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Digestion issues in baby could be leaky gut in the breastfeeding mother.

Digestion issues in baby could be leaky gut in the breastfeeding mother.

Back when Addie was about a month, at my own chiropractic visit I was describing her digestive issues to my chiropractor Dr. Lamb and he mentioned in passing that it might be the results of a little bit of leaky gut action in me. For whatever reason, likely because I didn’t fully understand what leaky gut meant to a nursing relationship, I never thought much about it again.

Now, Adalyn is 6 months old and I’m really doing my research (on leaky gut in a breast-feeding mother), I can’t believe that it’s taken me this long to fully learn about how healing a leaky gut could possibly make our lives a whole lot easier.

Leaky gut in a breast-feeding mom means that your food isn’t properly being digested and furthermore that the blood barrier in the colon is compromised. This is significant because anything that enters your blood also ends up in your milk, so if you’re not properly digesting foods then you aren’t filtering toxins in your digestive tract either.

The toxins and undigested stuff can end up in your blood supply and thus in your breast milk (when it normally wouldn’t) which can appear similar to food sensitivities and other ailments in you and baby.

This makes perfect sense to what’s going on with myself and Adalyn and that would mean our issues weren’t necessarily related to food sensitivities, but rather she’s just being exposed to things through my breast milk that her body either isn’t ready to handle or shouldn’t have to handle yet.

This is particularly alarming because a child’s toxin barriers aren’t fully formed yet, so toxins that enter the body can harm the brain and body. Plus, if mom has a leaky gut then her digestive bacterias (that are the root of the leaky gut problem in the first place) have already been passed to baby, so baby needs leaky gut healing too.

Many moms automatically assume when their baby has gas or acid reflex or colic symptoms that it’s because of baby’s food allergy and that it’s something the mothers eating. It’s partially true in the case of leaky gut syndrome the difference is that the leaky gut can be healed and prevented.

There are various options when it comes to healing a leaky gut, they’re all very similar to an elimination diet however the end result is not to simply do away with certain foods from the diet altogether rather the goal is to remove them temporarily so they got has time to heal and later function more properly.

I’m thinking once get digestion on track again a lot of these no-no foods for leaky gut healing could be added back in. I was warned that we that healing the leaky gut is long and tedious process and I’m not particularly excited about having to undertake it but I’ll do anything to make Addie feel better.

So, I started my healing process with removing sugars from the diet. I just took an online course that said whatever foods you perceive that you cannot live without or that you crave intensely are likely the foods that cause you the most problems with regards to digestion and the leaky gut. Sugar is number one on my list of cravings so that’s the 1st thing I’ve taken out.

After sugar the other major food to eliminate (for me) would have to be processed foods I guess you’d say. Mainly snack foods that are high in carbs. I tend to go back and forth between sugars and carbs not only for quick energy during the busy day but also to fill me up.

Without the sugars and carbs I tend to always feel hungry and hunger immediately sends me reaching for something sweet or something processed and filling.

So that’s where we have been for the last three weeks. I’m working to improve my diet and to heal my gut/digestive tract so that my breastfeeding child is healed and is not suffering. We are also, finally, getting an evaluation for tongue tie.

If you’d like more resources on leaky gut and nursing you can also check these articles out:

 

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6 Comments
  • Hi, I just ready your post about baby and leaky gut syndrome after doing a websearch. My baby has terrible eczema that nothing seems to help, and I’m beginning to suspect we both have leaky gut. Did going on the GAPS diet (or something like that) help your baby? I am tempted to try it, but I was reading the reviews on Amazon about the GAPS diet and I was scared off by some of the people who wrote how badly it had gone for them.

    Help! I’d really love to have someone to talk to about this!

    April 6, 2013 at 3:16 am
  • Hello! I came upon your post after searching about leaky gut in newborn babies (all babies are born with “leaky gut” which is why it’s so important to delay solids, and how they get antibodies, and etc), and wanted to encourage you!! It can be so hard to start making changes like this in your life, especially when you want to do it asap so your little one feels better! I have always been interested in nutrition, my mom brought us up on homemade bread, we owned a juicer, and she made bone broth. 🙂 I am also a midwife, and now have three kids of my own and am still on the journey of pursuing nutrition and health for their sake as well as my own! I have started doing something that has really, really helped me include more “super foods” in my diet on an every day basis. It’s called Trim Healthy Mama. You can google it. Basically it’s a low-glycemic separation diet, so you separate your fuels (slow burning carbs and fats) to lose weight. But they have a ton of easy, healthy recipes that have been amazing! I just thought I would throw that out there. I have started using pure stevia extract for myself (still use honey for the kids) and it has helped so much with sugar cravings. I feel so much better now! Anyway, I’m not trying to come on here and just promote THM, but I read about how you were eliminating sugar and I seriously know how hard that can be (I eliminated dairy and wheat after my second was born) and just wanted to share something that had helped me a lot. Blessings!!

    October 8, 2013 at 10:29 am
  • Jen
    Reply

    Thanks for your article. My 5 month old is sleeping horribly- wakes 1 to 2 times an hour, has mucous filled poops, and seems uncomfortable. Did you continue breastfeeding while you were healing your leaky gut? I cut out dairy almost immediately, then eggs and corn around 3 months, and at 5 months I eliminated tree nuts, and just recently wheat and gluten. How long did it take until you saw positive relief in your little one? Thank you!

    November 16, 2014 at 3:23 am
  • Adriana
    Reply

    talina,

    Its been a while since your last update but I was really hoping to hear from you.Its been 3 weeks on elimination diet..
    My son all though improved still has a way to go..specifically on his face (severe eczema).
    1.how long before you saw real improvement?
    2. How long before you started reintroducing?
    3. How long before you stopped all healing leaky gut protocals and was there anything you kept in your routine?

    February 25, 2015 at 10:06 am

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