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what causes his gas?
February 13, 2013 at 9:59 PM
I have a one week old. I am breast feeding but his Dr is having me supplement with formula. I'm good about burping him frequently but he gets the hiccups pretty often and seems gassy all day. Could it be his formula or my breast milk?? I'm a first time mother so this may be a common sense question but I just didn't know.


  • frndlyfn
    February 13, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Why are you supplementing with formula?  Formula can cause extra gas in a baby who is breast fed as well.  Hiccups are diaphragm related.

  • strangeyfine
    February 14, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Some babies have a bit of a lactose intolerance. Try a formula that is sensitive, like Enfamil fussiness and gas. Good luck.

  • funhappymom
    February 14, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Is there a reason you are supplementing? Doctors are not often educated in breastfeeding. You should join the BF Moms group-lots of great women and help/support there.

  • whoodathunk
    February 14, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    I'm curious why you're supplementing.  Try talking to a lactation specialist to build up your supply.  There are herbs that can help.  Formula can cause gas, but so can foods you eat while breastfeeding.  Broccoli bothered my son as did sausage and spicy foods.  Mylicon drops helps greatly.  Stay away from peanuts, nuts and strawberries if you have a history of allergies.  

  • Mommy2justone
    February 14, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    I would just have a nurse in, stay home all day and nurse to up your supply. Then you can ditch the formula (if it works) and no more gas 

  • stepconfused182
    February 14, 2013 at 12:15 PM

     I'm curious too as to why you're supplementing with formula. It is much harder to digest than breastmilk and in turn, causes gassiness. If you are supplementing due to "inadequate weight gain or supply", I have a feeling that is likely inaccurate information from your doctor. I agree with the suggestion to join us in the breastfeeding moms group. We can help you get back to exclusive breastfeeding and there is some really awesome support and knowledge there.

    Also, hiccups are VERY common in a newborn and nothing to be concerned about.

  • atlmom2
    by atlmom2
    February 14, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Use mylicon drops.  I did.  Whatever the reason your are supplementing is fine.  Don't pay attention to the ones asking why you are doing it. 

  • stepconfused182
    February 14, 2013 at 12:42 PM

     OR she could not use medication to help with the gas when eliminating the formula would probably do the trick! That sounds like a much better idea for a newborn to me! We are asking why the doctor told her to supplement, because 9 times out of 10, a pediatrician is extremely uneducated in the logistics of breastfeeding and supplementing isn't necessary. If she had said, I'm supplementing because I want to, that would be a different story.

    Quoting atlmom2:

    Use mylicon drops.  I did.  Whatever the reason your are supplementing is fine.  Don't pay attention to the ones asking why you are doing it. 


  • proudmommy690
    February 14, 2013 at 12:44 PM
    Im not sure about the gas but hiccups are very normal.
  • alexis_06
    February 14, 2013 at 12:45 PM

     hiccups are very common in babies

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