Foods to avoid during Breast Feeding

Foods to Avoid during Breast Feeding

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What to eat during breast feeding

There are certain foods to avoid during breast feeding and as a new mother you must know them well to avoid many of the milk related problems in your baby. Some mothers tend to be very careful when selecting foods to eat while nursing their babies fearing that the foods they eat may cause fussiness in them. But most of the times the food you eat is not problematic and you should be careful while making big changes in your diet during the nursing period.

Usually the baby will be accustomed to the flavors, taste and compatibility to most of your normal diet contents when he was in your womb. This is due to the fact that the amniotic fluid in your womb has all the residues of the dominant flavors, tastes of the food you eat during pregnancy. As babies are known to drink amniotic fluid.

But if you are introducing new food items in your diet and find that your child shows adverse reactions to these you must carefully watch which is causing the problems in your baby and avoid taking them altogether. There are many foods to avoid during breast feeding like beans, spices, cabbages, common allergens and citrus and these are always known to cause problems to your baby. When your child exhibits symptoms of food allergy like

  • Diarrhea
  • Rash
  • Fussiness
  • Gas
  • constant spitting up or vomiting
  • hard stools
  • bloody or mucousy stools
  • runny nose
  • cough
  • congestion

Here is the list of foods to avoid during breast feeding and this will help you to be a successful mother during the early days of your baby:

  • Dairy products: in some cases taking even the normal amounts milk, yogurt, cheese etc may cause gassiness and your baby may become fussy during nursing. Watch out and reduce the intake of foods that contain large amounts of dairy protein


  • Sea Food: though it is good to eat at least 12 ounces of sea food you must be very careful in avoiding the fish that come with high mercury content like swordfish, shark, tilefish king mackerel etc


  • Other foods to avoid during breast feeding are
    • Chocolate
    • Spices like garlic, cinnamon, curry, chili pepper
    • citrus fruits and their juices like lemons oranges, limes, and grapefruit;
    • strawberries
    • kiwifruit
    • pineapple
    • the gassy veggies like onion, garlic, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, cucumbers, and peppers
    • fruits with a laxative effect, such as cherries and prunes


  • Coffee – though about two cups of coffee per day may be okay but excessive coffee will make your milk saturated with caffeine that is not good for your baby


  • Alcohol- taking too much alcohol is not good for your baby as it increases the level of alcohol in your blood that gets into your milk


  • Foods that are known to cause allergy symptoms like fussiness, diarrhea, eczema etc must be found and avoided as these are the ones that must be kept in the list of foods to avoid during breast feeding

You should also be careful before omitting certain foods from your diet as they may cause an imbalance in your diet nutrition and consult your baby doctor or a nutritionist to get suitable advice regarding the foods to avoid during breast feeding and how to get them balanced with some other items of food that is good both for you and your little baby.



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