What are some signs I might need to switch baby to a different formula? Formula Feeding

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You want to provide baby with proper nutrition that will keep him happy and healthy. But it's possible that certain formulas won't sit right with some babies' digestive systems. Here, experts and moms share the symptoms that could indicate it's time to try a different formula.

Consult the Pediatrician First

"I recommend consulting with your baby’s pediatrician for any formula changes or changes to a breastfeeding mom's diet. Excess fussiness, excess gas, bloated abdomen, change in stool pattern, frequent spitting up or vomiting are all symptoms of possible formula intolerance. However, it is important to remember those symptoms may not be indicative of a formula intolerance, so involving the pediatrician is important." -- Maria Lombardi, DO, pediatrician at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, a...

"I recommend consulting with your baby’s pediatrician for any formula changes or changes to a breastfeeding mom's diet. Excess fussiness, excess gas, bloated abdomen, change in stool pattern, frequent spitting up or vomiting are all symptoms of possible formula intolerance. However, it is important to remember those symptoms may not be indicative of a formula intolerance, so involving the pediatrician is important." -- Maria Lombardi, DO, pediatrician at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, Valhalla, New York 

Watch for Crying, Fussiness, or Gas

"Some signs a baby may need a different formula include excessive crying or fussiness during or after feedings, increase in gas or very loose or watery stools, vomiting, rash, and poor weight gain." -- Lisa Liu, MD, physician at Loyola Center for Health at Gottlieb, assistant professor of family medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Melrose Park, Illinois

Tummy Pain & Frequent Spit-Up

"If baby seems uncomfortable pooping, is spitting up often, or seems very gassy, you may want to talk to the doctor about trying a non-dairy, soy-free or sensitive formula, which could be easier on baby’s digestive system."   

Trouble Sleeping & Discomfort During Feedings

"My child was super-cranky, not sleeping, and looking like she was in pain when feeding -- i.e., squirming around."  

Don't Ignore a Rash

"I went from breast milk to milk-based formula. My daughter never had a rash until she was on formula. Then she would get really bad rashes. So I switched her to soy. And now she is on soy formula and only gets a rash when she is allergic to a food she ate."

They Can't Keep the Formula Down

"We tried every formula under the sun for our youngest. She wasn't keeping any of it down. Constantly spitting up, bad stools, and a very upset baby. We finally found a special formula made for babies with milk-protein allergies, and it was heaven-sent!"

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