I believe in breastfeeding. I think it’s a wonderful thing for both Mommy and baby, and when Baby J. was born it took us 8 weeks of sore nipples, thrush, painful latching, pumping bottles, and multiple threats of quitting before we finally figured it out. And, once we figured it all out and the pain subsided and the thrush went away, it was a wonderful experience. I threw away all the bottles, kept the pump on hand for just in case moments, stopped stocking the freezer with bags of milk, and enjoyed it.
But I don’t remember Baby J. having this much trouble with gripe and colic. I guess that’s the beauty of childbirth, there are just so many things you don’t remember. Like when you’re desperate to get pregnant again, you don’t remember the heartburn, constipation, back pain, peeing while you sneeze, etc. You remember the wonderful feeling of movement in your tummy and that fact that, hopefully 9 months later, you get to take home a beautiful baby.
But I did remember the 8 weeks of breastfeeding hell that I went through with Baby J. and decided to be prepared for Baby S.’s birth. I had a wonderful lactation consultant come to the hospital the day after she was born to help with proper latching, I went to the website HanakaTova and had Ariella come to the house armed with a breastfeeding pillow with back support, boxes of nursing pads, Lansinoh nursing creams, the Medella freestyle breast pump and a cape so that I can feed in public if need be. The cape is literally fodder for another blog post but it has really come in handy! I purchased a box of Simicol (for anti-gas) in advance and read up on proper breastfeeding holds. I had boxes of milk freezer bags and two bottles, all ready to be sterilized and used.
And miraculously, while nothing else about the birth really went as I’d hoped, little Baby S. latched right away. And the pain was manageable. And she started gaining weight and I thought we were in the clear! We had a bump in the road with thrush, but we caught it early and were both put on meds to clear it up.
Then, a few days ago, the colic and gas really started to settle in and since I’ve been giving the Simicol and the meds for thrush, I had to start looking at my diet. Only thing is that I have hardly been eating, so I was shocked that it was something I was ingesting. I did a quick Google search and found a number of websites that listed foods that could cause colic, fussiness and gas in newborns.
Here’s a common list:
Soy and tofu
Umm, okay. So, what the heck can I eat? Add to this list my kosher restrictions and the fact that I’m trying to watch my weight so I can lose some of this excess pregnancy bulk, and we don’t have a whole lotta options folks.
I’ve since cut out dairy products, stopped taking my iron supplements (so yes, that is why I look very pale people. Please stop pointing it out to me when you see me on the street, nothing I can do if I don’t want a screaming baby on my hands), and won’t ever be able to pick up a salad since they all cut cabbage into them.
My Mom is pushing bottled formula but I won’t do it, I’d rather live off of rice and almond milk if necessary.
So my fellow breastfeeding Mommies, what DO you eat while breastfeeding?