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Did Your Diet Change For Your Breastfeeding Baby?

Here is another great post from our partners at BabyCenterKate Marsh Lord's article about breastfeeding diets.

I’ve been very lucky to successfully breastfeed my kids with very little complication. For example, I nursed my first two for a total of 32 months and never had to give up foods to pacify a sensitive baby belly. However, not even two weeks in with baby Max and I’m concerned that my food choices are aggravating his little tummy.

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So far breastfeeding has been a relatively smooth experience with Max. My milk came in a day after he was born and he took to nursing right away. He barely lost any weight and at only six days old weighed 5 ounces more than his birth weight. However, the past couple days I’ve noticed that he seems to be uncomfortable and the only thing I can figure is that his belly is upset.

At least a couple times a day, Max fusses and grunts and pulls his little legs to his belly. He seems to struggle a bit and then passes gas or goes poop. He has several (or a million) dirty diapers a day and not all of them seem to cause him pain. And, thankfully, he doesn’t seem uncomfortable while feeding or even shortly afterwards. The only connection I can find with his discomfort is to occasional gas or bowel movements.

I hate to think that something I’m eating is causing him pain, so I’ll certainly make a sacrifice if it will help him to feel better. But the idea of vetting my entire diet is a little overwhelming. I’m hoping that this is just a little phase and that his baby belly will adjust.

Does Max’s belly ache sound like anything your little one has experienced? Did you have to give up certain foods while breastfeeding?

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Nikki2438183 Nikki2438183 4 years
My third son was diagnosed with MSPI (milk and soy protein intolerance). Our pediatrician told us about at his 2 week appointment and although some of the symptoms you describe sound similar, some of the main ones do not. My little guy would arch his body and cry in pain and his stools were mucasy. If his stools are harder (or even like a thick pb) it could be a form of constipation. Or if his stools are mucasy, it could be a sort of intolerance.   We are going on 8 months now and my son has been exclusively breastfed and I have had to dramatically change my diet. No dairy or soy at all (that includes soybean oil). I have learned to make many things from scratch at home, including breads, and have started shopping at Whole Foods more. I have taken it as a challenge and have embraced the change. About 95% of kids born with MSPI outgrow it by a year, although a small percentage never do. If my kid is one of those, I will be continuing this diet with him for as long as he needs. Although I do miss my cheese - there are some fairly decent alternates out there, but not like the real thing ;)   Best of luck!
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