e-Tummy Helper for Infant Feeding Problems

Our Parent’s Choice e-Tummy Helper infant feeding tool was developed with pediatrician, Dr. Anthony Kovatch. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has been a practicing pediatrician in Pittsburgh for more than 30 years.

Decoding Baby Feeding Issues

Baby Formula Expert Anthony Kovatch, MD

Anthony Kovatch, MD, completed his undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania. He went on to attend medical school at Hahnemann Medical College, which is now part of Drexel University. He continued his pediatric training at Pediatric Cornell North Shore University Hospital and served a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. For the past 30 years, he has been a practicing pediatrician in Pittsburgh and is currently working at Pediatric Alliance.

Feeding issues in infants are a major cause of concern for new parents. Spitting up is common during or after infant feeding, and some babies spit up more than others. Whereas baby spit ups are characterized by the easy flow of stomach contents out of a baby’s mouth (frequently after a burp), vomiting is much more forceful. According to our friends at Healthychildren.org, frequent spit-ups may be attributed to the type of baby formula you are using:

  • Some infants may tolerate one formula more than another without having an actual allergy to the ingredients.
  • An estimated 5% of infants have difficulty simply digesting the proteins found in cow’s milk-based formula or soy baby formula.
  • Only a subset of infants have frequent, “effortless” vomiting caused by acid reflux, a condition attributable to weakness in the stomach muscle that prevents milk from regurgitating. When acid reflux causes irritability, arching of the body, or crying, which all interfere with infant feeding, your pediatrician may wish to evaluate your child and prescribe medication.
  • The vast majority of frequent spit-ups – together with gassiness, erratic feeding problems, irritability, and changes in stools – may signal that it’s time to speak with your baby’s pediatrician about switching formula.

Our Parent’s Choice Infant Formula e-Tummy Helper provides customized information in response to the answers you select to the following eight questions. Be sure to confer with your child’s pediatrician before making any infant feeding decisions.

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Parent's Choice Gentle® Infant Formula is NOT made by or affiliated with Mead Johnson & Co.

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Store Brand Sensitivity® Infant Formula is not made by or affiliated with Abbott Laboratories.
† 95% less lactose than standard milk-based formulas
Not for children with galactosemia.

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Enfamil® and ProSobee® are registered trademarks of Mead Johnson & Co.
Similac® and Isomil® are registered trademarks of Abbott Laboratories.
Parent's Choice Soy-Based Infant Formula is neither made by nor affiliated with Abbott Laboratories.