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  #1  
October 18th, 2009, 03:26 PM
*Fiona*
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Did your LO suffer with constipation when you weaned from breastmilk to formula?
How did you deal with this?
How long did it last for?

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October 19th, 2009, 01:57 AM
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I was lucky with Kirsty, switching to formula solved Kirsty's poop issues! She was terribly constipated in the few weeks before we weaned. But it was due to the fact she was so distracted at feed times that she wasn't getting enough milk.
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October 19th, 2009, 03:54 PM
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Oooooh...it's been AWFUL!!! Still haven't found a "fix" for it...she farts and strains all the time... the pediatrician said she just will get used to it and in the mean time, we can give her apple juice mixed in her formula or cereal to get her bowels moving... it helps, but she's a gas machine!!! We've tried switching formula...but it hasn't helped. Gonna stick with the one we have and see if her body gets used it it... any suggestions would be helpful!
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October 20th, 2009, 02:14 AM
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What type of cereal are you using? Did you know rice cereal can be a little more difficult to digest than porridge? This was the reason I stopped using babyrice and skipped straight onto fruit purees.

Apple juice is good to help constipation, however apple puree (I think you call it applesauce?) can be a contributor to constipation. It's to do with the different sugars in the puree compared to juice.
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October 24th, 2009, 10:46 PM
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Oh interesting... We have been using rice cereal, but since she refused a spoon shortly after fully weaning from bf, her pedi said to give it some time & try again. So we've stopped for a week or two & will start again with cereal...maybe oatmeal next time
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October 25th, 2009, 06:29 AM
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Hopefully she will take to it again. I wonder if she feels the cereal is too similar in taste to her milk. If she refuses it again, maybe try pear puree or butternut squash or sweet potato. Just something that tastes a little different and more appealing. BNS is a favourite for new tastes.
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October 25th, 2009, 08:36 PM
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What is BNS?
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October 26th, 2009, 02:46 AM
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butternut squash - I was just too lazy to type it out
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