Gassy guts:(

I have a one month old who has symptoms of a mom with milk imbalance or overproduction of fore milk.

I'm currently feeding off one breast per feeding, leaning back or laying down while nursing, burping like crazy AND I've eliminated dairy, spicy foods, caffeine and citrus from my diet...yet still my little guy is in pain and super gassy! Help please:(

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Mar 20, 2013
baby and gas pain
by: Tracy, CBC, CLD (CBI)

Gas in a breastfed baby is not always linked to something you are eating, but mostly it’s related to normal gastric development and swallowing of air while feeding.

Some other reasons for gas problems can include air swallowed while crying, over-stimulation during the day, forceful milk let-down reflex, any medication that you are taking, a virus (tummy bug) and then the things you mentioned such as foremilk imbalance and oversupply.

There are things you can do such as:

* Keep burping baby often (also try different burping positions).
* Keep breastfeeding from one breast at a time (some Moms need to increase the time in-between each breast).
* Carry the baby around in an upright position during the day (in a sling) this helps baby bring up any extra trapped air which causes pain and gassiness.
* You can also give the baby a tummy massage to relieve some gas after a nice warm bath.

An excellent remedy for a gassy baby is anise water. Boil ½ tsp of anise seed in 500ml of water for five minutes. Let cool and then give baby 2 – 3 drops if the 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 the baby every three hours for relief.

You should call your doctor if you suspect that the baby has gastro.

Related links that will help you with any of these problems mentioned:

•    Forceful milk let down reflex.

•    Foremilk imbalance and oversupply.

•    Burping baby.

•    Baby massage.

•    Baby wearing.

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Baby has gas and spits up often

by Anonymous


I wonder if you can help- I seem to be experiencing a lot of difficulties with breastfeeding! :

- my boy takes in a lot of air (I can hear it going down into his belly) when breastfeeding

- he is sick quite frequently (almost after every feed and sometimes (but not frequently) his whole feed comes up- though this is when he has recently had milk but is giving all the signals he wants more- this makes it hard for me to understand what he wants- and sometimes I think 'maybe this a growth spurt' or that he wants more food because he is growing bigger...

- sometimes me and my partner seem to be awake for hours in a cycle of winding, being sick, changing and feeding- I worry that the baba isn't getting enough sleep- and at other times our boy will sleep for 5 hours at a time. When things are going well- he seems to sleep for 3 hours and then wake for milk, change etc...

- i'm not sure what is too much or too little but appreciate this is hard to gauge from person to person- however, i feel like I need the certainty of a bottle and seeing how much my baby is taking in. I have no real sense of what the volume my boy needs or is taking in (have been advised to express because of a possible fast let down but don't know how much) when he is sick i can't tell how much it is. how big is my babies stomach? and how much does he need?

- my baby seems hungry after he is sick which makes sense- but it doesn't make sense if the sick is excess milk that his little tummy doesn't want.

- he is just over three weeks old and was last weighed three days ago- he had put on weight and is a healthy weight

I hope you can help because i am starting to feel desperate and quite upset by it all!

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Oct 03, 2012
Foremilk /hindmilk imbalance
by: Tracy

I can imagine your frustration! This is a common problem though, even though it is not well known by the people that should know (like the doctors and nurses)

It sounds to me as if you have an oversupply of milk which is causing lactose overload, also commonly referred to as "foremilk/hindmilk imbalance."

There is an easy way to fix this, which will help baby sleep longer stretches at night, help decrease winds and spitting up.

You can start block feeding: this is when you breastfeed from only one breast with each breastfeeding session. What this does, is decrease the amount of watery fore-milk (the milk in the front of your breast's milk-producing cells/alveoli) that baby is taking in; baby then receives more of the fatty filling hindmilk, which is the milk that comes out later in a feed.

So, in other words, you will not change breasts every few minutes, let baby drink from one breast alone, if the other breast becomes a little engorged, you can express some milk for comfort. Then change breasts with your next feeding. Your body will start to produce just the right amount of milk after a few days of doing this; fixing the oversupply problem.

With block feeding, you should see immediate results; your baby should start sleeping more extended periods at a time, spitting up less and should seem happier overall. If the problem does persist though, you should maybe try taking the baby to the doc to test for acid reflux.

You are doing great, the best for your baby...before you decide to do anything, please read these pages...

I hope this helps

Please let me know how it goes, good luck

Oct 03, 2012
thanks so much!
by: Anonymous

Thanks so much! I have also found expressing a bit of milk beforehand really is helpful- and since doing this and taking your advice, he has been a lot less sicky and windy. Fingers crossed! x

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Gassy Baby Advice

by Natalie
(Ryton, Newcastle)

Hi all.

I have a baby boy, nearly six months : ) He has breast fed from day one. Never had a bottle, so really proud ; ), but he has such bad wind!

It does'nt matter what I eat, he just seems to get it really bad. I have a good, healthy diet and am a vegetarian and drink plenty soya milk, but have been looking on the site and it may be down to the soya milk that gives him the gas?

Does anyone know?

Natalie x

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Dec 12, 2012
my thoughts
by: Tracy

Hi Natalie

Most of the time, gassiness in a baby is not caused by the things in mom's diet. Babies are usually quite gassy in the first few months because their digestive systems are maturing. You should start to see improvements in the next few months.

Many believe that the food we breastfeeding moms eat directly influence our

It could be the soy, or it could be a number of other things in your diet, especially since we vegetarians (I am raw vegan) have many things in our diets that can make us and baby gassy.

Things that you could start to eliminate one by one are:

- Onion
- Broccoli
- Cauliflower
- Soy and soy products
- Cabbage
- Peas
- And anything else that makes you gassy can make baby gassy too.

You can eliminate one at a time and give two weeks to see if the flatulence is lessened.

Hope this helps

Jan 09, 2016
by: Anonymous

Try the Windi catheter. It relieves farts and backed up turds too.

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Green runny poo and gas

Hi, my 4months old daughter is breast fed and formula fed too. She is suffering from the problem of green runny poo for 5-6 times a day from last two weeks.

It is frothy and sometimes looks like green mucus. It is not smelly but from last 2-3 days some gas formation is also there.

Although she is normal and her activities are also normal and gaining her weight too but from last two days she is becoming fussy.

I went to the doctor he told me its a infection from milk bottle. He gave gave some antibiotics and multivitamin but nothing is working out. I am so much worried. Pls suggest me something.

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Apr 26, 2016

by: Tracy


Has she been eating any solids? Or have you been eating anything new, or taking any new medications?

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my gassy baby

My baby is one month old and has been doing great breastfeeding, but now for the past two days she's crying while eating and after and asts like her tummy hurts she also has a lot of gas I'm not sure what's causing this all of a sudden any suggestions? thank u

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Jan 30, 2015
gassy baby
by: Tracy


It could be a few things...

Here is a page to read that might help...

The gassy breastfed baby

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3 week old - gassy chokes sometimes on one breast

my 3 week old only has some of these symptoms and I don't want to correct for a non existent problem only to create a problem.

He is most hungry at night, has diaper rash, chokes sometimes at beginning of feed, on one side eats in short bursts, is difficult to burp and is gassy. He is not constantly hungry nor does he have green stools.

How can I tell if my foremilk/hindmilk is imbalanced?

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May 25, 2015
symptoms of Foremilk/hindmilk problems
by: Tracy

Choking at the beginning of a feed is just a sign that you have a good let down of milk. If it seems unbearable for him, you can allow the milk to spray into a towel during a let-down.

Also most babies are difficult to burp and are gassy.

The major indicator of an F/H imbalance is the green, frothy explosive stools and colic symptoms. Does your baby seem happy most of the time? If, so, don't worry...your baby is doing just fine.

I hope this puts your mind at ease.

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a lot of gas

by Joana
(San Bernardino CA)

Hello my name is Joana. I have a 7 month old girl and I was wondering if is normal for my baby to have alot of gases, and also she only eats in one breast for 3 to 5 minutes but 15 minutes pass and she wants to eat again. Is this normal?

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Apr 27, 2012
breastfeeding frequency
by: Tracy

Hi Joana

Have you started her on solids yet?

Why do you say she is gassy? How are her stools consistency?


Apr 27, 2012
Hi Tracy.
by: Anonymous

She started eating her solid foods but she's not that interesting. And about her gases shes always pushing to take them out. I don't know if is my milk that is causing her to be gassy. But shes always hungry and fussy.

Apr 28, 2012
by: Tracy

Have you tried giving her finger foods? some babies prefer this over the soggy porridge or purity.

You can give pieces of soft fruit such as banana. Here are some ideas...Finger food ideas and baby led weaning tips

Also if you think it's a hindmilk/foremilk imbalance, you can remedy this by decreasing your supply and by giving baby only one breast with each feeding.

Here are some oversupply tips

And tips on foremilk/hindmilk imbalance

Also other tips on breastfeeding a gassy baby

Hope this helps

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Herb fenugreek causing gas in baby

Just wanted to share for moms wondering about excessive gas in baby. My son is 7 weeks old. For the past week or so he seemed more gassy than usual.

He would scream in pain tighten his stomach kick his legs and stiffen them. There was nothing I could do for him until he got the gas out.

Very hard to watch. I figured it had to be something I was eating. I was about to give up dairy until I spoke with a consultant from LLL.

They said that the herbal supplement fenugreek that I was taking to increase my milk supply could be causing the extra gas.

I'm guessing that's what was causing my gas too. I was taking 9 pills a day for about 4 or 5 weeks.

The day I stopped it I already noticed a difference in him. Today is the second day he's been better as well. So time will tell, but I do think it was the culprit.

Good luck everyone!

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Is my baby alergic to breast milk? Gassy baby

My baby was 2 weeks when I put him on formula because I wasn't getting enough breastmilk.

I realized he was so much constipated after 3 days so I stopped the formula after on the 7th day. He was able to poop but still strains and cries a lot.

He really passes gas while stretching. Went for an xray and he was full of gas. I stopped taking dairy products and eventually the excessive gas stopped. Still as soon as he swallows breastmilk there is very large bowel sounds, he still stretches though, but passes very light stool.

He is 2 months. I'm now asked to stop breastfeeding while giving him protein sensitive formula (Alimentum ) but making him constipated.

Wen I added the breastmilk again on the 2 day of the formula he was able to pass watery stool,then mucoid.

Could it be that my baby is allergic to the breastmilk?

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Apr 05, 2016
allergic to breast milk
by: Tracy


It is doubtful that your baby is allergic to breastmilk.

Here is a page about "true breastmilk allergy."


This is a rare condition and has to be confirmed with tests.

"true lactose intolerance" is also very rare and is usually only diagnosed at about age 10.

It sounds to me as if your baby is swallowing too much air while breastfeeding.

This page has tips to help prevent extra air intake while breastfeeding...

The gassy breastfed baby

Also, because formula was introduced, it has changed the PH of your baby's gut. This on its own causes issues. Please read the following pages on the importance of breast milk and the immunity and protection of the gut that breast milk offers.


Gut protection

Is breastfeeding important?

I would suggest that you first try to correct the air intake issues before getting your baby tested for galactosemia or "true lactose intolerance."

Hope this helps

Apr 06, 2016
Could be tongue tie
by: Anonymous

I highly doubt your baby is allergic my baby is now three months old and had the same gas issues at the beginning he also was put on reflux meds. But it turns out he has a posterior tongue tie, and that makes him take in lots of air when he nurses. We got it clipped with a preferred provider and had been doing stretches and occupational therapy, and I can say he's improving so much plus my nipples are hurting less and less. There is a page for tongue tie support on facebook if you are interested in learning more.

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Cranky/tummyache time?

by Suzie
(Tracy, ca)

Hi there, i have a 10 day old and during a certain time of the day he gets a tummy ache. He is breastfed only and eats great most of the day and night, only during the tummy ache time he doesnt eat. Does this sound normal for a brand new baby? Or could there be something else wrong? Im desperate for help!

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organic goat milked formula helped for baby's gas

by Linda

i like the tummy packets. i can't breastfeed, but we had the same problem with our formula. we then switched to an organic goat milk formula from and it got a lot better.

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Babies Tummy Discomfort

Hi moms, I am a mother of two kids. My little boy is now 8 months old had some serious tummy issues a few months ago. My Hadi was very fussy and used crying all the night. My husband and I were facing the worst nightmares of our lives. Working all the day and watching our baby crying all the night gave us pretty hard time.

Thanks, God, someone suggested me to try Babies magic tea. The day I started this magical product my baby started getting well. Now, I am still using this tea, which is always available in my kitchen. After the very first use, my boy got relief for the first time since his birth. I'll highly recommend this magic tea to the moms who are suffering from the same issue.

Being a mom, why I am recommending this tea? Because it's a totally natural solution without sugar, alcohol, and preservatives.

See you....

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is it an infection???

my baby girl is 27days old and she passes stool 15-20 times a day(stool has more liquid n little yellowish part).

She gets her body tight and fold her leg while passing the gas and some time this makes her cry.this episode happens both in day and of the pediatrician advised her neopeptine 6 dtops twice a day....i have started the dose for two days...but her problem is still there in less i just want to know is this a symptom of infection or its normal???

please advise

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Aug 08, 2012
Newborn poop
by: Anonymous

Everything sounds quite normal.

Breastfed babies have runny, mustard-colored poop and they do look quite constipated when passing a stool, as their bodies are still adapting.

Some breastfed babies only have one dirty nappy in 10 days or others like mine has one every time they pass wind or after a feed.

As long as your little one has +/- 6 wet, clear pee nappies a day, she/he is not dehydrated.

Here is some more on baby poop...

The crying sounds like baby has some gas.
Here are a few things you can do to relieve this...

-Burp baby regularly during a feed.

-Make sure baby latches properly, a bad latch can result in baby swallowing winds.

-Massage her tummy to help pass the gas.

-A warm bath can also help.

Read more on this...

Good luck.

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