Yes, before the bashers come out...I know breast milk is best. I tried, I tried really hard. My supply wasn't enough, she was losing too much (according to the ped) and so formula was forced on me. Now she's only on it. I'm posting this because of my response to another post from another mom. She was asking for help with a constipated 2 week old. So the first formula I had Ella on was from 2 weeks to about 2 months. She spent the last 2-ish weeks constipated. I spoke to the ped and they said to start giving her 1 oz infant apple juice mixed with 1 oz water. That was every day because that formula (Enfamil Gentleease) had her so bound up if she didn't get it daily she couldn't go. Now let me say Ella is NOT a fussy baby. No colic, no fussiness, issues with gas, etc. other than enfamil made her constipated. Sadly that's what the ped told me to put her on, even giving me 6 cans of it. Well I got sick of watching her grunt, groan, cry, and pass out exhausted just from trying to poo. I tried massage, helping her work her legs, and nothing helped other than the juice. Finally I spoke to a registered dietician. Gerber Good Start "Gentle" was recommended. I introduced it by substituting one bottle the first day, 2 the next (in a row) and so on until she was on nothing but Gerber. 3 days in the constipation was gone, and she was back to a once a day pooper like when she was bf. She also has bf baby poos. Seedy and soft. I just can't praise this formula enough. The 100% whey proteins is so the way to go. Doing the 1 bottle a day introduction we had no issues with her tummy rejecting the new stuff. Anyways, I know that formula swapping is so hard on a baby normally, and you want to keep them on what you start them on typically, so that's my recommendation. I just wish I had a better ped at the time, for her sake. Also to the best of my knowledge, Gerber is the only company that offers 100% whey, everyone else seems to be around 80% casein and 20% whey. I'm told that mimics mothers milk, but it's my opinion that the proof is in the poo. Or in the instance of Enfamil, the lack of.
on Apr. 3, 2013 at 11:49 PM