14 Foods That Might Be Making Your Baby Fussy (BFBN Guest Post)

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.
Looooovvve.
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:

14 Foods That Might Be Making Your Baby Fussy

  1. Chocolate
  2. Coffee
  3. Dairy
  4. Soy
  5. Wheat
  6. Peanuts
  7. Corn
  8. Eggs
  9. Broccoli (usually raw)
  10. Garlic 
  11. Whey
  12. Onions (usually raw)
  13. Green peppers  (usually raw)
  14. Cabbage  (usually raw)
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
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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. 🙂

14 Foods That Might Be Making Your Baby Fussy | Find out what foods could be making your baby unsettled so you can eliminate them from your diet.
14 Foods That Might Be Making Your Baby Fussy | Find out what foods could be making your baby unsettled so you can eliminate them from your diet.

Hi! I'm Christine...a stay-at-home mum to two tiny humans. My constant focus is having my home run as smoothly as possible. Keeping two kids alive, and maintaining my sanity is also a priority. Most Saturday nights, you can find me hunkered down watching Grey's Anatomy, and hopefully nibbling on some chocolate. :)

  • I’ve heard of lots of people having issues with dairy and soy while BFing! So many food allergies these days… it sucks!

    • Christine Keys

      It definitely does!

  • Alison Ruth

    Food allergies run in my family, so food tracking is just a part of our lives! It’s great to see this list for people to be aware of!

    • Christine Keys

      My grandmother had a list of food allergies so we were always careful and aware, which helps!

  • I never experienced this myself, but I’ve heard of others who have. I did find there were a few foods that upset their tummies once they started solids. Avocado comes to mind for that. And one time when I was pregnant I ate something really spicy and baby wouldn’t quit kicking around for a while after. I was so afraid I hurt her!

    • Christine Keys

      Yes, it can be super surprising what upsets each child.

  • Sarah Camille Hipp

    This is so fascinating! Some of these make sense, but I wouldn’t have guessed broccoli or cabbage could cause issues. I’m bookmarking this for when I have kids. 🙂
    Cheers, Sarah Camille //SCsScoop.com

    • Christine Keys

      Yes, who knew, right?!

  • Rachel Catherine

    I never experienced these with these foods. I would say if you think it’s something diet related you should probably talk to your doctor about it.

    • Christine Keys

      For sure! 🙂