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QUESTION: i have a baby pygmy and its bottle fed. the lady before me was feeding her a milk replacement. i also bought a milk replacement and fed it to him for a day. i read where alot of those replacements are bad for babies and to switch to whole cow milk. i started today to gradually change him. hes had about 6 oz of this formula: i mix 3/4 of old formula and 1/3 of whole milk mixed with buttermilk and evaporated milk. now his poop has turned more watery and tinge of greenish. what do i do to clear it up?

ANSWER: HI Tiffany -
I think  the change is causing this issue with scouring..  and possibly the addition of buttermilk and evap milk.. these are not needed. Your  gradual change seems fine but I think the evap and buttermilk may be to much for this baby - a tsp or so of pepto bismol will help coat the gut and help to  solidify the poopies..  you do not want to stop  the baby pooping .. but slowing it down will help..  cut out the  formula   with evap and buttermilk..  follow the guide to gradual change using just the milk instead. This also could be a late symptom of the replacer itself..  which is how replacers begin to show symptoms   

This is my full article on bottle feeding.. and how to change a baby goat from  replacer to milk gradually

If the scouring  starts to get very bad.. I think I would stop all milk bottles, give electrolytes only for at least a few bottles..  not just water ever - but with electrolytes and  maybe a pump or 2 of nutridrench and a tsp of molasses.. to allow the gut to relax and  not  be upset with all the change and replacer junk in it..
Then  start without any replacer.. half  electrolyte bottle  and half whole milk.. for a day or at least a few bottles..  3/4 milk and 1/4  electrolytes..   for a few bottles or a day of bottles.. then all milk  bottles..  just whole milk..  goat milk if you can get it  but regular cow whole milk is fine..

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QUESTION: thanks that answers alot of my concerns. ive read to use baking soda also to calm their bellies. how would i mix that?

HI Tiffany -
for baking soda ..  they hate the taste and make funny little noises after they have been given it.. so be aware of that.. it is Very salty - I personally put some on a teaspoon and wet it with water..  enough to make  a loose paste.. and into the mouth it goes - like feeding a toddler - you will loose half of it because they will spit it out and act like you are trying to kill them- but this is MUCH safer than trying to drench them.. I always try to do anything  but drench as the chances of them  getting it down the wrong way and into the lungs is greater than not.. baking soda  will help the pH of the gut and is vital  with older kids that have FKS

hope this helps..  


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