eating grapes while breastfeeding

(36 Posts)
mckenzie Fri 19-May-06 22:04:40

A DF has a 5 day old baby, born 4 weeks prem, and she's got a grape craving at the moment.
Midwife advised her today not to eat any as it would unsettle the baby.
Is this right?

TIA

lol. I thought this was going to be a thread about a woman breastfeeding in the supermarket while eating unpaid-for grapes. But if they've already been through the checkout then fine. Her body is telling her what she needs surely?

edam Fri 19-May-06 22:06:35

Never heard of that one before. How bizarre!

sansouci Fri 19-May-06 22:06:52

What next? Why shouldn't the poor girl eat grapes if she wants to?! A little of what you fancy & all that.

WigWamBam Fri 19-May-06 22:12:16

My HV told me that eating grapes can sometimes upset the baby's tummy - a bit like some people find that they can't eat spicy food or dairy when they breastfeed because it passes to the baby and they don't tolerate it very well. Most people wouldn't have a problem with it.

moondog Fri 19-May-06 22:12:54

Me too SP.
That's bollocks mckenzie.

Am firm believer in going with what your body craves when b/feeding which in my case was rivers of expensive french wine and lots of cheese.

FrannySmith Fri 19-May-06 22:14:20

I saw the title and thought "yes please"

I drank a lot of orange juice when ds was first born and it totally upset his stomach. He did 24 poos in one day before we tracked down the orange juice as the culprit

I have heard people say grapes are acidic, too, so there could be something in it.

Caligula Fri 19-May-06 22:14:51

I was so hoping that this was going to be a thread about the policeman wondering whether to arrest for exposure or shoplifting...

Caligula Fri 19-May-06 22:15:51

If I were her I'd eat the grapes and if it does upset the baby, not eat them again. I wouldn't just assume it would upset him / her though

hotmama Fri 19-May-06 22:16:00

New one on me. [puzzled emoticon]

I always thought that if you ate stuff you liked when pregnant then the amniotic fluid tasted different so the baby got used to it?

RedZuleika Fri 19-May-06 22:20:50

I have heard of someone whose baby got bad wind everytime after she ate grapes.

And they're poisonous to dogs.

suzi2 Fri 19-May-06 22:33:51

bizarre - i'm sure that orange juice and garlic affected my DS when he was wee though.

I'd say to try it and see what happens. I drank a lot of wine while bf and ds was fine, and it's made from grapes

edam Fri 19-May-06 22:36:58

Chocolate is poisonous to dogs too. Can't judge whether something is good for us by looking at doggy diet!

VeniVidiVickiQV Fri 19-May-06 22:40:18

I was told this by a MW just after i had DS.

Have no idea whether there is any truth in it, i didnt pay much importance to it.

PiccadillyCircus Fri 19-May-06 22:42:26

I thought the same as SP - and was wondering if it would be possible to go round the supermarket, breastfeeding DD, while eating unpaid for grapes .

threebob Fri 19-May-06 22:44:55

She should eat them if she wants them, if she then thinks baby is unsettled - well at least she'll know.

I bfed for 2.5 years - no way was I giving up everything on the list of "things midwives think might cause stuff".

LeahE Fri 19-May-06 22:46:09

Sometimes it may affect a baby. Sometimes almost any food will affect some baby. The only way to be sure is to try it. DS never had any problem with grapes (and I ate enough of them) but was troubleds by fenugreek, go figure...

bramblina Fri 19-May-06 22:49:18

PMSL at 24 poos! I thought our 5 was a record!
Everyone has a favourite- oooh you can't have that if you're pregnant! Ooooh you can't have that if you're breastfeeding! Ooooh you can't have that if you're...breathing! FGS it's a tad extreme. If I get an unsettled stomache from prawns...does that mean that you do too? Grapes maybe disliked one baby but doesn't mean it will bother them all!

tiktok Fri 19-May-06 23:00:24

This to be filed under 'things that people say to make breastfeeding sound awkward and difficult.'

What rubbish.

She can eat them if she wants to!

mckenzie Sat 20-May-06 14:31:35

thanks very much everyone for all the replies. I shall pass them on. DF will be happy to go with the 'suck it and see' answer I'm sure.

LucyJones Sat 20-May-06 14:34:18

Can you eat whatever you want when you are breast feeding or do you still have to stay away from the foods you aviod during pregnancy eg. peanuts, pate, wine, blue cheese etc?

edam Sat 20-May-06 14:36:24

You can eat pretty much what you like when you are breastfeeding, although if there is a family history of allergies, I think the advice is to avoid peanuts (although that is not based on evidence, just assumption, IIRC).

LucyJones Sat 20-May-06 14:37:35

do you have to wait a few hours if you drink a glass of wine or is that okay?

Kathy1972 Sat 20-May-06 14:41:39

No, you don't need to wait. I think the point is that the concentration of alcohol is so small that it won't do any harm. Might be a different matter if you have 10 glasses though, I don't know!

Kathy1972 Sat 20-May-06 14:43:04

The grapes thing made me LOL - it reminds me of all those bizarre things girls used to be told about not washing their hair during a period.

LucyJones Sat 20-May-06 14:43:32

thanks - that will certainly influenece my decision whether or not to b/feed

suzi2 Sat 20-May-06 18:18:21

Drinking wine WHILE breastfeeding is quite tricky. But before and after is fine . My DS seems normal enough and I have to say I'm partial to a couple of glasses most evenings. Not much of a problem these days since DS doesn't feed in the evening, but when he used to I never worried about it.

sparklemagic Sat 20-May-06 18:46:04

prob. easier to avoid the wine in case it spills - have a fag instead

sottovoce Sat 20-May-06 20:39:25

PMSL laughing sparkle

Big shock to me that babies are much more robust digestion wise than I thought. I was sooo careful when DD was born - went out of the window after about 3 months and she's been fine...

Laura032004 Sat 20-May-06 20:45:02

DS used to get quite bad wind if I ate grapes, peas, beans or curry. I'm getting my fix now before this baby is born in case it's the same way inclined!

2Happy Sat 20-May-06 20:47:39

I ate horseradish once (a recipe with quite a lot of it in, not just a wee dollop with my roast beef) and ds went spare! Seriously, went totally manic and didn't sleep all day (he was quite young at the time). Read in a herbs and herbalisim book that horseradish is a stimulant! No experience with grapes though...

beartime Sat 20-May-06 22:10:05

Ds doesn't like me eating chocolate

RedZuleika Sat 20-May-06 23:01:26

Parsnips. Remember eating parsnip soup and DD farting like a squaddie.

I appreciate that you can't extrapolate from dogs to humans. I was being flippant. Difficult to believe that the humble grape could cause organ damage. Even in a dog...

RedZuleika Sat 20-May-06 23:01:26

Parsnips. Remember eating parsnip soup and DD farting like a squaddie.

I appreciate that you can't extrapolate from dogs to humans. I was being flippant. Difficult to believe that the humble grape could cause organ damage. Even in a dog...

RedZuleika Sat 20-May-06 23:01:38

Sorry!

Nightynight Sat 20-May-06 23:25:52

like franny, I once upset one of my babies' tummies with orange juice while b'feeding.

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