We’re still struggling with a fussy baby. And maybe Nadia is just going to be a fussy baby, but for the time being, we’re still trying to figure out why she screams like she’s in pain so often.
The plan now is to try a hypoallergenic formula, we’re currently using EleCare, which is an amino-acid based formula which virtually eliminates the possibility of allergies. Or so they tell me. We’re going to try this formula for a week, we’re on day two, and see if Nadia’s behavior changes. I’m terribly sad to switch to formula, so I want to make sure this is some sort of allergy before I officially quit breastfeeding… and so I’ll be pumping and I guess just freezing my milk for now. I have a lot already frozen, which I had been scalding for high lipase, but I think I’ll just freeze without scalding this week. I have no idea what I might be doing with this milk, and I feel stressed enough for time as it is…
One of the reasons I’m scared to switch to formula is because the hypoallergenic formulas seem to be all filler, since they obviously can’t contain milk products. A few people suggested I check into Hipp formula from Germany, as it’s ingredients seem so much healthier. I did order some and it should arrive on Monday. I’m super anxious to try it, hopefully it smells (and tastes) better than the EleCare!
I forgot how annoying it is to wash so many bottles everyday. I mean, we still use some for Nora, but gosh, a bottle every couple hours, it’s a lot of washing! Question to those of you who formula feed, how do you make formula on the go? Like on Monday when I go to Iowa City, I’ll be away from home with Nadia at least six hours. I think I have one of those little containers that I can pre-measure out at least three feedings worth of the powdered formula. I think I might even have two of those for six feedings. But then I have to take that many clean bottles?? And do you take filtered water? Get water wherever you are? I normally warm the water to about body temp before I add the powder, as Nadia is picky, and also because I think the powder dissolves better… Any tips and tricks any of you can share with me?? Sucks I have to take all that stuff, and my pump, ugh.
I really hope in a week I have more answers, and possibly a better feeling about formula vs breastfeeding. I want what is best for Nadia, and I guess in my mind, if my milk is really making her so upset, than I’d rather do formula. I want her to be a happy baby, and lately, she is certainly not happy. I hate hearing her cry and seeing her tears whenever I feed her. Breaks my heart.