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HELP! What should I do about my 5 month old?

My daughter is now 5 months and has been switched 5 times on formula. She started out on Similac Advanced, then Sesitive, then Sensitive concentrate, then to Enfimil Premium, now on Soy and nothing seems to help. He problem is she'll drink only 4 oz every 4 hours but vomits, not spits up, over half of each bottle up. We burp her often and I've gone to see my WIC center and my doctor and no one is being of any help. I don't know what to do because everyone tells me for a 5 month old she's underweight. If anyone has any advice on what I should feed her to get her the nutrients she needs but also help with her keeping it down please let me know.

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Asked by Ariellokkensma at 9:29 PM on Mar. 22, 2013 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • maybe she cant drink "normal" formula.. Your baby could have an allergy. There is formula for that. maybe you should ask the dr about it?

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:32 PM on Mar. 22, 2013

  • Use Dr. Browns bottles. Feed her in an upright position. Burp her every 2 oz. Sit her up on your lap & gently rub her back & bounce her slowly on your knee while holding her chin up or walk around with her upright against you & pat her back. I think for some reason she is not releasing the gas/air from the bottle. ONLY use premixed liquid formula. If it comes out projectile then it may be caused by trapped air.


    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 9:38 PM on Mar. 22, 2013

  • I would get a second opinion from a new doctor. My kids were the same. In my DD case it was caused by a medication she was on. It was really scary and she got seriously thin. The doctors were of no help. See if she can be seen by a specialist.

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 9:41 PM on Mar. 22, 2013

  • I agree; Dr. Brown's bottles worked wonders for my daughter when she was a baby. Everybody was giving me grief because she was underweight, but when I started using those bottles, she really turned a corner nutritionally.

    Answer by Ballad at 9:44 PM on Mar. 22, 2013

  • milk protein allergy- nutramigen

    my DD had this issue and was failure to thrive. the back of her head is flat because we had to keep her in a carseat (projectile vomiting)

    she will always be short because it took us soooo long to resolve the feeding issue.She even spewed breast milk. Breast is best, right? not when your kid is expelling every feeding :(

    My DS also had the issue. By then I had learned that I could eliminate dairy and BF exclusively. 13 1/2 and still on the boob and beginning to experiment with whole milk. Doing fine.


    Answer by feralxat at 9:47 PM on Mar. 22, 2013

  • 13 1/2 months not years!
    gawd that looked bad

    Answer by feralxat at 9:48 PM on Mar. 22, 2013

  • My DS puked almost every time we fed him. I'm not taking like a little spit up, I mean we had to change his outfit and sometimes we would have to change our own clothes as well. As long as your child is growing your Dr. may not feel there is need for concern. We had to put DS on lactose free formula and it got a little better, but by the time he turned 1 he wasn't doing it anymore. Hangin there and just make sure he isn't losing weight or isn't getting taller. Those would be cause for concern.

    Answer by QuinnMae at 10:01 PM on Mar. 22, 2013

  • I do feed with Dr. Browns it's the only feeding brand I use and we've cut dairy out completely and she's on soy now. She was doing well on Enfimil but my WIC center won't give me any Enfimil formula. We're just trying to see if we can find a Similac brand we could try or if we could add a little whole milk to her bottles otherwise I guess we'll be buying Enfilim which we can't really afford

    Comment by Ariellokkensma (original poster) at 10:04 PM on Mar. 22, 2013

  • my daughter did the same thing her doctor told me what i already figured out. No burping, no vigorous movements. Let baby lay like in a bouncer or a swing so head is elevated for a hr after feedings. Works awesome with my little one she would vomit constantly before that.

    Answer by LostInMyMind at 10:22 PM on Mar. 22, 2013

  • also im on wic and currently use Gerber good start protect

    Answer by LostInMyMind at 10:22 PM on Mar. 22, 2013

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