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Babies have sensitive, still maturing, digestive systems during their first months of life. Their sensitive digestive systems can pose a bit of a challenge for the breastfeeding mother. The things a mom takes into her body can cause tummy upset, gas and spitting up in their baby. These symptoms can lead to sleeplessness for baby and for mom, extra crying and fussiness and gas pain. We parents hate to see our little ones suffering and we often feel extra guilty if we know that what we ate for dinner caused the gas pain that is keeping our baby up and crying in pain.

Luckily, most of the food we eat doesn’t cause trouble for our little one’s tummies, and some babies are never affected by anything their mamas eat. However, some foods can cause tummy troubles for your little one. Some of the more common foods babies can be sensitive to include:

  • Dairy
  • Gassy vegetables
  • Spicy food
  • Soy
  • Beans
  • Chocolate
  • Caffeine
Some babies will not show any sensitives to specific foods you eat and you’ll be able to eat freely while breastfeeding. For other babies you may find that some foods you consume, like those listed above, may cause tummy upset, gassiness, fussiness and spitting up in your baby.
What can you do if your baby seems to be sensitive to the things you eat? If your baby appears to be suffering from a food sensitivity to something you ate eliminate that food from your diet to see if that helps resolve the tummy troubles. If the tummy troubles resolve you’ll need to avoid that (or those) particular foods while you breastfeed. If it doesn’t help your baby’s tummy trouble talk to your baby’s pediatrician to see what else may be going on.
Some babies grow out of the sensitivities they had as newborns. Sometimes you can reintroduce the foods back into your diet once your baby’s digestive system has matured. If you do reintroduce foods do so slowly and one at a time so you will know if something causes trouble or not.
Always talk to your child’s doctor about their reactions and ask them for suggestions on food to avoid or eliminate from your diet.
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