Breastfeeding mothers should generally aim for a balanced diet, but there are a few foods or substances they might consider minimizing or avoiding:

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While moderate amounts are usually fine, excessive caffeine intake can make its way into breast milk and affect your baby’s sleep or make them irritable.

Caffeine

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It's recommended to limit alcohol intake while breastfeeding as it can pass through breast milk. If you do drink, waiting a couple of hours before breastfeeding or expressing milk can help minimize its presence.

Alcohol

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High-mercury fish like shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or tilefish should be avoided due to potential mercury content. Opt for low-mercury options like salmon, trout, or shrimp.

Certain Fish

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If you notice your baby showing signs of allergies or discomfort after you consume certain foods like peanuts, cow's milk, eggs, or wheat, you might consider eliminating or reducing these from your diet.

Strongly Allergenic Foods

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Some babies might be sensitive to spices or strong flavors in breast milk, so it could be helpful to observe your baby’s reactions if you eat very spicy foods.

Spicy Foods

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Foods like beans, cabbage, broccoli, or cauliflower can sometimes cause gas in infants, though this varies from baby to baby.

Gas-Inducing Foods

It’s important to note that individual babies can react differently to various foods. If you suspect a particular food is causing issues for your baby, consider keeping a food diary to track any correlations between your diet and your baby’s reactions.