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What should not eat a mother who breastfeeds if the baby has colic


When a baby has colic It can be exasperating for us as moms and / or dads. The inconsolable, intense and long-lasting crying that characterizes infant colic is difficult to bear, and it is normal for us to try different solutions to calm and relieve our baby such as feeding. What should you eat and What should a breastfeeding mother not eat if the baby has colic? Are there forbidden foods? What role does food play in a child's colic?

But what is infant colic? Why is it produced? How to avoid or alleviate it? The answer to these questions is difficult because there are many things infant colic that we don't know yet.

The first thing is to know that not all intense crying is due to the infant's colic; Sometimes our baby can cry intensely in the afternoon due to the accumulated fatigue or stress of the day, or calm down when pooping, or because it is difficult for him to fall asleep, or because his tummy hurts ... but this is not colic.

To say that a baby has colic pediatricians follow the “rule of 3”: a baby up to 3 months old who cries more than 3 days a week for at least 3 hours. The rest of the situations, although they can be just as desperate or annoying for our little one, are not considered colic.

The cause of colic It is not very clear either: sometimes it is attributed to the difficulty of expelling gases, stool or discomfort to digest ... In the end it seems that the cause is an immaturity of the baby's digestive system, which does not work as easily as it should and causes pain. But probably, this is also joined by a important emotional component, because it is more common for babies to have colic on the days that they have had more stimuli or are more tired.

To alleviate it we can try different things: from offering the breast, applying heat, carrying him, giving gentle massages, restraining him to consulting health professionals such as doctors, nurses, osteopaths. Anything to alleviate these discomforts to the baby.

One of the advice we hear the most is that we should avoid certain foods so as not to "pass gas" to our little one. Mothers tend to think that everything that happens to the baby is because of something we have done or not done, and this time the same thing happens.

It is very common to hear that foods that cause gas make our baby gas too, because they pass through milk. And then we stopped consuming broccoli, cauliflower, legumes, green leafy vegetables ... But the truth is that there is nothing to show that this is so.

It's known that the mother's diet influences the composition of breast milk and that its smell and taste can vary, but far from being a problem, this is beneficial and predisposes the baby to accept new flavors when introducing the supplementary feeding.

The only exceptions to this, that is, the foods that we DO need to avoid in case our baby has colic are the stimulant substances and cow's milk. The first would be caffeine, theine, chocolate because, being exciting, they can make the baby nervous and aggravate colic, and it is that as we have said before, it seems increasingly clear that there is an important emotional factor.

In the case of cow's milkIt is because the protein it contains (PLV) is highly allergenic, and one of the first symptoms may be crying when digesting it. You can test if this is your case by stopping taking cow's milk, and products that contain this protein (be careful with this, it can be present in cookies, breads, sausages ...). If after removing the PLV from your diet you do not notice improvement, you can take them again calmly, because it does not seem that this is the reason and there is no point in restricting its intake.

If, on the other hand, you notice that your baby has improved, you can continue without taking them for a couple of months. After this time, in which your baby's intestine will have matured and it will be more capable, you could re-introduce them. If crying and discomfort increase again, a pediatrician should be consulted to rule out an allergy to cow's milk protein, but it is common that after these two months of rest the problem has resolved.

So, you know, there are many options to try relieve infant colic. Find the one that best suits you. And while it works out, cheer up!

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