Some foods to avoid or limit whilst breastfeeding are:
- Shark, marlin and swordfish
- Caffeine containing foods and drinks should be limited e.g. tea, coffee, cola and energy drinks
- Limit your alcohol intake and always allow enough time to pass between consuming an alcoholic beverage and breastfeeding to ensure that the alcohol has cleared from your milk
- Medical opinion varies but some healthcare professionals recommend avoiding peanut and peanut containing products if there is a family history of allergy – consullt your healthcare professional for advice
If your baby is very unsettled for no particular reason, using a food diary is a good idea if you find this is the case to try and identify the foods you have eaten that may be unsettling your baby. However, eliminating only 1 or 2 items of food at a time is best in order to find the one that’s causing sensitivity in your baby. Here are some suggestions:
- Fruit especially citric fruits, berries and acidic tomatoes
- Vegetables especially onions, garlic, cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts
- Spices – curry, chillies
- Peanuts and nuts
- Excessive caffeine found in tea, coffee, soft fizzy drinks, chocolate
- Dairy particularly cows’ milk
Top tip – If you are craving or over-indulging a particular food, try eliminating it first, as it may well be the culprit.
If you would like any more information on what to eat when you’re breastfeeding, do contact our Careline.