For first-time mothers, a colicky baby can be a source of great stress. By colicky baby, we mean babies who cry incessantly for at least three hours a day, at least three days a week. No mother wants to hear her baby crying especially at night because crying usually signifies that something is wrong and when something is wrong, you just could not stop worrying. True, picking up the baby and rocking him or her back to sleep does the trick most of the times. But there are cases that it won’t just do so you have to make changes to your diet. Here are some dietary adjustments you can make to alleviate the situation.
- Remove all dairy products from your diet. Milk and milk products, especially those that come from cows, contain a type of protein that triggers colic. Do away with milk and milk products for two weeks and observe if your baby’s condition improves. If it does, then you have found the cause of the colic. Find other sources of protein until the baby is three to four months olds before slowly reintroducing milk and dairy into your diet.
- Avoid wheat in all its forms. Wheat products contain a substance that triggers an allergic reaction in babies, which manifests as colic. Avoid eating products with including cereals, snack bars, and breads. Opt for gluten-free baked products which can be found abundantly in the market.
- Practice moderation in eating cruciferous vegetables. Cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower contain substances the irritate babies, which may turn them highly irritable and fussy.
- Abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages and caffeinated drinks as both contain substances that may cause colic in infants. If you drink coffee, limit yourself to a cup each morning and stick on water and fruit juices throughout the day. You may also drink natural teas such as spearmint, peppermint, catnip, chamomile, or raspberry but not too much. Also void drinking carbonated drinks like sodas. In the long run, this will not only be healthy for your baby, but for you, the breastfeeding mom, too.
- Avoid eating highly allergenic foods such as nuts, strawberries, and garlic. This may cause allergic reactions in babies that manifest as colic.
- Avoid highly acidic fruits and fruit juices. If you must eat orange, lemon, lime, and tomato, do so in small amounts. Avoid eating meals with tomato sauce like pasta and stews.
- Stay away from spicy foods. Curry, garlic and onion must be avoided but not dill, basil, and fennel. Abstain from eating in Mexican, Thai, and Indian restaurants for their cuisines are highly spicy.
As a general rule, breastfeeding moms should eat fresh, natural and nutritious foods as much as possible because the nutrients that they get from these foods are the nutrients that their baby gets. If possible, all meals should be prepared at home and cooked by them so that they will know the ingredients. Moderation should also be practiced in eating food and drinking beverages