Can I eat gassy foods?

 

Question:

I heard it's not good to eat garlic or broccoli while breastfeeding. If I do eat it how long does it take to get out of my system?

Answer:

Well, actually, many nursing moms discover that they can eat whatever they want (including the so-called gassy vegetables like broccoli and garlic), without causing their baby any discomfort. So my recommendation would be to continue to eat the foods that you enjoy, and only eliminate individual foods if you determine they are causing your baby discomfort.

Occasionally a baby will be fussy at the breast or gassy after you eat a particular food, though it can often be difficult to determine which food is causing the discomfort. Certainly, there is a list of foods that are the most common offenders: dairy products, chocolate, eggs, wheat, soy, shellfish, peanuts, corn, some vegetables (like broccoli and garlic) and citrus fruits. If you suspect that your baby is "allergic" or "sensitive" to something that you are eating, I would recommend that you begin to make changes to your diet by systematically eliminating the foods that most often cause difficulties for babies. Rather than placing large restrictions on your diet, try eliminating one of these food groups at a time to see if your baby's symptoms improve.