Spicy Foods and Breast Milk Debunked
We have all heard that we should stay away from certain foods while breastfeeding. For those of us who use spice as a staple in our diet, it can be heartbreaking to hear “Stay away from spicy foods! It will upset the baby!” We are here to debunk this myth and tell you to eat what you want!
While the taste of your breast milk is affected by the foods you eat, it is actually BEST to consume an array of flavors and spices, including the hottest of the hot. In fact, a breastfeeding parents’ consumption of a rainbow of flavors can actually inspire children to have a wider interest in different foods when introducing solids in the toddler years and beyond. It’s also important to note that eating spicy foods does not make breastmilk “spicy” or change the temperature of your milk in any way.
This theory is also true during pregnancy! Foods consumed during pregnancy change the taste and smell of amniotic fluid! This means that at birth your baby is already used to what you consider to be your normal diet. Of course, if you do notice that babe is fussy or gassy after you chomp on a chili pepper, then avoid them. Otherwise, it’s okay to get spicy y'all!