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Breastfeeding & formula Karly&Maddox 1 child; Tulare, California 149 posts
29th Apr '13

I've been strictly breastfeeding up until this last week (LO is 1 month old) I've been slowly introducing formula, gerber good start gentle, plus breastfeeding.. Since I'm starting school again.. I've noticed that DS is having less bowel movements and seems to be struggling to go.. Is this just because of the transition? Will it get better or should I try another formula?

I♡C&R. 2 kids; Thornton, CO, United States 25114 posts
29th Apr '13

Are his poops bloody and does he scream while going? Or are they just formed more than they were on breast milk? In which case, I can tell ya, poop in MUCH MORE loose when it's breast poop. Formed from formula.

Projectpaige 4 kids; Corona, California 876 posts
29th Apr '13

It can take a while to get used to the formula. My ds was the same way it took a month for bms to get back to normal. Good luck.

mama2manyyy 33 kids; South Carolina 1823 posts
29th Apr '13

Formula fed babies go way less than breast fed babies. My son was on breast milk for the first 6 weeks and would poop almost every time he ate. When he switched to formula he started going once every day or less. Does he look like he is in pain when he is going? You could try a different formula but my sons pedi told me to be careful with switching formulas because they need some time to get used to it and switching can cause digestive upset.

Sara❥ TTC since May 2014; 1 child; Sumter, South Carolina 8720 posts
29th Apr '13

It took DS a good week to get use to formula. It cause him bad gas and messed with his poop. If it doesn't get better you may need to try another formula.

Karly&Maddox 1 child; Tulare, California 149 posts
29th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting I♡C+#2.:</b>" Are his poops bloody and does he scream while going? Or are they just formed more than they were on breast ... [snip!] ... they were on breast milk? In which case, I can tell ya, poop in MUCH MORE loose when it's breast poop. Formed from formula."</blockquote>




He just kind of grunts and seems like he is struggling.. Not really in pain. His poops when it was just breast milk were the runny yellow frequent ones now they are thicker and maybe once a day (if that) I've been putting a tiny bit of Vaseline on his b******e lol (advice I've been given by my gma) and that helps him go sometimes. He does has bad gas too so bad to where I think he pooped but none comes out!

Asacia Norris 1 child; Fort Wayne, Indiana 301 posts
30th Apr '13

I breastfed my son for 2 weeks before my supply vanished -runs in my family :( - and I put him on Gerber good start gentle. He struggled for a few weeks getting used to it. Lots of grunting and just looked overall uncomfortable. I started putting a little extra water in his bottles....so like if he eats 5 ounces I fill the bottle to a little over the 5, like between 5 and 5 1/2 oz. He is soooo much more comfortable now. He has one huge poop once a day. I worried about that too for a little while but formula fed babies go much less than breastfed babies. My pedi said expect it once a day to once every four days. lol. So, I would say if he is going once every day to day and a half that's good. Also, it did take him a while to get adjusted to it which is normal. He is 7 weeks now and happy as a clam. He still a grunter tho. :)

I♡C&R. 2 kids; Thornton, CO, United States 25114 posts
30th Apr '13

The grunting is normal. They're learning how to poop at that age. I wouldn't worry unless he's crying, fussy, poop has blood in it, etc. Stuff that worries you. Gerber Good Start isn't as gentle as it says it is though-- it caused my son horrible gas and tummy aches. He did best on Similac or Enfamil.

Karly&Maddox 1 child; Tulare, California 149 posts
1st May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting I♡C+#2.:</b>" The grunting is normal. They're learning how to poop at that age. I wouldn't worry unless he's crying, ... [snip!] ... isn't as gentle as it says it is though-- it caused my son horrible gas and tummy aches. He did best on Similac or Enfamil."</blockquote>




Would it be bad to keep switching formulas too though? I think I have a can of similac the gentle digest kind around here somewhere from my baby shower.. I've been afraid to try it since he's already started on one kind of formula..

Asacia Norris 1 child; Fort Wayne, Indiana 301 posts
1st May '13

I wouldn't switch him unless he is in pain. Honestly, your best bet it to contact you pediatrician and ask what they think you should do. They can normally recommend a formula they think would suit best for you bebe. I think switching too much would make it worse.

I♡C&R. 2 kids; Thornton, CO, United States 25114 posts
1st May '13

I used to switch between brands if it was the same kind (IE: easy digest, soy, etc.)