Brown sugar? Really!

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Brown sugar? Really!
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Sat, 05-21-2011 - 6:07am

During the week, an aquaintance of mine with a five week old baby was posting on Facebook about how miserable and uncomfortable her baby seemed, especially during the day.

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Registered: 04-13-2008
Fri, 05-27-2011 - 6:19pm

Well, in this case, the mother was exclusively breastfeeding, so the baby was not constipated - a problem that affects formula fed babies more often than I realised. What she needed was advice on managing the oversupply that had been contributing to her baby's problems.

Teresa

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Registered: 05-27-2011
Fri, 05-27-2011 - 2:57pm

Wow...I have heard of Caro syrup (just a tiny amount to help) and my pedi gave me that advice, but brown sugar?

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Registered: 04-13-2008
Thu, 05-26-2011 - 5:26pm

Yes, this friend is already eliminating some culprit foods as well, but sounds like the block-feeding has worked well.

Teresa

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Registered: 06-04-2004
Thu, 05-26-2011 - 1:11pm
goddessofpeace wrote:

I'll have to check out block feeding sounds useful.

Block-feeding saved my breastfeeding life, LOL. I started when my first baby was about two months old, when I couldn't figure out how to help him feed better or get my supply under control and breastfeeding was feeling like punishment to me. I never looked back. Within the week, things had improved exponentially. My second child was only ever block-fed (I was nursing both of them until she was fourteen months old), and I'm so thankful I was already knowledgable and experienced with it because she was a bad refluxer and a fussy, needy baby naturally, so I'm sure things would have been much worse without it. :)

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Thu, 05-26-2011 - 12:17pm

I'll have to check out block feeding sounds useful.

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Thu, 05-26-2011 - 10:30am
My DS's colic appears to have been food intolerances. Evidence -- it didn't stop until I went on an elimination diet. Four months is allegedly the magic age but he was still going strong.
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Registered: 04-13-2008
Thu, 05-26-2011 - 5:10am

It is interesting that the friend of mine with the little baby has now been working on the block feeding. The baby is MUCH happier. So at least in this case the 'colic' symptoms in her breastfed baby may have been due to oversupply and formilk hindmilk imbalance.

Teresa

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Registered: 02-28-2008
Thu, 05-26-2011 - 12:10am

I had my son on similac it had iron and it stopped him up pretty regularly. I have to say I got some pretty crazy advice on how to get him going again everything from chamolie tea to putting to bed with a bottle of water with

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Wed, 05-25-2011 - 7:03pm

My mom fed me with evaporated milk and karo syrup, it was very common for that generation.

But I turned out just fine... ;)

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Registered: 06-04-2004
Wed, 05-25-2011 - 7:02pm
rubyshoes03 wrote:
My grandma did not nurse her children and she told me that she fed my mom evaporated milk and added karo syrup when she was constipated...as if this was completely normal. No wonder my mother has the issues she does with food, her weight and the like. My mother was born in 1961.

People did it for a long time, and they probably still are. I was born in 1978 and was fed this concoction myself. I'm told the purpose of the Karo syrup was two-fold: to help prevent constipation and to make the formula taste good so babies would drink it. I guess it worked for me; I'm also told I was guzzling down 60 ounces of it per day by the time I was a few months old.

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