Foods to Avoid While Breastfeeding

Foods to avoid while breastfeeding

Foods to avoid while breastfeeding
If you are breastfeeding, there are a couple of foods or beverages you need to avoid.


The first is alcohol. When you drink alcohol, it can be passed from you to your baby through your breast milk.

Fish & Shellfish

Another food you should try to avoid is fish or shellfish. Alcohol and the mercury found in some fish can affect neurological development in your baby.

Allergic Foods

It is recommended that you try to avoid or limit your intact of wheat, soy, eggs, peanuts and corn, especially if anyone in your family is allergic to them. Your baby may also be allergic as well and ingesting these through breast milk may cause digestive issues.

Coffee, Soda & Caffeinated Teas

Some of the caffeine in these beverages could make it to your breast milk which can lead to irritation, crankiness, and sleeplessness because caffeine is difficult for babies to process.

Citrus Fruits

These acidic fruits may irritate an under developed GI tract, leading to fussiness, spitting up, and even diaper rash in some babies.

Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts

All part of the same family, theses vegetables, the have been known to cause excessive and sometimes painful gas.

Spicy Foods

We all have experienced how spicy foods sometimes are almost as hot on the way out as the the way in.


Garlic can give you breast milk a slight “garlicky” flavor which my be offensive to your baby.


Believe it or not, some babies are sensitivity to cows milk which can lead to colic, vomiting, sleeplessness, and even eczema.

Observe Your Baby

If you do notice your breast milk causing problems for your baby, try to avoid any foods that you may have eaten that day in the future.

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