A. Some babies have severe colic and many mums are worried about if what they eat can make the problem worse. The majority of the rules around what you should and shouldn’t eat when breastfeeding are based on cultural traditions rather than any hard scientific facts. When you are breastfeeding it is possible for some types of food and drink will pass into your milk and then may unsettle your baby’s tummy but there is no direct evidence of what these may be.Your baby may have colic symptoms or may already have colic and some foods can make the situation worse and make him fussy or miserable. However, every mum and every baby is very different and there are no hard and fast rules about what to include or leave out of your diets and it is more a case of common sense and trial and error. If you think a certain food has made your baby miserable it is best to cut it out for a few days to see if it makes any change.
It’s commonly thought that certain veggies such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and onions, plus cow’s milk and excess chocolate can cause colic symptoms.The Healthy Mummy smoothies are free from dairy, gluten, eggs, nuts, caffeine and artificial ingredientsBut again this is not the case in all babies and most babies don’t show any symptoms when the mum eats these food. If you think you’ve found a problem food, we suggest leaving it out of your diet until your baby gets a few months older or trying a substitute to the common offenders such as rice milk, carob or different veggies
If your baby has severe colic it is always best to ask your doctor about your diet as too much protein, sugar or dairy can make the situation worse and we advise speaking to your Doctor before changing your diet or going onto any weight loss plans.
Our smoothie formulation has been checked by the Monash University for safety in breastfeeding but if your baby has colic and you are using dairy milk not rice/oat/soy/almond milk in the smoothies this could cause your bub to become unsettled plus if your baby suffers from severe colic lots of protein and too much fruit (due to sugar in fruit) could exacerbate the problem. Also, bear in mind that colic has many causes, and we don’t always know why babies have it. It may be no relation to your diet or food intake at all and instead your bub may be have colic due to them not latching on properly, or because they gulping milk too quickly.
We also recommend talking to your Doctor if your baby suffers from Colic or reflux before starting any diet plan as certain foods may exacerbate the colic if you are breastfeeding.When introducing any new food into your diet, we advise being alert to any food sensitivity in your baby such as a change in bowel movements and discontinuing any new diet plan if any food sensitivity occurs.