Breast milk, formula, back to breast milk????

Cristy - posted on 12/12/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My little girl was 6 wks premature and is now almost 3 mos old. I was exclusively breastfeeding while she was in the NICU and she wasn't gaining any weight. So we started supplementing with formula. When she came home she became very constipated. I was giving her miralax at first but she she seemed to be in so much pain. So then I started putting kayro syrup in her bottles. That didn't work, and she became extremely gassy. So then we started switching formulas. I'm using Simalac products because I can get them for free. But none of them seem to be helping her. I've was pumping and mixing 1/2 bm and 1/2 formula. Then I thought maybe my breast milk was the problem, and went for straight formula. All in all, she's been sleeping 3 hr at a time but still miserable with gas and constipation. Yesterday I decided to go to only breast milk in hopes that would help. Now she's eating every 2 hrs and only sleeping 15-45 minutes at a time. If it's not one thing it's another. HELP!!!

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Lori - posted on 12/12/2013

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Since you've only just returned to only breast milk, you'll need to give it some time. Let her build your supply back up by nursing frequently, and you may see a change in a few days or so.
It's possible she has a sensitivity to cow milk. Most formulas are made from cow milk. There are soy formulas too.. but those can also cause problems. And constipation is very common with a dairy sensitivity. IF she is sensitive to cow milk, you will find that she does better if you cut it out of your diet while you're breastfeeding.

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