Some nursing moms find they can eat whatever they like. While it’s true that some strongly flavored foods may change the taste of your milk, most babies seem to enjoy a variety of breast milk flavors! Generally, the dominant flavors of your diet – whether soy sauce or chili peppers – were in your amniotic fluid during pregnancy. Occasionally a baby will be fussy at the breast or gassy after you eat a particular food. If you notice a pattern, avoid that food for a few days. To test whether that food really was the cause, reintroduce it once and see if there’s an effect.
Food Items to Avoid During Breastfeeding:
- Spices like cinnamon, garlic, curry, chili pepper.
- Citrus fruits and their juices, like oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit.
- The gassy veggies like onion, cabbage, garlic, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, and peppers.
- Fruits with a laxative effect, such as cherries and prunes.
- Alcohol – After nine months of no drinking, occasional beer or glass of wine and that’s totally fine.
- Caffeine – Soft drinks like chocolate, coffee, tea, energy drinks and certain cold remedies all contain caffeine and, when you have a significant quantity of it, your baby could get colic as a result. Many mothers find that giving up caffeine can produce instant changes to their baby’s daily behavior
- Fish– Basically all fish contain few mercury, a common pollutant that’s a known neurotoxin, meaning it can affect baby’s brain. But most of the time, the health benefits of eating fish high protein, low fat outweigh the risk.
- Peppermint, parsley and sage.
- Spicy foods – For most babies, this is fine and helps to get them used to new tastes, but for others even the mildest of spices can be enough to cause discomfort. This is even more likely the case if you have ever suffered heartburn after eating spicy food.
- Dairy products include milk, cheese, yoghurt and ice cream. It is thought that cow’s milk is a leading cause of diet-related colic. The proteins in cow’s milk easily enter breast milk to be transferred to your baby, which is normally a good thing as it gets baby used to the proteins for later on. But sometimes, sensitivity to cow’s milk can cause colic.