Good morning! I'm having some feeding issues with my four month old daughter and am looking for some wider perspective. She was breastfed until she was about two months old, and we supplemented with Similac Sensitive formula here and there - which she seemed to tolerate well enough at the time. We weren't using the Similac for any particular reason, other than it's a sample we had on hand at the time and then she seemed to take it okay, so we stuck with it. When she was about two and a half months old, I stopped breastfeeding and we switched her over to formula full time.
Over the next few weeks, she became very gassy and struggled with constipation. She would still scarf her bottles down and ate happily, but because of the seemingly painful gas, constipation, and general discontent that came along with all that, our pediatrician recommended we try a different formula. We switched her to Gerber Soothe, and for the next week, everything seemed to work out so well - she ate happily, passed gas easily, pooped easily and regularly. Life was good. (Funny how much of that revolves around this kid's digestion! Sigh.) Then over the course of the last two weeks, she has grown increasingly fussy while eating; she writhes and pulls away from the bottle and then cries until I can eventually settle her over the course of the next hour or so. At this point now, she will drink just enough to be satiated (about 1-2 oz) and then cry, pull away, and refuse to drink any more. At first, I figured maybe she just wasn't as hungry or didn't like the taste of the new formula (though we did switch gradually to help) or was more distracted - but at this point, we've gone from where she was a month ago, with her happily eating about 28-30 oz a day to now unhappily eating maybe 15 oz on a good day. I took her to our pediatrician last week and she suggested adding some rice cereal to the bottles in case her reaction was related to reflux. We haven't seen much of a change from that yet, though maybe it takes time?
I'm taking her for her four month appointment early next week and will see what our doctor recommends at that point...but I guess I'm just curious if anyone else has been through something similar that you've found a great solution to? I have a hunch it's going to be some trial and error, but I guess I'm just looking for some hope for coming out on the other side! I'm beating myself up for no longer breastfeeding, though it had its own share of issues at the time. Although had I known this is what we were headed for, I would have stuck it out much longer.