A very helpless feeling

Published March 20, 2014 by The Hip Grandmother

Here I am. The grandmother of a 10 day old infant. Although I have been getting enough sleep, the ‘every two-hour’ feeding time has not yet bothered me. Looking at her face mesmerizes me every time I hold that little bundle of joy. She is such a good baby; always sleeps, never cries and has a great little disposition as of late. Both families are truly blessed with her. I am in charge of cleaning and preparation of the bottles. My daughter has decided to breastfeed but also use formula. We have already gotten the ‘green light’ from the pediatrician to do this. She seems to be satisfied with two ounces every feeding: one ounce of formula and one ounce of her mother’s Victoria sleeping with constipation only 10 days oldmilk. But we have noticed something missing: it has been ½ a day since she has had a regular healthy bowel movement.

 I know this is not something one should blog about. If anything, I would love to hear some advice. I am in route to the store to get her some Karo syrup for her tummy. We tried gas drops last night but still little pellets are found in her diaper. She is having so much trouble staying comfortable that she seems to always lay on her side. Imagine what my little grand baby is going through….still…she doesn’t cry about it.

5 comments on “A very helpless feeling

  • Has your daughter tried feeding Victoria with just breast milk? If she can, it would be easier on Mama because more nursing = more milk, and it will probably be easier on Victoria’s tummy, too. Breast milk has more laxative power than formula as a general rule. (I am a veteran breastfeeding mom — my son (now 40) for 28 months, my daughter was bored at 6 months and demanded a cup! Thinking good thoughts for all three of you! – Fawn

    • The problem we have been having is that the baby isn’t latching very well so she decided to just plain breast-feed. The doctor in the hospital pitched the idea because she wasn’t sleeping after having just breast milk. So they both (the lactation consultant and my daughter) decided that doing both was ok to do. We have a few bags in the freezer full of breast milk already! 🙂
      Thank you so much for giving me advice about this. I always love it when you visit and comment on the blog! 🙂

  • Both my kiddos had minor and temporary constipation when I introduced formula ( my daughter at 3 mos and my soon at 5 days old). I was told to NOT use Caro syrup, although I did try a little anyway with no results. Ask your pediatrician before you do. The constipation went away on it’s own as their little systems adjusted. What helped was a little Vaseline on the rectum to help pass a hard stool.

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