Posted by: CK | 2004/11/02


Which formula

Please help, which formula can I feed my baby, I have tried Isomil 2, Nan 110 but everytime he drinks milk, immediately he passes very loose stool. He is only 11 months old. He eats very healthy but what can I do, must I not give him any more milk or is there something I can give him.

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Many babies pass a stool after drinking a bottle. The fact that the stool is passed immediately after the bottle is taken probaly indicates that it is not the milk itself but rather the action of drinking the bottle. I would continue with any of the milks mentioned and observe the stool pattern and consistenmcy. After 1yr of age you may start using ordinary cow's milk.

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Posted by: Mommy | 2004/11/03

Try the infacare range ... they are wonderfull!!!

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/11/02

Perhaps then he is having a reaction to the formula.

The ones you've mentioned are cows milk based formula's, why not try a soya one (though most babies who are sensitive to cows milk are sensitive to soya too) or a goats milk based formula. You could also try Nan HA (cows milk based) or one of the other hypoallergenic formulas.

If you've been breast feeding until recently, perhaps all you can do is try to restart your breast feeding, as at least you know baby won't have a reaction to that. A lactation consultant could help you get started again.

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Posted by: CK | 2004/11/02

Thx for your response but I already know everything about baby hygiene, I know the reason for my baby loose stools is because of the milk.

The problem is milk, I know how to clean and make sure that his bottles are clean before his feeds.

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/11/02

Your baby does still need milk at this age. Babies can have full cream, pasteruised cows milk from 1 year of age, but not before.

Also, babies need to suck for the first year, so you must give milk in a bottle, not in a cup till 1 year.

The loose stools might be from the way you are preparing the bottles, and not from the formula itself.

Ensure that you wash your hands thoroughly before touching anything to do with the bottles or the formula.
Ensure that bottles are sterilised. Eventhough you stop sterilising when a baby reaches 6 months, you continue to sterilise bottles that have milk in them. Rub teats with salt when washing them.
Use just boiled water from your kettle, or boil water on the stove in a pot for 5 minutes and pour into bottles immediately.

When measuring out formula, don't pack it into the scoop, but do level off the top of the scoop with the back of a (washed) knife. It is very important that you put in the exact amount of water and scoops that the tin tells you too - too many scoops or too little water can damage babies kidneys. Too few scoops or too much water will leave baby hungry.

You can't keep formula. Prepare bottles as they are needed and throw away any unused portion. If you really must keep it, then ensure that it is refrigerated immediately, and for no longer than 24 hours.

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