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Nov 14, 2016 14:48 PM

Thank you for your question about gas and a mother's diet. We know that babies get a range of flavours from their mother's milk. There doesn't appear to be any conclusive research evidence however to indicate that babies suffer from wind or other behaviour concerns as a result of their mother's diet.

I wonder if you have had a breastfeed observed by a person who is knowledgeable about breastfeeding, such as a Certified Lactation Consultant? They may be able to help spot if something is happening during a breastfeed that is contributing to gas or unsettled behaviour. For example, if a mother has a fast flow of milk her baby may need to swallow quickly to keep up. Some mothers in this situation find it helpful to pace the feed by taking short breaks to let their baby catch their breath and to bring up any wind before they start again. Leaning her body back during the feed can also be a helpful approach.

I hope that this response is helpful.

Best wishes

Sharon George IBCLC