I really wanted to wait to start solids until 6 months since there is a history of food allergy in my family, but a few things have me thinking that I should start now (we have the green light from the ped.)
1. Baby has reflux. We give him formula that's one part regular Similac, two parts Enfamil AR with a little prune juice. 100% Enfamil made him really constipated. He still throws up a lot and often (but is gaining weight just fine), but at least he doesn't cry while feeding from reflux anymore (he also gets the maximum dose of Zantac). Sometimes he will get fussy and cry, I can hear some gurgling, then vomits, so I think that's the reflux.
2. He's getting more and more hungry it seems. I feed him about every 3-4 hours (4x/day, he STTN) and I tried giving him a couple of 8 oz. bottles today (up from 7 oz.) to see if he was less famished (he starts to freak when I sit down to feed him since he knows what's coming and is impatient I think, he also hates to take a break to burp now too and just wants to chug). I'm having a hard time figuring out how to feed him more often to see if that will help because he still takes three naps a day, is up for two hours in between.
I'm using Dr. Brown's # 2 nipples because this formula will hardly come out of the #1s.
Any thoughts or advice? Did starting solids help your baby with these issues? Sorry this is so long!