When my second child was born, we quickly discovered she had silent reflux. Reflux is rough on a baby and usually leads to some fussiness and poor sleep at times. My sweet baby Kaitlyn was an angel baby, but even so, with the reflux, she had times I could tell she was just in pain.
Some of those times were much more intense than others.
So I started paying attention to what I was eating and how that was impacting her. I soon made note of the foods that led to her reflux flaring and her being in more pain. Sadly, one of those foods was chocolate.
I love chocolate.
But, of course, I gave it up. I nursed her for a year with no chocolate (well, there was that one time when she was three months old that I completely forgot about the chocolate thing when I was given a piece of chocolate cake–I really forgot! That was the best cake I had ever tasted. Then I remembered. And she cried. A lot. I didn’t forget again).
When my fourth child came along, she wasn’t even a couple of days old before I realized she was not a chocolate baby. She didn’t have reflux, but she didn’t appreciate me eating chocolate. So, another year went by in my life with no chocolate. I never forgot with her.
If you have a baby who gets very fussy at times and you are breastfeeding, take a close look at your diet to see if what you are eating might be contributing to your baby’s fussiness. It can help to keep a food log. Foods you eat can contribute to reflux pain, gas, poor sleep, and even witching hour.
Here are some common foods that lead to fussiness:
If you think one of these foods (or something not on this list!) might be contributing to fussiness in your baby, try eliminating it from your diet. It can take 1-2 weeks for the food to completely leave your system, but I saw marked improvements in a few days. If you don’t see improvements, add that food back in and cut another food. You could also cut all of these foods and then slowly add in one at a time until you find the culprit.
If your baby is unusually fussy for a baby, consider the possibility of your food being the issue. I know it is SO HARD to cut a favorite food from your diet. Due to my strong affinity for chocolate, I am confident if I can abstain from it for two years of my life, anyone can cut something while breastfeeding. And as a mom who has been there, I know you know that you will do anything to help your baby be happy. Even give up something you love. Because that is the love of a mother.
Valerie is the mother to four, ages 12, 10, 8, and 5 and blogs at www.BabyWiseMom.com
Valerie is also one of several women (which now includes me!) that are part of the Babywise Friendly Blogging Network (BFBN). You can read more about that HERE. 🙂