Can Changing Formula Cause Gas?

Can Changing Formula Cause Gas?

Can Changing Formula Cause Gas?

No one likes to see their infant dealing with discomfort.  Will a different formula cause gas instead of removing it?


Within the first month of life, your baby may not have settled on the brand or type of infant formula.  There are a number of reasons for changing formula such as cost savings, allergies, or colic.  Somewhere you may have heard that changing your baby's formula can actually cause gas.  That is not necessarily a fact.


Changing Infant Formula 

If you are changing brands, you can feel more confident that your baby should not have major digestive issues.  This is because all formulas in the same category are very similar in terms of composition and how it breaks down in the digestive system.  There may be a difference in taste, and some babies will notice this more than others.  When your infant is young, their sense of taste is developing just as the rest of their body is.  That transition may be easier compared to an older baby who can taste the difference between one brand and another.


If your baby is dealing with gas or colic before you switch formula, you may see a difference in a positive way.  Some infants formulas are produced to be easier to digest because the milk proteins are broken down further.  Other formulas have the addition of probiotics to aid gut health.  A switch to organic baby formula means that certain ingredients, chemicals, or additives are removed.  Certain ingredients can increase the potential for excess gas or bloat.  This can be a formula that is fortified with iron and cause constipation.  Gas can also be an indicator of an allergy.  By removing the allergen, you can help reduce the amount of gas.



Before You Change Your Infant Formula

Before you make changes to your baby's source of nutrition, check with your pediatrician.  If you are just changing brands but keeping the same type of formula, there should be few issues.  However, if you are changing the type due to allergies, food sensitivities, or the addition or removal of certain ingredients like iron, your doctor can help you identify signals from your baby.  You need to keep your eye on behavior, bowel movements, and other indicators if the switch did not have a satisfying result.  If your baby continues to eat about as much as before, continues to gain weight, and has regular bowel movements, the transition can be considered successful.


Your baby will be consuming formula until they reach their first year.  You want to make sure that you choose the right type of formula for their needs, but you don't have to feel like you have to stay on one type.  Do not hesitate to make the change!


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