A post by Veronica Lamb of Radiant Life Coaching
“I wish my life was more restricted.” said no breastfeeding mom ever.
However, many moms come to discover that their baby reacts to the food they’re eating. Baby’s reactions can range widely
- Skin issues – eczema, rashes, or redness
- Digestive problems - reflux, excessive gas, green or bloody stools
- Continual fussiness – disrupted sleep, constantly crying, or constantly needing to be held, rocked, or bounced.
If you've had a food sensitive baby you probably felt restricted by baby's inconsolable crying and avoided get-togethers, coffee dates, dinners, or all public spaces in general.
If you’re lucky, at the 2 week checkup for baby, the pediatrician might suggest that you cut out dairy and then schedule baby’s appointment in another 6 weeks.
If you’re not lucky, the doc says the baby is just colicky and there’s nothing you can do.
Regardless, you’re not really being set up for success. If dairy wasn’t the issue, or wasn’t the only issue, or no one suggested food sensitivity… you show up to the 2 month appointment looking like Doc from Back to the Future and swearing you’ll never have another baby again.
If you’re in that place mama, I feel you. Both my babies have been food sensitive, luckily I learned a lot between the two of them. Here’s my best pieces of advice for calming baby’s system down and restoring peace to your household again.
1. Track & Record
Keep a food & symptom journal to record everything you eat, baby’s reactions and overall temperament each day. It sounds like a pain, but just keep your journal in the kitchen with a pen nearby. It will help you see patterns and confirm if your efforts are making a difference.
2. Embrace Minimalism
Ditch Processed & Packaged Foods (as much as possible). If every element of your meal is processed and packaged with 20 ingredients each, you are going to have a heck of a time figuring out which ingredients are upsetting your precious little one’s system. Choose products that have minimal ingredients or just start with raw ingredients.
3. Spring Clean Your Snacks
Snacks are a breastfeeding mom’s best friend. Easy to eat, preferably one handed, and require no cleanup. Most common snacks have too many ingredients & not enough real nutrition. Keep plenty of fresh fruit around. It’s super easy to grab and eat. Plus fruit has a ton of nutrients you & baby need. Apples, Bananas, Peaches, Melons, the list is endless. Peel/Slice and keep in a simple container. You can also keep fresh chopped veggies on hand with bowl of hummus. The hummus will help you feel full for longer as it is rich in protein, fiber, and healthy fats.
4. Declutter your Diet
Cut out the most common allergens all at once, then experiment with adding them in one at a time once baby has settled down. Once problem foods are removed babies usually start improving within 24 hours and continue to improve as the food processes out of their system. After a day or two of a calm baby, moms are feeling better too.
There is no shame in asking someone to take a turn with the baby so you can sleep, take a walk, or cook a meal. If your baby has really got you at your wits end, ask someone to help watch baby while you batch cook a couple of allergy-free meals. Ideally, whoever is helping you can tag team the cooking – you nurse baby while they stir the pot on the stove. They burp & change the baby while you chop veggies. With help, you can easily whip up a couple of allergy free meals in one afternoon to cover your breakfast, lunch, and dinner for several days.
Implement these tips and baby will be calmer & resting better, then you can more easily maintain your clean eating lifestyle. The feelings of restriction will fade away as your little one settles into a routine and baby’s cries don’t dictate every move you make. If you have a little one at home and suspect food sensitivities grab my FREE video, symptom quiz, and food & symptom journal here.
About the Author
Veronica Lamb is a health coach for breastfeeding moms with food sensitive babies. She helps moms stop the constant crying and restore peace to their household. Meals plans, recipes, and shopping lists make it easy for moms to remove the Top 8 Allergens from their diet and get the nutrition they need without upsetting baby's sensitive system. When not working or volunteering she can be found hiking or relaxing at the beach with her family in Hawaii.
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