How To Treat Heartburn While Breastfeeding

By Subodh / January 14, 2016

It is quite common to experience heartburn when you are nursing. Lying on your sides while you feed triggers the flow of gastric acid into your esophageal sphincter, causing the heartburn. Bending and picking your baby frequently, stress, anxiety, excessive intake of foods like pickles, orange juice, vinegar, spicy foods, ketchup, fatty foods, coffee, tea, and onion could also trigger this condition.

But worry not as you are not the one who is facing this condition. There are many other new moms who are sailing in the same boat and we do have some interesting solutions for you. Check out the post to know more.

Heartburn and Breastfeeding

12 Natural Ways Of Treating Heartburn While Breastfeeding

Doctors prescribed medications based on how intense and frequent your heartburn is. But there are some other ways you could manage those. Take a look!

1. Avoid Foods That Aggravate Heartburn

Exclude foods rich in oil and spices from your meals. You could also avoid consuming pickles, coffee, tea, aerated beverages, mustard, vinegar, pepper, onions, and orange juice as these foods are known to worsen the condition.

2. Never Lie Down On A Heavy Stomach

Sit upright for a while before you rest your back. Studies reveal that lying down as soon as you complete a meal could increase the chances of developing acid reflux.

3. Exercise Light

Walking is a great exercise you could do as you might find it difficult to try something different due to your hectic schedule. A couple of gentle yoga poses like the Bridge and Legs Up The Wall can be practiced with the help of props to ease this condition.

4. Drink Water

Try to sip on lukewarm water. Inadequate water intake could hamper with your digestion, in turn triggering acid reflux. So, keep sipping water. Ensure that you drink 10 to 12 glasses of water a day so that you are not dehydrated.

5. Essential Oils To The Rescue

The wonderful fragrance of essential oils like ginger, fennel, peppermint, and cardamom eases the stress. You could even use the edible grade of these oils to eliminate heartburn and its symptoms.

6. Relax Yourself

It is, indeed, a hectic schedule, but lack of relaxation and rest would only contribute to problems like heartburn. Bring the stress under your control with simple breathing exercises such as deep belly breathing and alternate nostril breathing. Meditation and visualizations are two other techniques you could use to ward off stress.

7. Munch On Apples

Choose fresh, crunchy apples to beat the heartburn. Alternatively, you could also use chilled applesauce to put out that burning. It contains pectin that coats the upset stomach and calms it down, alleviating the irritating and painful condition.

8. Chew Your Bananas

Bananas are good sources of various natural antacids. These work against the acid reflux by buffering. Choose the ripest of your bananas and include just one in your diet to prevent and ease heartburn.

9. Sip Cold Milk

Cold milk is one of the time tested and most effective way to put out that fire in your esophagus. Do not gulp down the entire thing. Just drink it sip by sip for optimal results.

10. Repel With Lemon

Lemon is acidic but it has been proven that lemon has the potential to curb the surge of acid into your food pipe. Sip a glass of cool lemonade flavored with a little honey along with meal to thwart heartburns.

11. Calm Down With Ginger

Chew it fresh or make it a tea! You can chew a slice of ginger after your meal to promote the secretion of digestive juices and prevent heartburn. Alternatively, studies suggest that sipping warm ginger tea 20 minutes prior to meals calm down the tummy.

12. Yoghurt

Yogurt is one of the richest source of probotics. These are the stomach-friendly microorganisms that promote the process of digestion and prevent acid formation and refluxing. Include some yogurt in your meal or take 2 tbsp full of unflavored, natural, and plain cold yogurt when you experience heartburn for immediate relief.

[ Read: How Consuming Activia Yogurt Benefits During Pregnancy ]

Try these natural solutions today and bid adieu to heartburn while breastfeeding. Do you have any other remedy, share your invaluable experience with other moms. Leave a comment below.