How to transition from breastmilk to formula??

Jessica - posted on 01/29/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hi, Im a first time mom so all this is new to me! :) I just stopped breastfeeding 2 weeks ago and since then have been feeding my son Dawson my frozen milk. Im starting to run low on stored milk and need to transition to formula soon. Should I alternate feedings b/w breastmilk and formula to get him used to the new taste of formula? Or do I just run out of breastmilk and start on formula? Do I reduce his ounces intake since formula is heavier?

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My breastfed babies both hated formula when they first tasted it, but I had to supplement a little to go back to work. What worked wonders with both kids was mixing the formula with breastmilk in the same bottle. That was the only way they would take it initially. My 5 month old still prefers breastmilk, but he will tolerate the occasional formula now that he is somewhat used to the taste. I also noticed that babies will like certain formulas better than others. With my first son I went through 3 brands of formula before discovering that he took Similac much better than the others. The new Similac has been reformulated and is supposed to be the closest formula to breastmilk on the market right now. Not sure how many ounces you'll need - formula tends to be digested slower than breastmilk and your son may not need to eat quite as often. I'd probably start out offering about 6 ounces and adjust it up or down depending on how much he readily accepts. Best of luck!!

Tiffany - posted on 01/29/2009

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Hi there!! I have breastfed my daughter for 6 months almost, just recently switched over, but i found it reletavely easy to switch. I stored also but as April below has noted my daughter too is an eager eater. So the transformation for her was easily done. Don't put a restriction on how much he wants to eat. You can't measure how much he is eating while u are breastfeeding so let him eat until he is full..chunkier the better! Ha ha! Good Luck!!

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Amanda - posted on 02/01/2009

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when i switched mine from breastfeeding to formula i just began alternating the feedings. i started him out with only 3-4 onces. i miss breastfeeding but the formula is so much nicer.

Andreia - posted on 01/30/2009

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How to transition from breast milk to formula - mixing breast milk and formula will probably be best for now, it gets him used to the taste of formula and still getting some milk, then you can gradually do the switch-a-roo. never reduce any amount of formula just because it's heavier, you'll know when he's no longer hungry and just go by that, some days, he'll eat a little more, other days he won't. my almost 6-month-old eats about 6-7 oz every 3-4 hrs and sometimes he only eats 5 oz other times, i gotta feed him more. i do mix in the breast milk and formula in the same bottle and he loves it, that's when he eats the most.

Melissa - posted on 01/30/2009

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I breastfeed my baby girl till she was 2-3months old I didn't have enough milk supply and I felt like she was starving so I just gave her a bottle of enfamil and she took it rreally well I was so glad of that and then I called the doctor's the next day and told them what was going on and said that was a good choice. She is 5 months old now and is 16.10 and 25"

April - posted on 01/29/2009

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Hi. I breastfed until my son was 4 months. He is an eager eater so he accepted formula just fine. Just give him a bottle of formula now and see how he likes it. Sometimes you have to introduce things to him more than once before he comes around. let your husband give it to hin first because he expects breastmilk from you. Also talk to your pediatrician about what formula is best for your baby. I hope this helps. Also give him as much milk as he wants. Formula is not heavier than breastmilk. Breastmilk is designed by your body for your baby.  My son eats about 40 ounces of formula a day. 5  8 oz bottles. he'll let you know when he is hungry just like he does now.

Andreia - posted on 01/30/2009

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How to transition from breast milk to formula - mixing breast milk and formula will probably be best for now, it gets him used to the taste of formula and still getting some milk, then you can gradually do the switch-a-roo. never reduce any amount of formula just because it's heavier, you'll know when he's no longer hungry and just go by that, some days, he'll eat a little more, other days he won't. my almost 6-month-old eats about 6-7 oz every 3-4 hrs and sometimes he only eats 5 oz other times, i gotta feed him more. i do mix in the breast milk and formula in the same bottle and he loves it, that's when he eats the most.

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