From Formula to Breastmilk

Iysha - posted on 10/12/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My baby was a preemie and is now the average size for a full term 3 month old. She has been fed a High Calorie Formula since she was in the NICU. I have a friend that recently had a baby, about a month after my baby was born and offered to give me her breastmilk that she has stored because she has a huge supply and kinda has to get rid of it. If you were in my situation, would you take it? Is there anything that I could expect to be different with my baby after making the switch if I decide to do so?

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Iysha - posted on 10/13/2009

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I didn't even think to ask if she does drugs or smokes or anything!OMG. I was just thinking it would be cheaper for me since I will not be getting my daughter's "special" formula for free anymore and because it is hard to keep up with WIC because they have the English appointments on days that I work. I have already tried Term formula with every feeding for 2 days and her poop has changed in color already. lol. She did fine with both breastmilk and formula when she was just born (up to 1 month), she was never super gassy or had any tummy problems, so I am not concerned with that in reguard to switching. Thank you for your advice. It was a great help. =]

Lynlee - posted on 10/13/2009

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The breastmilk won't be exactly suited to your baby as the milk was produced for a newborn but it would still be more nutritious than formula. If you are sure that your friend is healthy, doesn't smoke, take drugs and doesn't have any diseases etc then I would take it. You will be feeding from a bottle so won't have the attachment/bonding issues that might arise if your friend was feeding your baby from her breast. You should expect your babies poo to become a different colour, easier to pass and possibly more/less regular. She may slow down in her weight gain due to the differences in nutrients between the formula and breastmilk but that should not be an issue. She may be more settled as the breastmilk is more gentle on the stomach but she will probably need feeding more often and will wake more often as it is not as filling. It's a pity more people don't do what you are considering as breastmilk will always be superior to formula.

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