Can eating high-fibre foods give a breast fed baby gas?
Babies will get wind / gas, and some suffer more than others. Find out whether your diet of high-fibre foods can cause this when breastfeeding.
Is it really true that eating high-fibre foods such as beans and pulses can give a breastfed baby gas?
No, it’s not – however, this is the kind of question that can split opinion, probably because of individual experiences as well as associations made between maternal diet and baby behaviour. But just think of the vast array of diets around the world – and all are suitable for breastfeeding.
National dietary surveys in the UK have shown that most people don’t eat enough fibre. And of course, when you’re breastfeeding you should eat a healthy diet – in fact the NHS advice is to eat plenty of fibre if breastfeeding, alongside a good fluid intake. I would say, though, that if you don’t usually eat a high-fibre diet and are planning to increase your intake, do it slowly – or you will be the one with wind!
Babies will get wind/gas: some suffer more than others and some parents are bothered by it more than others. However, there is no real evidence that what mums eat when breastfeeding makes the baby more or less gassy. Also, babies change quickly in the first eight weeks, and earlier wind problems often settle in that time.