Many women find that they can eat whatever they may like while breastfeeding. While it’s true that some foods with strong flavors can change the taste of your milk, many babies don’t seem to mind the variety of breast milk flavors. But it’s always good to pay attention. Occasionally, your baby may get cranky at the breast after you eat certain foods. If you notice this happening, simply avoid that particular food.
The most common offenders during breastfeeding include spices, citrus fruits, garlic, chili, Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, etc), and fruits with laxative effects, such as prunes and cherries.
You can have a cup or two of coffee a day, although too much caffeine intake can interfere with your baby’s sleep and even make him or her cranky. Keep in mind, it’s not just about coffee; caffeine is found in many sodas, teas, and even over the counter medicines as well.
It’s fine to enjoy an alcoholic beverage every now and then, although moderation is key. Having more than one drink can increase your blood alcohol level, which will result in a small amount of alcohol in your breast milk.
If you are planning to have more than one drink at a time, it’s best to wait two hours or more per drink before you resume any type of nursing or breastfeeding. There is no need to pump and dump unless your breasts are full and it’s time to feed your baby. While breastfeeding, any type of heavy drinking should be avoided.
Before you actually omit any foods from your diet, you should talk to your doctor. If you avoid certain foods and it causes a nutritional imbalance, you may need to see a nutritionist for advice on adding other foods into your diet, or taking nutritional supplements.