Loose stools/problems with formula in 10 month old?

Alison - posted on 06/27/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My 10 month old has frequent, loose stools everyday for around 3 weeks now. So bad that his bottom is horribly red and he is in a lot of pain from the irritation. He was strictly breastfed till about 5 weeks ago and I have been gradually supplementing more and more with Similac Isomil, a soy formula. Could he be allergic to the formula? He did have a fever about a week ago but only for 1 1/2 days. Any suggestions will help.

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Chelseaszidik - posted on 06/27/2009

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Alison this seems to be the hot topic on this board. What to od get your supply back. Well first and foremost you have to be dedicated to making the switch. If you flip flop and depend more on formula than you need to than your supply will only dwindle more because supply works as supply and demand. If you are not demanding milk your body will not produce milk. If you are determined to get your supply back to exclusively breastfeed then do the following:

Take 1 capsule of Shatavari 4 times a day. This is all natural and works nearly 100% of the time to up the supply of breastfeeding women. Because it is all natural it is completely safe and the only side effect is some gas for you not the infant (although this is not the experience I had). The most important ingredient for success is demand. Breastfeed as often as possible and pump at least 2-3 times during the day. If you aren't able to produce enough to breastfeed for all of the feeds than you need to pump even more often. When you pump do it for a minimum of 10 minutes and after that until you aren't getting anymore milk. Double pump and use an electric pump. This will mean more stimulation and more milk for you.

Good luck!!!

Savannah - posted on 06/27/2009

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You could definitely try a different formula. I would think he would be vomitting if he was allergic, but it still may not be agreeing with him. My first son only took the similac advance when I had to start him on a bottle and my second son did not do well at all with the soy! haha. So you never know. Also, if you are feeding him a lot of fruit and juice and stuff like that it could definitely cause the irritation as well.

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Quoting Alison:

Well, he hasn't had formula in 36 hours and his stools are for the most part normal, no diarrhea. So, I guess he dosn't agree with soy formula. I am in the process of boosting my supply, hopefully I will be successful. Thanks to everyone who helped!


Good to hear.  Good luck!  :)

Kate - posted on 06/29/2009

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Soy is a very common allergen, and not all babies have the same allergic reaction. My DD, when allergic, reacts with bad diaper rash, loose stools, and night waking. So this sounds like an allergy to me.

If you can't continue to breastfeed, find a different formula. Although, at 10 months, you might be better off giving him plain goat's milk (with some added nutrients) as it's closer to breastmilk anyway. But definitely get him off that formula!!

Chelseaszidik - posted on 06/29/2009

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Awesome news!!! Keep up the good work and remember the more relaxed you are the better. :)

Alison - posted on 06/29/2009

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Well, he hasn't had formula in 36 hours and his stools are for the most part normal, no diarrhea. So, I guess he dosn't agree with soy formula. I am in the process of boosting my supply, hopefully I will be successful. Thanks to everyone who helped!

Anna - posted on 06/28/2009

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It is certainly possible that your child may be having an intollerance/allergic reaction to the soy. Both my children were intollerant to milk, which they outgrew and allergic to soy. Reactions can vary (check w/ you pediatrician!) anything from vomiting, loose stools/diarhea (sp?), constipation, rashes, etc. If his stools have been extremely loose, I would call the pedi and even ask about the benefits of a probiotic to get the good flora back in his system, and to alleviate the diarhea. Also I used fenugreek and it worked great to replenish my supply. I was told to take 2-3 capsules w/ every meal, also I started on birth control and it depleted my supply, that is actually why I had to take the fenugreek in the first place. If you are committed to breastfeeding I would try to replenish your supply, your pediatrician or a lactation consultant can help you in this area, especially if you were allergic to something in what you previously took. Good Luck, hope everything works out!

Chelseaszidik - posted on 06/28/2009

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No Shatavari does not contain blessed thistle. Here are the ingredients:

Asparagus racemosus
Rice maltodextrin
Stearic acid (from vegetable oil)
Cellulose
Silicon dioxide
magnesium stearate (from vegetable oil)

My board certified lactation consultant has never met anyone who had an adverse reaction to shatavari the only complaint is that it can cause gas in the mother.

Alison - posted on 06/28/2009

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I attempted to boost my supply with fenugreek but it never seemed to work. So I tried to take blessed thistle with the fenugreek and I had a HORRIBLE reaction that ended with a trip to the ER. So is shatavari any relation to blessed thistle and where do you find it?



I do give him lots of ice water, no juice just yet. We live in the south so I thought maybe it could be dehydration also, but he does drink water.

Alissa - posted on 06/27/2009

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Stop giving him formula, continue breastfeeding on demand, whenever he feels hungry. Make sure to finish one side before offering the other. Your milk will adjust. Just be sure you are getting enough calories and drinking enough water.

Hillary - posted on 06/27/2009

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A fever (no matter how long it lasts) can often be a symptom of an allergic reaction. Soy formulas contain estrogen, so usually doctors recommend goat's milk or a sensitive formula instead of soy. He sounds like he is probably dehydrated. Breast milk is make up of more water than formula, and that transition from lots of water to 8 oz in a feeding can make quite a difference. Especially in the summer months, keep your son super hydrated, either with very watered down juice (2 oz juice, 6 oz water), water by itself (my daughter, 7 months, loves ice water), or pedialyte. Loose stools is a very clear sign of dehydration, so please make sure he's getting enough water.

Chelseaszidik - posted on 06/27/2009

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Allison another tip:

Give a few ounces of formula first and breastfeed after. This will ensure stimulation for you and make it clear that you are for food and not to just play with before getting a bottle.

Alison - posted on 06/27/2009

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I am still breastfeeding however ever since I restarted my period my supply seems to drop every time I ovulate. This happened to me with my first two, twins. They did fine with the formula and my Dr. recommended soy since I was breastfeeding. I would LOVE to still breastfeed only but my son seemed to still be hungry so that's why I started supplementing. I would pump but it doesn't seem to be as efficient and I don't get a lot of milk. If you have any suggestions to help my supply that would be GREAT!!!



He doesn't eat a lot of fruit and he doesn't drink juice yet.

Stina - posted on 06/27/2009

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Certainly try another formula. Ask your pediatritian about options. Maybe check out the breastfeeding mom's who supplement group...Someone there will probably have experienced this. I never tried soy formula with my first two and my 2 month old hasn't needed formula.

Chelseaszidik - posted on 06/27/2009

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I would highly suggest going back to brastfeeding. Why did you choose to transition to formula? I may be able to help you with issues that led you to make this transition.

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