Hard Poop For 7 Month Old
My almost 7mth old's poop has become harder over the last several days, and harder for her to pass. Last night she woke screaming and I had to help her get it out by bending up her knees.
She has been breastfed since birth and just recently we have added a few ounces of formula at bed time, could this be the problem?
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Constipation When Switching From Breast Milk To Formula
Yes, it is very likely that it is the formula that causes the constipation. This is quite common for breastfed babies
, both when starting with formula and with solid foods. Their digestive systems simply aren't used to tougher foods than breast milk.
If you can, cut back on the formula
for a while. If that isn't possible, try switching to another brand. Sometimes babies are allergic to the protein in the formula, for example to the milk protein or to the soy protein if your baby drinks soy-based formula. Switching between these two might help.
Finally there are also hydrolysate formulas
, where the proteins have been chopped into building blocks and therefor are easier to digest and also do not trigger allergies. Nutramigen and Nestle Good Start are examples of hydrolysate formulas.
If cutting back on the formula or switching to another kind doesn't help, I think you should consult your baby's doctor to rule out any illness. But since the problems started after introducing formula, it is highly likely that this is the cause of the problems.
If regular formula is your only option, then, since she is older than 6 months, go ahead and also give her prune or apricot puree, which softens stools. You can also read about more remedies for baby constipation here.
Wish you good luck!
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