Jump to content

ebm formula
trying to sort it all out


  • Please log in to reply
3 replies to this topic

#1 José

Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:16 PM

DS has some breast refusal going on. i posted a couple of days ago about timing feeds as i wondered if that was part of the problem but it doesnt seem to be.

i am continuing to offer the breast to DS and he sometimes takes it and sometimes doesnt. so, i need a plan for when he doesnt. and an additional complication is that i will be returning to work very soon, meaning DH will be feeding him.
so, i was building up a supply of EBM in the freezer but we have been eating into that lately and if the breast refusal continues im not sure i will be able to express enough for all feeds. so, if necessary i guess we will have to introduce formula.
i am wondering how to go about this. should i have one formula feed per day at the same time each day? does it matter what time of day? are there likley to be any problems with DS accepting formula? how much EBM should we be offering to DS and how much formula? what changes will i see in DS with the introduction of formula.
DS is almost four months. i have tried a number of things to over come breast refusal like feeding in different rooms and different positions etc.

#2 lucky 2

Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:06 PM

That distractibility peaks at 4 months, it can be very challenging but it does peak and trough.
Just do what you can and give what you have, if you want to give a bottle instead of a breast feed (bc of refusal) it may or may not happen (ie bottle fed babies can fuss and refuse too).
If you give ebm give as much as is wanted and it's the same for formula, volume to appetite.
Introduction of formula will change the organisms in the gut, stools may be less loose and smell different.
I wouldn't worry about doing the same thing (ie formula) at the same time, that sounds too restrictive for you and dh, do it as easily as possible.
The link below may have some other tips re breast refusal, I think I put a similar one in your other thread.
I know I haven't responded to everything but I'm sure someone else will.
All the best.
http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/fussy-while-nursing/

#3 José

Posted 03 February 2013 - 07:52 AM

Isnt it possible to over feed a baby when using formula? Can u over feed with ebm?

#4 lozzylots

Posted 03 February 2013 - 11:28 AM

You can technically overfeed with both - I believe it's the bottle that causes overfeeding, not its contents. As for how much, there are mathematical formulas for working out how   much to feed by your baby's weight (google 'how much to feed baby' or   something like that), or use the guides on formula tins. It's a good starting point, then you'll work out   how much bubs takes each feed, it could be more or less but don't worry too much about overfeeding unless your healthcare provider is concerned about excessive weight gain. We've always found DD won't eat more than she needs.

When I was switching DD from EBM to formula (dwindling supply from FT expressing) I would mix formula and EBM in the same bottle each feed and gradually put more formula than EBM. I could be wrong but I figured that the EBM might help her digest the formula easier and so ease her onto it rather than going straight from easy-to-digest EBM to formula.

I know some babies don't like the taste of certain formulas, or certain ones don't agree with them. You might be lucky and he will do great on the first one you try, otherwise it's an expensive game of trial and error original.gif We tried 3 before we found one that suited DD. And the only change in her was as lucky 2 said - poos not quite as runny, not as often and lots smellier!! Watch for constipation, DD didn't have a problem but I believe it's quite common on formula.




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Why we tend to hold our babies on our left side

On which side of your body do you carry or cradle your baby? If you answered "left" then you're not alone.

Taking fish oil in pregnancy may prevent childhood asthma

Women who took omega-3 fatty acid supplements (fish oil supplements) in pregnancy reduced the risk of their children developing asthma by almost one third.

Mum, dad and son all share a birthday

Luke and Hillary Gardner never have a problem remembering each other's birthday.

Mum shares the bittersweet truth about pregnancy after miscarriage

A mother's candid and heartfelt reflections about pregnancy after miscarriage are providing comfort to other women.

16 simple ways to make your baby smarter

What's the best way to mentally stimulate your baby? It doesn't take a genius - just a loving, involved parent.

Your blood pressure could predict baby's sex even before conception

The average blood pressure of mother could suggest a baby's sex before it even exists, a study has found.

The breastfeeding photo that says it all

Ashley Rockill was lucky enough to have her birth photographer on hand to capture a precious moment.

13 pregnancy superstitions from across the globe

In honour of Black Friday, let's explore 13 of the strangest pregnancy superstitions from across the globe.

I'm a stay-at-home mum, and I'm sending my son to daycare

When you become a mum you give birth to a beautiful baby, but you also give birth to guilt.

Mum gives birth to 'Incredible Hulk' 6.4kg baby

An American mother was shocked when she gave to a 6.4kg (14lb 1oz) baby last month.

Mum demands $530 for daughter's shoes after playdate

A mum has made a pretty bold move by demanding $532 for a pair of her daughter's shoes that were damaged at another family's house. 

A toddler's guide to helping around the house

If a toddler was to write a guide to 'help' you with the household chores, it would go something like this.

The breast pump you can use on the go

The game-changing breast pump promises to make life easier all round.

'Mum, don't be mad but I've just had a baby'

A teen mum has shared her birth story – and her shock at not knowing she was pregnant until her baby's head emerged.

No, Senator, childcare workers don't just wipe noses and stop fights

The only thing childcare workers spend their time doing is "wiping noses and stopping the kids from killing each other"? Not quite.

'I wanted to be the birth mum so much'

When people say "aren't you lucky that there are two of you, that you can switch?" I give them a tight smile.

6 myths about breastfeeding toddlers

Although breastfeeding a toddler isn't for everybody, if you choose to nurse beyond babyhood you can expect some strong reactions.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

From our network

Your child's fine motor skills: what you should know

There is less of a focus on fine motor skills, but they're just as important as others. (SPONSORED)

5 ways music helps your toddler's development

There are at least five other compelling reasons to get musical around your toddler. (SPONSORED)

 

Baby Names

Unusual Celeb Baby Names

Click through the gallery to read the details and see some of the most memorable monikers in show biz families.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.