(Closed) How was your baby doing after introducing formula?

posted 4 years ago in Babies
Post # 16
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Busy bee
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MrsxWBee:  hey mama 🙂 I also have no advice but I have the same situation with the comfort nursing and LO will not take a paci. I always have to nurse him to sleep. My aunt told me yesterday that her son wouldnt take one but she kept offering and one day he decided to take it. 

Are you able to pump more than once at work? If you can pump every 3 hours it should maintain supply for when you want to bf at home.

Post # 17
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Busy bee

I nursed to sleep for the first 4 months, but it is around 3 months of age that you should start dissociating eating from sleeping, so that they can eventually learn to fall asleep on their own. It is hard, but when they are still young, it is still easy to get them to sleep by rocking or just carrying / pushing them around, so your mom will probably be able to do that.

I would not necessarily try to force a pacifier if your lo doesn’t want it. My daughter never used one (she couldn’t stand them either) so we never had to take it away.

I weaned much later than you (at 9 months) and didn’t have any trouble going to formula. However, I started getting her used to the sippy cup at around 7 months. I would give her a little bit of formula at lunch time. It took her about a month to learn how to drink from the cup and for me to drop the lunch feeding. After that I dropped the morning and then a couple of weeks later the evening one.

Of course, nothing prevents you from continuing to breastfeed in the mornings and evenings (and maybe even at night if needed) after you go to work. If you make the switch from breast to bottle gradually, and drop one feed at a time, your supply should adjust and you wouldn’t need to pump during the day. 

Post # 19
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Busy bee

Seems totally normal to me that she would refuse the first time – it’s a new experience quite different from what she is used to. Don’t force it, but keep trying gently over several days / weeks – babies are incredibly adaptive and she will get it and start liking it. Good luck!

Post # 20
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Worker bee

My baby girl is also 1 month old. I breastfed for the first 2 weeks but switched to formula after that. She was constantly attached to me and like your lo she was using me for comfort too. Wouldn’t settle for my husband and I felt like I couldn’t get any quality time with our 5 year old son. Since we switched she has been great. She goes a good 3-4 hours between feeds and sleeps great between feeds at night. The only issue we had was she got a bit constipated for the first few days on formula but once her tummy got used to the change she was totally fine 🙂 good luck! X 

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Worker bee

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MrsxWBee:  I am using Aptamil. I’m a UK bee so im not sure if you have that in the states? I do t breastfeed angmore, I basically just went cold turkey and gave formula. She was a bit fussy the first couple of feeds but soon got the hang of it and she is great with it now. My boobs were agony and really leaky (sorry tmi) when I stopped bf but after about a week or so they were back to normal. How are you getting on now? X

Post # 23
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Busy Beekeeper
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MrsxWBee:  I do both breastmilk at breast, in bottle and formula. We are all over the place. My baby doesn’t mind breast or bottle. It might be because we started supplementing formula when he was days old. He likes both equally. I would start by offering your baby breastmilk using the bottle before introducing formula. Good luck!

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