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DS is almost 10 months. I didn't realize how bad my diet was until I just started taking a nutrition course.<br><br>
I don't have the worst diet in the world. I'm vegetarian, I drink rice milk (lactose intolerant) and avoid eggs that have hormones. I drink a good amount of water, at least 4-6 cups a day. I eat a fair amount of nutritional yeast (because I eat a fair amount of popcorn).<br><br>
But I also drink a lot of soda. I eat tostitos tortilla chips like there's no tomorrow. I don't get three squares, just kind of snack a lot when I'm hungry, and just follow my cravings, sometimes good, sometimes bad. I eat a lot of snack foods - veggies and dip, popcorn, tortilla chips, lots of pizza, sugary drinks, cheese cubes.<br><br>
Now that I'm realizing how I need to be getting more healthy foods into my diet, I am already planning a change, but I'm worried that I've harmed my son in some way, by either not getting him enough fats or vitamins or something or other. I lost all my baby weight, so no one really said anything to me about my eating habits. I wish they had. I was so vigilant during pregnancy.<br><br>
Does anyone have any info???
 

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Good for you that you are looking into eating better, both for your dc and for *you*. From what I've read, diet during breastfeeding is not as nearly as important as it was during pregnancy. Your body will take what it needs to make milk, though, so you do want to eat well and take a multi-vitamin. Check out Kellymom for more:<br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/mom/mom-diet.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/mom/mom-diet.html</a>
 

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I don't have any info but - the past is past! It really isn't going to help anything now. Do you need to know how guilty to feel? How about just moving on to how good you can feel now that you are going to teach your DC about how to be a healthy person and have good eating habits? We are all just being the best mothers we can be. Now that you know how bad your diet has been you are working to change it for the betterment of your life and your babes. Good luck!
 

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Hi,<br><br>
I always heard that...when your Bfing and also pregnant...even if YOU have a poor diet, your body will leach what it needs for the baby or the milk so in the end YOU suffer. If your ds is a good weight and looks and acts healthy he's probably okay but YOU are probably suffering nutritionally.<br><br>
Your a Vegetarian and there are ALOT of healthy vegetarian options out there...why snack...?<br>
Try to get atleast 1 square meal in a day and then go from there.<br><br>
becos in the end its YOUR body which will be jacked up and suffer. Sorry to be so blunt but when I first had DS I had zero appetite and had to be forced to eat and for the first 2 months I barely ate anything n my midwife set me straight as did the people at WIC.<br><br>
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Melissa, I wouldn't say you have done irreparable harm to your baby with your eating habits. But I would recommend cleaning up that diet of yours! If you don't get your meals in maybe you should consider a green superfood drink. I like Pure Synergy by Mitchell Mays. Also, I would supplement with fish oil or cod liver oil. You should be taking a multivitamin already...preferably wholefood based. Digestive enzymes may help out too. Other than that, use common sense about food choices. High nutrient, good fat foods like avocado are great for baby. You know the deal, plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, some lean protiens, eggs, etc. I do raw dairy and whole, unprocessed organics whenever possible and avoid chemicals and artificial sugars and sweeteners. Your breastmilk quality may only be as good as your diet quality so take care!
 

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OK, I have to jump in here.<br><br>
jhow32000: a vegetarian is not going to take fish or cod-liver oil. I know you suggested it with the best intentions so I am just reminding you with the best intentions as well.<br><br>
OP: you can take flax seed oil supplements, which are full of the brain-building omega-3s. You should definietly take a multi-vitamin, preferably food-derived, if possible. I take a great vegetarian food derived pre-natal. I also take specific vitamins for bone, flax-seed oil (looses its efficacy when exposed to oxygen, so caplets are best), and lecithin for me. I think you should add a lot more vegetables to your diet--green leafy ones (hey, with summer here all the farmer's markets should be stocked with delicious and maybe even organic producr). My grocery store sells cage-free, organic, vegetarian fed chicken eggs. Maybe yours does too? You have not damaged you baby with your eating habits, but you can certainly give the babe and yourself a whole lot better than you've done up until now. (Not that anything you described eating is all that different from the majority of Americans.)<br><br>
Maybe buy yourself a book or two on healthy vegetarian eating. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Our diets affect our health SO MUCH!<br><br>
Best of Luck to you!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I don't have any info but - the past is past! It really isn't going to help anything now. Do you need to know how guilty to feel? How about just moving on to how good you can feel now that you are going to teach your DC about how to be a healthy person and have good eating habits? We are all just being the best mothers we can be. Now that you know how bad your diet has been you are working to change it for the betterment of your life and your babes. Good luck!</div>
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check out this book asap<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FNew-Breastfeeding-Diet-Plan%2Fdp%2F0071461604%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%2F103-9481815-7695038%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1180134079%26sr%3D8-1" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/New-Breastfeed...0134079&sr=8-1</a>
 

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I would second the idea about a healthy veggie cook book. Our library even has some so you might want to check your lib and try several books before you commit to one. Also I would start slow and aim to include one more healthy food every couple of days rather than a sudden complete overhall. Gradual changes then to last longer....<br><br>
And good luck!!!!!!
 

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i dont think your harming her, no. i ate like crap as well and my girl is fine. i ate really really bad things too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> she was always overly large, i never knew if my eating was causing me to make fatty breastmilk or what?<br><br>
good luck .. you are doing awesome!
 

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I had a horrible diet while pregnant/ bfeeding my first 4 kids and an excellent diet while pregnant, bfeeding my 5th. They all seem fine except for all being very skinny (2 are too thin).
 

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It is good that you are on a more concious health path now. I love the book Full Moon Feast it will change you !<br>
One thing with eating a processed sugar latent diet is that you dramatically increase your chances of diabetes ( biggest killer in America!) and danger to future babies if you are ever pregnant again.<br>
Start by replacing your beverages with herbal and green teas. It is reletively cheap adn health promoting not to mention tasty. Don't add the sugar though! If you want to every now and then get some local honey or rapadura. Make more raw food salads adding a can of black beans or tuna to it for propper protein.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think a mama could have a horrible diet, and BM is STILL far superior than formula.</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">OK, I have to jump in here.<br><br>
jhow32000: a vegetarian is not going to take fish or cod-liver oil. I know you suggested it with the best intentions so I am just reminding you with the best intentions as well.<br><br>
OP: you can take flax seed oil supplements, which are full of the brain-building omega-3s. You should definietly take a multi-vitamin, preferably food-derived, if possible. I take a great vegetarian food derived pre-natal. I also take specific vitamins for bone, flax-seed oil (looses its efficacy when exposed to oxygen, so caplets are best), and lecithin for me. I think you should add a lot more vegetables to your diet--green leafy ones (hey, with summer here all the farmer's markets should be stocked with delicious and maybe even organic producr). My grocery store sells cage-free, organic, vegetarian fed chicken eggs. Maybe yours does too? You have not damaged you baby with your eating habits, but you can certainly give the babe and yourself a whole lot better than you've done up until now. (Not that anything you described eating is all that different from the majority of Americans.)<br><br>
Maybe buy yourself a book or two on healthy vegetarian eating. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Our diets affect our health SO MUCH!<br><br>
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oop, missed the vegetarian part. My ds was helping me read and type <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 
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