You or your baby can't eat that!
Food rules for breastfeeding Moms are so ridiculous. You have eaten these foods for a long time. You ate them while you were pregnant. Why suddenly can't you eat something now that you are breastfeeding? Let's walk through it.
Don't eat that it will make your baby gassy?
Guess what? We are all gassy! Every single one of us burps and farts. May some things make your baby more gassy? Yes but usually they make you more gassy too. If you and broccoli don't get along then don't eat it. However, if you have been eating spicy/crunchy/'gassy'/sweet/etc while you were pregnant then your baby has been eating that already. If your baby is over 6 months old and has started solids the same thing applies. As your baby is feeding themselves, they will decide what they like and what they don't. Remember for children it takes 10 times of a food introduction before they truly decide if they like something or not. Bottom line throw out the food rules and you and your baby (6months old and up) should enjoy the bounty.
A word of caution:
Be gentle with yourself and the sweets. With warm houses, warm clothing, stress and lots of sugar, it is the season of thrush (candida/yeast overgrowth). The easiest way to avoid this overgrowth is to limit your processed sugar intake (eat one piece of pecan pie not the whole thing 😁; I would never eat a whole pie because I was stressed out at a family function!😇). Dress in layers so that if you are warm you can take something off. Be gentle with your self. If the function you are at is getting stressful leave if you can or remove yourself and your kids from the situation for a while. Start taking a probiotic and keep taking it for the next 6 months. Wash your breasts gently with soap once a day. If you are worried CALL RIGHT AWAY.
So here's the wrap up!
Enjoy the food. Enjoy a drink if you want. Be confident in your parenting choices. TRY not to argue. Allow yourself plenty of extra time for anything you want to do. Be gentle with your self and your personal family. This is your family. You have made the choices that are right for you. You do not need to prove that these are the best choices. The one thing that I have learned about these situations is that if you look the person who is questioning your choices straight in the eye with confidence (whether you have confidence or not), thank them for their concern and then keep doing what you have been doing, life is much easier.
Snuggle your family close whether there are 2 of you or 10. Be thankful for the blessing that each of you are for each other. Smile and laugh a lot because life truly is ridiculous.
Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your experience. It is truly my honor and my pleasure.