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Oct 20, 2010
mrsdtek
Formula Switching and Bottles
Hello Everyone. I am in the process of trying new formulas for Ella. Does anyone have advice for how long I should use each one to get results, that is if the formula will improve the situation. I am switching to Alimentum right now, if it does not help I plan on trying Neocate and Elecare. Any advice on this process would be great. Also if anyone has advice on bottles...we have tried Dr. Browns but they make her gag and puke forcefully (I changed nipples so it wasn't a flow issue) but the Avent (no matter nipple size) seem to make her choke and cough more.
Oct 20, 2010
vigilantmom
Ryan was born May 20th 2008. 9 lbs 2 oz. Ryan’s magic bullet was 30mg of Prevacid capsules mixed with Caracream from Marci-kids (I am forever indebted to the team at Marci-kids), Claratin for the mucos, and Mirlax for the constipation. Within 2 months of this combo he jumped from the 6% to the 50% for weight and continues to climb. Be strong, listen to your instincts. Read his story for more specifics that just might help you too - Karen
Could it be the length of the nipple on the bottle that is gagging her? Looks like the Nuby Natural Touch bottle has a shorter nipple. Same with the Tommee Tippee bottle.
Oct 20, 2010
adelines mom
did you try the dr. brown colic bottles? we have had good luck with those with a #3 nipple.
Oct 20, 2010
dcd
Everyone always says you're supposed to give a new formula 4 weeks to work. You're supposed to see initial improvements at 2 weeks and complete improvement at 4-6.

I realize it can take that long to get ALL of the offending allergen out of the baby's system, but honestly I always saw a difference (or not) after a day or two. With the Nutramigen and especially the Alimentum RTF, Kylie's symptoms were much improved by the 2nd day, but then returned after about a week. When we switched to Neocate the improvements were immediate (sleeping, eating without pain/fussing, decreased spitup) and only got better and better over the course of around 2 weeks, until she had completely stopped spitting up altogether.

I'm sure you're very tuned in to your kid - you will know pretty quickly. But, even if you think one isn't improving matters you don't to bombard her system by switching every couple of days or anything. The other ladies may have different opinions, but I think once a week would be ok.

Oct 20, 2010
mrsdtek
My plan was to try once a week...only problem so far is we are on less than 24hours of Alimentum and it seems worse :-( AHHHHH!!!
Oct 22, 2010
meredithy
Dear dcd
Oct 22, 2010
meredithy
dear dcd
What is the difference with the Alimentum RTF and other formulas? If Neocate doesn't work should I try the Alimentum RTF?? My son has mucus and blood in his stool after 9 days on the Nutramigen.
Oct 23, 2010
jgsbennett
Ginger Bennett
Mom to Stanton - 2 year old with GERD, DGE and MPI
ourcarpetstains.blogspot.com
We were on Alimentum RTF before going to Elecare. I found a website back then that I can't refind right now ... but it listed exactly what was in each formula. And the Alimentum powder had a corn preservative in it that the RTF did not. My son did not tolerate the powder, but did ok on the RTF. We use the Born Free bottles and nipples (yes, still) and they've been great. They have a reflux plug and the nipples aren't as long as Dr. Brown.
Oct 23, 2010
jgsbennett
Ginger Bennett
Mom to Stanton - 2 year old with GERD, DGE and MPI
ourcarpetstains.blogspot.com
Here's the site about what's in formula: http://www.truthinlabeling.org/formulacopy.html
Oct 31, 2010
kenneyhl
My son Levi is 13 weeks old. We figured out he has reflux @ 2 weeks. We have tried 4 different formuls (Currently Neocate) and he is taking Pepcid, Prevacid, Mylanta, Grip Water
alimentum RTF is alot thicker than the powder, and i have had very good luck with the tommee tippee bottles
Check with your
doctor first!