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breastfeeding q - which foods have you noticed make you baby windy/refluxy/screamy?

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naturopath Wed 09-Sep-09 22:48:23

I have noticed that my 6-week old ds is absolutely fine on certain days, and particularly windy/refluxy/screamy on others.

I have already completely excluded all dairy, soya, citrus fruits, broccoli, cabbage, coffee and fizzy drinks since he was born. What else could it be?? Did your dc have any strange aversions?

MyCatIsAFleaBagNoMore Wed 09-Sep-09 22:51:50

Garlic, caffeine (so coffee and chocolate) orange juice

tbh DD seemed to be bloody awful on anything I ate or drank. Garlic though was a particular nightmare. Gave her severe cramps and diarhea (sp??) everytime! She loves garlic bread now though.

Ds on the other hand is a little dear who doesn't seem affected by anything.

makedoandmend Wed 09-Sep-09 22:59:13

Chocolate seemed to make dd really vomity so I gave it up for nine months and then had to eat some recently (figured that she's on solids so tummy should be able to cope with me eating it). Seemed to go well so the next day had a bit more, then the next a bit more.

Stopped again when she threw up her tomato pasta all over me, the bed and the floor while I was burping her after a day when I'd had quite a bit of it. Serves me right for being a greedy mare grin (And solid food vom is soooo much nastier than it was when she was just on milk!)

thisisyesterday Wed 09-Sep-09 23:01:15

well sometimes i think we can look for reasons for things that are just normal baby behaviour!
sometimes they do just scream a lot or have lots of wind.
might not be anything you're eating.

if you cut stuff out have you re-tested it to see if it causes a reaction at all? to make sure

naturopath Wed 09-Sep-09 23:08:39

well, I did eat rather a lot of (non-dairy) chocolate yesterday blush - and he screamed almost the whole day yesterday, but have probably had same amount today and he's been relatively ok. Might try to stay off it for a while thought (if that's humanly possible!) and see if there's a difference.

Could it be fish / tomatoes / hot weather? Those are the other links I might be able to trace.

thisisyesterday Thu 10-Sep-09 19:08:04

it's h ard isn't it? we discovered that ds2 was reacting to egg and dairy in my milk. but i did re-introduce it a couple of times after being off it for at least 2 weeks prior, to make absolutely sure.
the thing is, when you know they react to something you do tend to assume that's the problem all the time
but sometimes babies do just cry! for no apparent reason.

madwomanintheattic Thu 10-Sep-09 19:11:37

thai green chicken grin

could eat and drink anything else (and did), but not that with all three. grin

is it possible that by cutting out so many things he is becoming less tolerant of any change at all and a bit hypersensitive? i have no idea how plausible that is lol, not an expert at all...

littleweed10 Thu 10-Sep-09 19:40:55

hi all
how quickly do you notice a change in your babies? are there common foods that make a baby windy? I'm EBF and have a very restless baby at night, wonder if it down to trapped wind - particuallry as I have just realised (sleep deprived mother!) that it has been really hard to burp him the last week or so....

claireybee Thu 10-Sep-09 19:51:00

TBH I was so out of it due to ds' constant screaming for 10 months that I wouldn't have even known what I was eating day to day let alone what seemed to be making him worse!

I do remember particularly explosive nappies the day after I ate curry for the first time...

warthog Thu 10-Sep-09 19:52:18

chocolate sadly

iwantitnow Thu 10-Sep-09 20:31:38

caffeine definitely for DD only coffee, fo DS it was all caffeine, looking after a toddler and a baby on no sleep and no caffeine was not fun, at 4 months I can drink them again

VinoEsmeralda Thu 10-Sep-09 20:39:11


naturopath Thu 10-Sep-09 21:18:45

see ds1 was extremely screamy for months. reflux meds improved things, but ds2 is already on those. excluded foods from my diet as ds1 was allergic to milk and soya and drs recomended I cut out same for this baby if I wanted to. Specialist today said wheat can sometimes cause.. but not sure it's that as I think I've eaten wheat on his good days.
did try cutting out anything with egg in it for 2 weeks with ds1 to see if any improvement (he is allergic to eggs as well), but no change at all.

hmm. I don't like to just accept that "all babies cry", because they certainly don't all scram like this when fed, burped, slept, held etc. and he is obviously in so much pain. I really want to get to the bottom of this.

also, sorry if bad typing / unclear sentences - v sleep-deprived, exhaustec and typing with one hand whilst feeding grin

LentilsRMe Thu 10-Sep-09 22:20:40

The only thing I ever noticed that affected DD was the one time I ate a kilo of Kale (made it into crispy kale chips with salt & vinegar, fresh off the farm. It was so yummy I couldn't stop eating it it.)

DD farted like a trooper ALL NIGHT LONG grin

littleweed10 Fri 11-Sep-09 09:14:57

I'm with you claireybee - food is fuel at the moment, I shove it in to keep going and produce more milk!
tomatoes (we had a glut in the garden this year) caused a bit of upset tum for him for a few days, but that was cos we were eating tomatoes with everything!

naturopath have you tried cranial osteopathy,we have noticed very good results with easier burps, easier farts and easier pooing as a result. We're due for a return visit (and only realised this last night when I went through all the options).
Also found that burping DS whilst walking around in baby bjorn helped.
But in terms of food allergies/ niggles via milk, I am forging that path myself.
I am aiming for not having pure orange juice in the morning, and no glass of wine at night (all my selfish pleasures!)

christiana Fri 11-Sep-09 09:18:59

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PortAndLemon Fri 11-Sep-09 09:42:25

The only thing that ever affected DS was fenugreek, which gave both me and him the squits and horrendous wind.

MamaG Fri 11-Sep-09 09:45:06

I can honestly say that nothing affects BabyG - and I eat curries, chillis, everything except meat (and broad beans <shudder>)!

JetLi Fri 11-Sep-09 10:41:52

Onions make her fart
warthog am very sad for you - I'd be gutted if chocolate was a problem

nauseous Sun 13-Sep-09 22:23:50

yes - I am suspecting cows and goats milk may be a very windy issue! Plus strawberries are a complete no-no; kale, broccoli also bad unless well cooked.

Am not prepared to recognise chocolate as a potential issue...just yet. Will do more experiments.

StillinMyPJs Wed 16-Sep-09 01:26:15

It took me about 5 months to realise that tomatoes made DS's reflux a lot worse. Once I cut out tomatoes he was still refluxy, but not nearly as bad. In the early days I also found that caffeine and chocolate did not help him either. When I really did need a cup of tea or a piece of chocolate I had that right after I had fed him and that seemed to minimise the effects.

I also took DS to a cranial osteopath, although not until he was 8 months old. The first session was fantastic and after a worrying and restless night, produced a more settled baby. I wish that I had gone earlier.

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