Does maternal diet matter in breastfed infants with bowel problems?
The baby’s stool can change depending on the mother’s diet, says Dr Rupert Hinds, a paediatric gastroenterologist at Monash Children’s Hospital.
However, the first thing is to ensure that mothers are eating well for themselves, he says.
“Broadly speaking, we want mothers (because they’ve had a nine-month pregnancy) if they are still breastfeeding to have a well-balanced diet,” says Dr Hinds.
“Sometimes we forget the mother’s wellbeing in this scenario. Mothers certainly forget their wellbeing when they’ve got this maelstrom of a screaming baby.”
Some babies can become allergic to cow’s milk and soy while they are breastfeeding.
“So, certainly in babies where there is a suggestion of allergy, the consideration of exclusion of cow’s milk and soy, whilst ensuring that mums still get enough calcium, can be considered,” says Dr Hinds.
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