Reflux and diet beverages (artificial low calorie sweeteners)

This study showed that mums that consumed diet beverages with low calorie artificial sweeteners in passed this to their baby via breast milk. The babies in this group had a 2.78 increased chance of vomiting.


If your baby has reflux this can be another piece to the puzzle of helping them. 

2021 Sep 10;13(9):3154. doi: 10.3390/nu13093154.

Diet Beverage Intake during Lactation and Associations with Infant Outcomes in the Infant Feeding Practices Study II

Qiushi Huang 1 , Jeanne Murphy 2 , Emily R Smith 1 3 , Allison C Sylvetsky 1
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PMID: 34579031 PMCID: PMC8472746 DOI: 10.3390/nu13093154
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Consumption of diet beverages (DB) containing low-calorie sweeteners (LCS) is widespread in the United States. LCS are ingested by nursing infants upon maternal DB consumption, which may impact infants’ weight and health. This study aims to examine cross-sectional associations between infants’ LCS exposure via maternal DB intake during lactation and infants’ health outcomes. Six hundred and eighty-two mother-infant dyads at three months postpartum, from the Infant Feeding Practices Study II, 2005-2007, were included in the analysis. Maternal DB consumption during lactation was estimated using the serving size and frequency of DB consumption reported on the diet history questionnaire. Infants’ LCS exposure was estimated by multiplying maternal DB consumption and breastfeeding intensity. Infant outcomes included weight, weight-for-age and BMI-for-age z-scores, overweight, and gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms including diarrhea, reflux, and vomiting. Associations between infants’ LCS exposure and continuous and categorical outcomes were examined using linear and logistic regressions adjusting for confounders, respectively. Forty-three percent of lactating women reported DB consumption. While no significant associations were observed between infants’ LCS exposure and BMI-for-age or risk of overweight, infants’ LCS exposure was associated with a 2.78-fold increased risk of vomiting (95% confidence interval 1.05-7.34). Potential adverse effects of LCS exposure on GI symptoms require further study, and null findings on infant weight should be interpreted with caution, given the small sample size. Additional research is needed to inform recommendations for or against DB consumption during lactation.

Keywords: breastfeeding; human milk; infant; low-calorie sweetener; maternal; nutrition; vomiting.

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