Mouths To Feed- Eating Myths

Suburban myth:  Breastfeeding moms can’t eat spicy food.

Truth:  Oh yeah?  Tell it to the Mexican and Indian babies.  They seem to be  doing just fine.


Suburban myth:  Breastfeeding moms can’t eat broccoli.  It makes the baby fussy and gassy.

Truth:  Last time I checked, huge hunks of broccoli weren’t flying out of the breast.  It’s the fibrous nature and breakdown of solid broccoli in the gut that causes gas.  The nutrients and flavors of broccoli transfer into the breast milk, not the fiber.


Suburban myth:  Breastfeeding moms can’t have caffeine.

Truth:  Breastfeeding moms should limit caffeine.  It takes the baby longer to metabolize caffeine than it takes an adult, so unless you’re fond of irritability, I’d suggest keeping it to one cup of coffee, cola, tea daily (the earlier in the day, the better) and monitor your baby.  Caffeine free tea is a good option if you’re an iced tea addict.


Suburban myth:  Breastfeeding moms can’t eat anything or do anything fun.

Truth:  Ok.  That was over the top, but you see what I mean about fear-feeders and joy-stealers? 


Be gone with you, bearers of breastfeeding bad news!  Honestly, after you get the hang of it, breastfeeding is easy, inexpensive, and painless.   You’re not buying formula, mixing formula, hauling formula with you wherever you go, cleaning up formula bottles day after day, and don’t even get me started on formula baby poop!  And if, for some reason, your experience isn’t so fun, easy, and painless, that’s what IBCLC’s are for.  We can help to locate the reason and find a solution or help you safely wean.  So, no worries.  In parenting generally and breastfeeding specifically, if you’re constantly stressed about what you shouldn’t be doing, you won’t enjoy a minute of what you are doing.  And you’re probably doing just great.  So enjoy your baby and each other.  This is supposed to be fun.


Gloria Dudney, RN, IBCLC, RLC is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant and has taught new parent classes for more than 10 years. 

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Gloria Dudney, RN, IBCLC, RLC