Men love this fact: it’s normal for babies to pass gas 12 or more times a day!
In fact, babies are quite gassy. Gas happens when air gets trapped in baby’s tummy or gut. In turn, baby fusses, seems to be in pain, and arches his back or pulls his legs up to move the gas along.
As long as your baby fusses only a moment or two with gas, everything is fine. As he grows, he’ll get better at passing gas.
Babies swallow air when they suck and when they cry—here’s how you can help:
Let baby empty your breast before switching to the other when nursing. Your foremilk (the milk that comes out first) has more milk sugar and your hindmilk has more fat. Too much milk sugar can cause gas and green, foamy stools. Be sure baby drinks until your breast feels empty to ensure he gets both kinds of milk before offering the other breast.
While foods that give you gas don’t necessarily give baby gas (like beans!), you may want to determine whether dairy products bother your baby. Cow’s milk protein can pass into your milk, and it makes some babies gassy.
You will see products that claim to help with gas, but there’s no research to say they work. Talk to your baby’s healthcare provider before using gas drops or what’s called “gripe water” (herbs and water).
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