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Diet, Breast-Feeding, and Colic - Topic Overview

The exact cause of colic is not known. But some breast-feeding mothers have noticed that certain foods seem to cause colic in their babies. It is possible that some foods may affect breast milk and contribute to intestinal gas or other digestive problems, which may make crying episodes worse. More research is needed to investigate this relationship.

Foods commonly associated with affecting a mother's breast milk in this way include:

  • Garlic, onions, cabbage, turnips, broccoli, and beans.
  • Apricots, rhubarb, prunes, melons, peaches, and other fresh fruits.
  • Cow's milk.
  • Caffeine.

If you suspect that your baby's crying becomes worse after feeding with breast milk, keep a record of what you eat and how your baby acts, especially when crying episodes occur.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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