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HELP!!! formula feeding

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Newmum160 Sat 16-Apr-16 19:16:52

First time mum. Baby breastfed and bottled at night until I could not fill her. Went onto aptimil and she suffers shocking from tummy ache and bad wind. Sleeping for 2 hours in between feeds. Tried hungry baby. .no change. Tried level 2 teets. No change. Aired water.. infacol.. gripe water... nothing is helping and I can tell she is in agony and she is such a happy baby when no tummy ache! I feel helpless. What are people's experiences with aptimil comfort? Hv got me Gaviscon but the issue is het bott half not top. Any advice welcome please x

Newmum160 Sat 16-Apr-16 19:17:58

Forgot to say we are on Dr brown bottles x

dementedpixie Sat 16-Apr-16 19:18:38

What age is she?

QueenMolotov Sat 16-Apr-16 19:29:14

Assuming a young baby, you need a'comfort' or 'easy digest' formula as well as the gaviscon mixed in. Make sure she is fairly upright for her feeds and isn't taking in too much air (no.1 teat will be too small for the milk to come through as easy digest formulas and gaviscon thicken the formula; no.3 teat will allow too much to flow out so go for a medium teat). Wind the baby throughout the feed, not just at the end. Give her a good drink before taking the bottle away otherwise she'll scream for the milk back, so a good first drink, then take it away to wind her. Always stroke upwards from her bottom to the top of her shoulders, gently but with slight pressure. Pat her bottom. Get a burp up or a pump out and back to feeding. Repeat the winding around halfway through, and then again near the end. If you can, allow her to rest after the feed on your shoulder, with her diaphragm (the bit at the bottom of her ribs) on your shoulder. Do not lie her down immediately after a feed. If you feel comfortable to do so, lie her on her side with her arm out in front of her (the one she lies on) to prevent a tummy ache caused from lying on her back too soon after feeding.

Dd1 had this problem for the first 6m of her life. It improved with these strategies, and even more when I started weaning her. I guess a combination of solid foods and a maturing digestive system did the trick?

Best of luck to you smile

QueenMolotov Sat 16-Apr-16 19:31:18

Dd1 was on Aptamil comfort, but if I'd been braver when I was a first time mum, I'd have switched formulas more. Dd2 was on SMA and that suited her (but then she didn't have the digestive problems dd1 had). If you're not keen on Aptamil, try SMA (or something else!)

Newmum160 Sat 16-Apr-16 19:36:25

Sorry she's just over 6 weeks. Yes I wind her halfway and at the end she is very good at winding and does this herself also! On way for comfort now... when should I notice improvement if there will be one x

SweetElizaRose Sat 16-Apr-16 20:50:19

Swap formula - try hipp organic. It's what ds had when I started combi feeding. SMA and aptimil both made him really constipated and miserable!

nephrofox Sat 16-Apr-16 20:52:33


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