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Breast Feeding

Is there a list of what not to eat?

03/30/2006

Question:

Is there a list for new mothers of what not to eat or drink while breastfeeding?

Answer:

There is no specific list of foods to avoid in general while breastfeeding. A well balanced, healthy diet is all that is generally recommended. It is of course wise to avoid alcohol and caffeine to prevent infant irritability and low milk supply. Because of bowel immaturity, some babies cannot tolerate mom's milk if she takes in dairy products on a daily basis. Unless the child has a true milk protein allergy, this intolerance usually resolves after 4 to 6 months. Other rare allergens may be manifest in certain babies. These include eggs, citrus, wheat, nuts, fish (including but not limited to shell fish) and soy. Family history may help to anticipate some of these, but again they are the exception rather than the rule.

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Response by:

Jeanne L Ballard, MD, FAAP, FABM Jeanne L Ballard, MD, FAAP, FABM
Professor Emeritus, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati