Women often receive all kinds of advice while breastfeeding, and some include not eating certain foods, as they might be bad for the baby. Spicy foods are usually frowned upon, but some women claim to have consumed hot peppers without observing any harmful effect on their baby. If hot peppers are fine, could there be a problem with even spicier foods?
- Flavors are indeed passed into breast milk, and might influence the baby.
- Eating diverse foods could be good for mothers, as they get their babies used to strong flavors as they are young.
- If babies get gassy after being fed, they are more likely to be allergic to something the mother ate.
Mothers are often careful with what they consume, and choose to avoid foods with extremely strong flavor. Evidence points to the fact that flavors easily pass into breast milk, so it’s understandable why they choose to do so.
However, some doctors don’t think eating diverse foods is bad. Since babies come into contact early with certain flavors, they can get used to them while they are still young. This helps them enjoy those flavors when they make the transition to solid food.
Sometimes, babies get fussy after being fed breast milk. Usually, mothers think this happens after they ate certain foods with strong flavors. However, there is no strong evidence that babies get gassy depending on what their mothers eat. In fact, they might get better fed if mothers consume strong flavors.
The babies’ fussiness might mean something else. It could be that they are allergic to those foods you have consumed. Therefore, if the baby gets fussy after breastfeeding, mothers are advised to avoid eating those foods which caused the fussiness. This applies only two to six hours before breastfeeding, as these are the times when flavors get passed into breast milk.
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