10 Foods That May Be Making Your Breastfed Baby Cry

Many mothers suffer through cracked nipples and leaky breasts in order to breastfeed their babies. They want to provide the nutritional benefits and antibodies that breastmilk promises their little one, and yet their babies seem fussier than ever.

Breastfeeding is not only a pain in the breast, it can also mean a closer look at the mother’s diet. While many mothers are able to eat their normal diet while breastfeeding, some babies will experience reactions to certain foods. It is important to note these reactions to see if there is a pattern related to the foods you are eating.

If a breastfed baby is sensitive to a particular food they may be fussy after a feeding, cry inconsolably for long periods or sleep for short periods and wake up in discomfort.

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10 Beans

Beans are an affordable source of protein and fiber and vitamins that offer many health benefits. This nutrient-dense food is actually classified as a seed from flowering plants in the Fabaceae family.

They are often an essential source of protein for vegans and vegetarians. They can also be a great resource for moms who want to lose the baby weight as they contain amino acids which combine to become protein and help build lean muscle. They are also lower in fat than some other protein sources, such as dairy.

Some studies suggest that eating beans may reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. While this superfood may have many benefits, it is also fiber-rich and can cause a lot of gas.

9 Broccoli

This nutrient-dense food was cultivated from wild cabbage by the Romans and gained popularity in North America in the 1920s. Not only is broccoli delicious, but it is also able to be enjoyed in a variety of different ways and easily added to many favorite recipes.

Broccoli contains sulforaphane which is a sulfur-rich compound which has been related to many health benefits such as a reduction in cancer cells in animals, prevention of cancer cell growth, and high intake linked to a possible lower risk of developing cancer.

In addition, a cooked cup of broccoli offers vitamin C, beta-carotene, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc too. It also provides fiber and is low in calories. While fiber is great for promoting a healthy bowel, it can also cause digestive upset.

8 Dairy

Cow’s milk is a common source of food sensitivity in babies. This can occur in breastfed babies through mom’s diet or through cow’s milk-based formula. This is often not a sign that the baby is lactose intolerant as the baby is often sensitive to the specific cow’s milk antibodies and not the lactose.

Many babies with this sensitivity may also react to soy. Switching to lactose-free products may not help as the allergy may not be to the lactose. Cow’s milk sensitivity or allergy can cause many symptoms in addition to digestive upset including colic-like symptoms, eczema, wheezing, hives and/or a stuffy nose.

If removing dairy from your diet in order to test your baby’s sensitivity keep in mind it can take between 10 days and 3 weeks to eliminate cow’s protein from your system.

7 Peanuts

Many parents worry about giving their baby peanuts for the first time in case they produce an allergic reaction, but did you know this can also occur during breastfeeding? The good news is this is a rare occurrence. Only about 2 to 3 % of babies will produce an allergic reaction from breastfeeding and the majority of those are to dairy products.

However, those with a history of allergic reactions in their family may want to avoid consuming peanuts while breastfeeding. Allergies can produce scary symptoms including abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, and blood in the stool. They can often last for hours.

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6 Cabbage

Cabbage leaves aren’t only beneficial to reduce swelling in your breasts after birth, they can also pack a low calorie, nutrient-rich punch.

While cabbage may appear to be similar to lettuce, it is actually closer to kale and broccoli because it contains a sulfur-rich compound sulforaphane. Studies have indicated that sulforaphane may be able to assist in a reduction in cancer cells in animals, prevention of cancer cell growth, and a possible lower risk of developing cancer.

In addition, one cup of raw green cabbage contains 54 % % of your recommended daily intake (RDI) of calcium, 2 grams of fiber, one gram of protein and only 22 calories. While aiding in great nutrition, cabbage can also produce uncomfortable gas.

5 Coffee

Sleep-deprived parents need coffee, but large amounts of caffeine are not recommended for breastfeeding mothers.

According to La Leche League Canada, caffeine does not pass through the breastmilk. However, a breastfed baby will get about 1.5 % of the caffeine that the mom consumes. Peak levels of caffeine were found about 60-120 minutes after intake. Caffeine also stays in the baby’s system a lot longer than the mothers.

It will take a newborn 97.5 hours to break down the substance, a 3-6-month-old will take 14 hours and a baby six months and older will take 2.6 hours. In comparison, the average adult will take 4.9 hours.

The good news is that it will take an average of 5 cups of coffee to begin to affect a baby. That being said, every baby’s caffeine tolerance is different. Extreme fussiness and crying are signs that your baby may be affected by your caffeine consumption.

4 Eggs

Eggs are one of the most common allergens. Experts have determined that as many as 2 percent of children are allergic to eggs. This allergy may develop in infancy if the child has a sensitivity to the proteins found in the white or the yolk of the egg.

The good news is that studies show that about 70 % will outgrow their allergy by the age of 16. Unfortunately, the allergic reaction produce can vary between a mild rash to anaphylaxis-a potentially life-threatening condition that impairs the body’s ability to breathe. This condition can also cause the person to go into shock.

3 Oatmeal

Eating oats is a great addition to a healthy diet. Not only are oats gluten-free, but they are also a fiber-rich source of nutrients. Quick oats are a highly processed variety. Healthier alternatives include: steel cut oats, rolled or crushed oats.

Oatmeal is made by boiling oats in milk or water. Oats can also be a healthy addition to many recipes such as muffins or cereal bars. Oats are a good source of carbohydrates and fiber. They also contain more protein and fat than most grains. While oatmeal is high in vitamins and minerals—one-half cup is 191% of the RDI of Manganese! It is also high in fiber which may cause digestive upset.

2 Fruit

While consumption of just about any type of fruit can potentially cause some gas, there are some top offenders. Among those most likely to cause gas bubbles are: apples, apricots, prunes, peaches, pears, plums, and the citrus family. While eating nutrient-rich fruits can seem like the ideal way to nurture your body after birth, eating fruit in excess can lead to painful digestive upset.

Apples are a good example. While they contain many antioxidants, which are great for the body, they also contain fructose, also known as fruit sugar, which can be tough on a sensitive stomach. Fructose requires no digestion and is sent to the bowel where it makes by-products, like methane and hydrogen gas. These can cause bloating, cramping, gas, diarrhea, and bad breath.

1 Carbonated Drinks

Not only are these beverages low in nutrition, but many may contain ingredients that may not be safe to consume while breastfeeding. While the carbonation in drinks like soda or fizzy water can cause gas in the breastfeeding mother and not the infant, some of the ingredients in these beverages are not deemed safe for newborn consumption.

While Saccharin (Sweet 'N Low, Sugar Twin) is deemed safe by the FDA for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding, it is important to know that it has been shown to be able to cross the placenta to the fetus.

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