Fussy, crying, colicky babies are usually distressed because they are
reacting to foods that their mothers are eating! Indeed, everything a
breastfeeding mother eats or drinks ends up in her breastmilk and small
particles of foods in the breastmilk itself can cause a baby pain and
discomfort. Because the lining of a baby's digestive system is porous for
the first four to five months of life, a newborn can react quite negatively
to some of the foods that her mother is eating.
By eliminating certain foods on a short-term basis, a mother can calm
her baby easily. When a baby calms down, she is better able to interact with the people in her life. Mothers feel that they are able to help their babies and they gain confidence in their parenting skills. With the added quality time together, mothers and babies bond more easily with each other.
The following is one of the delicious recipes from The Calm Baby Cookbook, a
book written expressly to empower new mothers to calm their babies.
Easy Roasted Chicken and Vegetables
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
8 carrots, peeled and sliced on the diagonal
1/2 onion, diced
1 can chicken broth
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves minced
1 tsp. oregano leaves
1 tsp. basil leaves
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Place all of the cubed chicken and chopped vegetables into a large bowl.
Drizzle the chicken broth and olive oil over top, and then add the garlic,
oregano, basil, sea salt and pepper. Toss well. Pour into two large baking
dishes that have been coated with non-stick cooking spray. Cover and bake at
350? F for approximately 1hour. Remove from the oven, stir well and continue
to bake, uncovered, for another 30 minutes. Test the potatoes for doneness.
One of the first foods to eliminate from a breastfeeding mother's diet is dairy products. Cow's milk proteins are much too large for babies to digest, and small amounts of cow's milk proteins can be found in the breastmilk of mothers who eat or drink dairy products. The result is that the baby experiences the symptoms of lactose intolerance: gas, bloating, discomfort.
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Calm A Fussy Baby
During the first few months of life, most babies have fussy periods. It can often be difficult to figure out what they are trying to say and how to best comfort them. Since babies cannot speak, they rely on crying and body language to let us know that they have a need. It is very important that you respond to your baby's cry! A caring, nurturing environment helps you and your baby to form a strong attachment. If after meeting his basic needs, such as feeding, diapering and dressing he continues to cry, try the?
Top 10 Ways to Comfort a Fussy Baby?
1) Baby Wearing-Wearing your baby in a sling or baby carrier reminds him of rocking safe and secure in the womb, it also frees up your hands so you can multi-task.
2) Catch His Eye-Show him his reflection in a mirror or mesmerize him with a ceiling fan. Your face is your baby's favorite thing to look at!
3) Infant Massage-Massage helps both of you to relax and make a connection. You do not have to be an expert, but taking a class can help you learn strokes that help with tummy aches, teething and more.
4) On the Move-All mothers have their own dance moves, figure out which ones calm your baby. Try swaying, deep knee bends, little bounces, etc.
5) Over the Shoulder Carry-Drape your baby high over your shoulder. The gentle pressure against his tummy can help ease tummy aches.
6) Skin-to-Skin Cuddling-Stripping baby to his diaper and placing him on your bare chest will frequently settle him. Your baby loves the warmth of your body and sound of your heartbeat. This is your chance for a catnap!
7) Soothing Sounds-Try singing, humming or a playing a soothing CD. White noise such as a fan or even the vacuum cleaner can appease him too.
8) Swaddle-Wrapping your baby with his hands near his face so he can suck his fingers will help him to soothe himself.
9) Take a Bath-Get into a warm bath and have someone help by carefully handing you the baby and staying nearby. Rest your baby across your chest while cupping warm water over him. This relaxes the baby by going back to birth?warm, wet and loving. It is a wonderful time for bonding together!
10) The Great Outdoors-Take a walk together! The scenery, the breeze and the sounds will often quiet the fussiest baby. You can also take a drive. Being contained in his car seat and the vibration of the engine are a winning combination.
Even though crying is natural for a baby, it can be stressful and upsetting. When you feel like you are running low on energy and patience, have someone give you a break. Talking with other supportive parents can also be helpful. Finding new ways to meet your baby's needs is the first step to building a strong, loving relationship with your child.
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