So we are about four days in with similac alimentum. I think it’s going pretty well. LM has stopped throwing up which I’m so happy about. He has slowly spaced out his feedings and is eating more. We are at 5 ounces or so every four hours. Phew. For a while he was eating every two hours which meant by the time he finished his bottle we were already one hour in to the next and he didn’t nap well. He is pooping more and the consistency has changed. He used to go once a day or every other day. Today he has pooped three times already. It’s softer and smells bad, but I’m not surprised because that formula is stinky.
I’m hoping all of you out in internet land can help me though with a problem I’m having. We are making five ounce bottles so I put 2.5 teaspoons of rice cereal in his bottle. We are using doctor browns bottles. Before we started this formula he was on a formula that had rice starch so it was supposedly thicker. We were using a level two nipple. Now that there is rice cereal in his bottle we need a bigger nipple so the rice cereal will come out when he sucks on the nipple. LOL at the google searches people will get from that. Anyways, we tried a level three and that didn’t seem to work so we went with a y nipple which I think is made for putting cereal in a bottle. It works well but, sometimes he gulps and cries and makes noises like it’s coming too fast. Or maybe I’m misreading his cry. But then later on in his feeding session he will usually go on to finish the bottle. Sometimes I wonder if in the first ounce or two all the rice cereal comes out so he is left with just the formula that is thinner and then he doesn’t need the bigger nipple. I have tried switching the nipple 3/4 of the way through the bottle to a level 3 and a level 2 and he gets mad and I end up switching back to the y. However, he still gulps. Maybe it’s just something he has to get used too since it hasn’t even quite been a week yet? I’m also wondering if he really needs the rice cereal in his bottle. The formula seems sorta thick on its own. Yes, he has reflux, but he is a silent refluxer not a huge spitter so maybe this new formula will help his stomach so that he doesn’t need the cereal in there? An yes, he is also on prevacid. Just trying to figure things out. I probably won’t take the rice cereal out for a bit. He is just getting better I don’t want to rock the boat yet. Anyone have any advice?
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