(HealthDay News) -- Sometimes it's difficult to remember that your lifestyle choices can affect your breast-feeding infant, the National Women's Health Information Center says. The agency offers these pointers:
- More than five 5-ounce cups of coffee per day could affect your baby's temperament and sleep.
- Don't smoke or use illegal drugs.
- Limit spicy foods, which may upset your baby's tummy as they pass through your breast milk.
- Avoid alcohol.
On the other hand, while some mothers avoid breast-feeding when they're sick, most illnesses such as colds or the flu can't be passed through breast milk, the agency says.