What Makes a Newborn Baby Have Gas?

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There are lots of reasons that a newborn can have gas. Find out what makes a newborn baby have gas with help from a parenting professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Christina and this is what makes a newborn baby have gas? There are lots of reasons that a newborn can have gas. But usually it's just an immature digestive system. What makes your baby have gas is often dependent upon your own circumstances. Are you breastfeeding? Are you formula feeding? Are you pumping milk and giving it to them in a bottle? There are lots of things that could get in the way of their digestive system being able to function properly. Having the right bottle is important if you are bottle feeding or having a formula that works well for your baby. If you are formula feeding it's a good bet to try a bottle that's specifically designed to mimic the breast. Some bottles are specifically designed to be closer to a nursing experience. They often cost a little more but it can be well worth it to reduce gas. Some brands have created nipples that more closely mimic the mother's nipple. There made out of a softer silicone that flexes and bends like a normal nipple. And the flow can be regulated by their suckling rather then just a free flow drip. And just like not all bottles are created equal, not all formulas are created equal. It's important to choose a formula that works for your baby though you won't really know what that formula is until you try things out. If they continue to have gas problems even though you've switched to a very gentle formula you may need to talk to your doctor about options. And also possibly about food allergies. Most formulas are made out of cow's milk or soy. Neither of which are especially easy to digest for babies. And you may need to talk to your doctor about an allergy-free formula. If you're breast feeding and your baby is gassy and you try a couple of things and nothing is working like making sure that you burp them correctly. Or hold them in an upright position while you are nursing you may want to check your flow. Some mothers have a very rapid letdown which causes the baby to kind of gurgle and choke. Or gasp for air. Sometimes you might notice that your breast is spraying really fast, that's a good sign that you have a really fast flow. You may need to express a little bit of milk before you feed your baby. I found the most helpful thing is to nurse one session on one side. And then at the next nursing session nurse on the other side. Not flipping back and forth. That can solve a lot of gas issues by making sure that they are getting the rich hind milk instead of just the fore milk by nursing on both sides. If you've tried everything and your baby is still gassy there are gas drops available that help alleviate gas in the upper stomach. But generally don't help the more deeply rooted digestive issues that come with being a brand new baby and are just normal. Thanks for watching.


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