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Okay well we pretty much EBF but the LO is fussy in the evenings and I don't get home til late and I can only pump so much milk at work (not so hot supply), so the timing is very delicate.<br><br>
Ergo we started a tiny bit of cereal just to give her something new to keep her occupied for the last half hour until I get home. Just about an ounce. Sort of like busy work with food so she's still hungry for the boob when I get home, but not screaming.<br><br>
She really likes it and gets annoyed when DH doesn't move the spoon fast enough. (I thought she might, she really intently watches us eat.)<br><br>
However, she's now constipated.<br><br>
We stopped the cereal.<br><br>
Now what?<br><br>
Do we do the extra water/prune juice route? A suppository? Wait it out a bit longer?<br><br>
I did some gentle abdominal massage last night and nothing.<br><br>
She has lots of foul smelling gas and I see her straining but no poop.<br><br>
Any advice?<br><br>
Also, should we try the mashed avocado route now instead of cereal? She's 5 months. Not ready for chunks, but very interested in food and I'd like to give her the opportunity to explore new textures and flavors in small amounts. I need something to fill in that last half hour at night until I can get home and I'd like to avoid formula particularly now that she's constipated. (And yes non food distraction would be good, but we've not had much luck with that and DD is teething and life is generally hard at night for us right now, so we're going with what works.)<br><br>
Thanks<br>
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How long has she been constipated? That would make a difference in what I'd do but I'd generally recommend to simply keep nursing and her gut will get back to normal. Given that you want something for her to eat I'd go with avacado or possibly mashed sweet potato. Both are easily mashed, have nutrients, and are very low allergens. i'd definately avoid formula.
 

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personally, i would wait entirely on solids until baby is sitting up unassisted and able to pick up food and put it in her mouth. they're just not ready, and their gut may have issues before those key signs.<br><br>
maybe give her some teething toys, tupperware, spoons, etc to keep her interest. a simple lid kept my dd occupied for those few weeks before she was sitting up on her own. she loves her high chair even if she's not eating.<br><br>
good luck, and your breastmilk will right her gut!
 

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Are you taking any supplements to increase your milk supply? My best friend is pumping for her hospitalized preemie twins, and she's had great luck with a supplement called "More Milk Plus." I've had luck in the past with Fenugreek (which is one of the supplements in the More Milk), and there's always Domperidone/Reglan if it comes to that. I would concentrate on getting your milk supply up rather than introducing solids early.
 

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Yes. I am doing everything and anything for supply.<br><br>
What about flax oil? I forgot to mention that in my op.<br><br>
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Well I add some probiotics to her breastmilk bottle and voila! Huge poop blowout x2<br><br>
So we're good.<br><br><br>
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Have you tried giving her water to tide her over until you get home?<br><br>
If you're going to do solids this early, I'd suggest fruits or vegetables. Pureed pears aren't likely to cause constipation (in fact I was going to suggest pears or pear juice until I read the update) and should serve the same purpose as the cereal.
 

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Don't do too much water. Little ones at that age can only have tiny bits of water at a time. Their kidneys cannot handle too much water. Water can actually kill very young babies, Alegna posted a link to some info on this in a thread a while back. It surprised me.
 

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Breastmilk iceblock in a mesh feeder, or sweet potato in a mesh feeder - that way she'll be occupied, but not get much.
 

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i would do pear/avo mix. good fat from the avo and the laxative effect from pear. sounds yucky, but im sure she will take it. i too would want to avoid the formula and i understand not being able to pump much. when dd started solids i too found that lots of things constipated her, any type of cereal or grain, banana, any type of potato incl sweet. the things she ate for the longest time were applesauce, pearsauce, avocado, peachsauce and small chunks of seedless watermelon (often in a mesh feeder). then she moved on to more chunks of things like brocoli, tomato etc at which time i slowly reintroduced the constipating foods and now at 13 months she can eat anything.<br><br>
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