A breastfeeding mother’s diet for an infant with colic

A breastfeeding mother’s diet should include plenty of water and an adequate consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy sources.

February 28, 2013 - Author: , , Alicia Grigg, intern

Does it seem like your colicky infant is incapable of being soothed? Colic is defined as a thriving, healthy infant who has regular episodes of intense crying. The crying can last for several hours at a stretch, often in the evening. Colic will eventually run its course and most babies grow out of it by six to 12 weeks of age. Some people find eating a healthy diet while breastfeeding is beneficial to managing colic.

Colic seems to affect infants between the ages of about three to six weeks, but could last up to at least a year. There are many possible explanations as to why an infant may become colicky, but there is no known cause. Eating a healthy diet while breastfeeding is important for all mothers.

Michigan State University Extension suggests these healthy eating tips for breastfeeding women:

  • Eating at least three meals a day with additional small snacks. Try to avoid skipping meals.
  • Limit foods and drinks with caffeine. Examples include chocolate, coffee, tea and soft drinks.
  • Drink plenty of water each day. If you are thirsty you are not drinking enough. Additional information on the about of fluids needed can be found online at Kids eat right.
  • If using artificial sweeteners, check with a registered dietitian on how much can safely be consumed each day.
  • Try to lose your baby weight slowly and avoid calorie restrictions.
  • Some babies also may become fussy with the consumption of gas-producing foods (broccoli, cabbage, beans, etc.). If you notice this you may want to substitute other vegetables and lean proteins into your diet.
  • Some foods may cause an allergy in an infant also, although this area needs additional research. The most common allergy-causing foods are cow’s milk, eggs, wheat and peanuts. If you notice an allergy you may want to reduce or eliminate these foods for a period of time.

The benefits of breastfeeding outweigh even the occasional fussiness. It is most important to consume a diet with plenty of water and an adequate consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy sources.

Tags: breastfeeding, early childhood development, family, food & health, healthy youth, msu extension, nutrition, physical development and health

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