My daughter is 5 weeks old and my supply has been so bad. We have pretty much been supplementing since birth because she lost so much weight. The midwives have said it is a combination of me not having enough milk (I will express for 2 hours and have 10 mls) and her not sucking properly. We have tried Nan gold, karicare aptimal gold and the Aldi one. All of them have made her really constipated. She will only poo maybe once every 3/4 days and when she does she screams and they are like marbles. Can anyone please tell me if they have any advice on what to do? It breaks my heart to see her so upset.
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31-12-2013 14:13 #1
Formula feeding and constipation
31-12-2013 14:36 #2
I think you are trying too many. You really need to stick with one formula for more than a week. .. minimum really is 2 before you will see things settle down. I would try just one and stick with it. Though could add a little more water but since there are weight gain issues possibly not. Though the extra little water may help move things along. But I'm not sure if bub is too young for that. If bub doesn't poop everyday that's okay. When changing formula you need to stick with it. .. you will find symptoms settle.
Have you tried just lots of breastfeeding? If you just breastfeed lots and lots it will help your milk supply. Expressing is not an indication of how much milk you have.
My dd has had chronic constipation since she was only a few weeks old. . we started coloxyl drops or lactulose to help her along but only with her Dr's recommendation. We also did brown sugar in water. But again that was with the Dr's advice.
I think you need to see your gp for advice... maybe even a pediatrician.
However, you may find the constipation sorts itself out once you stick with one Formula.
Other things to help the discomfort is warm baths, warm towel wrapped around her, cycling the legs, tummy time and gentle massage in a clockwise direction starting just under the belly button.
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31-12-2013 14:41 #3
Anything "gold" has extra iron and can cause constipation . Go see the dr or mcnh or pharmacist and stick with 1 formula .
31-12-2013 15:11 #4Senior Member
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And perhaps see a gp for a prescription of motillium, might help your supply too. It sucks when you have to supplement and even that doesn't give you a happy baby. Best of luck.
31-12-2013 16:07 #5
Thanks for the advice. I had a feeling switching formulas was part of the problem. We have just bought some Novalac and will sick it out with that one. Hoping it works. We don't have issues with weight gain anymore. She is really putting on the weight now so maybe adding a little extra water will help.
She gets so frustrated when I try to feed her on the boob that she starts grinding her gums and it's making me bleed. I am hoping to make it till 6 weeks with breast milk and then we will go full formula. I wish I was able to breast fees her. So heartbreaking to see her so upset when she tries to poo and knowing that it's because I can't feed her. Hoping that I can get this sorted quick!
31-12-2013 16:36 #6
Get the GP to prescribe motilium and get an LC to help with the latch. I had supply issues to and comp fed for 16 weeks. There are loads of ways to build your supply and I can tell you now that expressing only a little is not an indication of supply. To this day I can express very little and am still bf my 15 month old. If you want to build up your milk I'm happy to give you some info, it can be done, if you want to try. The most important thing is to get the latch sorted. Supplementing from birth would have damaged your supply to start with as your baby needs very little colostrum before your milk comes in. I believe this contributed in part to my own supply issues. Formula wise, we were told to use nan HA as it is easily digested, and we had no issues.
31-12-2013 17:17 #7
I used motilium with great results.
My GP said you can give baby some water downed prune juice to help move things along. When my bub was mixed
fed the formula made her so constipated. We finally got to exclusively breastfed at 5 and a half weeks.
I can PM you the details to make your own prune juice if you are interested.
31-12-2013 19:02 #8
Thanks Atropos. Any advice on the breast feeding would be appreciate. I am on thyroid medication so my go said that will make my supply less to begin with, but if I can get a good enough supply up to be able to breast feed my daughter that would be ideal. I am taking fenugreek and fennel tea and expressing every 2 hours to try and stimulate it.
Bubblesk if you could message me that ok would be great!!
If I can breast feed for another couple of weeks I will be happy and will be able to say I gave it my best go!
Thanks for the help!
31-12-2013 19:24 #9
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