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Why is enfamil infant ready to feed formula darker and thicker than powder?

Why is enfamil infant ready to feed formula darker and thicker than powder?

Formula: I'm sure it has to do with the manufacture and processing technique. But, you would have to contact the company to find out why. They may have information on their web site. ...Read more

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Is it ok to switch from ready-to-feed to powdered formula?

Is it ok to switch from ready-to-feed to powdered formula?

Yes: If your water source is safe to drink, it is perfectly ok to switch - and alot cheaper for you too. If breast feeding just hasn't worked out for you and you use formula, just make sure you mix according to directions. You don't want to cheat your baby out of the nutients she needs for optimal growth by mixing wrong. And remember not to shake hard before feeding - you will end up with gas! ...Read more

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Hi, wanted to know which is better - ready to use or powdered formula for feeding infants. Thanks :)?

Hi, wanted to know which is better - ready to use or powdered formula for feeding infants. Thanks :)?

Both are fine. Which: you use is a personal preference. Powdered formula can be easier to take for travel and less expensive, but you need to make sure you have a reliable, safe source of drinking water. Ready-to-feed is more expensive but you don't need to worry about adding safe water, and it's convenient. ...Read more

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Hi, wanted to know which is better - ready to use or powdered formula for feeding infants and why. Thanks :)?

Convenience: I find mom's enjoy the convenience of RTF for travel or if they only need an occasional bottle to supplement breast feeding. For formula feeders, most use powder because it makes sense. Why pay the company to add water, use more storage space and spend the energy to carry all the extra weight home? ...Read more

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My baby is 2months formula fed and she have been pooping dark green is that normal?

Could be: Speak with the pediatrician. It could just be a problem in the child's diet. Maybe a trial on breast feeding or a change in formula if that is what the baby is eating may make things better. ...Read more

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My formula fed foster baby has realy dark green almost black poop and its really runny..Is this normal ? Also he was a drug and alcohol exposed baby

My formula fed foster baby has realy dark green almost black poop and its really runny..Is this normal ? Also he was a drug and alcohol exposed baby

Yes: Dark green/almost black stools are indeed normal color for some infants. If the stools are totally black, ask doc to check for hidden blood. But just very dark green are okay, as are the various yellow, greens, oranges and browns. Bad color is pure white, totally black, or red bloody. ( purple would be weird too, but i've seen that only after purple birthday cake!) also, runny is good for baby poo. ...Read more

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3 month old pooping once a day dark green being formula fed along with breastfeeding is this normal?

3 month old pooping once a day dark green being formula fed along with breastfeeding is this normal?

Stool: Dark green stools are normal. The colour reflects the time it takes to pass the stool. Only stools without colour and blood are concerning. If your baby is healthy and gaining weight all is well. All the best. ...Read more

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My 4 mo old formula fed had been spitting up a lot more than usual, the last two have had dark brown/red streaks in them. should I be concerned?

My 4 mo old formula fed had been spitting up a lot more than usual, the last two have had dark brown/red streaks in them. should I be concerned?

REFLUX...: MANY INFANTS DU DEVELOP SPITTING UP SOME WITHOUT PROBLEMS SOME WITH IRRITATION SECONDARY TO GASTRIC JUICES ACIDITY WHICH WHEN TOUCHING THE ESOPHAGUS IT CAN IRRITATE IT AND SOMETIMES SOME BLEEDING CAN OCCUR. YOUR BABY SHOULD BE SEEN BY HIS/HER PEDIATRICIAN IF THE PROBLEM CONTINUES OR HE/SHE ACTS IN PAIN ...Read more

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My one month old son goes at least 4 days without pooping, is very gassy and fussy and when he does its pasty and dark green. Normal? (formula fed)

My one month old son goes at least 4 days without pooping, is very gassy and fussy and when he does its pasty and dark green. Normal? (formula fed)

Yes, normal: The stool you describe is normal formula fed baby poop. Going 4 days in between is a bit long, but not unusual. More concerning is his "gassy and fussy". Make sure he is not feeding too fast and thereby gulping air. Make sure you burp him after every ounce of feeding. You may also want to consider one of the many formulas that promote themselves for "gassy" babies. Talk to pediatrician for options. ...Read more

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My baby is 5m old was mixed fed till 3.5m and now on formula his stool turned from yellow mustard to dark green do I need to worry?

My baby is 5m old was mixed fed till 3.5m and now on formula his stool turned from yellow mustard to dark green do I need to worry?

No worries...: Stools come in a variety of fun colors... red (without having had a red food) or white would concern me. All the rest just add to the fun of the diaper change ;) ...Read more

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My two month old baby is always uncomfortable every time feeding him similac powder formula i always notice not good in his tummy and green bm please hep?

My two month old baby is always uncomfortable every time feeding him similac powder formula i always notice not good in his tummy and green bm please hep?

Feeding issue? : Some children are cow's milk intolerant, because of course if you were meant to drink cow's milk you'd be born a cow. Gassiness, bloating, and stool changes are possible. Allergy to milk is also possible though less likely. Reflux is also less likely. Discuss this with your peds at your next well check, and see what issue needs to be addressed. ...Read more

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1 month old, formula feed infant has dark green poop that smells like skunk (sometimes stringy looking)...baby is gassy as well. Is this normal?

1 month old, formula feed infant has dark green poop that smells like skunk (sometimes stringy looking)...baby is gassy as well. Is this normal?

Could be: The first thing I would want to make sure is that your child is gaining weight appropriately and thriving. If that is the case, there are numerous things that could be of help, such as different formulas. That decision can be best made with your child's doctor who will know what formula your child is and/or has been on. Good luck. ...Read more

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My 3 month old sons poop has turned dark brown with white chunks in it. He is formula fed enfamil with baby oatmeal in it. His stools have increased?

My 3 month old sons poop has turned dark brown with white chunks in it. He is formula fed enfamil with baby oatmeal in it. His stools have increased?

Brown is OK!: Baby poop is lots of different colors and can change from day to day for any baby. One day brown, one day yellow, one green. The worrisome colors are dark black after the first few days of life (cuz your first poop is blackish meconium), red poop or pure white poop. I suppose purple would be weird too! as his digestive tract matures, consistency will also vary. And yes, baby poop stinks! ...Read more

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4month old baby boy. breast fed & 2 times formula in a day. Dark green smelly poop?

4month old baby boy. breast fed & 2 times formula in a day. Dark green smelly poop?

Baby poop: can be many different colors naturally and this is not usually a sign of any problem. In breastfed babies anything that the mother consumes can affect the baby's poop. As long as your baby otherwise appears well, and is well hydrated, this is not usually a reason for concern. Signs of dehydration in a baby as illustrated, are reason for medical attention. ...Read more

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1 month 3 weeks baby who I've been combining formula and breast fed but just recently I changed he's formula to soy based. He pooped dark green

1 month 3 weeks baby who I've been combining formula and breast fed but just recently I changed he's formula to soy based. He pooped dark green

Normal variation: The main agent adding color to the poo is the material made by the liver called bile. It starts out a dark green and goes thru the yellows to brown depending on the influences of various factors in the intestines. Rapid transit thru the system, as may occur with ore bulk or breast feeding may have a green, yellow or brown appearance. ...Read more

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After starting formula milk my daughter starts loose motion dark bluish in colour and order is fouling. Unable to Breast feed coz of her mother health?

After starting formula milk my daughter starts loose motion dark bluish in colour and order is fouling. Unable to Breast feed coz of her mother health?

Type of formula: Formulas have different bases - cows milk, soybean, and basic amino acids. Some infants can react to the protein in formula. Foul smell and dark stool are worrisome for a reaction that should be seen tomorrow by your MD to make sure the formula your child is on is causing intestinal irritation. If your child is in distress, fever, constant crying seek emergency care. ...Read more

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I breast feed and use formula for my 13 day old baby boy. His poop is runny and yellow to dark yellow. When he poops i hear it loudly & rapidly squirting out. Is this diarrhea? How can I treat it?

I breast feed and use formula for my 13 day old baby boy. His poop is runny and yellow to dark yellow.  When he poops i hear it loudly & rapidly squirting out. Is this diarrhea? How can I treat it?

NORMAL POOP!: That is wonderful, perfectly functioning newborn baby poop. Don't change a thing and don't worry about a thing. He does not have diarrhea - that is what infant poop is at its best!. Color can be yellows, greens, browns, oranges -these are all ok colors. And yes, it is very runny and explosive - stand clear of butt when changing diaper. Congratulations! ...Read more

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My baby is 1 month age. I use fumula feeding no breastfed. Now he has stool around 10 time a day.But his stool is yellow and dark green colour.

My baby is 1 month age. I use fumula feeding no breastfed. Now he has stool around 10 time a day.But his stool is yellow and dark green colour.

Probably fine: I would not be worried about this kind of regular stooling pattern at this age as long as the child appears normal otherwise, is active &feeding well, growing normally and is receiving an approved baby formula, prepared or diluted properly. The baby's digestive system is still getting used to the child's new environment outsdide the uterus. Anything else seems amiss? Do check promptly with your md. ...Read more

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Which is the best formula to feed my baby?

Which is the best formula to feed my baby?

Cow milk formula: The nutritional value of formulas in america are standardized, so they have similar amounts of calories, protein, carbohydrates, and fat. There are, however, different sources for the ingredients. For example, some formulas use cow milk protein, while others use soy protein. The type of sugars and fats in the formula may be different also. Infant formulas generally have 20 calories per ounce. ...Read more

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How are breastfed children and formula fed children different?

How are breastfed children and formula fed children different?

Many: Among other things, breast fed babies have fewer respiratory infections, less obesity, less long term heart trouble and are less expensive to feed. ...Read more