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Colic and Breastfeeding

Researchers have not been able to identify any correlation between colic and breastfeeding. Studies have not shown any increased risk in developing the condition in either bottle-fed or breastfed babies. Researchers have studied possible biological, social, psychological, and physical factors, but no single factor has been shown to cause colic.
Some studies have found that colic went away when breastfeeding mothers avoided certain gas-creating foods, such as:
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes and tomato-based products (such as spaghetti sauce).
If you are breastfeeding and colic develops in your baby, it is important to know that there does not appear to be any benefit to switching from breast milk to formula.
(Click Infant Colic for more information. This article also describes which foods a breastfeeding mother can avoid to help relieve colic in her baby.)
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