Can anyone offer some advice on a good formula for a very gassy baby?

User - posted on 08/24/2011 ( 38 moms have responded )

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Charlotte is now almost 3 months old. At first she was on Similac Advance but her gas was terrible, so we moved her to Similac Sensitive and it worked for a while. Since she came home from the hospital she's pretty much been sleeping through the night (I know, I know....lucky me!) but in the last week or so she's been waking up in the middle of the night with terrible gas. And she has it all day too. The poor little thing just whimpers and grunts trying to pass the gas. We've got her on Mylicon drops and using Dr. Brown's bottles but nothing is helping. I'm thinking of switching formulas. Any advice??

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Sarah - posted on 08/25/2011

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This is in response to "I would choose homemade or purchased soymilk or almond milk. Most formulas have additives with un-pronouncable names (at least they used to have). If you can't pronounce it, why put it in anyone's body?" Vitamin B5 is called "Cyanocobalamin" on the list of ingredients of baby formula. This is a very important nutrient, and several vitamins and minerals have different scientific names than we know them by. These are "Generally Recognized as Safe" (GRAS). Please - NEVER feed your infant soy milk or almond milk; these do not have the right vitamins or nutrients for a growing infant. A child cannot thrive on soy milk or almond milk.

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Bernice - posted on 11/08/2015

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Yes, I have a solution to solve your problem. Babies magic tea is the natural way to treat tummy gas and colic in newborns.

Alexandra - posted on 08/30/2011

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mine had that problem and she is eating enfamil gentlease. similad advance was no good and sensitive either. we also use gas-x, milicon is the same but much more expensive, and we use gripe water. she also might have some reflux, should you probably consult with the doctor. many times the gas is related to reflux and they need a small amount of medicine to help them these first few months of life.

Keri - posted on 08/29/2011

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It may take some experimentation before you find you find the right formula. I would stick with the Similac brand before switching brands, but be prepared to try another brand too. I agree it might help to talk to your doctor. It may be a milk issue and you might need a soy formula or even one of the hydrolyzed protein ones.

Magaly - posted on 08/28/2011

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We only used Gerber Goodstart Protect and had great success. Our baby had no issues digesting it so we didn't try anything else. I have heard that Similac and Infamil are harsh for babies to digest.

User - posted on 08/26/2011

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Thanks Ladies. I've gotten her on Goodstart, it's been two days now and she's doing well. Strange poop though, it comes out dark green and soft but still more squishy unlike on Similac where it was almost liquid like. She seems far less miserable and she's sleeping again!! Thank goodness.

Joycelyn - posted on 08/26/2011

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You do need to chnage the milk. It will not be easy but more than likely you will come up with one that is easy on the tummy. You wil have to try them until you rech he righ one. More than likely it will be one wih soy in it!

Danielle - posted on 08/26/2011

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When my son was little he was on Similac Advanced liquid. He wasn't gassy at all. He wasn't on the powder at all. I think that is the main problem.

Tania - posted on 08/26/2011

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I.m not really sure why she isn't breastfeeding is anyones business anyway.

Laura - posted on 08/26/2011

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We started with Enfamil Newborn then moved to Enfamil Gentlease, but found that the generic Sam's Club brand, Member's Mark Gentle, is the same nutrition but broken down even more for my babie's sensative tummy. She spits up with the name brand but has no issues with the generic. Even better, it costs half as much. You will pay for your Sam's membership with the money savings in formula in just a couple of months.

Sarah - posted on 08/25/2011

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I also used Good Start and had great results, I also noticed when I pumped the consistancy was the same as the Good Start, very hard to tell them apart in the bottles.

Julia - posted on 08/25/2011

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I would try soy formula (Similac makes a good one) instead of regular. Perhaps she can't tolerate dairy.

Connie - posted on 08/25/2011

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Irevious posts and I agree the Similac Alimentum is WONDERFUL. It is more expensive but it was SO worth it! We learned that we could use it for every other bottle to save money and it still showed good results. i could not produce milk so we had no choice but to do formulas. Best of luck to you and Bless you for asking for advice! You are a good mom. :) Also, look for coupons to help with the cost and ask your pediatrician for free samples. Ours gave us bags of samples! It was great!

Anselm - posted on 08/25/2011

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enfamil gentle ease, try gripe water that helps, gerber good start is usually good too

Debi - posted on 08/25/2011

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Enfamil Lipil was the onlyformula I used for my daughter. the powder is not sticky like the others, it is more free flowing. Never had a gas issue. Also, I used the playtex disposable liner bottles. You can actualy squeeze all of the air out by pushing onthe liner from the bottom If there is NO AIR inthe bottle to begin with, she cannot be swallowing any extra. The liner collapses as she drinks so no air has a chance to get in either!

Maureen - posted on 08/25/2011

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soy or almond milk wont be nutrient dense enough. however, there are recipes for doing goat milk or soy milk home made formulas where you add the good stuff. WAY better than the commercial stuff and much easier for a NB to digest

Sarah - posted on 08/25/2011

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Just to clarify, I was pointing out that feeding almond milk or soy milk (not formula) to an *infant* is dangerous, just fyi. I wasn't saying that feeding them almond or soy milk once they are eating solid foods is not okay.

Miranda - posted on 08/25/2011

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I used the Parents Choice Soy from walmart. I too was unable to produce breast milk. (((HUGS))) I know how hard it is when it may have been something you want to do but cant. Especially when people rudely ask why you arent. It really isnt their business. Any ways once we found out I wanst making but an ounce at a time we tired so many different kinds. Even the $40 almentuim (husband called it allfancyucks). I remembered my sisters children having to go to soy instead of cows milk once they were done breast feeding. So I mentioned it to my ped. He said give it a try and they both have been on soy ever since. Once off the formula we kept on using the Costco Soymilk. They can have some dairy but straight milk upsets their tummies so bad. I found out that it caused me problem too. Give it a shot, I know there are lots of controversy with soy. However if you want baby to feel better try everything you can. I hope she feels better soon and you can rest easy.

Melissa - posted on 08/25/2011

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That happened with my son and I ended up using the Similac Soy... it helped but it will also make them a little constipated. Just give them 1tsp of the dark karo syrup (located by the syrup at the grocery store) once a day and that should help. When I had my second, I was told to go straight to the soy again because typically if one child needs it, then the second one will probably need it as well. Good luck!!

Laurie - posted on 08/25/2011

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Not really sure if I would go soy, especially if you have a boy. Soy has been linked to estrogen levels. That's why women take soy supplements during menopause. Talk to your pediatrician first. I know what you are going through. There is never a cut and dry answer to the formula question.

Jeaneen - posted on 08/25/2011

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My daughter had stomach problems also and we finally switched her to Similac alumentum formula. Its pretty expensive but it really helped her stomach.

Liz - posted on 08/25/2011

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Good Start Alsoy was my salvation! Even though my son was not lactose intolerant it was the best. I used the Playtex bottles with the plastic inserts. Bottles are so advanced these days I don't the type of bottle really matters.

Heather - posted on 08/25/2011

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Another vote for Good Start. I stopped BF at 4 months and DD always had issues spitting up and crying etc. They told me that maybe she was lactose intolerant, then prescribed Prevacid...it was a long road. I had great luck with Good Start and Dr. Brown's bottles (reduces air in bottle) - ALSO - don't change formulas too often. That can cause upsets too. Try whatever brand you are using for at least 2 weeks before switching. Good luck!

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My children always fared better on Nestle's Good Start than on any Similac product. I think it has to do with the claim that the proteins are already broken down (or partially so). Avent bottles and, especially, the bottles that use a disposable bag are good at minimizing gas. The bag empties as the baby drinks so there's no extra air in there. My kids were allergic to soy formulas. When my oldest couldn't tolerate any formula, even the expensive Alimentum - I didn't try Good Start on him b/c I had discovered it yet, so I don't know if it would've helped him - I ended up giving him evaporated goat's milk. It is said that goat's milk is closest to human breast milk, and the pediatrician supported the use of goat's milk. He's now 13 and healthy. (For those of you who'd wonder why I didn't BF, I didn't produce. For my youngest I was determined to only BF, but he was literally undernourished and the pediatrician - a BF advocate - told me to give in and give him formula.)

Jessica - posted on 08/25/2011

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My son had acid reflux so I had to take him to a gp, they said to use avent bottles and similac alimentum. This worked which was agreat after switching 5 times and having to stop breast feeding. Good luck

Kirsty - posted on 08/25/2011

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absolutely agree with shelley - if someone asks advice on a good formula, it is nobody's business to ask questions about why they are not breastfeeding - that is not the issue being discussed. My friend had to have a double mastectomy, can you imagine how she would have felt if someone had said "I hope it wasn't because you were afraid of sagging breasts". Don't judge, we're surely on here to support one another?

Btw, I found Aptamil to be the best, it apparently is closest to breast milk.

Lynnielle - posted on 08/24/2011

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That sounds like the same thing my son was going through. He will be 3 months at the end of this month. We switched his formula a few times and every time he seemed to be better for a few days, but the gas returned just as bad. I finally switched him to Similac Soy ready-to-feed and he has done fantastic. I have been able to take him off the Mylicon drops and also Zantac. Hope some of the advice helps! Good luck.

Stephanie - posted on 08/24/2011

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My daughter had the same issues when I did give her formula I gave soy. After she turned 1 and could give milk she did fine with whole but before she turned 1 her tummy couldn't handle the dairy. I think most brands a pretty much the same and to save $ I used the target brand.

Shelley - posted on 08/24/2011

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Some people are just not able to breastfeed, & should not be looked down on for not being able to. Plus it is a personal choice. So many women are made to feel bad because they can't/don't breastfeed & that is very sad!

Shelley - posted on 08/24/2011

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I would try Nutramigin. It is very expensive, but very worth it. It is a hypo allergenic formula & it was like night & day for my daughter.

Heather - posted on 08/24/2011

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we used lactose free. My daughter had aweful pain and u just wanna cry. within 24 hrs she was back to her happy self. she is now 4 and she is not lactose intolerent. I just think the formula is just to much for babies. hope this works.

User - posted on 08/24/2011

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I'm not breastfeeding bc I had issues with my milk coming in. My GP tells me that she doesn't recommend a certain kind, just to try a few and see what works for my child since every child is different. I had a can of Goodstart that had been sent to me as a sample. I've fed her two times on this now and it already seems to be working. Overnight tonight will be the test, let's see if she wakes up with the terrible gas as she has for the last week.

Audrey - posted on 08/24/2011

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My grandaughters had to be put on lactose free milk because of this..You get given S.M.A. L.F. from your doctor by prescription or you can buy it yourself at a few chemists Asda being 1 of them..

Ivy - posted on 08/24/2011

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My son (4 mths) is also a gassy baby and he is totally breast feed. But I agree with the others if you are concerned to see your GP.

My - posted on 08/24/2011

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Good Start is the best. I had my daughter on 3 other before it and had no problems after the switch. We used the liquid because it was much more gentle and she really liked it.

Louise - posted on 08/24/2011

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Go to the GP and get Gaviscon powder for each bottle. This is good stuff and stops the wind and stomach pain fast. My daughter was a different baby on this. Don't let her suffer unnecessarily just a small amount of powder stops all her discomfort fast.

Brianna - posted on 08/24/2011

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my daughter was a very gassy baby i found the best formula was good start

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