(Closed) Formula Feeding Tips

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

The fact that formula is an option REALLY helped me get through that first month of learning to nurse. it took a TON of pressure off of me mentally, and I ended up LOVING to nurse my DD. I seriously thank the formula for the relief during those really painful lonely days when i was learning.  =)

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

We’re just about to start supplementing with formula (DS is 6 months old). We’ve never used it before (my supply has dropped a ton in the last 6 weeks, but we had a bunch of frozen milk that we’ve been using), but I want to have some with us for a trip out of town this weekend, since we can’t bring frozen breastmilk, and I don’t think my supply will suffice. Here’s my question: I’ve brough bottles of breastmilk through security with me before, with no problems… can I bring a bottle of pre-made liquid formula through security too? With the breastmilk, they didn’t ask me to open it up or taste it or anything, but I wouldn’t have minded demonstrating to them that I was willing to feed it to my kid. But with the formula, I know they say you’re supposed to use or discard within 2 hours of opening, so I don’t really want to open it up just for security.

Any tips?Do I just need to buy powder instead? (and if so, should I bring my own water, or can I just buy bottled water in the airport and use that?)

Sorry to sound dumb, I’ve never had to think about this before and I’m not sure what supplies I need!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

I pumped breastmilk for a month (latching problems)before my milk supply dropped. I like how formula comes in ready to use on the go containers, so you don’thaveto have a bottle already made, just open that.

I guess my tip is keep a on-the-go container in the baby bag. So much easer!

 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I LOVE this. There is SO much information out there pro-breastfeeding but knocks on formula. I have NO idea what we will do yet or how it will pan out. I do plan on BF but who knows what will happen? So thanks for this!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Lozza: Hey there, not a mom but I probably wouldnt buy the premade ones. Here are my thoughts on it. They can get pretty heavy if you bring a lot, the big cans are actually pretty light and maybe easier to bring with you in a diaper bag. A lot of the security people will make you throw out a new bottle with anything liqued. I once had a bottle of water that was totally closed and sealed off with the plastic on the lid but they made me throw it away because of security measures. Which brings me to my second point. I would buy the bottled water after you get through security.

 

Hope this helps at least a little.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Personal thoughts:

Similiac Advanced:  fed in the hospital.  We also had a lot of samples of this and found it suitible for the first 2 weeks…

 

Enfamil LIPID:  horrible colored poo.  We’re talking nasty olive green.  Didn’t have any issues with it other than the color of the poo seriously turned me off of the formula.

 

Similac Sensitive:  tried samples of this for a little over a week.  I did not notice any reduced gas or fussiness (as the outside of the can claims).  Our kid has a ton of gas to start with…

 

Enfamil Sensitive:  see Enfamil above.  Same issue and no reduction in gas

 

Costco/Kirkland Signature:  the fact that it is made by the same parent company as Similac and comes in at about 50% less than the name brands AND we are having no issues with it makes this a clear winner for us.

 

Traveling with powedered formula:  I am a big fan of traveling with out premade bottles.  We have a little plastic formula holder (look on Amazon…lots of different options) and I take a big Nalagene of tap water from home if it’s a road trip and make bottles as we need them.  If I am going shopping/downtown I may put water in the bottles and add the powder later.  Depends on how much weight I want to carry.

For plane travel, I would do the same but not carry water.  Buying bottled water after the checkpoint is the easiest.  I am not a big fan of premaking bottles.

 

Premade bottles/batches:  we make a bottle as needed.  Some people will make a big batch of the amount that they go through in 24 hours and then throw it in the fridge but our kid doesn’t really like a cold bottle (room temp is fine) and I’m not really into warming them.  As long as you follow the directions, most say discard refridgerated bottles/formula after 24 hours, making a batch could save some time.

 

 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

@Miss Sapphire: I didn’t know Costco’s formula is the same as Similac. We use Similac Sensitive but maybe I should look into that one.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

@MsMamaBear: Yep.  Abbot/Ross makes both the Costco one and Similac.  The Costco brand does not have a sensitive formula though.

 

Also, OT, the Costco diapers used to just be rebranded Huggie’s Supremes.  Our tyke doesn’t like Huggies but if that’s your go-to brand you may want to look into it.  If you go to the CS desk you can also sign up for their coupon books that are mailed to you and there is a coupon every month (on about a 4 month rotation) for one of their big baby products.  

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

DS is EBF, so I haven’t had to use this and not completely sure how it works, but if you need specialized formula for medical reasons, there is assitance out there to offset the costs. If we were using formula DS would be on an AA based version that comes in around $40 a small can! This is something I would really look into if we ever had to switch.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Also, if you qualify for WIC, each state has certain formulas that they approve.

Best place is to Google your state and “WIC approved formula list”.  The proper lists will come up with a “.gov” URL.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@Lozza:  TSA should never ask you to taste the formula or breastmilk.  They may ask you to open a premade bottle, so they can do some testing on it, but you should be fine taking it through security without any trouble.  If you can, use the family security lane, and be sure to announce to the agents as you go through screening that you have some bottles with you.

  • We also used a few different kinds, and eventually ended up with Enfamil Soybee for Sensitive Tummies.  Neither Similac Advanced nor the Kirkland brand formulas worked for us.  I think it’s important to consult your doctor on formula changes, though, because every baby is different and every baby tolerates changes in formula differently.
  • Let’s see, we used the Born Free bottles, which come with an additional little disk to put in the top of the bottle to prevent formula from getting into the nipple.  We used to put a pre-measured amount of powder into the bottle, and then put it into the cabinet.  When Addie was hungry, we’d simply add the correct amount of warm tap water, and her bottle was ready in less than a minute.  If we were traveling, I put the little disk into the bottle, and that would keep the powder out of the nipple, even if the bottle got shaken up.
  • Another tip, sign up for free formula coupons on enfamil.com, similac.com, and/or gerber.com.  You can often print out coupons on these websites, too, which make the formula quite a bit cheaper. 
  • Lastly, formula feeding can be just as much of a bonding experience as breastfeeding.  You can still hold your baby close, cuddle him/her, look into his/her eyes, and even have skin to skin contact, if you want.  Feedings, wheteher from the breast or the bottle, are a special bonding time with your baby, and it’s nice to have that time to sit down and relax together.  Take advantage of those little moments!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee

@Mrs. Spring: I agree. Once I wasn’t able to breastfeed, I worried about bonding time when I fed her. Puhlease! We stare into each others eyes the whole time…unless them ilk runs out and she gets fussy.LOL I love feeding her. 🙂

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