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my poor baby... thanks to severe mastitis requiring hospitalization i am not currently breastfeeding although trying to reestablish, and baby has been on formula for alot of his five weeks. all last week he became increasingly uncomfortable and gassy/fussy. he was on the sensitive product and still getting worse. today we started soy formula and nothing seems better and he is spitting up alot of the formula which wasn't happening much with the previous - he has been upset all day. is it the formula?? DH tried a bottle of the old stuff and now baby is asleep but we don't know if he's just plain old worn out or what. his poor tummy! we did try mylicon and it gave a little relief but not as much as we'd hoped, and also colic calm helps him a bit too, but it's been a rough day for the baby - any clues? tips? things just seem to be getting worse for his little digestive system and we're trying to ease it but not sure what to do. without getting into details of why, i would prefer answers based on experience rather than advising to talk to his doctor - of course we will be doing that - i want mom advice here.


Asked by figaro8895 at 4:10 AM on Dec. 2, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Have you tried using a pump and bottle feeding him your breast milk. Breast milk is always best for babies, especially babies with sensitive systems. Your milk is custom made for him so might be easier on his system. I would back off the soy formula too. He might have an allergy to soy, a lot of babies do, course his dr can test for that when you go in.

    Answer by Skipo510 at 4:15 AM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • i'm not producing much milk at the moment - but whatever there is he gets and i'm trying to increase that. i don't know if it's too early to tell if he's reacting to the soy formula or just continued to have an upset system - he only had the soy for half the day and it had already been a rough day. i was told that it takes 2-3 days (the "official" word is 5-7) to be able to know how the baby is handling the change.

    Comment by figaro8895 (original poster) at 4:50 AM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • Have you tried the "gentle" kind of formulas that have the partially broken down proteins (like Enfamil Gentlease or Good Start). You could get a can of store brand (Target is good and half the price of Enfamil) and try that instead of Soy. It works best for our son who is now 4 1/2 months. We use the sensitive (which is lactose free) in a pinch but it doesn't work as well as the Gentlease stuff (we use all store brands, though). He's my 5th formula fed baby so I know all about trying new formulas but last month I got a free sample of regular Similac so used it when we ran out and I was unable to run to the store for more. Within a day he was miserable, really throwing up (instead of just spitting up), screaming constantly, etc. As soon as we switched back to the gentle he was fine.

    Answer by justanotherjen at 11:16 AM on Dec. 2, 2010