Tue. Nov 29th, 2022
What are the prohibited foods in breastfeeding?

The moment of breastfeeding generates some doubts. We clarify those that have to do with prohibited foods in breastfeeding.

During lactation, you should eat as usual. However, it is necessary to take into account certain  foods that are prohibited in breastfeeding , which according to health professionals, should be avoided.

Taking into account that the baby is still in full development when it is born and needs some time for it to be completed, the mother’s nutrition will be an important factor. A poor diet can put at risk the proper functioning of the newborn’s body, which normally feeds exclusively on breast milk during the first months .


Foods that are prohibited during breastfeeding are those that, due to medical recommendations, should be avoided or consumed very sparingly, especially during the first months of breastfeeding. This is because certain substances found in the food consumed by the mother can pass to the baby and, therefore, affect her health.

Although the same food may or may not affect two different babies, attention must be paid to reactions. Also, there are certain foods that are likely to cause more complications.

1. The coffee

Caffeine consumption causes it to appear in breast milk within an hour to an hour and a half after consumption. Keep in mind that caffeine is found not only in coffee, but also in soft drinks, chocolate and even in some medications, and it can cause certain symptoms in the baby, such as nervousness, insomnia and irritability.

The metabolism of caffeine (response that the body gives to its consumption) in babies is slower than in adults. Therefore, if the mother consumes a lot of caffeine, it will accumulate in the baby’s body. The best alternative for people who are very coffee oriented is to drink decaffeinated coffee.

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The lactation committee of the Spanish Association of Pediatrics recommends that you do not drink alcohol during the first three months of lactation. After this time has passed, the amounts should be very small and far from each shot.

Alcohol is detrimental to a baby’s brain development, and the effect on the baby is related to the amount the mother ingests. In addition, it passes very quickly through breast milk, especially between half an hour and an hour after having consumed it.

3. Blue fish

Some types of oily fish such as bluefin tuna, pike or swordfish are not recommended during lactation. This is because they usually contain high levels of heavy metals, in this case mercury, and can be toxic to the baby. Therefore, it is not difficult that when ingesting them the maximum levels allowed during lactation are exceeded. Check out our parenting site for more and great ideas for your new born.

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Remember that cocoa contains caffeine! It is not necessary to completely eliminate it from the diet, but it is recommended that, if you usually eat it a lot, you should consider moderating its consumption.

5. Parsley and mint

You may use parsley in cooking or mint to make different infusions or teas. Exaggerated consumption of these foods can reduce the amount of milk produced. Although when they are consumed in small quantities, they do not have to cause problems.

6. Citrus

The digestive tract of the newborn is still immature, and some of the components of citrus can be irritating and cause reflux. For this reason, it is recommended not to abuse its consumption and look for other fruits to obtain vitamin C, such as mango or guava.

Now that you know some of the prohibited foods in breastfeeding, do not forget that a good, healthy and balanced diet is of great importance during this period.