Monday, March 9, 2009

got milk?

Hello. I’m Brittany. I’m a chocoholic.

So here’s the dealio. I eat chocolate. I breastfeed my babies. Needless to say, I have eaten chocolate since the day they were born and they really haven’t been that fussy. Nay, they have been little blessings from above. Suddenly over the weekend they have been crying like the dickens (what does that mean, anyway?) and my sweet beloved husband thinks it is because of my chocolate addiction. So I have been googling to clear my name. (It’s not looking good, folks—google is pointing to “what mom eats can make the baby fussy” and my name will not be cleared today.) Yes, I did eat an abundance of chocolate chip cookies, but seriously, is that going to suddenly change everything? I was thinking about what I’ve been eating and I did eat something that was very onion-y…like three meals in a row because the kids didn’t favor it, and I didn’t want it to go to waste. Could this be the source of my sleepless nights? Onions?

And if so, this is one thing I am going to take to the Maker in the afterlife: Why such mystery concerning nursing the child and wreaking havoc?

Here’s another: Why should bringing children into the world be so difficult? They are hard enough to raise, so why the physical hardship initially?

And another: Do you think next time I could come with wings? Flying seems like it would be such a pleasure.

12 comments:

xianfern said...

My girls got the fussies too, and I was breastfeeding, and loved rich, spicy and sometimes chocolate foods.. try infant gas drops, they worked pretty well for both the twins.. oh, and I would love wings too..my favorite dreams are the ones where I can fly! They would also come in handy if there was an occasion when the fussiness got too much, ya know?? ;)

Canadian Princess said...

How old are the girls now? One of my thoughts are that babies crying/fussiness peaks around 6 - 8weeks. It seems odd to me that you've been eating chocolate all along and it would just suddenly cause a problem. Of course you could test it out for a few days to a week by not eating it and see if it helps.

A-Kap said...

From one chocoholic to another...chocolate reduction in the diet only makes for a fussier mommy. Babies will be fussy. Don't drive yourself crazy trying to figure them out. That's just how they come...for whatever reason.... Eat the dang chocolate and enjoy it. Every last yummy morsel of it. And then have some more....

the wrath of khandrea said...

i have heard onions are culprits. truly.
you should stick to milk and rice until they are one. and NOT chocolate milk and rice. because we all know being a REAL mom is all about depriving yourself of everything that is good and holy and pleasurable to you.

MiandMiksmom said...

I have been able to catch up on all your posts..finally! You are amazing...loved the dentist story! The babies are adorable. As for chocolate...yes, it's true...and don't even think about onions, garlic or broccoli...

Audria said...

definitely NOT the chocolate... I'm going with the onions....

Photomom said...

My girfriend couldn't have dairy when she was nursing her first baby because Rachel was so allergic she would have blood in her diaper. I've heard onions, beans, broccoli are likely to cause fussiness. Sometimes gas drops worked for my little guy, sometimes they didn't. Good luck

Jaime said...

You've been busy this week--so many lovely posts! Just want to say that peeking into your life has been such a joy.
Oh, and I agree with Audria.

jenica said...

1) i love you.
2) onions, garlic, broccoli, cabbage, NUTS, dairy and chocolate are all triggers
3)however, if you've been eating chocolate or other things without problem in the past, it's probably something else.

xoxo

Mikael said...

You have heard about my colic nightmare with my twins, a true nightmare. I went without dairy for weeks, months! I was basically stuck to eating carrots and lettuce. Well, nothing worked. They just had to grow out of it (pure torture)... but hey, the lack of being able to eat yummy things helped me shed 50 lbs!
But I also hear from ton of moms that cutting out stuff does work, it just differs with each kid.

I agree with the mystery of nursing and causing havoc. Isn't it sopposed to be good for them? Around month 4 it gets awesome.

Oh, and thanks for the adorable apron, my friend will love it :)

Megan said...

I just stumbled upon your blog in a round about way. When I had my first, my mom said, "Aunt XXXXX says that onions and chocolate make nursing babies fussy." So, I tried to abstain. Then, I gave in and two nurslings later - I noticed no difference. I am sure that babies can get "hints" of what you are eating, but until my pediatrician or lactation specialist confirms it or says, "Stop!" I say, "Eat on." Besides, it is something that you can do for yourself. Moms need that sanity. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I had a baby (4 1/2 lbs.) a month early. It is NOT your food. You will drive yourself crazy thinking it is. Read "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child." It will SAVE you. It tells you that they "wake up" around their real due date. Then, for normal babies, the fussiness lasts 6 weeks after their due date. I hope your friends told you to read this. It's a LIFESAVER! Studies say that it's not the food you eat or anything in your diet that affects your milk. Just read the book. It will save you!!!!