breast-feeding mothers claim that certain foods cause
colic in their babies. Colic, by definition, is
extreme crying that is not related to physical discomfort or digestive
problems. But it is possible that some foods affect breast milk and contribute
to intestinal gas or other digestive problems, which may make crying episodes
worse. More research is needed to investigate this relationship.
commonly associated with affecting a mother's breast milk in this way include:
Garlic, onions, cabbage, turnips, broccoli, and
Apricots, rhubarb, prunes, melons, peaches, and other fresh
Cow's milk. Talk with your doctor about not
drinking milk for 1 week. If there is a family history of allergy or milk sugar
intolerance, you may need to avoid dairy products while
If you suspect that your baby's crying becomes worse after feeding
with breast milk, keep a record of what you eat and how your baby acts,
especially when crying episodes occur.
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.