Caffeine should be avoided, especially early in breastfeeding (the half life of caffeine in a newborn is 70 hours, whereas in a 6 month old, it's 6 hours, so it can cause major sleep problems in a newborn). Alcohol should be avoided in general, but one drink per hour CAN be metabolized, so if you want to have a drink, you're actually best off if you have it while nursing. Alcohol takes 20 minutes to get into your breastmilk, so it won't get there in time for that feeding, and will have cleared by your next feeding. Other than that, unless a food bothers your baby (like my son had tummy troubles if I had dairy, but that's one case only), you can have anything you like. Some babies are bothered by things like broccoli, cabbage, onions, garlic, and spicy food, but it's all very individual. No need to limit these foods unless your baby has tummy trouble or other reactions.
at 11:03 AM on Jun. 17, 2011