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Is it ok to eat spicy foods while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Jennifer Thomas
Pediatrics
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In brief: Sure

Mothers in all cultures eat the food native to their countries.
I don't think those in mexico, greece, or thailand are eliminating anything from their diet. We know what a mom eats during breastfeeding flavors her milk to help the baby become accustomed to their native food. Some children can be fussy after certain foods, but mom's diet is blamed too much for a baby's fussiness.

In brief: Sure

Mothers in all cultures eat the food native to their countries.
I don't think those in mexico, greece, or thailand are eliminating anything from their diet. We know what a mom eats during breastfeeding flavors her milk to help the baby become accustomed to their native food. Some children can be fussy after certain foods, but mom's diet is blamed too much for a baby's fussiness.
Dr. Jennifer Thomas
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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Very few foods need to be avoided during breastfeeding.
Current feeling is that eating highly allergenic foods such as nuts and fish during pregnancy or shellfish does not increase the risk of allergies in the baby. Foods containing stimulants such as caffeine can affect the baby. A good rule is that if you see the baby consistently getting fussy after you eat certain foods avoid them.

In brief: Yes

Very few foods need to be avoided during breastfeeding.
Current feeling is that eating highly allergenic foods such as nuts and fish during pregnancy or shellfish does not increase the risk of allergies in the baby. Foods containing stimulants such as caffeine can affect the baby. A good rule is that if you see the baby consistently getting fussy after you eat certain foods avoid them.
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
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Dr. Kristen Stuppy
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

One of the benefits of breastfeeding is your baby gets to taste various flavors, unlike formula babies who get the same thing each meal.
I think eating what you typically eat acclimates baby to the flavors your family eats, which is great to (hopefully) ward off picky eating. Of course, most preschoolers become picky, but that's another topic!

In brief: Yes

One of the benefits of breastfeeding is your baby gets to taste various flavors, unlike formula babies who get the same thing each meal.
I think eating what you typically eat acclimates baby to the flavors your family eats, which is great to (hopefully) ward off picky eating. Of course, most preschoolers become picky, but that's another topic!
Dr. Kristen Stuppy
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Breastfeeding mothers may eat their usual diet, even if that includes spicy foods.
If a mother notices her baby having a possible reaction (such as fussiness, sleeplessness, or rash) after the mother had eaten a particular type of food, she can wait a few days and try that food again. If her baby repeats the reaction, then the mother can avoid that particular food, and inform the doctor.

In brief: Yes

Breastfeeding mothers may eat their usual diet, even if that includes spicy foods.
If a mother notices her baby having a possible reaction (such as fussiness, sleeplessness, or rash) after the mother had eaten a particular type of food, she can wait a few days and try that food again. If her baby repeats the reaction, then the mother can avoid that particular food, and inform the doctor.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Yes. Despite some opinions, there is ample research evidence supporting the proposition that some babies have increased fussiness or gas from mom's diet.
Trial and error will prove this if you are concerned something in your diet bothers the baby.

In brief: Yes

Yes. Despite some opinions, there is ample research evidence supporting the proposition that some babies have increased fussiness or gas from mom's diet.
Trial and error will prove this if you are concerned something in your diet bothers the baby.
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Moms can eat or drink anything without restriction (except alcohol of course) when breastfeeding.
No studies have shown a change in diet affecting colic, gassiness, etc.

In brief: Yes

Moms can eat or drink anything without restriction (except alcohol of course) when breastfeeding.
No studies have shown a change in diet affecting colic, gassiness, etc.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Babies are exposed to flavors and proteins from the foods you eat, even while you are pregnant.
Breast milk is unique to each baby/mother pair. Moms from different cultures eat very different spices in their diet. If, however, you suspect a certain food or spice in your diet may be bothering your baby, try going without it for a week and see if the baby's symptoms resolve.

In brief: Yes

Babies are exposed to flavors and proteins from the foods you eat, even while you are pregnant.
Breast milk is unique to each baby/mother pair. Moms from different cultures eat very different spices in their diet. If, however, you suspect a certain food or spice in your diet may be bothering your baby, try going without it for a week and see if the baby's symptoms resolve.
Dr. Pamela Lindor
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