Colic in newborns and babies is very common and rarely concerning. It is however one of the reasons parents, especially new moms, don’t sleep. Is your food affecting your breast milk? What can you eat to avoid causing your baby colic when breastfeeding? These are some of the questions I will answer in this article.
Some foods alter the taste of breast milk, which may cause some discomfort to babies. No evidence links the mother’s food with the baby’s colic, it also varies from one baby to another.
The newborn stomach
Your baby’s stomach is still not fully developed and unable to produce the digestive enzymes that help digest all types of foods.
It is highly recommended that nursing mothers to keep a food journal to track the foods they consume and how they affect the baby. Write down when your baby has gas or colic and correlate it with the food you had that day. This will help you identify what foods bother your baby to avoid them.
When the mom gets relief from gas and bloating by drinking a warm herbal tea, this will lead to the baby getting the same relief as well. Although there is no medical evidence behind this it works!
Herbal teas you can safely have while breastfeeding:
It is recommended to avoid foods that may alter the taste of breast milk and upset the baby such as spicy food, garlic, and onion.
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