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Changing from breast feeding to formula


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#1 KerryL

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:33 PM

Hi    My bub is 9 months old and I am returning to work next week 3 days per week for which he will be in daycare for. I was planning on having my bub formula fed on 3 days whilst at work and I would continue feeding at night and on my days off. To get bub used to formula I was mixing half breast milk and formula which started off okay and then he has flat out refused this and the bottle so I am currently expressing during the day and feeding this to him by bottles during the day and only breast feeding at night. This seems to be working well and he is taking the bottle without a fight. I have been doing this for a week now. Does anyone have any experiences or tips on how from here I can introduce formula but still breast feed when I am with him and not at work? Is it possible to do both?TIAKerry

#2 Fright bat

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:42 PM

Is he established on solids? Is he a good eater? If so, don't stress too much.

I think older babies often refuse formula because compared to the real food they are eating, it's way less tasty.

My 9.5 month old refused formula outright. He now has soy milk in a sippy cup as well as three meals at childcare. My paed wasn't fussed by the whole 'before 1 foods for fun' thing. That is meant to be reassurance for babies who don't eat solids well, not a statement to suggest that's diet of solids is deficient.

So provide some EBM if you can, and otherwise they will just feed him up and give him LOTS of water to make sure he stays hydrated.

#3 ImpatientAnna

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:46 PM

QUOTE (KerryL @ 02/02/2013, 06:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi    My bub is 9 months old and I am returning to work next week 3 days per week for which he will be in daycare for. I was planning on having my bub formula fed on 3 days whilst at work and I would continue feeding at night and on my days off. To get bub used to formula I was mixing half breast milk and formula which started off okay and then he has flat out refused this and the bottle so I am currently expressing during the day and feeding this to him by bottles during the day and only breast feeding at night. This seems to be working well and he is taking the bottle without a fight. I have been doing this for a week now. Does anyone have any experiences or tips on how from here I can introduce formula but still breast feed when I am with him and not at work? Is it possible to do both?TIAKerry


I think it's a very individual thing with each child, as to whether you can successfully mix feed. If it were me I would be trying 3/4 ebm and 1/4 formula and very gradually change the ratio. This is kind of what we had been trying with my 14 month old, except with cow milk. Unfortunately DS is a crazy boobaholic (tried bottles with ebm when little and no luck), so we are having limited success.

Another thought is, can you pump for the next 3 months until he is old enough to have cow's milk. Cow's milk does taste a bit better so you might have more luck.... How is you little one's solid intake, and what hours will you be away from them?

#4 KerryL

Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:11 PM

QUOTE (ImpatientAnna @ 02/02/2013, 06:46 PM)
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I think it's a very individual thing with each child, as to whether you can successfully mix feed. If it were me I would be trying 3/4 ebm and 1/4 formula and very gradually change the ratio. This is kind of what we had been trying with my 14 month old, except with cow milk. Unfortunately DS is a crazy boobaholic (tried bottles with ebm when little and no luck), so we are having limited success.

Another thought is, can you pump for the next 3 months until he is old enough to have cow's milk. Cow's milk does taste a bit better so you might have more luck.... How is you little one's solid intake, and what hours will you be away from them?


He is a good eater with 3 meals a day and small snacks I will Be away from him from 8. - 530 mon wed thursThanks

#5 KerryL

Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:11 PM

QUOTE (ImpatientAnna @ 02/02/2013, 06:46 PM)
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I think it's a very individual thing with each child, as to whether you can successfully mix feed. If it were me I would be trying 3/4 ebm and 1/4 formula and very gradually change the ratio. This is kind of what we had been trying with my 14 month old, except with cow milk. Unfortunately DS is a crazy boobaholic (tried bottles with ebm when little and no luck), so we are having limited success.

Another thought is, can you pump for the next 3 months until he is old enough to have cow's milk. Cow's milk does taste a bit better so you might have more luck.... How is you little one's solid intake, and what hours will you be away from them?


He is a good eater with 3 meals a day and small snacks I will Be away from him from 8. - 530 mon wed thursThanks

#6 ImpatientAnna

Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:16 PM

QUOTE (KerryL @ 02/02/2013, 07:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
He is a good eater with 3 meals a day and small snacks I will Be away from him from 8. - 530 mon wed thursThanks


In that instance, I would save yourself the hassle and just tank him up on boob milk in the morning, ensure his carers keep him hydrated and give him a feed bf when you get home. If he's eating well, he is probably getting enough and may just eat a bit more than normal throughout the day. It would be more about making sure he has enough fluids especially on hot days - but once again if he uses a sippy well, I wouldn't worry.

#7 Ice Queen

Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:05 PM

What formula have you tried?  I think some taste better than others.  I comp fed my DS but I had to try a few different formulas to find one that agreed with his stomach.  He definitely guzzled S26Gold the best and also liked Karicare Aptimal.

But yes, I think i am in the camp that I wouldn't get too stressed.  Also you may find he takes it from the daycare staff but not you (he knows his preferred boob is available!).

#8 Magenta Ambrosia

Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:09 PM

A couple of drops of vanilla essence can make it more to the taste of breast milk :-)

#9 ubermum

Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:26 PM

I am doing the same, but won't go the formula route. My baby will be 8.5 months. She eats extremely well and isn't too fussed about the boob during the day. I will provide her plenty of food and water and she can boob on all the time I am home. I have expressed, but she flat out refuses EBM, even if I am not in the house.

#10 bailee

Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:40 PM

Its definitely possible to do both. Lots of mums do it - I did. Both my kids had bottles while I was at work - either EBM or formula depending on what I had and then when I got home, straight back on the boob.

As for introducing formula - have you tried getting someone else to give it to him? Sometimes that works. Otherwise, at the age of 9 months, he can go without any formula during the day as long as he is eating and drinking other foods. So you could leave him with some cheese and yogurt for his dairy requirements, plus other foods and he can drink water for thirst. Once you see him again he'll be back on the boob and your supply will adjust accordingly. My daughter did this for a while after I returned to work - she flatly refused bottles even though they were EBM and not formula. Eventually she decided she wanted the EBM but it wasn't till I had some time off work that she changed her routine when I went back.




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