Babies who are fussy and bloated are normal and cannot be directly linked to food and drinks that mothers consume. During the first year of a baby’s life, only about 5% of babies react specifically to the food and drinks consumed by their mother. Every baby is unique so that there can be different reactions to the same type of food and drink
Many types of foods and drinks are believed to make babies bloated. Cow’s milk is the most frequent cause. Besides milk, other foods and drinks that are believed to make baby bloated are cauliflower, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and soft drinks. Until now, there have been no studies that prove this. However, there may be babies who react to these foods and if they occur, usually when the baby is under one month old.
Mothers can record food and drink the mother’s consumption before when the baby reacts, such as bloating. If this happens consistently and the reaction experienced by the baby is very clear, for the time being, the mother can reduce or avoid the food /drink.
Babies can bloat at certain times, especially at night. This is because the baby’s digestive system has not developed. So, there is no relationship at all with the food or drink that the mother consumes. As the baby gets bigger and the digestive system matures, the baby’s body can deal with bloating more easily.
When a baby experiences bloating because the flow of milk is too heavy, the mother can do the following tips:
The mother can choose a breastfeeding position that can keep the flow of milk blocked by gravity, for example by laying the baby on the mother’s body (Laid back).
Lightly milk the milk until the breasts become slightly soft, then feed the baby. Adhere to the baby when the baby is slightly sleepy and do not breastfeed the baby when the baby is in fussy condition. When a baby is drowsy, the baby will suck more slowly so that the flow of milk will flow more slowly. When the baby starts to suckle and the mother feels a very strong milk reflex, the baby’s suction can be released by gently pressing the baby’s chin and then inserting the mother’s pinkie to the tip of the baby’s mouth. After the strong breast milk expenditure reflex stops, the mother can breastfeed her baby again.
Babies who drink through a pacifier bottle (although what they drink is milk) usually swallows more air, especially if the baby is sleeping. In addition, caregivers who do not take empty bottles that continue to suck their babies can also trigger bloated babies. Other factors that can trigger baby bloating are babies rarely belch
Babies who receive formula milk are more often bloated and suffer from indigestion than babies who receive exclusive breastfeeding
Fungal candida infections can also cause bloating. Babies who have a long interval of defecation tend to be more bloated, although in general babies exclusively breastfed can defecate every few days.
Then, what about soft drinks took by mom? Soft drinks do not cause bloating in infants but cause bloating in the mother. The soda contained in drinks is not contained in breast milk. If the mother is bloated, it does not mean that the baby will be bloated. Remember, breast milk is formed not directly from the stomach or the digestive system of the mother, but from the blood (blood flow delivers nutrients needed for the formation of breast milk).