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Is it normal for my breastfed newborn to have gas?

My newborn has had gas since we left hospital, but today it has a bad smell to it. He is eating great, sleeping well and isn't too fussy, but I can hear is stomach bubbling and he will get upset for a minute until it passes. He is constantly farting through feeding. He is a breastfed baby. Is this normal?

Kolene Moore | Other Provider

Kolene Moore

Gas in newborns is normal. Their immature gastrointestinal system is starting to build good bacteria and they are being exposed to bad bacteria, all of which create gas in the gut.

You can talk to your pediatrician about your concerns, but if the baby is eating well, gaining weight well, and not uncomfortable all of the time it does not seem to be a problem.

A few breastfeed babies will develop gas or seem uncomfortable when their mothers eat certain foods. However, there are no certain foods that create problems for all babies. Unless you notice that your baby reacts within six hours every time you eat a certain food, there is no need to avoid any particular foods.

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