Foods that Cause Gas
Our digestive system carries many friendly bacteria to help digest foods that our bodies have trouble breaking down. Often, a byproduct of this breakdown results in burping, feeling bloated or passing gas, which can be frustrating and uncomfortable. Although breastfeeding is nutritious, nurturing and helpful in strengthening baby’s immune system to fight against harmful diseases, it is also a direct link for gas to be passed down as well. A gassy baby follows a gassy mom. Changes in mom’s diet can help relieve some of this distress for her and baby.
Examples of foods to watch out for include:
- Beans and lentils
- Asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, celery, radishes,
peppers and other vegetables
- Fructose in artichokes, onions, pears and wheat
- Lactose in milk and other milk products ie. cheese and ice-cream
- Fruits, oat bran, peas, prunes, peaches, plum and other foods in high soluble fiber
- Corn, pasta, potatoes and other foods rich in starch
- Whole grains ie. Brown rice, oatmeal and whole wheat
It is understandable to want to eliminate gas completely, but avoiding these foods may not do the trick and can limit baby’s nutrition. Maintaining a good balance of these foods will put baby’s digestive system to work and gas is oftentimes just a part of the course.