You know you are a mom when poop becomes a part of regular conversation :) The other day my single twin sister and I were with a group of moms. Afterward she said “Do you realize that you guys ALWAYS end up exchanging birth stories? Seriously, every time.”
I honestly hadn’t noticed.
Somehow when you enter this season hardly anything is too personal anymore. So, here we go, let’s talk about constipation in infants because I know it is a problem for a lot of moms, and I’m really glad to have an effective solution.
One of the worst parts of switching your baby to formula (besides the expense and mom guilt) is the inevitable constipation.
Originally, while still nursing, I had been researching probiotics to help treat our youngest’s general digestive discomfort. While doing so, I found numerous parents commenting about how the probiotics helped their babies become more regular almost immediately.
I filed this away and when we made the switch to formula, began giving our little guy the probiotic once a day consistently.
To date I’ve used two different infant probiotics. One is pictured below, purchased at our local natural food store and the other I bought through Amazon, it’s called FloraBaby.
Fortunately, both probiotics were effective for eliminating constipation, so it doesn’t seem to matter where you get it from.
How we use it:
I mix the recommended dosage into his first bottle of the day, it is a powder and mixes easily into the formula with room temperature water. I have also given it to him in the evenings, but switched to mornings so that in case I forget, I can always give it to him later in the day.
I have missed a day here and there, but it didn’t have any negative effects.
And while you should always check with your pediatrician before giving your baby anything new, all of my research has suggested that probiotics are completely safe for babies. The gal at the whole food store said that even if you give them too much, it will just pass through.
We have been using the formula and probiotic combination for two months now and he is our most regular baby yet, with absolutely no sign of constipation. He has a dirty diaper every morning like clock work and then sometimes one in the afternoon or evening as well.
This is such a relief because with our older son, keeping him regular was a constant battle. Almost daily we had to put pear or prune juice in his bottles and take other, less fun measures, too.
Here he is, he is two now and wanted to get in on the photoshoot (if it had audio you’d hear him saying “cheese!”)
Truly, I’m so glad to not have to worry about constipation anymore, it used to cause me ALOT of stress. And if you don’t have access to either brand that I mentioned, just ask for an “infant probiotic” at your local natural food store.
I also often get asked what formula I use. I use this organic brand from Earth’s Best:
Of course you don’t have to use organic formula. For me, all of the unknowns with GMO’s kind of freak me out, so this helps me sleep better at night (along with the Dr. Brown bottles, for whatever reason, spending $5 a bottle makes me feel like a better mom…great marketing on their part ;) )
Nine Month Update: There were a couple of times that I worried that he was starting to get a little constipated when we started increasing solid foods (be very aware of how much rice cereal or oatmeal you give) so I doubled the amount of probiotic (I gave him two bottles throughout the day with it instead of just one) and it did the trick. I also give him a squeezy pouch with natural applesauce (no added sugar in it) everyday– I just use the Aldi brand or Target store brand ones by the applesauce, the actual baby food ones are too expensive!
Here’s to poopy diapers!
(Oh, and if you’re ever in the area, we should get coffee and exchange birth stories ;) )
And if you are on Pinterest, here is a graphic for that, THANK YOU (thank you, thank you!) for sharing: