Can dietary modifications among breastfeeding mothers reduce the incidence of colic in breastfed infants?

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Abstract

EVIDENCE-BASED ANSWER

Perhaps. A maternal hypoallergenic diet or maternal exclusion of allergenic foods including dairy, eggs, nuts, wheat, soy, and fish appears to reduce crying time and colic symptoms associated with infantile colic. Maternal consumption of dairy, cruciferous vegetables, onions, chocolate, and garlic are all associated with increased colic. In breastfed colicky infants whose symptoms resolve with a maternal dairy-free diet, 90% have return of symptoms when mothers take whey protein supplements but not when mothers take potato starch supplements (SOR: C, small RCTs and crossover trial).

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