Is colic in breastfed babies something to be expected? That’s a question many new parents have when trying to determine the best feeding method for their little one. When I was pregnant and deciding how I would feed my baby, I was told on numerous occasions that a benefit of breastfeeding was that my baby would not suffer with colic, however this is completely untrue. Colic in breastfed babies does exist!
Colic in breastfed babies can really get you down, your trying your best to provide them with the best start by giving them breastmilk but then you end up listening to them screaming for hours on end.
What Causes Colic in Breastfed babies?
Many experts have looked in to the reason behind colic and unfortunately they cannot come up with a definitive answer. There can be many theories behind why your baby has colic some of which are;
- Immature digestive system
- Overstimulated senses
- Individual temperament
- Food Allergies or Sensitivity
- Tobacco Exposure
- Diet (If breastfeeding)
As you are breastfeeding it is worth noting the foods you eat as they could be contributing to the problem. Many breastfeeding mothers have no idea that what they eat can be passed on through breastfeeding. Interestingly some mothers swear by drinking an Actimel each day to clear up baby’s colic symptoms.
The types of foods that should be avoided when breastfeeding are;
- Cinnamon, garlic and curry spices
It is important to also limit your cups of coffee to around two a day as caffeine can make babies fussy and can also keep them awake.