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A 31-year-old female asked:

My 7 weeks old baby has a smelly gas. he poops twice a week and poop is mushy no sign of constipation. however he does cry sometimes when he wants to poop. could the smelly gas be caused by my diet because i am breastfeeding. please advise. thank you?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
The odor of poop is triggered by bacterial growth in the digestive tract as they feed on undigested waste. Germs get there naturally within the babies first day when they swallow feeds. Infants have weak belly muscles & often use their breathing/fussing muscles to help poop, These are all natural findings. There are probiotics that can alter the poop smell.

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