Whats best to help with a constipated 2 1/2 week old who rarely poops? She eats breast milk and form

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Kyla - posted on 06/21/2009

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Hi, I'm a pediatrician and a new mom. DO NOT add extra water to the formula. Babies, especially young ones, are unable to handle free water like older kids and adults. The formula is probably what is adding to her constipation. If you can, give her half formula and half breast milk with every feed, that way she is always getting breastmilk and this will help break down the formula and digest it easier. Also if she hasn't pooped at all in a couple of days and looks uncomfortable, you can give her 1oz of pear juice. Don't give more than 2 oz/day. Try those things and I hope that your situation improves.

Tamara - posted on 06/21/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

isnt it her choice to do so Tamara? maybe she is using formula to get more sleep during the night


Considering there is no scientific evidence showing the early introduction of formula or solids increases the length of sleep periods at night, there is no reason to use it to "get more sleep."

Ruth - posted on 06/23/2009

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Quoting Melissa:



Quoting Ruth:




Quoting Melissa:

isnt it her choice to do so Tamara? maybe she is using formula to get more sleep during the night








Hi Melissa. The thing about choices is that where your kids are concerned, you have to make the RIGHT choice - and that means for your child.








Yes, it's her choice to supplement her child's diet with formula, but if that means her child is then constipated, it's not the RIGHT choice, is it?








I know I'd never give my child the pain and discomfort of constipation, just so that I could some more sleep.








We all of have choices. My step-son's mother CHOSE to drink alcohol and smoke throughout her pregnancy with him. She then gave birth to a 4lb baby with facial dysmorphia and mental retardation - but that was her CHOICE. Just obviously, not the RIGHT one.








I know your child was premamture and struggled to gain weight but you have to remember that your case is the EXCEPTION, rather than the rule. The vast majority of children gain weight easily with breast milk and find it easier to digest than formula. I'll be willing to put money on the formula constipating this child and therefore, to remedy it, the obvious answer is the get rid of the formula.








If there is no medical reason for not breastfeeding, then you should breastfeed as this is the best thing that a mother can do for her baby. It is scientifically backed up time and time again with research.









 






well if my baby had constipation that i coudlnt fix and if she was only on formula due to not sleeping thru the night i admit i wouldnt do it, but  i have seen so many mums say thier babies are underweight and had to go onto formula and i know they feed the premmies with formula they tell me this. mine was full term so mine started about BF, but soon had to go to formula due to losing weight and she gained 90 grams over night, so it is amazing what formula does for a baby thats why i struggle to not write back when i see people right that breast fed babies gain more weight.






 






i know that my daughters dietitian seemed to have no sympathy and not care that she had to put up with constipation for 11 and a half months, just because they wanted to have her on formula with extra scoops added. but even on normal calorie formula she was constipated and half the time i refused to add the extra scoops. i do personally believe thats its better to breast and formula feed, just because it does allow the baby to gain a nice amount of weight and meet thier milestones quicker, but alot of people so prefer to BF and if your child is able to do so and gaining weight that is just fine and a great choice i respect that and i definately look up to those who can get up and do every single feed and can put up with the sore and bleeding nipples, can put up with the costant feeds and having a hungry baby, i do applaud those women thats great but its not for me and its not for many others out there. they plan on BF-ing then they do it and they soon realise alot of babies need to be suplemented with formula. its just a fact and an unfortunate one for some.





I'm sorry, are you saying that breastfed babies don't hit their milestones on time? I don't know which milestones you refer to, but ANY milestone is just a rough guide. You can't let them rule how you look after your child. All healthy babies, as long as they are being fed, will gain enough weight and grow up into healthy adults. As an example, my step-son is constantly on the 0.4 percentile for his weight. Sometimes below, sometimes above. But he is small all over and doesn't eat a lot. However, he is VERY active, has loads of energy and DOES grow in height. Now, we could worry that he isn't on the average percentile but the fact  is that he IS growing, DOES have lots of energy and IS developing at his own pace.



Also, you appear to be misimformed about some aspects of breastfeeding. Yes, at first, you have to feed on demand, but nobody said that being a mother was easy. To think that you are constantly feeding for the entire duration of the first 6 months is incorrect. It's also incorrect to assume that a breastfed baby is constantly hungry - they're not. I certainly wouldn't consider giving a baby refined, processed cow's milk just so that he would go longer between feeds - again, this is what you prefer, not what is best for a baby, and I would always do what was best for my baby, not what's more convenient for me.



Another thing, I don't think the potential for sore/cracked nipples is enough to stop me brestfeeding. If you are unfortunate enough to suffer from this condition, then it is only temporary and I feel not a good enough reason in itself not to breastfeed.



Lastly, "they soon realise a lot of babies need to be supplemented with formula". What do you mean by a lot? Do you mean some? I'm no doctor, but the way I look at it, women have been feeding babies for thousands of years without the option of formula so I don't understand this 'need' that you refer to. There should never be a rush to add excess calories to a baby's diet just so that the dot on the percentile graph is where you want it to be.



Obviously, like I said before, if there is a medical reason why you have to feed formula to a baby, then who am I to argue? But the the argument 'it's my choice' doesn't really hold a lot of water for me.



Anyway, I think we've gotten a bit off the beaten track with this one! Peace and love to you Melissa - I really mean that. I know you have good intentions.

Guggie - posted on 06/23/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

*sigh* just because you personally believe something Guggie does not make it right and like i said the docs know plenty more. formula babies gain more weight. fact! i cant imagine where my little on would be today if it was not for formula. anyway not going to argue the point you are welcome to your opinion. i appreciate the comment about the pic. she was using her daddys tooth brush the other day with her carer :)


That's a move you make a lot, and in a way it's a very smart move. Once you label something an opinion, you can shut down dialogue.



 



I'm not going to die on a hill b/c you are struggling w/ an understanding of anatomy and physiology and also some underlying issue causing severe, public cognitive dissonance. I have been very good at ignoring and not responding to any of your replies since the last time we 'talked.'



 



But seeing as how this is a public forum and there are other people involved, I definitely feel motivated to speak up on this thread b/c water intoxication IS a danger. That is NOT opinion. Formula does have side effects. People DO deserve a chance to learn about options and to make informed choices.



 

Alishaheen - posted on 10/05/2012

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try not to give any formula and only breast feed she will poop regularly or consult ur pediatrician,,,,,,,,,

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Francine - posted on 10/04/2012

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Hi there, this is my son's problem ever since. My solution is to let him eat PAPAYA fruit once a day..it works like wonders!

Zoya - posted on 08/15/2012

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Hi Holly, I understand. My milk didn't come in until day 3 and my baby had lost nearly a pound also(having been born 3.5 weeks premature at 6.5 lbs and then dropped below 6 lbs). Before my milk came in, I was worried because whenever I would pump, there would only be a few drops in the bottle and we would feed her those through the SNS(tiny tube taped to a finger, which was the most like a human nipple), after she would try to nurse. It was very frustrating and I was worried after she had lost more than 10% of her body weight. I was so close to supplementing with formula, but had a good lactation consultant who told me that it was normal for the milk to take 3-5 days to come in and that nature designed colostrum to be enough until then. Who knows, maybe if my milk had not come in when it did, I might have tried supplementing, too. But I'm glad that it came in. The first 6 weeks of nursing were VERY difficult between the tiny baby trying to latch on to big out of control milk jugs and my soreness and bleeding. But I'm glad we stuck it out because it did get easier and easier until it was downright great. She nursed until she weaned herself well after her 2nd birthday. I wish it would work out that way for all moms.

Alina - posted on 08/15/2012

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Hey Stephanie, I had the same problem with my son at 2 months. I first fed him with breast milk than i didnt have enough so i switched to formula. and that made him constipate. I took him to the hospital and the doctor stuck his pinky in his tiny butt and he pooped. Then I went to a different doctor and she told me to give him a bottle of 4oz baby apple juice once a day. And he pooped the next day:) hope that helps

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Quoting Zoya:

What is the reason for supplementing with formula? Many new moms worry that they are not producing enough milk. Supplementing with formula may make that come true. When my baby was newborn, I had the same concern--that she wasn't getting enough from me because she would always fall asleep after nursing 4-6 min. Her pediatrician would weigh her and assure me she was gaining weight appropriately. The more your nurse, the more your breasts know to make, so I would advise tapering off the formula and having a goal to stop formula in a couple of weeks. Our milk makes nutrients science hasn't even discovered yet, much less figured out how to replicate.

Also, our baby would go through periods of not pooping(can I say that?) and we would call the pediatric advice nurse. We were always told that, as long as the baby does not seem extra fussy, uncomfortable and no fever, then we should not worry. Apparently, they sometimes use everything that goes in and there's not enough to go.
This is going to sound ridiculous, but, at around 6 and a half months, she went 13 days without going. By then we knew she might only go every 2-4 days and that was normal for that age, but on day 4, I called the nurse and got her schpiel. I was one the phone with them every day and they kept telling me as long as the baby seems comfortable and no fever, not to worry. I was surprised they didn't want to have her come in, just in case. On day 14, she went big time. We were very relieved!


Some women do need to supplement with formula because they are not making enough milk due to medical problems.  When my baby was two days old he would not stop crying, at the hospital it was discovered that I was not producing enough milk.  He had already lost 1 pound and was becoming dehydrated.  I had to supplement.  I did keep trying and for four months pumped every 2-4 hours, including the middle of the night, and never totaled more than 4 oz of breast milk a day.  Generally I only got about 2 oz  the entire day.  It seemed pointless but I wanted so badly for him to get breast milk that I put alot of effort into getting him what little I could.  I'm just sharing this because it seems very difficult for women to understand that some of us are truly not blessed with an abundance of milk and we have to work with the options we have.  And while I do believe that breast milk is better if it is possible, my son's main supply of nutrition was from formula, and he is very healthy, in 15 months has only had one slight cold and one low fever. 

Heather - posted on 07/02/2009

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I always watered down prune juice. My son got constipated a lot and this always helped.

Niki - posted on 07/01/2009

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I WOULD NOT THIN THE FORMULA WITH WATER, It is the formula that is probably making the baby constipated. If you don't have to supplem,ent with formula don't. Just use breast milk. Pump if you have to.

Laurie - posted on 06/30/2009

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my son started having constipation problems at 5 weeks of age. I added prune juice to his formula twice a day to help him stay regular. I would add about a tablespoon, you want it to be the color of very light coffee. We had to continue doing this until he was old enough to add apple sauce/fruit to his diet. I started doing this at the recommendation of my Dr. It is easy on their belly, and it gives them immediate pain relief if they haven't gone in awhile , like when you first try to regulate them. Good luck!

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my baby boy could only have lactosefree formula plus I breastfed him. When he turned

one he had only goat's milk very diluted, it is very rich, we used the concentrated cans

and it makes a lot of formula! He is 8 now and very healthy!! He drank only goat's milk

until he was 5 and now he drinks mostly soy, just seem to have lactose intolerance, he

can have some cheese & ice cream, but not a lot...

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my baby boy could only have lactosefree formula plus I breastfed him. When he turned

one he had only goat's milk very diluted, it is very rich, we used the concentrated cans

and it makes a lot of formula! He is 8 now and very healthy!! He drank only goat's milk

until he was 5 and now he drinks mostly soy, just seem to have lactose intolerance, he

can have some cheese & ice cream, but not a lot...

Jenn - posted on 06/29/2009

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We used Gentlease A+ by Enfamil for our little girl. I highly recommend it. Our little girl only pooped about once a week prior to us switching...once we did, she was able to go every 2-3 days so we watered that down a lttile bit and she started pooping everyday. Good luck! PS: You can get coupons if you register at their website.

Kerry - posted on 06/29/2009

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hon i had the same thing - mine now 9 months old. she had 1 poss 2 bottles a day the rest was breast. Dont panic - it is norm for this to happen then they are prodominanly breat fed. Breast milk is so nutrious that there is a small amount of waste if any at all - hense no poo!!!! We were under specialist the lot and that what it. Email me is u need more info - kerrycoe @ hotmail .co.uk

Diana - posted on 06/29/2009

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Talk to ur doctor our grandaughter had the same problem and they eventually gave her a laxitve. it ahd been going on since she was born, she's seven and a half mnths now and the doctor only gave our daughter something a few weeks ago.

Kim - posted on 06/29/2009

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It is the formula. If you are using a formula with extra iron it will only make it worse. I used soy formula with my son when he had to have formula and that helped!!

Amanda - posted on 06/29/2009

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A breastfed infant may ontly poop one time a week. Constipation is hard pellet poops and they will cry when they poop. If your infant is truly constipated you can had 1 tsp of dark karo syrup to a bottle twice a day. Good luck

Auxilia - posted on 06/29/2009

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i agree that formular should never be overdiluted, i too have the same problem with my 3 week old, my doctor recommended i give her liquid paraffin for 2 weeks, it has improved the situation but am not sure if all will be well when i stop giving her the same. somebody please help

Zoya - posted on 06/28/2009

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I'm seeing a lot of talk about food allergies...our daughter had huge, monumental spit ups--what looked like more than she ate. Mylicon didn't help--Keeping her upright didn't help--nothing we tried helped.
She was entirely breastfed.
I went through the process of cutting out all of the foods the doctor said to cut out for two weeks(dairy, citrus, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower) and it kept going. After 4 weeks of tweaking my diet, there was no change. Then I noticed she wouldn't throw up when fed in a sling/carrier, where she was more upright. Up to that point, I had been nursing her either laying next to her on the bed or using the Boppy and, in both cases she was laying flat. Once I noticed this, I started feeding her on an incline or more seated and no more problems.
I'm glad we figured this out because the next step was trying medicine for reflux and it would have been for nothing.

Zoya - posted on 06/28/2009

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What is the reason for supplementing with formula? Many new moms worry that they are not producing enough milk. Supplementing with formula may make that come true. When my baby was newborn, I had the same concern--that she wasn't getting enough from me because she would always fall asleep after nursing 4-6 min. Her pediatrician would weigh her and assure me she was gaining weight appropriately. The more your nurse, the more your breasts know to make, so I would advise tapering off the formula and having a goal to stop formula in a couple of weeks. Our milk makes nutrients science hasn't even discovered yet, much less figured out how to replicate.



Also, our baby would go through periods of not pooping(can I say that?) and we would call the pediatric advice nurse. We were always told that, as long as the baby does not seem extra fussy, uncomfortable and no fever, then we should not worry. Apparently, they sometimes use everything that goes in and there's not enough to go.

This is going to sound ridiculous, but, at around 6 and a half months, she went 13 days without going. By then we knew she might only go every 2-4 days and that was normal for that age, but on day 4, I called the nurse and got her schpiel. I was one the phone with them every day and they kept telling me as long as the baby seems comfortable and no fever, not to worry. I was surprised they didn't want to have her come in, just in case. On day 14, she went big time. We were very relieved!

Fonny - posted on 06/28/2009

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water down prune juice. You can get it in the baby section at walmart. equal parts juice to equal parts water. Its called apple prune juice. my girl had a terrible time with constipation when we started formula. of course she was older so I could also feed her prunes, veggies and fruits puree to help with it. Also at her age you might just go with plain water in a bottle periodically throughout the day in between feedings.

Good luck.

Rebecca - posted on 06/28/2009

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Ok...so I see there are alot of people who believe breastfeeding is the only way or to not supplement blah blah blah. Supplementing formula while breastfeeding is OK, I did it with both of my girls because I wasn't producing enough breast milk at first. Yes I know the only way to produce more is to attach the baby more but guess what...sometimes it takes longer for others. Secondly, BOTH breast milk and formula will make a baby gain weight. My daughter who is now solely formula fed...gains her normal weight, while my niece who is solely breastfed is 4 months old and the size of a 7 month old. So...does it matter which you do?? NO! As far as constipation for the baby, if you are breastfeeding eat more fiber or sugar, as both will be sent to the baby and help with their bowels. If you are formula feeding or supplementing...warm baths, tummy massages, Mylicon drops (yes they are for gas but they help with the pooping as well!), and as LAST resort juices and karo syrup. Babies tummy's are not yet mature enough to handle much of the juices and karo syrup.

Rebecca - posted on 06/28/2009

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Ok...so I see there are alot of people who believe breastfeeding is the only way or to not supplement blah blah blah. Supplementing formula while breastfeeding is OK, I did it with both of my girls because I wasn't producing enough breast milk at first. Yes I know the only way to produce more is to attach the baby more but guess what...sometimes it takes longer for others. Secondly, BOTH breast milk and formula will make a baby gain weight. My daughter who is now solely formula fed...gains her normal weight, while my niece who is solely breastfed is 4 months old and the size of a 7 month old. So...does it matter which you do?? NO! As far as constipation for the baby, if you are breastfeeding eat more fiber or sugar, as both will be sent to the baby and help with their bowels. If you are formula feeding or supplementing...warm baths, tummy massages, Mylicon drops (yes they are for gas but they help with the pooping as well!), and as LAST resort juices and karo syrup. Babies tummy's are not yet mature enough to handle much of the juices and karo syrup.

Julie - posted on 06/27/2009

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I agree, cooled boiled water may help. I've breastfed and bottlefed my 2 sons and it was my understanding that you need to give them a bit of water if being bottlefed as babies tend to get a little constipated having fromula. I breastfed my first son to 10 months and he didnt have a problem. With my second son, I was only able to breastfeed till he was 4 months and a few times he's been a bit constipated. Cooled boiled water seemed to clear the problem.

Elizabeth - posted on 06/27/2009

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they do not miss meals if they have water my son never missed abottle and he loved his water and he had no trouble pooing either

Elizabeth - posted on 06/27/2009

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boiled water nothing in it will hellp with this i did it for my son also when babies have formular they need water to stop dehydration hope this help

Leslie - posted on 06/27/2009

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I had two granddaughters who were constipated from the start also, both bottle fed. The doctors kept telling my daughter that they were purposely holding it in cause it hurt, which I do NOT see how that can be true with an infant! They both learned later on that it would hurt and did hold it in, but doctors only told my daughter to give them Miralax. After a few years of watching our kids go through torture, they finally out grew it and are doing fine. We later learned that the father's family had some generic disorder involving this subject!

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Our son was constipated from birth for almost 2 months straight. He was in a lot of pain so the doctors gave him a biopsy of his anus which turned out normal so we were told to give him laxatives as necessary. But please talk to your doctor first.

Alison - posted on 06/27/2009

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Stop the formula (if you can) it is probably what is causing the constipation. Never dilute formula with more water it is very dangerous for children of any age 1 week or 7 months

Magan - posted on 06/27/2009

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Quoting Kaeleen:

My son had the same problem. I gave him about 1/2 tsp. light karo corn syrup in his bottle (he was older than 2 1/2 weeks) and it helped him alot. Also, sit baby in a warm bath. That always seemed to help too.



Im glad Im not the only one who did this! I did it from day 1 really, but I always used the dark syrup. Dont really know why, guess I didnt really have a reason for gettin the dark over the light, but it worked!

Magan - posted on 06/27/2009

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I dont know how you feel about old wives tales, but my Grannie told me to always put Karo syrup in my sons bottle. I always used the dark syrup, prob 1-2 tablespoons. My son loved the sweetness and I avoided having to give him meds, and he was never constipated. So maybe it could work for you. Good luck! Hope you are able to work it out!

Amanda - posted on 06/27/2009

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Dont dilute your formula. substitute prune juice. one ounce instead of water before you add formula. i have the same problem with my son who is nearly the same age. my doc also told me to use the suppository. for kids aged two to six but is ok for newborns too. just hurry up and put a diaper on cause its immediate. oh and only do the prune juice once a day.

Fiona - posted on 06/27/2009

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Our first son had the same problem. We where told by health nurse and pediatricians to give the baby brown sugar in cooled boiled water. To keep increasing the strength of the brown sugar in the water until the baby goes. We where also told that it is not unusual for a baby not to poo for up to 4 days. After that you need to take them to a doctor. Hope this helps

Fiona - posted on 06/27/2009

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Our first son had the same problem. We where told by health nurse and pediatricians to give the baby brown sugar in cooled boiled water. To keep increasing the strength of the brown sugar in the water until the baby goes. We where also told that it is not unusual for a baby not to poo for up to 4 days. After that you need to take them to a doctor. Hope this helps

Sue - posted on 06/26/2009

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I disagree with what one previous reply says. You should not add more water to formula, your doctor will tell you the same thing. Your baby will be getting full of off the water, and not getting the nutrients he/she needs. One thing you should consider is a milk allergy. My daughter is lactose intolerant and no one presented that option to me until she was two. Up until that point, she was having trouble (ALOT) with constipation, so try taking out foods that are made with dairy products from your diet, and try soy formula. But, just like introducing new foods, try one thing at a time. Then you will know what is affecting your baby. And as always, see your doctor and let him know that you're concerned about your baby. Good luck, I hope this helped!

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I used to try taking a rectal temperature and that did not seem to work for us. Then I gave him a warm bath afterwards one morning and that did the trick. I had to actually clean out his tub and start over three times because he just kept pooping in it. Then I had to start bathing him at night because as soon as he hit the warm water in the morning he would instantly poop. I don't know if something this simple would work for you but good luck!

Alicia - posted on 06/26/2009

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Your daughter is still very tiny, you have to be very careful what you give to her because it could cause many other issues. There are alot of tricks you can due to cure constipation, however in a baby so young i wouldn't recommend any of them. Except for taking a rectal thermomator and taking her tempature, that should trigger a movement. If not i would definately contact your ped., it's very likely the formula is not agreeing with her system and she probably needs to be switched, my daughter went through many formula's in the beginning due to allergies. She's now 1 1/2

Patricia - posted on 06/26/2009

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That's correct because da formula already contains water and breast is the original deal i was told more water at that age causes the baby to miss a meal and he/she doesn't get the require nutrients need. But check w/ dr. and get the okay first.

Patricia - posted on 06/26/2009

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Well i had that problems with my 2 of my sons and the dr. told me it was what i was eating that keep them constipated and also they were on formula and you may have to have the formula change and change your eating habits. i ate a lot of diary products which i loved and not enough fruit n vegetables. but the had to be on prosobe milk make a call to the baby's doc to see if that may be the problem. Good luck and God bless!

Nuraini - posted on 06/26/2009

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since yr baby is below 1 month, it is strongly advised not to take any medication therefore give baby more water. mummy pls take more healthy food ;)

Tina - posted on 06/26/2009

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Make sure you're not buying the formula with high iron this will cause the problem, your body already has iron and it might be to much for your little one to handle

Toni - posted on 06/26/2009

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It's the iron in the formula.

I had the same problem with my son. The doctor said to give him sugar water for a week but all that did was keep him awake! Then the doctor said use soy but all that did was make him vomit. The doctor said that it wasn't the iron and told me I was worring about nothing.

Finally after 2 weeks I remembered the hospital nurse telling me that the formula had too much iron and to switch to Carnation Good Start.

It only took 24 hours for the Good Start to work!

At 7 months old I tried the next step for Carnations but it had more iron and he was constipated again so switched back and was good again.

I know advise is good but always go by your gut. You're the mom and know what is best...who cares if you haven't had any sleep and your emotions are on a rollercoaster! Doctors and family can really bully new moms! Be strong.

Megan - posted on 06/26/2009

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its probably the formula my daughter had to have soy formula because the regular formula was causing her to have very bad constipation.

Michelle - posted on 06/26/2009

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Its questionable, but I always gave my son Karo syrup (at this age) just a dab 1/4 tsp give or take in formula once a day will work. I also did it with my grand daughter and my sister who is a paramedic does it with her grandchildren. Not to mention my mom with all four of us.

Kerri - posted on 06/26/2009

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Can you offer more breastmilk? That's the best solution since it's the best food. The formula you are using is likely iron-fortified (causes constipation). Maybe a tiny amount (1 tsp) of Karo Syrup to the formula mixture. I relacted with my first child so I went from nursing to formula and then back.

Kim - posted on 06/26/2009

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Watered down apple juice and try to find a low iron formula. The iron is what does it. Good luck.

Kayleigh - posted on 06/26/2009

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hey elouise my little one used to suffer too, my hv told me to use fresh apple juice only a little bit though, but i would ask ur hv first.... but some boiled water might help also

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Breastfed babies sometimes go a couple days between poops. If it is hard when it comes out, or you feel that it is not just from the breastmilk, there is a wonderful, natural product available that is called Peter Gillihams (may have spelling wrong, but it's close), Baby Calm. I have used this product for years, and highly recommend it over any other chemical product for releiving constipation.

Kaeleen - posted on 06/25/2009

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My son had the same problem. I gave him about 1/2 tsp. light karo corn syrup in his bottle (he was older than 2 1/2 weeks) and it helped him alot. Also, sit baby in a warm bath. That always seemed to help too.

C - posted on 06/25/2009

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try just plain water. But NOT TAP-WATER!!! filtered or bottled water. but dont stop breastfeeding! it maybe Nothing at all to worry about so dont freak-out or anything my son had constipation issues at that age too. and once he was about 8months old he goes AtLeast once a day! but if u do worry & do decide to give your baby water call the PEDIATRITON! their Nurse can advise you the BEST and ALWAYS inform the doctor of Any change you do in feedings and of any changes with your baby!!!!!

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