Isn’t Deborah’s little guy just the cutest? I got to hold him last week and I’m convinced there’s nothing sweeter than a newborn baby (except maybe a kiss from my little G). While babies are perfect and precious and sweet, they are also kind of a mystery. When they cry it seems to be a bit of a guessing game. Are they hungry? Messy diaper? Cold? Tired? Gassy? If only they could clue us in on what they need, right? As parent’s we do all we can to figure out their needs, meet them, and keep them healthy and happy. But what do you do when your baby has gas?
Gas and babies seem to go hand in hand. Their young digestive system is still developing and sometimes they struggle to breakdown even the simplest of foods, like breastmilk. Even though breastmilk is natural and healthy, occasionally foods moms eat can be transferred through the breastmilk and cause some extra bubbles and discomfort in your little one. Here’s a few things to consider if you think something you’re eating may be causing discomfort in your little one:
- Fussing babies are completely normal. Most babies are fussy, regardless of what they are eating. If your baby truly has a sensitivity to something in your breastmilk you will probably notice other symptoms including (but not limited to): colic, rash/eczema, excessive spit-up/vomit, or diarrhea. Keep in mind that only 2 or 3 out of 100 babies actually have an allergy to something in the mom’s milk.
- Most mom’s should be able to eat anything they want because the majority of babies will be able to handle it. Unless you notice an obvious sign (like one of the above), you’re baby is probably just fussy or needing a little TLC. If you are concerned about a food sensitivity in your sprout, keep a food diary. Record what you’re eating and how your babe is acting. If you notice an obvious pattern, speak with your doctor about trying an elimination diet (eliminating the food for a week and noting any differences you see).
- If you are concerned your baby’s fussiness is caused by something you’re eating, here are a few common culprits: milk, caffeine, onions, cabbage, peanuts, soy, wheat, and spicy foods. Keep in mind these are not scientifically proven and you should consult your pediatrician if you are concerned your diet is affecting your baby. Like I mentioned above, keeping a food diary can help you narrow things down so you don’t have to eliminate all these foods at once.
Being a parent is tricky and feeding your child definitely plays a part in that. Remember that food sensitivities are the exception, not the rule, and don’t do anything drastic before doing some legwork yourself (i.e. a food journal, speaking with your pediatrician, and exploring other options). However, if you do find your little one is fussier than normal, eliminating certain foods can work wonders for your baby’s comfort and your sanity.