Even when I am not breastfeeding I try to correct for minor illness and discomfort like upset stomachs through diet. The best approach is to keep drinking water and eat simple foods. The BRAT diet is a simple food diet that is my first resort when my stomach is upset. I have found that using the BRAT diet eliminates outside variables and often the diarrhea or stomachache relieves itself in a few days.
BRAT Diet -
- B – Bananas
- R – Rice
- A – Applesauce
- T – Toast
Over-the-Counter Remedies – It is important to look for an over the counter drug that is safe to use while breastfeeding. There are a lot of over-the-counter medications that are useful for treating upset stomach and symptoms of reflux. Here are two over-the-counter upset stomach and reflex remedies safe for breastfeeding that are recommended by my doctor:
Ranitidine - Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), prevent and treat symptoms of heartburn associated with acid indigestion and sour stomach.
Omeprazole – Omeprazole is used in the treatment of dyspepsia, peptic ulcer disease (PUD), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD/GERD), laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) and Zollinger–Ellison syndrome.