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    Default CONSTANT constipation

    My DS keeps getting constipated. It doesn't seem to matter what he eats. I tried prunes and that helped for one day and then he just got constipated again and it didn't work after that. I recently started giving him 3 ounces of formula a day (doctor's suggestion for borderline anemic issues) and I know that is probably making it worse, but he started getting constipated before the formula. I tried putting a half of a teaspoon of prune apple juice in his bottle to help, but it's not working either. What should I do? Is this something serious that I need to call the doctor about? he's been this way for a few weeks, but he did have a few normal diapers a few days ago, but then he just got right back constipated again.

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    Default Re: CONSTANT constipation

    Hi there Mama,

    How old is your baby? Babies are born with a good store of iron, and in the early months should not need any extra iron. Breast milk is lower in iron, but the iron in your milk is more easily absorbed than any other iron. And, your milk will not make him constipated. Is he eating solids? Sometimes when a baby gets solids too soon, it can make them constipated.

    Depending on his age, there are other things we can try!

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    Thank you for responding!

    DS, who is 8 months old, started solids at about 6 months. He just recently started getting constipated, but he is also eating bigger portions than before.

    I am searching for another doctor right now, but I don't have many options.

    He had blood tests that showed he was "borderline anemic" so the doctor wanted me to start with just a little bit of formula a day (I know that if he doesn't gain weight by the time of his next visit in a couple of weeks she is going to suggest formula as his primary nutrition, which I'm not going to do.) If a baby is anemic they just need more iron right? She said she would refer me to a GI specialist if I really don't want to use formula, but....what is a GI specialist going to do.

    I was worried my baby wasn't getting enough of my milk to eat, so I started recently nursing him throughout the night again, and it feels like I have more milk. The doctor said she didn't know if it was the quantity or quality of my milk. How could it be the quality? What other options are out there? She didn't give me many.

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    Sounds like you need a new ped ASAP! My understanding is that any kind of synthetic iron supplementation (which is what is in formula) actually serves to BLOCK the absorption of the iron in mother's milk. And yes, it is definitely constipating!

    Saying it is the "quality" of the milk is a really stupid way of saying she doesn't know how to help you. What she should have told you to do is make sure YOU are getting enough iron, preferably in your diet. But, if you do need supplementation, I have heard good things about the absorbability of Floradix. You could even get a finger-prick at your doc's office to find out your hemoglobin level. I actually jumped on a bloodmobile to find out what mine was so I could stop worrying about how much iron my baby was getting.

    Maybe you could post to a local board to get ideas on BF-friendly peds. I am new around here so not that familiar, but I know that there are good "tribal" areas on www.mothering.com/discussions where you could ask around for recommendations.

    What is your DC eating? And what exactly makes you think he is constipated? It is typical for BF babies to go several days between poops. Are they hard? Is he straining?

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    Default Re: CONSTANT constipation

    I had my iron checked a month ago at the wic office, and it was good. I don't remember the number, but I remember it was above average.

    He eats solids, a few times a day, but not a whole lot at once. A lot of sweet potatoes He eats baby oatmeal and barley cereal. I tried getting giving him whole grain oatmeal and he won't eat it...i guess because it's chunkier. He hasn't been constipated the past couple of days, and yes I know he was constipated because of the hard pellets that were coming out.

    Are there local boards on this website?

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    I can sympathize...we're having the same problem.
    Andrea - mama to Laith 02.20.07 and Sommer 01.21.11
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    Grains are very constipating and I've heard that sweet potatoes are too. My DD loves both so I just really limit them. I only give her the Ezekial "sprouted" grain breads, and I always make sure she gets some butter or olive oil with the bread and the sweet potatoes that she does eat. With my DD I've found the best thing to get her to have soft easy poops (not big ones - that indicates the colon is being stretched out) on a regular basis is meat and soup, made with butter and olive oil for good fats. Actually I started giving her more meat on the ped's recommendation to get more iron - not because she was anemic - her hemoglobin was excellent, but because she had slightly elevated lead levels and that can cause anemia. She will also eat yogurt which is very good for fats, beneficial bacteria, and mixing in supplements.

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    Default Re: CONSTANT constipation

    dr sears has some good info on constipation on his web site....
    http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/T081100.asp

    how old is baby?
    ITs ok to cut out all solids and just nurse in a baby under a year untill their poops are beter and then slowly add in the solids again...

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    Default Re: CONSTANT constipation

    Quote Originally Posted by andrea_ohio View Post
    ITs ok to cut out all solids and just nurse in a baby under a year untill their poops are beter and then slowly add in the solids again...


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    Quote Originally Posted by andrea_ohio View Post
    ITs ok to cut out all solids and just nurse in a baby under a year untill their poops are beter and then slowly add in the solids again...
    How do you know when it's necessary to do this? Do I need to bring DS to the dr's again? He is not quite 9 1/2 mo so I'd be willing to drop the solids for a while. He just seems to strain and cry a lot of the time when trying to poop.
    Andrea - mama to Laith 02.20.07 and Sommer 01.21.11
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