Hear personal success stories from other moms who dealt with baby feeding issues. They’ll discuss feeding issues like fussiness, gas, frequent spit-up, colic and cow’s milk protein-allergy.
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HOST: Welcome! I'm Natalie — your host for The Inside Track. A series of videos that will help you learn about the digestive discomfort that may be affecting your baby. Everyone has their own way of solving these issues and since my daughter was born, it's been so useful to talk to other moms and learn about what they've done to help their babies. I'll tell you about Emma's feeding issues and we'll also talk with my friend Grace who went through something similar with her twins. Then, we'll video chat with Vanessa and Paulina, two other moms who've happily eased their baby's feeding issues, too. But first we'll talk a little about signs of improvement.
Sometimes a feeding issue can be eased in a day — with a behavioral change or a formula switch that works immediately. More often, it's a process. Not a very long one hopefully, but a process nonetheless. My daughter had a lot of fussiness and gas during her feedings and for about a half hour after she was finished. I hoped it would go away, but after a week or two of that, I decided to find out what my doctor thought. He gave me a sample of Enfamil® Gentlease® and told me to stick with it for three to four days. Well, it made a difference by the next night. She's still on Gentlease and it was exactly what she needed, not only to help her feeding issue but for all the nutrition it gives her.
My daughter's pediatrician told me, "When a mom walks into my office and her baby has digestive discomfort, she's certainly concerned. But after we've found the right adjustment, I see a calmer, happier baby and a much calmer mom. I see a baby who's thriving which means gaining weight at the right pace, sleeping well, eating happily and developing well." That's how I'd describe my baby now that she's on a formula that's right for her. When a baby goes from miserable to happy, that's a great moment for the entire family!
Having been through a feeding issue myself, it makes me feel really good to see moms on the other side of one — whether they've eased it through traditional methods on their own or received help from a pediatrician. And there's nothing like hearing from moms with personal experience. That's why I've invited my friend Grace to tell us the story of her twins. Hi Grace!
GRACE: Hi, Natalie, happy to be here. And yes, it used to hurt me to see Michael wail after just about every feeding. I was about to change formulas on my own, but before I did, I decided to see my doctor. First, he went through a checklist of things I was or wasn't doing. It turned out that I was waiting until the end of the feeding to burp him and then I'd lay him down. Anyway, my doctor told me to take several breaks during feeding to hold him upright and burp him. And then to hold him upright for 20 to 30 minutes after feeding — in my arms or in a front or backpack. And as soon as I did both of those things, the screaming stopped. So I didn't need to change formulas — just the way I was feeding my son.
HOST: Now his twin brother Andrew had similar issues, but the behavioral changes didn't work, right?
GRACE: Exactly. While Michael was suddenly happier, Andrew wasn't any better no matter how much I burped him.
HOST: So what did you do?
GRACE: Well, my pediatrician recommended Gentlease, which is made for fussy, gassy babies. And after a day, Andrew settled down and stopped crying during and after feedings. Apparently, it's easy to digest and has all the nutrients found in regular Enfamil formula so it's fine if he stays on it — which would be my choice given how well it's working. So now they're both doing really well. Including their mother — me!
HOST: Interesting how the same feeding issues both needed a different approach. My pediatrician told me that fussiness and gas is often caused by a digestive system that is still developing causing gas and ultimately digestive discomfort and fussiness. As babies grow, this improves, but a formula like Enfamil Gentlease is designed to ease the feeding issue now.
GRACE: I was happy to learn that it supplies the nourishment needed for healthy development — and has DHA and choline to help support brain and eye development.
HOST: That's impressive. But be sure to see your doctor if you're considering a switch. Now we're going to talk to Vanessa who's joining us online. She had a completely different issue with her daughter, Sophia.
HOST: So Vanessa, how's Sophia doing?
VANESSA: She's doing great, thanks. But that wasn't always the case. After I'd stopped breastfeeding, I started her on a regular formula. It wasn't long before she developed behaviors like long bouts of crying. I thought she was maybe just adjusting to the change, but after a week of this, I went to my doctor who suspected Sophia may have colic due to a cow's milk protein allergy. She put her on Nutramigen®, an extensively hydrolyzed formula that's hypoallergenic and told me that it manages colic fast. And in our case, that was true. In two days, I had my happy girl back and things haven't changed. Her issues subsided and she eats really well now. Which reminds me that I was a little nervous about putting her on a different formula, but my doctor reassured me that it was nutritionally complete with all the nutrients she needs.
HOST: Thanks, Vanessa! Now Paulina's daughter didn't have an allergy, but she was spitting up regularly. Tell us a little more about it.
PAULINA: My poor little Olivia was spitting up all the time and although people told me that was normal, I kind of knew it was excessive and she was discontent. I'd read about happy spitters, but she wasn't one of those. She was really unhappy and cried along with the spitting up. I'd read about Enfamil A.R.™ — a formula that has a thicker consistency, which can help it stay down and asked my doctor about it. He said it was easy to use and that it still flows through the nipple without any problems.
HOST: My sister's baby is on a formula like this and she told me that it's more nutritionally balanced than adding rice cereal to formula which moms used to do in the past.
Some still do this, but using a formula made for this purpose is a much better alternative because it preserves the nutritional balance of the formula without adding extra calories and carbs.
PAULINA: Worked for us. I can't say she never spits up now, but it's so much better. These days, maybe I'd call her a happy spitter.
HOST: As you can see, feeding issues come in all shapes and sizes. As our guest moms said, the signs of common feeding issues can include fussiness, gas and frequent spit-up. Signs of a cow's milk protein allergy can include long bouts of crying, skin rashes, and respiratory problems and sometimes even blood in the stool. If your baby has any of these symptoms, be sure to make an appointment to see the pediatrician. Once you've addressed the feeding issue, you should see a real difference in your baby. If fussiness and gas caused her to cry during feedings or shortly thereafter, she'll eat more comfortably. If she was spitting up excessively, you should see a reduction. And if your baby had colic due to cow's milk protein allergy, and her crying should subside.
GRACE: What great information to have. And I've really enjoyed being here because there's nothing like personal stories to help us figure out our own situation.
HOST: Absolutely. So remember that it's important to speak with your pediatrician if you think your baby may have a feeding issue. As you've heard, a simple change can make such a difference. Take a look at our next episode, Getting Back on Track when I visit well-known pediatrician and author, Dr. Scott Cohen who will help you look toward the future once you've addressed your baby's feeding issue. Thanks for joining us on The Inside Track.