Guide to healthy breastfeeding diet for reflux babies

We recently hooked up with Jacqui Nancey a trouble shooting midwife who specialises in Breastfeeding, Baby’s colic & Sleepless nights. With years of experience and colleagues input, Jacqui has put together a fantastic wholesome guide for breastfeeding mothers to use.
With her permission, we have included it here:

What foods to take or avoid in the first 6 – 12 weeks after birth.

Fresh fruits
Bananas / plantain (Potassium, Magnesium (Mag)
Apples Skin more than flesh (Potassium, Vit C)
Pears (Potassium, Vit C)
Peaches (Potassium, Vit C)
Plums (potassium, b-carotene)
Pineapple (Vit C, Mag)
Drink water for a most effective thirst quencher for hydration
Dried fruits
Mangoes (Potassium, iron)
Sultanas, currants (Mag, Pots, niacin B3, Vit C, E)
Apricots (Potassium, iron, copper)
Paw paws (b-carotene, Mag, Pots, iron)
Dates, baby figs (carotenoids, Vit C, Pots)
AVOID: Cranberry juice, Lemonade, Citrus fruits/Berries, Strawberries, Grape juice, Lime juice, Fizzy drinks, Alcohol, Curries (If not part of a cultural diet)
Quinoa (Iron)
Organic millet (Iron, magnesium)
Rolled grain oats (Magnesium)
Oatibix /wheatabix (Iron / copper / magnesium)
No added sugar muesli (Mag, cop, Niacin, Vit E)
AVOID: Sugary cereals, tarts, processed cereals and Processed fine oats.
Fruit Smoothies
Apple juice – With Apricot/Avocado/banana/carrot/melon/passion fruit
Pineapple – Mango/peach/coconut/vanilla/pear/kiwi/ginger/yoghurt
Litchi – All of the above
Vegetable Smoothies/Soups
Spinach – With Celery or cucumber / leek / tomatoes / green beans
Broccoli / Cauliflower  – Washed down with Fennel tea or Peppermint tea
Egg plant/Aubergene – With Oily fish/salad/beetroot/lettuce/mushrooms/okra/pea
Peppers – ALL OF THE ABOVE/Root vegetables/chicken/lamb/beef/egg
Delicious nuts
Pine nuts / pistachios / brazil nuts /sun flower & pumpkin seeds
Dry roasted nuts / mixed fruit & nut snack
Root Vegetables and beans
Butter nut squash / turnips / suede
Carrots, courgettes / sweet corn / tofu / butter beans
Yellow split peas / red kidney beans / baked beans / black eyed beans /haricot beans
Potatoes / pumpkin / parsnip / sweet potatoes / yellow plantains
(NB: Wash down bean soups with fennel or peppermint tea afterwards to prevent your baby’s tummy discomfort from the resultant gas)
Meat, Fish & Poultry
Lean Beef / mince / steak / grilled burger / 100% beef meat balls
Lean Lamb / mince / grilled kebabs /
Oily fish like Mackerel, sardines
Other fish like Tilapia (St. Peters ) cod
Herbal teas
Fennel tea  (3 or so mugs/ day)
Peppermint Tea  (3 or so mugs/ day)
Fenugreek  (2 – 3 mugs/day only)
Green tea (Limit intake 1-2)
Decaff teas /coffee (limited intake)
Malt drinks / Milk
DRINKS TO AVOID – Fizzy water / drinks, Instant coffee / tea, Squash drinks
Practical Baby care tips:

About Author


Mum of three and co-founder of reflux sites - refluxSUPPORT, babyREFLUX and littleREFLUXERS.Gathered loads of experience and wisdom talking to thousands of mums and dads who have little refluxers. Campaigning to reduce the number of infants given prescribed drugs for reflux.Superb at parallel parking and eating biscuits.