Lydia - posted on 06/17/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )
This thought just popped in my mind yesterday when I was reading some stories of mom's who stopped breastfeeding because they had continuing issues and I just wanted to throw it out here and hear what you think or if you know any resources or research on this topic? Here is what I think:
Lot of moms who stop breastfeeding early (before 1 year, often even before 6 months) had extremely fussy babies or babies who had a lot of gas (that didn't get better by changing the typical things such as cutting out diary etc). Some also wrote that for the mother it was not a bonding experience because of all the issues and the constant struggle with breastfeeding. So I am wondering if maybe all the crap of fast food and processed foods that are basically everywhere around us somehow mess with our milk. I am talking about our nutrition as a whole, not one specific thing or ingredient. There is so much wrong with the way we eat as a society, it would actually be surprising if it didn't effect breast milk. I still believe it's the best nutrition for our babies, since formula already is again processed and just starts the little ones right out on the wrong nutritional path of our society. It would be interesting to see what would happen to some of those breastfeeding issues if we start eating more and more natural foods, least processed. The only problem with it is that it's not a quick fix. Some of the crap takes up to 2 months to exit our system.
I remember that many breastfeeding researches showed that in non-western society (developing countries) colic in babies is unheard of and usually they don't eat all the crap we do.