How what you drink and eat affects your breast milk

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BreastfeedingBy Allison Eatough

When Kristen Williams was pregnant, she occasionally thought about if and how her diet would change when she began breastfeeding.

But within days of her daughter Cassie's arrival, her breastfeeding diet became a constant thought.

"When I brought (Cassie) back from the hospital, I realized everything I was consuming was nourishing her," says Williams, a Columbia resident.

Williams, like many moms, heard tales about how eating broccoli could cause a breastfeeding baby to have gas and how moms must pump and dump their breast milk if they drink a glass of wine. Figuring out what is safe or unsafe to eat and drink can be confusing when breastfeeding, she says.

"There's a lot of dos and don'ts you can really get hung up on," Williams says.

Luckily for moms and their babies, most of those "don'ts" are myths. Almost everything is safe to eat and drink while breastfeeding, as long as it is in moderation, breastfeeding experts say.

"There isn't a need to place unnecessary restrictions," says Jen Doyle, a lactation consultant at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

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