Q: Should I avoid gassy or spicy foods to help ward off gassiness in my baby?
A: Many a mom has heard that beans, broccoli, chili peppers, garlic and onions should be avoided like the plague while breastfeeding. But if you devoured these foods during pregnancy, they probably won’t bother your baby now, says Ruth Lawrence, M.D., a professor of pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in New York and chairwoman of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Breastfeeding. On the other hand, if you ditched these types of foods due to heartburn or nausea, you may want to forgo them for the first month or so, as they can cause a case of “24-hour colic” in your baby, Lawrence adds. After the first four weeks or so, try them one at a time and watch your baby for fussiness for 24 hours before adding another. Don’t eliminate these foods unless you have to; a varied diet will provide your little one with a wider range of nutrients and could make her more receptive to new flavors when she starts eating solid foods.