How to know wich formula is the good one for my son?

Dorelle - posted on 11/18/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I've had to give formula to my 20 day old son for the past week because my breastfeeding doesn't seem to be enough. He will breastfeed then will have 2 to 4 ozs of Enfamil A+. I noticed that his stool has changed color and texture and now, he hasn't had any bowel movement in since yesterday. He has lots of gas and to my suprise passes his gas with a lot of noise! He also regurgitates a bit after each formula feeding. Is this all normal or is this a sign that this isn't the right formula for his digestive system?

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Katie - posted on 11/20/2009

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i had the same problem with my son so we tried a low iron formula and it seemed to help him alot. So try a low iron one

Kathy - posted on 11/18/2009

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its very normal, I had pretty much the same problem, ended up finding out that I couldn't produce enough milk for her and was advised to try upping the formula each feeding till she wasn't taking it all, when I told the dr how much formula she was getting she said to save frustrations on us both and just give formula. The first ones we tried were based on free samples we had gotten, the nestle good start was ok but she didn't seem to like it so we tried the emfamil and she projectile vomited, she's now on Simlac Sensitive which is lactose free and is doing great on it!! We did, because of running out of bottles when out try her on Similac Advance and we got very similar results, but the sensitive does better. Her poops won't be as runny or as often. When I was breastfeeding my mom was worried because of how often and runny the poop was as all of her kids were formula fed... we turned out fine so will yours!!

Alex - posted on 11/18/2009

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The formula is probaby fine. Just keep in mind that adding anything other than breastmilk will decrease the amount of milk you produce. If you are really concerned about the amount of breastmilk your son is getting, consult a lactation expert. They can help with latching, tips and tricks to get your baby to feed better, and other things.

Now, as to formula, it can be harder to digest than breastmilk so it will effect the stool of the child. My daughters stool went from "runny mustard" to more "oatmeal-ish" when I switched to formula. Changing stool is normal when you change someone's diet, however I would just keep an eye out for traces of red in the stool or urine, as this can lead to other problems. If that happens, contact your doctor. Also, loud gas is very normal as well. It comes from having immiture digestive systems that are still getting used to being outside the womb. That should calm down in a few weeks.

Spitting up is also very normal for young tummys. Their tiny bodies are still developing and will take time to adjust. Just make sure to have a recieving blanket handy!

Now, the formula that I am using with my 3 1/2 month old is Enfamil for fussy babies. It has all those neat 3 letter combos such as DHA and ARA. Omega 3 as well, I believe. It comes in a purple can, and I notice that my daughter doesn't spit up that much on it. Try out some different kinds and use what you think is best for your own baby.

Constipation shouldn't become a problem either until the baby starts solid foods. For a couple of weeks, my daughter averaged around 2 stools a week. If you are starting to become concerned, you can always try taking the baby's temperature with a rectal thermometer and some vaselin. I find that sometimes helps to get the bowels moving because a baby will instinctively try to push it out, sometimes pooping at the same time.

Now, if at any time you are concerned or are worried for any reason, don't be afraid to contact your doctor or healthcare nurse. I assure they have heard it all, and it's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to children. If you are unsure of anything, always consult a licenced professional.

Hope this helps!

Melanie - posted on 11/19/2009

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Is it that you aren't producing enough breastmilk or that he is having problems getting enough? My baby girl didn't gain any weight for several weeks because she was a poor sucker... it would take her over a half hour to get an ounce out and the effort made her tired and lose interest in eating. I switched to feeding her breastmilk in a bottle and she immediately started to gain weight in line with the average ounce a day. Its twice the work for me (pumping and then feeding it to her) but I don't mind so long as she is healthy and gaining weight.

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no this what happens coming from breast milk to bottle.id use a formula for sensitive baby's be lighter for your sons tummy.:)

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Katie - posted on 11/20/2009

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I would say that using formula for top ups would be less frustrating......i found at least i had the same problem.

Dorelle - posted on 11/20/2009

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How would I know that my baby is a poor sucker and/or that the effort makes him tired and lose interest in breastfeeding? I personally feel like he is sucking strongly enough (my nipples where SO sore in the beginning from his sucking!LOL) But, my son does fall asleep within minutes of breastfeeding and he doesn't do that when he is bottle feed. I just assumed that he was extremely soothed when latched onto me. He also lost weight in the first weeks (when he was only breastfeed), but did gain weight as soon as I started doing top ups of formula. I'm debating whether I should invest in a pump and replace the bottles of formula with bottles of breast milk or if I should just continue doing top ups of formula? What would be less frustrating? My biggest fear is that he will eventually refuse my breast because the bottle feeding is easier...

Jenelle - posted on 11/19/2009

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try different formula's that way u will know which one is best for you baby...i did that with my son and the second formula that i tried him on was the best one for him

Kristen - posted on 11/18/2009

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If you look at the ingredients they're all pretty much the same. If money is tight the store brand works just as well as the name brands. I used Good Start with my oldest and used store brand with my baby. It was just cheaper and works just as good.

Jennifer - posted on 11/18/2009

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I breastfeed and formula feed....we use Enfamil Gentlease. It seems to be great for my daughter.
If you are worried about your milk you could try Fenugreek. Its a natural way to get your milk to come in.

Ashley - posted on 11/18/2009

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I use Enfamil A+ that is what the hospital had me start with. my baby also has loud farts. lol. but everything is very healthy with him. im sure your baby will poop soon, it is normal for him to poop at least 3 times a day with formula, so im sure he will poop soon,

Hanan - posted on 11/18/2009

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and btw u will adapt to ur baby's need for milk in like after a month of birth since ur body will then how much milk to produce that wud be enough for ur growing baby . i had this problem wid my baby the dr said eating cicken soup and loadsof protein can help boost ur milk level i also took calcium tablets THAT HELPED loads

Hanan - posted on 11/18/2009

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babies less than 6 months old can stay 3 days with no bowl movement esp if ur switching to formula , and sometimes having up till 5 a day its also normal if the baby isnt throwing up the formula its a good sign then and u can notice it if hes starting to gain weight

Rebecca - posted on 11/18/2009

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sounds normal to me. I hope that your still giving him breast milk too and just topping up with formula? your son will never get the nutrients from formula that you can give him, but im sure you know this! :)

I had a similar problem with my milk, my midwives and doctors said that he wasn't putting on enough weight and that my milk wasn't producing enough...I saw a lactation specialist before I resorted to formula to be told that my milk production was fine, to feed more often and I would produce more naturally - it worked and my son is now doing great and formula free!

I have heard that enfamil is closest to breast milk out of all the formulas....I found this interesting....

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/co...

good luck x

Crystal - posted on 11/18/2009

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i went through the same thing, we switched to low iron formula(which happens to be the cheapest too) and i had to stop breastfeeding because it was the mix of the 2 that was not sitting well. Try pumping a full feeding and give only forumla and see if there is a difference in the puking then try a just breastmilk feeding. if he has no problem keeping them down when they are not mixed at one feeding then you have to choose. his stools will change color because of the formula that normal.

Amy - posted on 11/18/2009

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I was told be my Dr that Carnation Good Start was the best formula to go with breastfeeding and I am using it now it works great

User - posted on 11/18/2009

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I put my son on formula at about the same age and that same thing happened. My doctor told me that it was normal and it was just because of the switch from breastmilk to formula. The only problem I had was the formula i first put him on was a "gold" one and I had to switch to the normal one because he was gettingvery constipated. If you are worried though I would recommend going to see your doctor about it

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