Spicy Milk? Is it the reason?

Erika - posted on 02/26/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Help! My 3 month old son just suddenly refuses to nurse. This is so depressing for me. The last time he accepted my milk was before I made dinner and ate what I whipped up the other night. I had Spiced Cheesy Chicken Risotto and Spicy Buffalo Wings the other night. The next thing I knew, Keiran refuses to nurse on my milk and even refuses to get his lips near my nipples. He becomes so cranky, crying real loud. Even setting him into our feeding position upsets him. Has it got something to do with what I ate? Or is there something else that's wrong with my son or me? Help please. Im afraid he might refuse my milk forever.

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Lisa - posted on 02/27/2010

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im sure it does change the milk a bit but not enough to totally detour from feeding...my daughter too went through a patch like this but didnt last longer than a day and a half..which is fine! more than that is too long without eating...the cause for my daughter was early teething. its painful to suck when they are pushing on you gums... i hope all is well today and no need for this anymore! but above all relax!!!! if your stressed it wont happen

Emily - posted on 02/26/2010

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I was in the same boat as you. I had some buffalo wings and next thing I knew, my little girl was up all night screaming. It hurts them worse than it hurts us! when that food is flushed out, he should be ok.

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both of my daughters got to independant to nurse. Sometimes babies naturally just give it up. Have you been giving him bottles? maybe he has found that it is much easier... My kids did.

Kristi - posted on 02/26/2010

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I've heard that some of the things you eat while breastfeeding can have an effect on your baby. I've never heard of such things as what you're talking about. But if a baby is lactose intolerant and the mother drinks milk, for instance, it upsets the baby's stomach. So, it makes sense about the spicy foods. Try doing away with spicy foods for a while and see what happens. And if it's just about your son taking milk directly from your breast that's standing in the way, you might want to think about pumping everything that you give him for a moment. Either way, I'd talk with my child's doctor or a lactation consultant if I were you.

Pamela - posted on 02/26/2010

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What we eat does influence the taste of our milk (this can lead to our children being more adventurous food eaters), but check first for potentially other issues. Check the inside of his mouth for thrush (look for patches of white on his tongue or cheek.) Is he showing any signs of tummy trouble (gassiness or pulling up his legs?) Try expressing a bit of milk and putting it on his lips. Does he look eager to eat? Do you have access to a lactation coach at your doctor's office? This will work itself out -- it is not the end of breastfeeding.

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