Why are gas pains so much worse after breastfeeding?

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Hello, I’ve recently been trying to transition my baby to breastfeeding more frequently instead of the bottle. I’ve noticed that he’s far more uncomfortable after breastfeeding (we do sometimes use a nipple shield) with gas pains than the bottle of pumped milk. He’ll get all red in the face and tense up, cry, and let out some farts. It’s making me consider if I need to be an exclusive pumper or if it’ll get better. I don’t want him to be in pain.

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Asked on December 5, 2023 8:47 am
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Hi, CS! I'm so sorry that I just saw this question. I know it's been a few months, but just in case you're still looking for support - often the issue of gassiness that is increased with breastfeeding comes down to two things:
--Insufficient latch which is causing baby to take in excess gas
--Fast letdown and/or oversupply that is causing your baby to have to gulp, thus increasing the chance of taking in extra milk. Sometimes when a baby gets a big gush of milk in the beginning, this can lead to extra gassiness, too!

I cover a lot of these topics in Fuss-Free First Year - might be a helpful resources for you! https://thebreastfeedingmama.com/fuss-free-first-year

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