Many women find that they can eat whatever they may like during breastfeeding. Even though it’s true that some strongly favored foods can change the taste of your milk, many babies seem to enjoy the varieties of breast milk flavors. Occasionally, your baby may get cranky at the breast after you eat certain foods. If you notice this happening, simply avoid that particular food. You can try introducing it again at a later date and see what happens.
Before you actually omit any foods from your diet, you should talk with your doctor or certified lactation consultant. If you avoid certain foods it may cause a nutritional imbalance.
You can have a cup or two of coffee a day, although too much caffeine can interfere with your baby’s sleep and even make him or her cranky. Keep in mind, caffeine is found in many soda’s, tea, and even over the counter type medicine as well.
It’s okay to have an alcoholic beverage every now and then, although having more than one drink can increase your blood alcohol level. How much food you drink with the alcohol, as well as the alcohol content of what you are drinking help determine whether or not you need to “pump and dump”. While breastfeeding, any type of heavy drinking should be avoided.