Foods to Avoid While Breastfeeding

From foods that change the taste of your breast milk to foods that make your baby colicky, there are certain products that should be avoided while breastfeeding. While the complete list can vary from woman to woman, some foods are just on everybody’s list. With time, you will naturally learn what works for your baby and what does not. In the meanwhile, let us examine five most common foods and food ingredients that will most likely have a direct effect your baby while you are nursing.


Caffeine, found in coffee, teas, sodas and even chocolate might make your baby fussy and sleepless. To avoid the negative effects of caffeine, try decaffeinated coffee or caffeine-free tea. Chocolate lovers might want to switch to white chocolate or milk chocolate that has less caffeine.

Gassy foods

Some foods are able to make your baby colicky and gassy. Some common ones are some vegetables (such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, asparagus and brussel sprouts), starchy foods (such as corn, potatoes, pasta and rice), and some fruits (such as dried fruits, figs, dates and apples). If you still want to eat these, try consuming them in the morning or afternoon while the baby is active. Eating gassy foods before sleep time will almost certainly guarantee a fussy baby at night.

Spicy foods

While certain spicy foods such as chili and jalapeño can trigger bloating and excessive gas in your baby, other ones are able to change the taste of your milk that a baby might not like. Steer clear from onions, garlic, cinnamon and curry.

Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits can lead to upset stomach in babies and might also cause rash. Common fruits to watch out for include oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes and tangerines. A similar effect is ascribed to kiwis, strawberries, cherries and prunes. The last two can also have a laxative effect on the baby.

Allergy triggering foods

If you have a family history of food allergens, you should avoid eating tree nuts and nut containing products while breastfeeding. However, if it is not the case, you can eat nuts while checking for any reaction from the baby. Another common allergen is cow milk, and many nursing mothers report a positive change in their babies once milk is removed from their diets.