Foods to Avoid When Breastfeeding

Foods to Avoid When Breastfeeding

Gas Producing Foods To Avoid For Nursing Moms

This list applies only to moms whose babies are showing signs of digestion, gas, constipation, or diarrhea issues

We suggest that you go on a bland diet for 10 days and see if that helps your newborn. After the 10 days add one of your favorite foods back into your diet. Wait and watch for the next 24 hours. If the baby has no reaction to the added food, you are o.k to continue to eat that food. After 3 days add another food from this list and give it the 24 hour test with your newborn. Continue on. If you eat a food and find your baby is reacting within the 24 hour period that will be a food that you will completely eliminate from your diet.

The following list is a good sampling of gas producing foods. The first thing you may want to eliminate is dairy,. Gluten is another food that causes intestinal upsets in a baby, so consider also avoiding gluten in your bland diet. 


  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Tomato Juice
  • Cucumber
  • Garlic
  • Rhubarb
  • Green Peppers
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Tomato
  • Corn
  • Onions
  • Turnip Kale and lettuce (salad is one of the big offenders) Spinach seems to be fine.


  • Apple (especially peels)
  • Bananas (can cause constipation)
  • Citrus fruits :strawberries or berries especially
  • Coconut


  • Dairy of any kind is a huge offender (lactose intolerance can provoke reflux in some babies)
  • Coffee (even decaffeinated)
  • Tea - Kombuca
  • Carbonated
  • Caffeinated


  • Beans Oats (rolled oats are OK)
    Tofu (in large quantities) Chili powder
    Fatty or Fried Foods (fats take longer to digest) Glutton
    Black pepper
    Creamy food such as gravy, etc. (basically anything with a high fat content)

Written by : Nancy Hamm

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