Avoiding Foods While Breastfeeding

Many women find that they can eat whatever they may like during breastfeeding. Even though it’s true that some strongly favored foods can change the taste of your milk, many babies seem to enjoy the varieties of breast milk flavors. Occasionally, your baby may get cranky at the breast after you eat certain foods. If you notice this happening, simply avoid that particular food.

The most common offenders during breastfeeding include chocolate, spices, citrus fruits, garlic, chili, lime, gassy vegetables, and fruits with laxative type effects, such as prunes and cherries.

You can have a cup or two of coffee a day, although too much caffeine can interfere with your baby’s sleep
and even make him or her cranky. Keep in mind, caffeine is found in many sodas, tea, and even over the counter type medicine as well.

It’s okay to have an alcoholic beverage every now and then, although having more than one drink can increase your blood alcohol level, putting the alcohol into your breast milk.

If you are planning to have more than one drink at a time, it’s best to wait two hours or more per drink before you resume any type of nursing or breastfeeding. There is no need to pump and dump unless your breasts are full and its
time to feed your baby. While breastfeeding, any type of heavy drinking should be avoided.

Before you actually omit any foods from your diet, you should talk to your doctor. If you avoid certain foods and it causes a nutritional imbalance, you may need to see a nutritionist for advice on taking other foods or getting
nutritional supplements.

17 thoughts on “Avoiding Foods While Breastfeeding

  • September 26, 2018 at 12:03 pm
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    I agree about talking to your doctor but this is great information for those breastfeeding

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  • September 26, 2018 at 12:28 pm
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    Great article!

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  • September 26, 2018 at 2:30 pm
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    This is so helpful for sure do not want to gas your baby up thanks for sharing

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  • September 26, 2018 at 3:28 pm
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    This was a very interesting article. I am passing it on to my sister-in-law.

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  • September 26, 2018 at 3:37 pm
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    This is very helpful to young or new moms. Great information. Some I did not know.

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  • September 26, 2018 at 4:30 pm
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    Great advice for new moms. I know when I first tried breastfeeding I did not have a clue!

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  • September 26, 2018 at 6:44 pm
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    This could be very helpful to New mom’s who are just startled to nurse or to mom’s who are having problems. I know that when I nursed I couldn’t eat anything with a lot of garlic or I couldn’t eat spicy foods. Each child is different but if you start to have a baby that all of a sudden starts to be finicky, it just might be something your eating

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  • September 26, 2018 at 8:23 pm
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    Very helpful. I didn’t realize too much coffee could interfere with babies sleep.

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  • September 26, 2018 at 9:46 pm
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    this is very helpful for all moms

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  • September 26, 2018 at 11:28 pm
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    I’m beyond the years for breastfeeding, but I will likely have grandchildren in the future and this will be a great article for my daughters to read.

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  • September 27, 2018 at 12:52 am
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    Great info for new mothers. I knew a lot of it, but some I did not. Thanks.

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  • September 27, 2018 at 1:34 am
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    Very helpful for any woman who is currently or soon to be breastfeeding. Great information and learned some new things. Thank you

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  • September 27, 2018 at 7:08 am
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    Thanks for the post, I will need to share this with my sister in law.

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  • September 27, 2018 at 7:36 am
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    Great article for new moms. They sure didn’t have all this information available for me when my children were young.

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  • February 7, 2019 at 8:35 am
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    I breastfed both my daughters for 13 month each. I had to stay away from broccoli, which I eat often, or then my daughters would be super gassy.

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  • February 24, 2019 at 11:52 am
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    My baby has never had an issue with gas thank GOd

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  • March 13, 2019 at 10:56 pm
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    I know an expectant mother that i will pass this info on to.

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