Foods with strong flavors may change the taste of your milk and in general babies enjoy a variety of flavors when it comes to breast milk. When you’re pregnant your baby tastes the dominant flavors in your diet and when you’re nursing they may be accustomed to those flavors already.
However, in some cases babies may become gassy or fussy when ingesting certain flavors through breastfeeding.
Foods and Drinks To Avoid When Breastfeeding
Many moms have reported that babies will often object to the following foods:
- Spices like garlic, cinnamon, curry and chili pepper
- Citrus fruits and their juices i.e. oranges, limes, lemons and grapefruit
- Gassy vegetables like onions, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, pepper and cucumbers
- Fruits with a laxative effect such as prunes and cherries
- Too much coffee (a daily cup should be fine but too much can interfere with baby’s sleep patterns and make them fussy)
- Sodas, teas and over-the-counter medicines with a caffeine content
- Alcohol (one drink should be fine but too much alcohol gets into your milk).
In addition to the risk of alcohol having dire effects on a baby’s health, studies have shown that alcohol can reduce your milk production.
When a baby is struggling with allergy symptoms such as fussiness, congestion, diarrhea and eczema it may be due to exposure to certain chemicals in soap or detergent, mildew or something that he ingested through breast milk. It may become tricky to find out exactly what is causing the sensitivity.
If you’re in doubt about a certain food, it’s best to avoid it entirely. If you suspect that you’ve eaten something which is causing the problem, it’s usually something that was eaten two to six hours before baby’s feed. The general culprits are predominantly soy, egg, cow’s milk, wheat, nuts, corn or corn syrup.