What breastfeeding mothers should avoid eating

May 26th, 2017


Mother-infant dining partners can enjoy a bountiful menu. But some babies are sensitive to certain foods in mother’s diet. Upsetting foods can enter your milk and upset baby as early as two hours after you eat them. A clue to food sensitivities as a cause of fussy, colicky behaviour is a pattern called twenty-four-hour colic — a definite episode of hurting that occurs within twenty-four hours after the breastfeeding mother eats a suspect food but that does not recur until the next time she eats the same food. Watch for these offenders:

Dairy products

Potentially allergenic proteins in dairy products may enter the breast milk and produce colicky symptoms in baby.

Caffeine-containing foods

Soft drinks, chocolate, coffee, tea, and certain cold remedies all contain caffeine. While some babies may be more caffeine sensitive than others, usually a mother must consume a large amount of these products to bother her baby.

Grains and nuts.

The most allergenic of these are wheat, corn, and peanuts.

Spicy foods

Your milk may have a distinctive taste after you eat spicy or garlicky foods. The idea of a spicy milk doesn’t sound quite enticing!

Occasionally they may evoke a gastric protest from your baby, causing him to refuse to feed or to be colicky.

“Gassy” foods

Broccoli, onions, brussels sprouts, green peppers, cauliflower, cabbage — these vegetables in the raw state may bother babies, but they are less likely to be offensive when cooked. It is difficult to explain scientifically how these foods bother babies, but breastfeeding experience validates what veteran breastfeeding mothers have known for a long time – gassy foods make gassy babies.

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