As a first time mother 9 years ago, my newborn cried ALL the time!
Day and night she was unconsolable. I didn't know it was abnormal, I was young and knew that "babies cry," so I didn't think there was anything to do about it, I thought that was just par for the course of parenthood. Eventually some family members took notice and recommended we take her to a chiropractor who specialized in food sensitivity testing. We did and he gave me a few food items to remove from my diet. Within a few weeks of adjusting my diet my baby stopped crying all the time! It was a complete turnaround!
Of course every baby is different, and you should consult with your own pediatrician about foods to eat or avoid while breastfeeding.
However, here is a general list of foods to avoid that has been tried and true by many nursing mothers, because they can cause painful gas in the newborn. I would strongly recommend avoiding these foods for the 48 hours prior to your newborn session.
Recommended Foods to Avoid 48 Hours before your Session
Citrus Acidic foods and drinks:
Tomatoes or tomato products
Peanuts - nuts in general
Chili Tacos/Spicy/Mexican Food/Salsa
Gassy Vegetables such as:
So what should you eat?
Try keeping your food intake bland for the 2 days before your session. Don't add spices. Plain comfort foods like bread, potatoes, and whole grains are good choices.
Still concerned about your baby cooperating?
No need to be. Certainly a happy baby will make for a much smoother session. However, I have a lot of experience photographing babies who are fussy. With lots of little tricks up my sleeve to sooth and calm babies, I have a good track record of getting nice photos even of some very challenging newborns.
Below is a photo of the same baby as the above 2 images. This girls mom warned me before the session that she cries all the time. With a lot of patience, good swaddling, and other soothing techniques I still created a beautiful gallery for this family.