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Q&A: Can I Eat Spicy Foods?

I love spicy food, but can I eat it when I'm breastfeeding? Is it safe for my baby?
ByErin van Vuuren
Updated
March 2, 2017
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Sure…unless you notice that baby has a problem with them. There aren’t any foods that are strict no-no’s when breastfeeding, but a few moms find that their babies fuss for a while after they’ve eaten certain foods or spices. (Spices are known to sometimes change the flavor of breast milk.) If you think baby might be reacting to a spice in your diet, consider keeping a food diary for a while, writing down what you eat, what comes out of baby (diaper-wise), and how he’s acting. If you find a correlation, cut out that spice and see if baby’s fussiness fades. (If the flavor of your milk changed, it should return to normal within a day of cutting out the offending spice.)

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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