Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Bongi | 2010-11-11


Difficulty in pooing

My grand daughter (2 &  half months) has some kind of pain/difficuly when passing stools. She cries as if she is contipated and crampy - her stools are nice and soft. Could it because we have already intorduced her to solids? She eats Nestum 1 in the morning and Purity 1 vegetable durig the day and Purity 1 fruit for dinner. We had to introduce her as she wasn''t getting enough of the milk only. she is also breastfeeding though there isnot musch mlik there and she gets do frustrated but we still insist that the little she gets will benefit her somewhere.



Expert's Reply



Your baby granddaughter is too young to be on solids.Milk is most important for her at this stage. If your daughter cannot breast feed her then consider using a casein rich formula such as Lactogen1 to help her with her constipation problem.

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Posted by: Purple | 2010-11-11

Yes, introducing solids too soon can cause tummy cramps and pain.

If mom is demand feeding, baby is weeing and pooing and baby is putting on weight each week then she is getting enough milk.
However, if there are concerns, then the best way of ensuring optimum milk supply is to demand feed baby (ensure she is fed when she is hungry and at least every 2 - 4 hours through day and night).
What also helps to increase milk supply is to immediately after a feed express milk for 2 - 5 minutes on each breast.
After the next breast feed, this milk can be fed to baby after she has fed from both breasts two or three times each.
Mom should also swap baby from breast to breast whenever she hears the glugging sound of the milk stopping until there really is no more and can then give expressed breast milk (by bottle is fine if baby is latching well - if baby is not latching well mom will know all about it as she will have pain and possibly cracked nipples too).

Things that reduce milk supply are:
-giving baby solids too early (before 6 months)
-giving dummies
-giving bottles of formula
-feeding on a set schedule / routine

Your daughter should try to get help from an international board certified lactation consultant or the la leche league if she wishes to continue breastfeeding. She can rectify the situation but it will require effort.

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