to breastfeed. So, if you are able to do it, you try and breastfeed your infant.

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Introducing Baby to Solid Food

Feeding Baby SolidsThe American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all babies are exclusively breastfed (or formula fed) for at least six months, but some babies are ready to eat solid foods earlier than this. Many parents introduce solid food to their babies between 4 and 6 months. When you introduce solids to your baby is up to you, but age isn’t the only consideration you need to make. Your baby will also give you clues that he or she is ready to move beyond breast milk or formula.

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How to Freeze Organic Baby Food

freezing baby foodWhen breastfeeding stops and your baby is ready to move on to solids, you begin to pine for those good old days when “preparing” a meal for your kid was as easy as placing him or her gently on your bosom.

Unfortunately, breast milk is not enough anymore and soon enough, baby is ready for fruits and vegetables, and very soon after that, meat. The choice then becomes: buy food in a jar or prepare it yourself.  While most prefer making baby food themselves, the problem is, in many households where both parents are working, cooking healthy and ideally organic meats and vegetables requires time that most don’t have.
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Helping Your Baby Move from Breastfeeding to Bottlefeeding

How to Switch from Breastfeeding to FormulaWhen you begin looking at using a bottle with your baby, you immediately think that you will have to give your baby formula, which many mothers would rather not do. That’s understandable. But using a bottle does not mean your baby will not be getting that nutritional breast milk.

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Bottlefeeding Basics: How to Choose and Prepare Formula

how to bottle feedIf you’re a new mommy who’s decided, for whatever reason, not to breastfeed your baby, you can rest assured that bottle feeding your baby is the only safe alternative to nourish your baby. Although most baby formulas on the market are made with cow’s milk, formula is not the same as straight cow’s milk. All infant formulas include added enzymes, vitamins, and fats – which aren’t included in cow’s milk. For this reason, experts do not recommend that you ever feed your baby cow’s milk until he or she is over one year old.

There are a variety of different cow milk formulas on store shelves; all of these have similar nutritional value and quality. Some of the more expensive formulas may include special ingredients, but overall, there is no significant evidence that these formulas are better than others. You may have noticed that your hospital used a particular brand of infant formula, but this doesn’t mean that this brand isn’t the best.
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Why Breastfeed Your Baby?

Benefits of BreastfeedingBarely a few days after my daughter was born, I went for a short walk with her and a woman came up to us and said, “Oh, what a cute baby!” So far, so good. Babies are cute. “Do you breastfeed her?” was the lady’s follow-up.

Breastfeeding, as you know if you have had a baby, is a topic many people are very nosey about. We’ve got the “breastfeeding mafia” of mothers who think every other mom should also nurse, and the crowd that thinks breastfeeding in public is obscene. Whatever you do, you can’t win.
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Making Your Own Baby Food: Tips and Suggestions

Guest post by Andrew B.

Having a baby can be one of the most joyous moments of your life. Alternatively though, a baby can keep you on the edge of your seat with all of the dangers that could potentially harm your baby. From allergies that you did not know your baby had, to poisonous chemicals, everything can be a potential weapon aimed at your baby. For a little piece of mind, why not try making your own baby food? That way you would know exactly who is making it, where it is coming from, and just what exactly is in it.

Naturally, a newborn baby has no teeth to chew up food into safe enough pieces to swallow. Therefore, whenever you make baby food, you will need to make sure that the food is reduced to a texture similar to that of pudding; that way the baby can safely consume the food without choking, providing a sense of relief to the baby, and more importantly, you. Typically organic fruits and vegetables are the best option for making baby food, but a lot of parents will also use various meat and poultry. Whenever using fruit, you want to be sure that you remove the pieces that could cause choking, such as seeds, pits, etc., washing them thoroughly afterwards. As for meat, the key thing you want to remember is to eliminate the extra fat from it.

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