latch v. diet

Amy - posted on 07/09/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I have heard that it's the latch and swallowing air that makes the baby gassy when breastfeeding. I've also heard that what you eat makes them gassy. Do both contribute, or is it a myth that what you eat affects them?

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Minnie - posted on 07/10/2011

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Babies can be sensitive to certain proteins found in food.



However, the most common causes of gassiness are a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance, hyperactive let down, a poor latch (often caused by hyperactive let down) and crying.

Amie - posted on 07/09/2011

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No, I'd say it's both. I know when I ate cabbage my oldest would get horrendous gas. It really sucked too, I love cabbage. She'd fuss and fuss, until she tooted a bunch, then she'd be fine. It took a little bit to figure out what was making her that gassy though. I had to watch what I was eating for awhile.

They all would sometimes gulp down after latching, then have to pull back and gasp in air. Then go to town again. Each time they did that, they'd end up with horrendous bubbles in their tummy. They'd scream until they let out a huge burp. Then they'd be good. lol

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Minnie - posted on 07/11/2011

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Probably, Kate. It's up to one's comfort and how the baby reacts. Some mothers have problems with letdown after a drink, others notice no change. Some babies don't nurse as much when there is alcohol in the milk, others don't have a problem.

Amanda - posted on 07/10/2011

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The food you eat and improper latch will cause gas and colic in breastfeeding babies. Eating anything with caffeine can cause colic. I saw this first hand with my son and my cousin's son.

Minnie - posted on 07/10/2011

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About alcohol, a baby will receive about 2.5% of the alcohol a mother consumes, with a newborn being more at risk obviously, than a nursing toddler.

Merry - posted on 07/10/2011

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Well I'd say alot is when you start feeling the effects.
Ive never had enough to feel it, but I've been nursing since 09 and will likely be nursing continuously for another 6 yrs or so.......so if I try a drink here and there I'm not too concerned. I don't really like alcohol so it's usually just a sip of someone else's drink if I'm curious about the taste.

Merry - posted on 07/09/2011

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Which is why you shouldn't drink alot of alcohol while breastfeeding :)

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The food you eat does affect the baby because it is the food you eat that goes into the breast milk. It is true that your body process it so much before it reaches the milk, that it is still very healthy no matter what you eat, but it can still affect the baby very much.

Merry - posted on 07/09/2011

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Definitely food can affect the baby. Some babies are highly sensitive to cow products in the moms diet. These babies would also not tolerate cow based formula. It's common for babies to be sensitive to caffeine, my daughter screamed all night the day I drank approx three cans of mountain dew :/
Latch can do it too. My daughter has a good latch but she's so fidgety and wiggly she latches and unlatches many many times every feed. She just neves is still! Even in her sleep she squirms and shakes her head alot. So I think if she would just stay latched on it would be better but I also have a huge production of milk and a strong let down. She gags and coughs at my let down and swallows alot of air that way too.
She usually burps 3-4 times after every feed!

Dana - posted on 07/09/2011

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I've heard that food doesn't affect your milk but, from experience, I don't find that to be true.
I know my sons latch was good but, I had an overactive let down, so I assume he was gulping down air by way of his nose while eating and as a result he had to be burped often.

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