Foods to Avoid When Breastfeeding
Some experts believe that the cause of colic in breast-fed babies is found in the mother's diet. This article identifies several foods and food groups that may contribute to a baby's gastric disturbance.
- Nutrition and the Breastfeeding Mom
- Gas-producing Vegetables
- Citrus Fruits and Juices
- Chocolate and Spices
- Cow's Milk
Nutrition and the Breastfeeding Mom
Is it the mother’s diet? Occasionally foods or beverages in a breastfeeding mother’s diet cause colic symptoms in her baby. Although most doctors think colicky behavior is not at all connected to a mother’s diet, some doctors tend to believe that certain types of foods contribute to colic symptoms.
The foods that bother breastfeeding babies can be classified as either intestinal irritants or allergens. When a baby has been colicky or fussy at particular times, it is advisable to look back one to two meal periods and identify a suspect food. If, for instance, onion seems to be the culprit, try eliminating onions from the diet and see if the baby does better afterward.
Below are types of foods that may potentially cause colic in breast-fed babies. Completely eliminating all of the following foods for three days may bring speedy relief to a colicky baby.
Onions, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, bell peppers, and cucumbers are gas-producing vegetables that may cause temporary digestive problems for infants. Onions, an ingredient in so many dishes, can cause digestive disturbances when they are cooked or taken in small amounts.
Citrus Fruits and Juices
Many people overlook citrus fruits and juices as a cause of gastric upset. Strongly acidic fruits that affect many babies include oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, pineapples, kiwis, strawberries, and tangerines,
Chocolate and Spices
Chocolate contains theobromide which, even in small amounts, may potentially irritate an infant's digestive tract.
Many other flavorful spices can have the same effect on the baby's gut. These include cinnamon, garlic, and curry. If these spices are commonly included in your cuisine, try to at least lessen the amount to reduce the risk of colic incident in your baby.
Some infants are allergic to cow’s milk and cow’s milk products. These include cheese, ice cream, sour cream, and yogurt. If a baby is proven to be allergic to cow’s milk products, it is best to eliminate all dairy products from the mother's diet, including those in commercially processed foods like creamed soups, certain types of salad dressings, and puddings. Before consuming any commercially prepared or processed food, be sure to check the label for ingredients (e.g. whey, casein) that may contain milk products.