A short guide on what foods to avoid when you are breastfeeding.
When you drink coffee (or soda or tea), some of the caffeine ends up in your breast milk. Because babies aren’t
able to excrete caffeine as quickly or efficiently as adults, too much in their systems may lead to irritation,
crankiness, and sleeplessness. The solution? Cut back on coffee. As tired as you are, a fussy baby who won’t
Proceed with caution if chocolate is your sweet indulgence of choice. Just like coffee and soda, chocolate
contains caffeine. (Though not as much—a 1-ounce serving of dark chocolate contains between 5 and 35 mg of
caffeine; a cup of coffee generally contains up to 135 mg of caffeine). If you suspect chocolate is the culprit
behind your, it can also cause constipation.
3. Citrus Fruits
Certain compounds found in citrus fruits and juices may irritate a still-immature GI tract, leading to fussiness,
spitting up, and even nappy rash in some babies. If cutting down on citrus seems like a good idea for Baby’s
sake, compensate by adding other vitamin C-rich foods to the menu, including papaya and mango.
Lactation consultants may tell you that it’s just an old wives’ tale that eating broccoli, cauliflower, and other
“gassy vegetables” leads to irritable, gassy babies. But ask any nursing mom about broccoli’s ability to create
misery in breastfed infants and you will probably hear a very different tale. Is your broccoli-loaded lunchtime
salad the culprit? Possibly!
5. Spicy Foods
Some nursing moms can add extra jalapeños to everything and still have completely content babies. But you
might find that just a dash of pepper is enough to make your baby irritated and fussy for hours. How to spice it
up food without causing Baby discomfort? Look for flavors that add zest without the heat.
That wonderfully warm slice of garlic bread you just inhaled might not taste so wonderful to your baby. Eating
garlicky foods often leads to breast milk taking on the slight flavor of garlic (garlic odor can enter milk up to two
hours after a meal). Some babies may grimace or fuss at the breast if they detect garlic’s telltale aroma.
Do you, or other members of your family, have food allergies? Proceed with caution before including peanut
products in your diet. According to La Leche League International (LLLI), if you have a family medical history of
allergy, it is worth being careful about your diet and avoiding known allergens, like peanuts.