I recently met a lovely lady called Emma who had 6 week old baby twin girls who were utterly adorable! Emma had been told that one of the twin girls has reflux and a milk protein intolerance (which means no dairy or soya), which is not an easy task for a new mummy who is breastfeeding. I had to stop eating dairy and soya when breastfeeding Charlotte ( for 14. Months) so thought I would use the opportunity to revisit and share the information I have learned over the years. Charlotte still has bad reflux at 3; however this is controlled by medication and a change in our eating habits and timings.
The following recommendations may be helpful in reducing symptoms:
1. Avoid hard candy (and chewing gum) They increase the amount of swallowed air which, in turn, leads to belching and reflux.
2. Do not lie down immediately after eating. Avoid late evening snacks.
3. Avoid tight clothing and bending over after eating.
4. Eat small, frequent portions of food and snack if needed.
5. Elevate the head of the bed six to eight inches to prevent reflux when sleeping. Extra pillows, by themselves, are not very helpful.
6. The following foods aggravate acid reflux, and should be avoided:
- fatty or fried foods
- peppermint and spearmint
- whole milk
- creamed foods or soups
- most fast foods
7. The following foods irritate an inflamed lower esophagus and may need to be limited or avoided:
- citrus fruits and juices (grapefruit, orange, pineapple, tomato)
- coffee (regular and decaffeinated)
- caffeinated soft drinks
- other caffeinated beverages
8. Spicy or acidic foods may not be tolerated by some individuals.
NB: for Adults it is also recommended that you stop using tobacco in all forms. Nicotine weakens the lower esophageal muscle and Lose weight if overweight. Obesity leads to increased reflux.
These are the links to two articles I shared in the early days..
I hope these tips help Emma!
I will share some more dairy-free tips soon.
Love Michelle x