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Breastfeeding a gassy baby

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Breastfeeding a gassy baby

Is there a way to tell if what I’m eating is causing extra gas in my baby? I’ve heard about air bubbles in bottles causing gas, but she’s EBF (no bottles ever). Could it be something I’m eating or can she still swallow extra air even though she’s breastfeeding. And how do I help her feel better?

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  1. My daughter used to get gassy from breastfeeding because my let down was crazy and she couldn’t keep up so she would gasp for air during feedings. Does your baby stay latched? Or come on and off the breast?

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    1. She’s a nibbler…she plays around until let down finally happens and then stays latched for the most part. But before let down, she’s on and off (and oh so fussy because she wants it NOW!).

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  2. Is your baby on solid food yet? I was EBF when my baby started solids at around 5 months. As soon as I introduced solids he got really gassy, I don’t think his digestive system was ready.

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    1. She is not on solids yet, which is why I was concerned it might be something I’m eating. Thank you for the reply though!

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  3. Hi Roxanne! Gas is part of life with a new baby but sometimes what you are eating can contribute. Trial and error is often the way most women determine if their diet is the cause. A rule of thumb is that if the food you ate gave you gas, then it might also give your baby gas. It’s also important to remember that gas is a normal part of the digestive process of babies. Frequent burping may help as does gentle stomach massage. Check out our gassy baby center for many more articles that can help you problem solve this issue!
    http://www.bundoo.com/gassy-baby-center/
    Good luck!

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    1. Thank you! Very helpful!

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  4. As Dr Connolly said trial and error can help you to figure out what may be causing your baby’s gassiness. Keep a food diary of ra few days and see if you notice a pattern.

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    1. A food diary is a great idea! Thank you!

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  5. You’ve gotten some great tips so far! Here’s also a specific article that may help: https://www.bundoo.com/articles/the-great-gassy-food-breastfeeding-myth/

    I think a food diary is a great idea, as well as tracking anything else that may help explain why your little one is off (growth spurt, recent illness, milestones etc). Good luck and hope things settle out soon!

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  6. Drink babies magic tea and also give your baby directly, as it’s safe and preservative-free. I have used this method to deal with tummy gas in my newborn with good results.

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    1. If the baby is under 6 months you want to avoid the liquids like teas as they can fill the baby with fluids and not allow for the balanced nutrients of breastmilk.

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