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Today Val is sharing with us some helpful advice about which foods might be causing fussiness in your breastfed baby. Personally, I’ve not had to work through this process with my children but I know many mamas that have!
For my experiences with breastfeeding read this post –> Why I Chose Formula Over Breastfeeding
Keep reading to find out what Val recommends!
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:
14 Foods That Might Be Making Your Baby Fussy
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 favourite 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, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on at Chronicles of a Babywise Mom since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at Babywise.life, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.