So the twins have been on elecare ever since they had there NEC scare in the nicu when they were about 4 weeks old. They have seemed to handle it really well, and haven't had many issues with spitting up or acid reflux. However I started to wonder it maybe it had anything to do with their poor sleeping habits? So I consulted Dr. Google, and come to find out others who were using elecare have had some of the same issues we have been having. I guess that the way the formula helps with the stomach problems is by breaking down quicker so that the body digests it faster and gives the sensitive intestines time to heal. Well since it was digesting so much quicker they were probably getting hungry more often than I was feeding them (in the night) So! Basically, during those awful 2 1/2 hour CIO sessions, I was pretty much starving them to death! Geez! How many other kids do I have? Mother of the year! AND, they have had diarrhea since we brought them home from the NICU we even took them to the GI and they were puzzled by it. But as I read more I found out that diarrhea is also another side effect of elecare (something I thought their Dr.or GI would have known?) So, I called their pediatrician and aasked them what they thought about switching formulas, and they said that we could try half elecare and half regular formula! So yesterday we started doing half elecare and half similac sensitive. I don't think it is coincidence, they are now eating 9 ounces each feed! 9! They used to only eat 5 or 6 just a few days ago! They love this stuff! And so far they seem to be tolerating it fine, and their diarrhea has also improved a little, it at least now isn't complete water. Now hopefully they can start getting full bellies and sleeping through the night! Right?
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