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 ask the expert: the baby years
The thought that something in the maternal diet is contributing to a baby being gassy
My breast-fed baby is often gassy and fussy. Is this caused by something
in my diet? Are there foods I should avoid while breastfeeding?
discomfort and subsequent further crying which can then exacerbate the problem. A feeding observation to assess baby’s latch, behavior and positioning during feeding could be valuable in identifying factors that may contribute to baby’s increased gas. It can also be helpful to learn positioning, infant massage techniques and comfort measures to help baby relieve gas and improve their overall comfort. Remember, humans are mammals and are biologically designed to breastfeed. If you are concerned about your baby’s increased gas or fussiness, please discuss it with baby’s provider in collaboration with a lactation consultant.
and fussy is common, though the foods in a mom’s diet are not likely the culprit. True allergies to proteins in maternal breast milk do occur but are rare and often come with additional symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, rash or skin irritation and/or bloody stools. Women
all over the world have varying diets and breastfeed their babies. I encourage mothers to eat the foods that are normally in their diet. There are many other factors to first consider as the cause for increased
gas in a baby other than a breastfeeding mom’s diet. A visit with a lactation specialist can identify or rule out other possible contributors to a baby’s gassiness including ineffective latch and force of milk flow, for instance. Additionally, babies swallow air during the acts of feeding and crying and these normal behaviors can also be contributing factors to increased gas,
 { Heather Anderson has been serving Alaskans as an International Board- } Certified Lactation Consultant for 10 years.
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