Does baby formula causes constipation?

Jayjay - posted on 01/23/2013 ( 10 moms have responded )

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It has been one day so far since my baby have not poops, i didn't breast feed for like a day i gave her enfamil straight,how can i get her to poops.

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Tine - posted on 01/25/2013

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Formula definitely does cause constipation. If you are breastfeeding there should not be any need to give your baby anything but breastmilk. Just keep breastfeeding her as often as she wants and she will poo again when she is ready.
Definitely DON'T give her any sort of laxative.
Also, contact the La Leche League or Australian Breastfeeding Association, depending on where you live, for support on breastfeeding.
Giving baby anything but breastmilk causes your breastmilk supply to drop. If you need more milk, simply feed your baby more often, that will boost your supply naturally.

Whitney - posted on 01/25/2013

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I know I'm probably a little late and your childs probably already went but in the future, my doctor told me when my daughter was 4 months old and I was worried about her being constipated to give her 1 oz of straight apple juice 1 time a day 3 days in a row.

Feah - posted on 01/23/2013

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Yes the formula can cause constipation. I would not worry too much unless she is uncomfortable.
Her body may take time to get used to the formula. If she is constipated for more than 3days call her doctor.

Lucy - posted on 01/23/2013

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First talk to her doctor to find out if you should give your baby anything. Secondly, don't feel bad, your babys body is adjusting to this new food source. Try alternating breastfeeding and formula to help baby adjust.

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Ashley - posted on 01/29/2013

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try mixing brown karo syrup not a bunch but just a little, thats what we had to do when my baby was little.. it helped it went with in 10 mins. , or a warm bath that helps to.. we had lots of prombles when my baby was little

Malissa - posted on 01/27/2013

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Just keep breast feeding, next time you give formula make sure its the kind without iron in it.

Erica - posted on 01/27/2013

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If you have enough breast milk for nursing, then do NOT give formula at all. There is no reason to (unless you are going back to work). YES! formula can cause constipation. I had low supply with my #1 baby and was forced to use formula part time. We started with the Good Start and it caused severe pain and they barely pooped. The Ped said to add a little prune juice in the bottle (like 1 tsp each bottle feeding). Did not work at all, or else caused diarrhea because of too much prune juice. We finally learned of Nutramigen (broken-down formula for super easy digesting). Within a a few days of switching they were back to a normal infant pooping schedule. Nutramigen is considered the "gold standard "of formula's. It is about $35 in stores. BUT... If you ask your Ped for samples, they will give them to you for FREE! We got all ours from the Ped and they would give us a whole case (like 6 sample cans or more) every week or two when new samples came in.

The nurse at the Ped office told me that most new parents do not realize this, but as long as you ask at your office, they will give you all the formula samples you need and you may never have buy formula again. We had so much left over after we stopped the formula and went back to breast feeding that we were able to donate it to a friend who's baby had just started using it.

I hope this helps. Whatever your situation may be, I pray that it works out for you and your little one. You're doing great Momma, hang in there! ♥

Liz - posted on 01/25/2013

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My son was on a formula with iron, and it turned out the iron was too much for him and was constipation him. His dr switched him to gentlease and he was good after that!

Deanna - posted on 01/25/2013

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Some formula can. If you are just going from breastfeeding straight to formula, that can cause constipation. If it's just been a day, that is normal. I would wait 2 more days then take her to a doctor. But, it is normal for a child on formula not to poop UP to 3 days.

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