Can I eat chilli or spicy foods when breastfeeding?

by House of Scoville
July 11, 2018

That's a very question and a genuine concern from many nursing mothers.

Yes, you can eat spicy foods or chilli while breastfeeding!

This could actually be a good thing for the following reason.

Did you know that the taste of your breast milk can change depending on your diet? Unlike formula milk which always tastes the same, having a diverse diet will introduce your baby to new tastes and develop a strong palate and taste curiosity later in life. 

When you eat, traces of your nutrients will enter your milk and bloodstream. While eating spicy food shouldn't unsettle your baby, you may want to be on the lookout for the following when breastfeeding:

  • Does your baby seem irritable, upset, fussy or uncomfortable?
  • Does your baby cry when eating?
  • Does your baby have a hard time falling asleep or sleeps very little?
  • Does your baby have any skin reaction, congestion or digestive issues?

Note that for some of the above (especially with the last point), this can be the result of other issues like an allergy to a certain food type (eg. gluten, dairy, etc) and not necessarily chillies.


Hope the above helps and your baby turns into a chillihead :)

Note: The above are not health advice and House of Scoville cannot be held responsible. If you have any concern about the health of your baby, please consult a doctor or trained professional immediately.

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