Gas can make your little one terribly uncomfortable. When babies are born their digestive systems are still forming and they don’t have the same level of healthy bacteria (probiotics) that we do. Although burping can be an effective way to relieve gas, every baby is different, so you’ll want to use trial and error with the following strategies:
1. Feed your baby small frequent meals throughout the day to ease the digestive process.
2. Positioning is important- always make sure your baby’s head is higher that his/her feet to allow milk to flow in the right direction.
3. Try removing some of the following vegetables from your diet to see if gas is reduced: broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, turnips, radishes, kale, collards, cauliflower, onions and garlic. When consuming raw vegetables, always chew especially well.
4. Cut out anything that has a laxative effect on you including flaxseed, flaxseed oil and prune juice.
5. Avoid over-stimulating foods including: chocolate, peanuts, peanut butter, refined sugar, white flour and spicy dishes.
6. Eliminate common food allergens that may make your baby’s digestion more challenging like soy, wheat, corn and dairy.
7. Practice mindfulness- the more relaxed you are, the more relaxed your baby will feel. Take your time while eating to enjoy the process and to ensure nutrients are properly absorbed and distributed.