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What mama eats can make or break your newborn session!



I remember when I came home from the hospital with my third child, first girl. I was so excited to get back to normal life and be able to eat non-hospital food. The first 2 weeks were amazing-minus the fact that she wouldn't sleep unless she was held. The 3rd week rolls around and I thought I was getting the hang of having three kids. My daughter was my best nurser yet! I really struggled nursing my first two babies, both boys, so I was pretty excited that things were going well. I felt like one day a light switch flipped on and baby girl got a horrible stomach ache every time I nursed her. I could tell right away that it was something I was eating but getting down to the root of what exactly that was, well, that was a different story. After a lot of trial and error, and some help from our amazing pediatrician, I finally discovered it was mostly dairy and chocolate. Not just milk, or ice cream, but dairy. BUTTER. EVEN BUTTER. I am not a huge fan of chocolate so that part I was happy to give up but I literally had dairy in EVERYTHING. It was rough. I wanted so bad to make nursing work with her and so I kept at it and after about 8 weeks her stomach adjusted and I was able to slowly add back in all the things that I had taken away trying to figure out what was upsetting her tummy. It was worth it for me, and I'm really glad I was able to figure it out. ANYWAY, why does this have anything to do with newborn photography sessions? Let me just tell you!

_You're all set for your newborn session, baby is a dream, and falls asleep early and you have time to eat something delicious before you go to bed. Daddy is the best and makes you your favorite spicy tacos. All is good and you go to bed. Early morning nursing goes well but as the day goes on baby starts to get a little fussy. The rest of the day and the night are rough but you get up early and get everyone ready for your newborn session! You get there and baby is grunting and fussing the entire time- even though you followed the photographers prep guide! What is the deal!?

I can tell you right now- it's what mama ate.

I advise all my clients to please abstain from eating anything that might upset babies tummy for the 48 hrs before the newborn session takes place. Don't know what might make baby's tummy upset? Here is a list to help you out!




These foods typically affect babies under 6 weeks. As they get older, introduce foods one at a time to see how they are affected. Every baby is different, so be sure to consult with your pediatrician.









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