Breastfeeding Without the Bloat: Sara Chana's Guide to Preventing Gas in Nursing Babies

Breastfeeding Without the Bloat: Sara Chana's Guide to Preventing Gas in Nursing Babies

"Help, Sara Chana! My baby seems to be swallowing air while nursing, and he's becoming very gassy." This is a common concern that I receive regularly. However, it's important to dispel the misconception that oxygen turns into gas while nursing ; in fact, oxygen is our bracha, and it does not transform into gas.

When babies nurse, they naturally create an occlusive seal, preventing air from entering their bellies. They primarily breathe through their noses, which is the optimal way to breathe. Our noses are equipped with fine hairs that filter and heat the air to the appropriate temperature. So, the issue is not with oxygen turning into gas, but understanding why some babies experience gas and what steps can be taken to alleviate it.
  • Ensure a deep latch: Make sure the baby is latched onto the breast deeply, minimizing the chances of swallowing air.
  • Establish a swallowing pattern: Teach babies to swallow in a rhythmic pattern rather than using the breast as a pacifier.
  • Address burping: When the baby starts to wiggle or pull away during nursing, offer a brief burping session for about a minute. If the baby doesn't burp, resume nursing.
  • Maintain a healthy diet: Moms should focus on a well-balanced diet with plenty of broccoli, onions, garlic, lettuce, spinach, and proteins at each meal. It's worth noting that these nutritious foods do not cause gas in babies.

By addressing these factors, parents can contribute to a more comfortable breastfeeding experience for both the baby and the mother.

Written by Sara Chana Silverstein, IBCLC

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