A Diet for Breastfeeding Moms of Babies with Acid Reflux

In addition use of cereal-thickened feedings is associated with coughing in infants with GERD (Orenstein et al., 1992). The largest randomized, controlled study to date in infants showed that for symptoms purported to be those of GERD, a PPI [proton pump inhibitor] was no better than placebo.

Breastfeeding remains unchallenged as the best source of nutrition for babies. Human milk has the perfect balance of protein, fat, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, iron, and calcium for human babies. Breast milk serves as baby’s first immunization, providing protection from common illnesses as well as health problems in later life. Breastfed babies have a lower incidence of ear infections, allergies, respiratory disease, gastrointestinal illness, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. In conclusion, this study did not find a statistically significant association between infant feeding mode and reflux.

Another probiotic that’s been studied quite a bit in infants is called Lactobacillus reuteri, R-E-U-T-E-R-I. That’s been shown to be effective for colic in some studies. Not surprisingly, how to prevent it is just sort of the reverse of the triggers and how to get it, which means optimize your gut flora. There’s a study that I just read called Can Nutritional Modulation of Maternal Intestinal Microbiota Influence the Development of the Infant Gastrointestinal Tract?

When will my baby grow out of reflux?

Certain underlying causes such as allergy or oversupply can make reflux worse. Working with an IBCLC lactation consultant alongside your health professional can help find ways to reduce reflux or identify other possible reasons for an otherwise healthy breastfed baby to be miserable and fussy.

Many normal, healthy babies will have some of these symptoms without having a reflux condition. However, many babies with only a few of these symptoms have a severe reflux problem. Usually, reflux is not considered to be a problem unless the baby is really miserable or is experiencing complications from inflamed tissues in the esophagus or aspirated stomach content. While GER seldom becomes a serious medical problem, caring for a baby made unhappy by GER is challenging. When babies fuss and cry, mothers tend to blame themselves or their milk.

A week after she was born I started getting heartburn at night, every single night. No matter what I eat or medicines i take I still get heartburn. After some research I found out that breastfeeding could be the cause because the hormones lessen the controls of the mussels allowing acid from your stomach to come up.

I hope doctors, spouses and grandparents realize the extra work involved and offer support and assistance. A big advantage of this method is you can maintain your supply and resume breast feeding at any time. So many parents and doctors have blamed the breast milk only to find that the baby fusses on breast milk and the 19 most popular formulas on the grocery shelf.

In addition, every baby is different, and some of these tips may work better than others. Fortunately, reflux often improves as a baby gets older, and for those in which it persists, there are a variety of treatment options. Please remember that if you have any questions about your baby’s health-no matter how seemingly small-it’s always a good idea to consult with your pediatrician. Certain foods-such as caffeine, chocolate, and garlic-can promote reflux, so if you breastfeed your infant, you should consider cutting these foods out of your diet. Eliminating milk or eggs from their diet has also been helpful for some breastfeeding mothers.

This is very common and does not usually cause other symptoms. However, constant regurgitation from acid reflux can sometimes cause damage to the esophageal lining.

Most infant reflux is not highly acidic and likely not uncomfortable nor damaging to esophageal tissues. Another common recommendation is that parents thicken the liquids that their baby receives by adding cereal to the bottle. The theory is that thick food has a harder time bouncing back up the esophagus, but research has not proven this to be effective. You should be aware that giving bottles of thickened milk, even thickened breast milk, can interfere with breastfeeding. If you and your doctor decide this is worth a try, you may want to do it only on a trial basis to see if there is any improvement in your baby’s health or demeanor.

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