If you think that it is the food in your diet that is causing the
discomfort in your baby, you should get allergy tests done before trying an elimination diet.
It may take up to two weeks before your system is cleared of the food that you have eliminated from your diet. If the gassiness, fussiness, and crying
do not ease with specific food elimination, you can rest assured, that
most babies will stop experiencing these types of problems from about
three months onward.
The fussiness, if caused by your breast milk, is usually
the result of something that was eaten three to six hours before; this will give you an idea of what could be causing the problem.
Your baby’s tolerance to the specific food will change as he/she gets
older and as Baby's system matures. ONLY IF your baby has tested positive for a food allergy, it is best to delay giving the problem
food to your baby before 12 months. After this period, you can start to give small amounts of the culprit food to your child.
What Foods to Avoid while Breastfeeding ~ Those that every Breastfeeding Mom should stay away from
Foods to Avoid when Breastfeeding
Shark, Swordfish, Tilefish and King Mackerel are the most important
foods to avoid while breastfeeding. (These fish contain a high mercury
Tuna. (No more than one tuna steak or two 170g cans a week).
Foods to Avoid while Breastfeeding ~ Common Foods that May Cause your Baby Discomfort
It was believed that avoiding common food allergens (any substance that can cause an allergy), would decrease the risk of a baby
developing allergic reactions. It was also believed that if the mother or close family had an allergic reaction to a specific food, that that food should be avoided while breastfeeding. BUT...Recent research suggests that the introduction of
"culprit allergy foods" into your baby's diet in small amounts from
the age of 4 months can prevent allergic reactions later on. A mother is now
encouraged to eat these foods during pregnancy and breastfeeding unless she
is allergic to a specific food. Reference for this
new information: Allergies - Where are we now? & Early consumption of
peanuts in infancy is associated with a low prevalence of peanut allergy.
Some common culprit foods include:
Beans, Cabbage, Cherries, Corn, Dairy products, Garlic, Onions, Shellfish, Tomato, Broccoli, Caffeine, Chocolate, Corn syrup, Eggs, Hot peppers, Peanuts, Soy and tofu, Wheat, Brussel sprouts, Cauliflower, Citrus fruits and juices, Cucumber, Food dyes, Iron and other supplements and medication, Prunes and Spicy food.
Foods to Avoid while Breastfeeding ~ Signs that you need to Get your Baby Tested
Signs that your Breastfed Baby is Allergic to something in your diet