Any suggestions on the best formula for constipation?

April - posted on 02/22/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )

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If your baby had constipation issues, what formula worked best for him/her? I'm breastfeeding but needing to supplement and my 4 1/2 month old is suddenly constipated and very fussy about it. :(

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DEBBIE - posted on 02/25/2010

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I had the same issue when Jaeden was a newborn. I was supplementing with Enfamil with iron which was recommended by then peds. doctor. He was suddenly constipated and I was trying all kinds of remedies...baby suppositories, kayro syrup (lite), nothing work long enough for me.. It seemed like I was at my wits and his doctor only suggested switching to the non iron version -- still no relief for him or me. I was at my wits end when I was in the supermarket buying formula and I saw Nestle' Good Start Soy with Iron. Later that night I went home a went to the Nestle website and researched the formulas and was pleased with the fact that Good Start has ingrediants that aid in better digestion for babies. I tried it on Jaeden and he has been regular every since.

Danielle - posted on 04/20/2012

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I was so frutrated with trying different formulas for the first 3 months of my little girls life

(was not able to breast feed due to medical history). So after looking on the net and asking other moms I my baby was still having horrible pains, then to pass a very hard stool we went to a specialized pediatrician he told me to start her right away on Nestlé Good Start. It worked wonders. It is the one in the green can and has natural probiotics to help ur baby have good flora in their bowls. I would recommend this to any person with a young baby.

Angela - posted on 02/25/2010

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I used gental ease with lipal for my son. it has been the best formula for constipation.

Chelsea-Marie - posted on 02/25/2010

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i found that the brand called "Novalac Constipation" has the best formula for constipation and the after having that for about a month switch over to Nurture. stay away from any formula with gold on them cuz the extra stuff in gold formula makes them constipated too.

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Steff - posted on 08/17/2011

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a slightly warmer bath than normal often works wonders too, a nurse gave us this advice once, and it really does work for us!

Steff - posted on 08/17/2011

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we used Nestle Good Start with my daughter, when she was constipated with the first formula we tried after breastfeeding. Gentle massage of the tummy, and pumping her legs too (pediatrician showed us how to do this) - kind of like they are cycling, we used to sing the Queen "Bicycle Song" while pumping lol! once she got older and was off of formula, diluted prune juice does the trick pretty good. As someone else mentioned earlier in a post, their diaper habits do change once they switch from breast milk to formula too - any formula with iron in has a tndency to produce dark green poops - lovely!!!!!!!!!

Paula - posted on 02/26/2010

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Bioled water and Demorera sugar, or you can add a teaspoon of fruit juice also works

Nicolene - posted on 02/25/2010

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I don't think it has anything to do with which formula you use. It takes a few days for the young one to get used to the formula. It took mine 3 days, so for 3 days he was constipated. After that, it was all normal again. If you struggle a lot, go the pharmacist and get olive oil (only at pharmacies - not super markets) and just put a tea spoon full in each feed. That helped me a lot. Even a knife point of butter in each feed helps to. Just remember some days us adults are constipated and other days we aren't. Each day is different. If it carries on for a while, go visit your GP.

Darlene - posted on 02/24/2010

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One teaspoon of dark Karo syrup in water,or if you pump in the milk. My daughter has a 1 month old baby girl.She called me with the same problem. I told her about the Karo and she checked with her pediatrician and he said yes this will work. She used it no more problems.I tried the supplements when she was your babies age she would look at the bottle and throw it down. She knew by the color of the formula that it was that yucky stuff. The Karo is sweet and most babies love it. Good Luck!

Lynn - posted on 02/24/2010

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It was suggested to me to give my daughter room temperature water with a scoop of brown sugar dissolved in the water. The molasses in the sugar must have worked wonders, as she pooped within a day, no problems. My daughter also has constipations issues, and hers started 2 weeks after she stopped nursing at 11 months, and she will be 27 months on Sunday. It has been a constant trial and error for her. Good luck

Lara - posted on 02/24/2010

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If you're still breastfeeding, try drinking more water yourself... thus giving your baby more liquids. Also, if you take Omega 3 and 6 (great for baby brains too), it will also pass through the milk. Flax Seed oil, Vitamin E, Coconut Oil (all of these YOU would consume) all will help your little one with constipation.

Annette - posted on 02/23/2010

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Isomil and warm water with dark karo syrup-move legs around alot-up and down,message belly!! daughter is now 7.Good Luck!!

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My 8 week old switched to full formula about three weeks ago, and is still adjusting. I know the fussing is frustrating, particularly if they're doing it in the middle of the night, but remember that formula fed babies don't go as frequently as breast fed babies. If your baby is fussing but still passing "normal" bowel movements at least every 2 or 3 days, you might try waiting it out a bit. If baby is truly constipated (and passing hard stool rather than soft and not going for more than 3 days), talk to your pediatrician. Sometimes they just need a little bit of time to let their new little systems adjust to the new food type, and eventually settle down.

Chell - posted on 02/23/2010

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My 2 week old daughter has just been suffering with this exact same thing. I took her to a walk in centre (Dr's) and was prescribed some medicine for her. It was basically natural syrup, think it works on the fact the fruit helps you to have bowel movements. If you've started weaning, try giving some pureed fruits, if not I would increase water to formula ratio until you can take her to see Dr, altering formula ratios affects nutritional values so don't be tempted to do this as a permenant solution.

Karen - posted on 02/22/2010

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My daughter is on a formula only diet, and she ran into the constipation problem. Everyone had different advice, but I did not like the idea of taxing her little system with anything, since formula was all she was used to... But I tried pedialyte (the one for infants), she didn't like it, so I ended up just adding 1 oz extra of water to one of her bottles. I found this method on the Mayo website. (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/infant-...). It took about a day, but it worked. Since your baby is older you can add more than 1 oz (the website says 2-4 oz). It also says just to give them the water but I water down the formula since it is a taste she is used to it's easier to get her to take it. Also, if you give your child plain water make sure the water is the same temperature as the formula you give... Otherwise they will be turned off by the temperature difference.

Chloe - posted on 02/22/2010

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There are so many factors here. Is he getting enough fluid? Are you giving a multivitamin? etc. I found that changing to a soya based formula helped my baby - apparently if they are lactose intolerant (just a bit) and have Nan etc, they can become constipated. But for some babie4s, soya formula's cause constipation. Goat's milk powder is great as a supplementary feed as it doesn't constipate, but doesn't taste great, so no picky eaters?

Another option is just to add some Flaxseed oil to each bottle. The Omegas are very good for the baby's development, and the oil helps lubricate and line the bowel so that there is less constipation.

Hope that helped. At this point there is so much trial and error so good luck

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