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Broccoli and BFing

(13 Posts)
aurorec Thu 02-Oct-08 18:37:24

Am I right in thinking that broccoli is a big no-no when nursing?

I'm not a broccoli fan so it's never been an issue for me, but I seem to remember hearing that it wasn't good to eat. Yesterday without thinking about it I had a broccoli quiche, and poor DS was VERY upset the whole afternoon and evening.

Would that be why?

moondog Thu 02-Oct-08 19:57:29

You can generally eat and drink anything when b/feeding apart from in v rare circumstances. i was probably nothing but a coincidence.

SweetBasil Thu 02-Oct-08 20:00:54

I've heard that broccoli stalks should be minimised, but not sure how true that is. I've asked a dietitian about avoiding foods and according to her, the latest research shows that it's best for breastfeeding mothers to include all foods that might be considered difficult (because they may be wind inducing), particularly after three months so that babies can gradually become used to them. Unless there is a specific allergy (like mine can't digest dairy or soya) there shouldn't be a need to change the maternal diet too much. The dietitian recommended that I eat everything else but not too much of any one thing - rather have a few bars of dark chocolate than gorge on a whole bar.

girliefriend Thu 02-Oct-08 20:01:00

err never heard that one and eat quite alot of broccoli! Breast fed for 11 months and can't say I ever noticed it having any adverse efects! Infact its probably a good thing to eat as full of iron!

tiktok Thu 02-Oct-08 20:10:45

The dietitian is making life unnecessarily complicated.She's misinterpreted the research which did not tell women what to do, but which merely observed that breastmilk seems to take on different flavours which is prob a good thing. Just eat and drink normally

sunshine75 Thu 02-Oct-08 20:21:36

I had lots of brocoli on monday night and it hasn't made any difference to dd's feeding.

OMaLittle Thu 02-Oct-08 20:25:09

Broccoli def a prob here, as are grapes and apples. Tried cauliflower the other night and that didn't go down well either. I have VERY windy babies, though.

aurorec Thu 02-Oct-08 20:48:02

Mine's windy but it doesn't seem to bother him too much- he just farts very loudly. What can I say, he's a guy.... grin

Yesterday he was crying a lot which was out of character, that's why I was wondering.

BroccoliSpears Thu 02-Oct-08 20:51:09

I can assure you that I breastfed my dd for 14 months, and have been breastfeeding my ds for 5 months now with no intention of stopping.

Broccoli a no-no for BFing indeed.


phdlife Thu 02-Oct-08 20:51:16

I am a broccoli fiend and it never bothered ds. it now appears that he, too, loves the stuff.

the only thing I had to avoid was caffeine - it sticks around in your bloodstream (and thus, breastmilk) for up to 8hrs and ds turned out to be v sensitive to it.

naturelover Thu 02-Oct-08 21:59:17

I ate tons of broccoli when pregnant and breastfeeding, in the hope that my baby would become a fan of broccoli. She won't eat the stuff.

Sorry for digressing from the actual question.

SamJamsmum Fri 03-Oct-08 10:22:07

I am a bf counsellor. I eat a ton of broccoli and have never had an issue.

fledtoscotland Sat 04-Oct-08 10:07:58

thought it was just me and ds2. thankgod for MN. DS2 has terrible trapped wind after i eat broccoli and screams with pain. the only other thing that affects him is baked beans.

the HV told me there is nothing to suggest these foods should cause wind him DS2 but when i dont eat them he;s much better and feeds for longer without much wind.

i have also found that drinking two cups of fennel tea each day makes him much easier to burp

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