I'm wondering if too much bran can cause more irritation for the bowels, especially in IBS. What are some foods that are kind of bland, easy to digest, maybe help bind up the stool? bananas, rice, apple sauce are good. But they don't help to thicken up the stool. What about drinking milk? I remember one flare up, I had a milkshake, and I remember thinking that my stomach quit gurgling and felt better.