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A 27-year-old female asked:

my 3 1/2 month old daughter has a lot of gas and it really stinks when she farts. she is being breasted. why is this?

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Dr. Mark Mcgranahan
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Many causes: Babies can get gassy from swallowing air during feedings, from some dietary components in the breast milk, intolerance of baby formula, or a not-so-optimal mix of bacteria in the intestines. Frequent burping during feedings, infant gas drops, daily probiotic supplements (ask your doctor for brands), and a dietary log for mom to track symptoms based on foods she eats can be helpful. Good luck!
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Great baby: This is usually very normal and is likely related to her bowels maturing, the amount of bacteria in her intestines changing, and the diet you are following. In time this is likely to change for the better. You can also monitor your diet via a diary and how gassy/smelly she is in relation to what you are eating. See if you make some changes what happens to her bowel habits.

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