Re: Help! Breastfeeding issues
Welcome! Babies fuss at the breast for many reasons, and it is usually completely unrelated to what you're eating. If something in your diet troubles your baby, it's not likely to bother her when she's at the breast. It's probably going to bother her as she digests it, giving her gas or reflux. If something in your diet troubles your baby, eggs wouldn't be my first concern: I'd worry more about cow's milk, since an allergy to cow's milk protein is fairly common.
So if it's not your diet, what's going on? Here is a list of possibilities:
1. Baby prefers the bottle. It's generally not recommended to introduce a bottle before 4-6 weeks, because babies rapidly discover that eating from a bottle is a lot less challenging than eating from the breast. Your baby may be getting upset because she wants that nice easy bottle, instead of having to work to nurse.
2. Baby is troubled by a rapid milk flow. If you notice milk squirting or streaming from the breast when baby pulls off, this could be the culprit, in which case there are things you can do to manage the flow that will make it easier for your baby to nurse.
3. Baby is troubled by a slow milk flow. If she wants her meal NOW and it's taking several minutes to generate a milk letdown, pulling off could be your baby's way of protesting.
4. Baby's tummy is bothering her- newborns often find their digestive process quite upsetting, which makes sense because until they were born they never had to eat, have gas, or poop! It's a brand new experience and not necessarily one a baby is ready to be complacent about.
5. Reflux. Some babies are troubled by stomach acid coming back up and burning their esophagus.
6. Quirk. Some babies are just quirky nursers and pick up odd little habits that don't mean anything except a headache for their mamas.
Is there a reason you're giving formula at this point? If you want to combination feed that's one thing, but if your goal is to breastfeed exclusively we'd love to help you do that!
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