Formula and Constipation.

Shawna - posted on 01/25/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I recently weaned my son almost two weeks ago from the breast to GoodStart formula. Ever since he's been straining and pushing making grunting noises. I don't know if hes trying to poop. He does have a poop once a day. It's not hard, or pellet like. Its still soft mushy. Sometimes he misses a day. Sometimes he seems like hes in discomfort. When he was breastfed, he'd have at least two bowel movements a day. Sooo, is could he be constipated? Is it the formula? Is there any other formula that doesn't cause constipation? He is on solids also. But just fruit, and carrots, and sweet potatos. I'm really concerned, but the doctor said as long,as its not hard. :( should I give him water? Change to a btter formula. Now I WISH I HAVEN'T WEANED HIM!

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Kathy - posted on 01/26/2011

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At six months, he can have apple juice, Water it down. He will love it! Also try diluting his formula a bit. If you are using powder, add an extra ounce of water to his bottle. This really helped both of my children.

Shawna - posted on 01/26/2011

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In A week he'll be six months. So I can give him diluted apple juice? He is a heavy fellow. 22 pounds. Thanks guys. I am thinking of switching milks, but I don't want another constipation issue, and have to keep switching. Yes they are not hard. They're soft, and mushy, but dark green.

Tiffany - posted on 01/26/2011

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If you do decide to try a little juice (apple is a good one) and you don't want him to have all that sugar, you can water it down considerably! This way he's still getting the juice just not as much sugar. Have you tried putting some Karo syrup in a water bottle for him. It needs to be the clear Karo, that's another thing we tried with my daughter. Doesn't have to be a lot either, just a tsp but that's an older remedy that I know my mother did with me and it helped!

Tiffany - posted on 01/26/2011

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We've had constipation issues with my daughters since birth and it took us almost a year and switching doctors to finally come to an understanding. Needless to say at 1st we switched her to a formula that wasn't iron based. Have you done this? I think we actually did a more expensive formula that was for colicky babies, less gasy because she was also colicky. Ultimately we had to put her on Soy, instead of milked based formula. She didn't have an intolerance to milk but with some children it's just too much for their system to handle. To this day she's still drinking soy milk and she's 2 but she's not having all the constipation issues. I hope this may of helped in some way! Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 01/26/2011

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formula is much harder than breast milk to digest, and can take extra effort on your sons part. as long as the poop is not hard, he is not constipated...his body just has to get used to putting extra effort into pooping and digesting.

i'm not a fan of giving juice to children, especially babies because there is very little nutritional value to it and it honestly does not sound to me like your son needs it. if he is uncomfortable, try bicycling his legs.

also, if you do regret weaning your son there is the always the option of relactation.
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/relact...

Louise - posted on 01/26/2011

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Two things cause constipation in babies one is not getting enough fluid in the diet and the other is changing milk. I tried all the milks out on the market as my daughter did suffer with this. It was the health visitor that advised I gave her 100% organic apple juice diluted with cooled boiled water. This acts in two ways it provides fluid and a natural sugar which is a laxative to a baby and it worked within 12 hours. My daughter loves apple juice and as she got older I reduced the amount it was watered down with. Start at 1 part apple juice to 4 parts water and see if that has an affect. Always offer the juice after a solid meal and not before a bottle feed. I hope this helps!

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