A gassy, breastfed baby often has more than one problem causing their gas. All babies do have gas but some, unfortunately, struggle a little
more with this problem.
The gas in breastfed babies is usually not caused by anything the mother is eating. It is mostly due to normal gastric development and swallowing of air whilst feeding. Mom should first try to rectify these other things mentioned below, before changing her diet.
Your baby's gas problems could be caused by a forceful milk let down. If your baby is gulping and choking while breastfeeding because of an
overactive let down (the flow of the milk is too fast), he/she will be
swallowing a lot of air. Read more on how to deal with an
overactive milk let down reflex.
Any extra foods that have been given directly to your baby may cause
extra gassiness. Babies who are starting solids often struggle with extra gas, until their tummies become accustomed to digesting the food. Premature
weaning can also cause gassiness. Read more about the introduction of solids.
Formula feeding has been found to cause more gas, spitting up, colic symptoms and constipation than breastfeeding.
can cause a gassy tummy. In bottle fed babies, the gas is due to artificial nipples that are too fast or slow flowing.
The use of any medication taken by Mom or Baby can also cause extra gassiness.
A gastro-intestinal infection (tummy bug also called gastro), caused
by a virus or bacteria, can cause gas and is very common in babies.
Check with your doctor if you think your baby might have an infection.
The food that a breastfeeding mother eats can sometimes affect her baby. Not all foods affect all babies in the same way. But some common culprit foods that give babies gas are: citrus fruits, tomatoes, dairy products, spicy foods, fish and soy or peanut products. Read more about how to deal with food intolerance in the breastfed baby.
Give it time to pass. All babies have immature digestive systems in the
beginning, and no matter what you do, your baby will still have some degree of gassiness.
Burp your baby
as often as possible. Try burping your baby every five minutes whilst breastfeeding, if possible.
Also try different burping positions, like the 'over the shoulder pat', '
over the knee pat' or 'knee bounce' or just let your baby sit upright while you
pat his/her back.
Carry your baby around in an upright position. This
will help bring up any extra air instead of trapping it. Carrying your baby
in the football hold will also help relieve the pain and gas, due to the gentle pressure on the tummy area.
Breastfeed your baby in a reclining position, football hold position or
lying down position. This will help the extra milk flow away from your baby’s
mouth, preventing extra air intake.
Give your baby a tummy massage
to help release the trapped air. This can be done a half an hour after
feeds and during the time when your baby is showing signs of bloating.
If you feel that the gas problem is caused by an oversupply of
milk, you can try breastfeeding with alternative breasts at each
feeding, allowing your baby to empty only one breast at a feeding. If
your other breast becomes too full, you can pump a little for relief. This
will help decrease your supply a little and also get your baby drinking the
fatty hind-milk, too. This will prevent some infant gassiness.
a forceful letdown is a problem, you can make sure that your baby is sitting in an
upright position while breastfeeding. This will help the extra milk flow
down instead of causing increased air intake.
baby gas remedy: This gives natural & effective gas relief to infants. Boil ½ tsp of anise seed in 500ml of water for five minutes.
Let cool and then give your infant 2 – 3 drops if your baby is under six months old;
half a dropper for up to a year old. The mixture can
be kept in the fridge for three days. You can give it to your baby every
three hours for fast baby gas relief.
can help keep the gas from staying in your baby’s system, and help him/her pass gas easily.
You can buy special tummy packets that can be warmed up and placed on your little one's tummy.
This, in combination with swaddling, can really help by providing warmth and pressure.
When introducing solids: Baby should never be younger than 4 months (preferably 6 months); offer cereals that are specially designed for babies; and introduce high fiber foods slowly, to give his/her digestive tract time to adjust.
A tiny amount of sugar water can be given to a baby with gas to calm him/her and this has been found to be more effective than most baby gas relief drops on the market.
A warm bath can help your bambino relax and will help the gasses escape.