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Does My Diet Affect My Breast Milk

Does my diet affect my breast milk?

You'll probably find that some things you eat and drink will affect the taste and composition of your breast milk. All babies are different and just like adults, your baby might not like some tastes. There are a few foods which will affect the taste more than others though, so read on to find out. 

You are what you eat!

Your diet can ultimately affect your baby through your breast milk, but in most cases it's a matter of taste. Your baby won't be used to strong flavours that you might enjoy and if you're drinking excessive caffeine this could act as a stimulant for your baby. 

Foods you might want to avoid eating

A lot of mums say that you should steer clear of or limit spicy, strongly flavoured, rich or very acidic foods. The truth is every baby is different, so see how yours responds after breastfeeding. But here are a few foods that may affect your baby: 

• Hot, spicy curries – these may cause you and your baby some digestive discomfort and wind.

• Caffeine – it can wake you up if you're feeling tired out, but it can mean your baby has difficulty sleeping, too.

• Foods like these – dairy products, onions, cabbage, beans and brussel sprouts may all give your baby wind and make colic worse.

Is your baby allergic to something you've eaten?

If your baby has an upset stomach or rash after breastfeeding, they may be allergic to something you've eaten. Cows' milk, nuts, wheat, fish and eggs are just some foods which can cause an allergic reaction. If this happens, avoid the food or drink that you think might have caused the problem for a few days. Then try it again and watch for any reactions. However, if anyone in your family has a nut allergy, it's advisable to just avoid nuts completely. Many mums find that keeping a food diary makes it much easier to track how their baby responds after each breastfeed.