Should you avoid foods when breastfeeding?
Short answer: maybe
If you’re breastfeeding your baby you may find that some foods that you eat don’t agree with your baby. However all babies are different. We suggest consulting your Pediatrician, Doula or Lactation consultant with any concerns.
Some babies can have food sensitivities. For example, one out of my three children had a sensitivity to spicy food so I had to avoid eating it when I was breastfeeding him so he wouldn't have an upset tummy. I've had friends who had babies that had gluten or dairy sensitivities that were so intense that it caused rashes and other reactions. If this is the case, please consult your doctor.
The following list (originally shared by Ana Brandt and slightly modified to include a few more common culprits of upset tummies) is a helpful guide of common foods to avoid while nursing. As they get older, reintroduce foods one at a time to see how they are accepted. Please use this list at your own discretion and consult your doctor with any concerns.
Breastfeeding Food Guide
Limit citrus and acidic foods and drinks such as:
Check with your Doctor to see if Dairy or Gluten could be an issue for your baby.
Identifying foods you as the nursing mom eat that don’t agree with your baby may take a little bit of time. You can try reintroducing foods to your diet one at a time every day or two to see how it affects your baby. Keep a log to help sort out different triggers.
It can be a grueling process but once you figure out if your baby has any food sensitives you and your baby will both be happier.
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