Ways to help a gassy baby

Wendy Haldeman, Lactation Specialist, shares tips on how to help a gassy baby.
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Ways to help a gassy baby

Many parents are concerned about babies who appear to have a tremendous amount of gas or seem to be tremendously fussy after feeds. Typically, we look at the mother's diet first. There are so many old wive's tales and cultural traditions about what mother's eat. I often find that mothers can go down to bread and water and their babies are still really gassy. So if one particular food can be isolated, then that mom can certainly take that out of her diet and see if that works. My hunch is that it probably won't. Certainly, the babies may just have a stomach full of air and need a good burp. That's a possibility. Women who have a really forceful letdown, frequently will have a baby that is really gassy. Some babies are actually allergic to cow's milk protein and some moms have to take cow's milk out of their diet. Sometimes soy protein can cause some issues. Some babies are actually really uncomfortable because they have reflux. You can argue that all babies have reflux, but some babies have GERD. They have burning at the bottom of the esophagus and may need some treatment for that.

Wendy Haldeman, Lactation Specialist, shares tips on how to help a gassy baby.


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Wendy Haldeman, RN, MN, IBCLC

Lactation Specialist

Wendy Haldeman, MN, RN, IBCLC is a co-founder of the Pump Station and Nurtury. She received both her nursing and lactation education at UCLA, is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), and a certified Happiest Baby on the Block instructor. She lectures frequently on human lactation at medical and nursing schools and has been identified by publications, such as Fit Pregnancy, as an expert in her field. Wendy facilitates the New Mother Support groups, and teaches the prenatal Breastfeeding and Baby Care Classes at The Pump Station. She and her husband Tim are proud of their two grown daughters and their 15 month old granddaughter.

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