How do I transition to formula?

Andrea - posted on 06/26/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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I have been exclusively nursing for 3 1/2 months, and between his growing appetite and my decreasing availability of time to pump at work, my milk production is no longer adequate and I am almost out of reserves in the freezer! How do I go about transitioning to formula so I can start supplementing, and what ideas do ya'll have on how to know which formula to use, how much, etc???

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Breastfeeding is the best, but don't beat yourself up about it if you can't do it. Don't get me wrong, I breastfed until my baby was 13 months, but it certainly isn't for everyone. Formula is really great these days, it's not like you are having to give them evaporated milk out of the can anymore. My baby wanted to nurse, but she never gained much weight on breast milk. She went from 33rd percentile to 2nd percentile for weight in the year I breastfed her. I switched her to whole milk at age one and she immediately started to gain more weight. So, like I said, it is best, but if your baby is not doing well on it because of your supply, then don't be ashamed to switch to something that your baby will grow better on. I never gave my child formula, but transitioning to whole milk was quite the challenge. I started out cold turkey, which was a bad idea. I would suggest a bottle during the day, and breastfeeding during the night. That way you can slowly wean down your supply while giving your baby the comfort he needs from breastmilk at nighttime. I did this for about a month until my daughter was totally off the breast. It worked pretty well. And don't worry about them not getting enough food at first, that is just part of the whole weaning process. They will eventually get hungry enough and eat, and then they will catch right up.

Cyrese - posted on 07/18/2009

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I love Breastfeeding! I think it is the best thing ever and encourage all mothers to at least give it a try, but I always feel bad when people attack someone for either not being able to do it or not being able to stick to it. BF is great, but not everyone is in the same situation and is able to do it for as long as they want. Formula is not best, but it's not poisen either. Make sure you chose a formulat that's works best for you and your baby and try and nurse as often as you can!

Alexx - posted on 06/27/2009

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just to add to your already LOVELY post, here are some fun things found in formula:



These are all found in infant formula:

MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)

BPA (Bisphenol A)

Fluorosis

DHA/ARA (Docosahexaenoic acid/

Hexane

Mercury

Melamine

Cyanuric acid

Formaldehyde

Antinutrients/soy

Bacteria



MSG in formula

How many parents realize that MSG lurks in every bottle of formula given to their infants?

Patients have stronger reactions to MSG than arsenic or mercury.

In children, however, the destruction of healthy brain tissue is not the only problem associated with glutamate. A child's brain is growing, and it is suspected that excess glutamate causes connections to be made inappropriately. Certain sensors on the neurons, called growth cones, allow the neurons to detect and grow along chemical trails in the brain, ultimately constructing the necessary pathways.

http://www.curezone.com/foods/msg.asp



A child experiencing "innumerable seizures" at 6 months of age showed dramatic improvements after removal of MSG from the child’s diet. Brain Damage in Primates Evident 5 Hours after MSG Ingestion

http://www.chem-tox.com/pregnancy/pregms...

http://www.truthinlabeling.org/formulaco...

http://www.westonaprice.org/children/msg...





Fluorosis

Infant Formula and the Risk for Enamel Fluorosis

http://www.cdc.gov/FLUORIDATION/safety/i...





BPA

The chemical is bisphenol A, or BPA, a component of the plastic epoxy resins used to line metal food cans. Dozens of laboratory studies show that BPA affects the developing brain and reproductive systems of animals exposed to low doses during pregnancy and early life.

1 of every 16 infants fed the formula would be exposed to the chemical at doses **exceeding** those that caused harm in laboratory studies.

http://www.ewg.org/reports/infantformula



Based on its analysis of existing research on BPA, even a very small amount of the compound may cause a host of problems, from brain and behavioral disorders to cancer, a claim the formula makers and federal regulators adamantly deny.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/12/04/bpa...



Bisphenol A (BPA), known as the 'gender bender' chemical, leaches into liquid baby formula from the linings of cans at levels dangerous to infant health

http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Indu...





DHA

omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, produced in laboratories and extracted from algae and fungus, into infant formulas. The report presents disturbing research indicating that the new additives placed in infant formula are seriously endangering the health of some formula-fed newborns and toddlers. algal-and fungal-based DHA/ARA have been linked to serious side effects such as virulent diarrhoea and vomiting in infants consuming infant formula.

http://www.cornucopia.org/replacing-moth...

http://cornucopia.org/DHA/DHA_FullReport...



April 15, 2008–The Cornucopia Institute filed a legal complaint with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today, demanding that the agency enforce the organic regulations prohibiting toxic solvents from being used in the production of organic food.

http://www.circleoffood.com/blog/2008/04...



DHA/ARA that has been extracted from laboratory-grown fermented algae and fungus and processed utilizing a toxic chemical, hexane. Here's a link to the full report: http://cornucopia.org/DHA/DHA_FullReport...





Hexane

In some cases the oils are extracted from non-toxic algae and soil fungus using chemicals such as hexane, acid and bleach.

Hexane is a volatile liquid found in glue and gasoline. When inhaled in high volumes it can cause nausea, euphoria, headaches and nerve damage. You can read more about the hexane process and formula supplementation by downloading a report at the Cornucopia Institute.

http://www.organic-baby-resource.com/org...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hexane





Mercury

Mercury is simply one of the most toxic substances you can put into the human body, aside from radioactive substances. As human beings, we're the only species stupid enough to actually poison ourselves.

http://www.naturalnews.com/008511.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/leslie-hat...





Melamine (us)

Humans and animals that consume toxic doses of melamine develop kidney stones. These hard crystals can block urinary flow and make urination painful. They can also cause kidney failure and death, pediatric kidney specialist Marc B. Lande, MD, MPH, of the University of Rochester, N.Y., tells WebMD.

http://children.webmd.com/news/20081126/...

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/11/2...



Hiding the truth about melamine formula The FDA exists for only one purpose: To protect the profits of powerful food and drug companies. Babies be damned.

http://www.naturalnews.com/News_000554_m...





Cyanuric acid

This white, odorless solid finds use as a precursor or a component of bleaches, disinfectants, and herbicides.

When cyanuric acid is administered together with melamine (which by itself is another low-toxicity substance), they may form extremely insoluble crystals,[10] leading to formation of kidney stones and potentially causing kidney failure and death -- as evidenced in dogs and cats during the 2007 pet food contamination and in children during the 2008 Chinese milk scandal cases.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyanuric_ac...

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles...





Formaldehyde

It is lethal at very high doses by ingestion and considered a human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer

Formaldehyde damages DNA, kills cells and causes cell proliferation

http://stats.org/stories/2009/baby_bath_...



Melamine resin is manufactured by mixing urea with formaldehyde under heat and pressure. http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-melamine...



Formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane in bath products for children. Many products tested for this study contained both formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane, including the top-selling Johnson's Baby Shampoo and Sesame Street Bubble Bath.

http://yubanet.com/life/Children-s-Bath-...





Bacteria

Powdered infant formula is not sterile which means it may contain bacteria

Enterobacter sakazakii is a gram-negative, non-spore-forming, rod-shaped bacterium within the family Enterobacteriaceae. the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on a fatal case of meningitis in an intensive care nursery in Tennessee. The infecting organism was Enterobacter sakazakii, an unusual but often fatal, invasive pathogen. In the fatal Tennessee case, the infection was traced to contaminated powdered infant formula

http://www.foodpoisonblog.com/2007/06/ar...

http://www.nzfsa.govt.nz/consumers/food-...



The recent expert meeting recommended that caregivers to infants, particularly those at high risk (see

Q 4.), should be regularly alerted to the fact that powdered infant formula is not a sterile product.

http://www.who.int/foodsafety/publicatio...

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Samantha - posted on 07/18/2009

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enfamil is the easiest to transition to.. so i hear. i have had no luck with my daughter, she is a breastfeeding addict! lol. its supposeed to be the closest tasting to breastmilk, therefore making the transition easier. its in a yellow case. i would start by supplementing one time a day.. then two... then three.. and so on. eventually he will be where you need him to be. and you go girl!! breastfeeding..working a high stress job all while raising children! your awesome!

Mel - posted on 07/18/2009

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For my 1st baby girl i full breast fed for about 9-10 mths, then after that i just did a morning feed, then rest of day formula. Once your baby is eating solids they get lots of added neutrients from veggies, meat etc and are still getting some neutrients from b/m.



as for formula, when going to pre-natal, was told cheaper ones are just the same eg. pharmacy brand. They just don't have fancy lables. like most things it;s all marketing - don't get sucked in!! THEY ALL HAVE AUST STANDARDS.

Katie - posted on 07/18/2009

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While I would first tell you to keep at it with the breastfeeding, it is SOO much better for your baby, the best way to wean is very slowly, both for you and baby. If your nurse less and less slowly, your supply will go down slowly and you won't suffer engorgement, and your baby will start to realize that the food he's getting is mostly coming from a bottle. Don't do it all of a sudden, he will feel badly about the transition. I suggest Similac Organic, the only organic formula out there. Formula has nasty stuff in it- go with the organic.

Candice - posted on 07/16/2009

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Please!For the babe's sake do NOT stop,by law your workplace must give you ample time to pump.Don't be another person suked into poisoning your baby.

Ali - posted on 07/13/2009

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Formula is quite expensive - you can normally tell which one to use by looking at the stage on the pack. I am using stage 3 for my little boy now as he is over 6 months, actually nearly 10 months now. I have only just gone back to work so was able to b/feed for longer than some. I started to do half and half mid morning and then after a few days dropped it for water and a snack . I then did the same for the mid afternoon feed and he now has about 6-7 oz of formula. I have just dropped the night feed today to formula only and did it just dropped it no half and half as my supply is inadequate now too! Hope this helps, good luck.

Lidia - posted on 07/13/2009

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Quoting Kate:



Quoting Samantha:

Breastfeeding is the best, but don't beat yourself up about it if you can't do it. Don't get me wrong, I breastfed until my baby was 13 months, but it certainly isn't for everyone. Formula is really great these days, it's not like you are having to give them evaporated milk out of the can anymore. My baby wanted to nurse, but she never gained much weight on breast milk. She went from 33rd percentile to 2nd percentile for weight in the year I breastfed her. I switched her to whole milk at age one and she immediately started to gain more weight. So, like I said, it is best, but if your baby is not doing well on it because of your supply, then don't be ashamed to switch to something that your baby will grow better on. I never gave my child formula, but transitioning to whole milk was quite the challenge. I started out cold turkey, which was a bad idea. I would suggest a bottle during the day, and breastfeeding during the night. That way you can slowly wean down your supply while giving your baby the comfort he needs from breastmilk at nighttime. I did this for about a month until my daughter was totally off the breast. It worked pretty well. And don't worry about them not getting enough food at first, that is just part of the whole weaning process. They will eventually get hungry enough and eat, and then they will catch right up.





Sorry to say this, but this IS a breastfeeding group.






Formula these days is NOT good.  Read the label; it's over 50% corn syrup.  The "organic" versions are even worse.  The amount of casein is much too high, and formulas contain no cholesterol.  Breastmilk, on the other hand, is primarily lactose and is high in cholesterol.  Formula is made according to "current research" on "proper" diet but it is NOT a proper diet for an infant!  If you must give formula, making your own from goat's milk would be the best idea.  There are many recipes out there for doing this.  Yes, it is more work but it is much better nutrition.






As for gaining weight, percentile charts are USELESS.  They are based off white, male, formula-fed babies.  Breastfed babies just don't gain as quickly and shouldn't.  My DD went from 60% for weight to 20% by the end of her first year, and has remained around 20% since then.  But she is perfectly healthy.  You should NEVER switch a baby to formula because they are "not gaining weight" according to a chart.  If the baby is satisfied, happy, having plenty of wet/dirty diapers, and IS gaining weight steadily (however slowly), then the baby is FINE.  There are WAY too many myths out there about how babies should grow and how great formula/cow's milk are.  Believe me -- breast milk is best!!






And if breastmilk is not possible, goat's milk is more similar to human milk than cow's milk is.  Raw milk from any animal is also better than pasteurized better because pasteurization destroys many beneficial properties.





Kate,



 



I completely agree!  Thanks for your post- it's nice to see breastfeeding receive some support on COM.

Lorena - posted on 07/12/2009

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you do not have to stop nursing. i have been nursing for 9 months now. it is the greatest thing i have done for any of my children. your body will adjust!! give it time. i have been through it all. thrust, blocked ducks, you name it. i am still at it. get a good hand pump and even 5 min breaks at work in the bathroom with do the job. just keep at it you.

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Well, all I was saying is don't go on zoloft or anything because you can't breastfeed. There is formula. It is acceptable, I know everything in this world is processed, but with modern medicine we will all be okay. Who wants to live to be 300 years old anyway. Not me!

Kate - posted on 06/27/2009

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Quoting Samantha:

Breastfeeding is the best, but don't beat yourself up about it if you can't do it. Don't get me wrong, I breastfed until my baby was 13 months, but it certainly isn't for everyone. Formula is really great these days, it's not like you are having to give them evaporated milk out of the can anymore. My baby wanted to nurse, but she never gained much weight on breast milk. She went from 33rd percentile to 2nd percentile for weight in the year I breastfed her. I switched her to whole milk at age one and she immediately started to gain more weight. So, like I said, it is best, but if your baby is not doing well on it because of your supply, then don't be ashamed to switch to something that your baby will grow better on. I never gave my child formula, but transitioning to whole milk was quite the challenge. I started out cold turkey, which was a bad idea. I would suggest a bottle during the day, and breastfeeding during the night. That way you can slowly wean down your supply while giving your baby the comfort he needs from breastmilk at nighttime. I did this for about a month until my daughter was totally off the breast. It worked pretty well. And don't worry about them not getting enough food at first, that is just part of the whole weaning process. They will eventually get hungry enough and eat, and then they will catch right up.


Sorry to say this, but this IS a breastfeeding group.



Formula these days is NOT good.  Read the label; it's over 50% corn syrup.  The "organic" versions are even worse.  The amount of casein is much too high, and formulas contain no cholesterol.  Breastmilk, on the other hand, is primarily lactose and is high in cholesterol.  Formula is made according to "current research" on "proper" diet but it is NOT a proper diet for an infant!  If you must give formula, making your own from goat's milk would be the best idea.  There are many recipes out there for doing this.  Yes, it is more work but it is much better nutrition.



As for gaining weight, percentile charts are USELESS.  They are based off white, male, formula-fed babies.  Breastfed babies just don't gain as quickly and shouldn't.  My DD went from 60% for weight to 20% by the end of her first year, and has remained around 20% since then.  But she is perfectly healthy.  You should NEVER switch a baby to formula because they are "not gaining weight" according to a chart.  If the baby is satisfied, happy, having plenty of wet/dirty diapers, and IS gaining weight steadily (however slowly), then the baby is FINE.  There are WAY too many myths out there about how babies should grow and how great formula/cow's milk are.  Believe me -- breast milk is best!!



And if breastmilk is not possible, goat's milk is more similar to human milk than cow's milk is.  Raw milk from any animal is also better than pasteurized better because pasteurization destroys many beneficial properties.

Audrey - posted on 06/27/2009

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Andrea, I was in the same boat with my first. I was only able to nurse her for 6 mos before having to switch to formula. Since your little one already takes the bottle, just add a little formula at each feeding. Increasing as you go. I got to where I only nursed her in the morning and at night. Soon those were over also when Amelia started sleeping through the night and she didn't wake before I had to leave for work. I lucked out and my sister was living with us at the time to help out watching her. It's hard to do it all and so far you have done a great job it sounds like. Don't beat yourself up about this change. Just keep doing the best you can and love your babies!!

Chelsea - posted on 06/27/2009

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Posted by Melissa Johnston (June 11, 11:29 am)
I just wanted to see if people knew their options.
Milkbanks are great for preemies/sick infants that cannot tolerate formula. It's quite a pain though to donate to a bank and for moms/babies that really need it and cannot afford it, there are other options.

www.milkshare.com has been our live saver. People privately donate milk.

I copied this from a post in my Breastfeeding is love group. Melissa will be able to point you in the right direction.

Chelsea - posted on 06/27/2009

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I would suggest that you look into donated breastmilk. There are some great milk banks our there and they screen the milk. That way you can give your baby all the benefits of breastmilk without feeling stressed about trying to keep up with the demand while you're at work. I would also suggest doing a dream feed before you go to bed. That means taking your sleeping some our of his bed and putting him to your breast. When he has had a good feed he should go right back in bed with no trouble. Many women do this to keep their supply up. You could also take Shatavari which is a natural capsule that will works nearly 100% of the time up milk supply. Take one capsule 4 times a day and pump or breastfeed as often as you. The capsule should fully kick in after 3 days or so. What kind of pump are you using?

Andrea - posted on 06/27/2009

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Lots of food for thought...it's been so many years since my first child that I feel like a first time mom again! Thank you ladies!

Christina - posted on 06/27/2009

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I aslways waited until baby showed a readiness to accept the bottle - & don't forget that the kind of formula you give counts, too. My first wasn't picky, but my second only drinks almond milk.

Gwynne - posted on 06/26/2009

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I am in this transition as well. Do it one week at a time, slowly mixing formula with your pumped BM in the bottle and keep the night feeding to nursing at first. For example, if you are feeding 4 oz bottles still then pump 3oz and add in one oz of formula each week until you have transitioned completely to formula. I use Enfamil with Lipil which has been used on babies for years and works great. The taste difference in between that and breast milk is like the difference between regular milk and powdered milk. Remember though, that if you really need to pump at work they are required by law to give you a private place and adequate time to do so...

Andrea - posted on 06/26/2009

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Oh, I wish it were that simple...my goal is to make it at least 6 months, and with some supplementing, I hope I can still nurse part time that long. Unfortunately, I work in a high stress, male dominated job that often doesn't allow me time to eat a decent lunch, much less pump...I fight to get my pump time, and my son is sleeping so well through the night that the night demand has dropped off as well. I was only able to make it 3 months with my daughter, so am proud to have made it this far nursing exclusively, but now that I literally am down to 1-2 days supply of milk in the freezer, I know that I have to add something. Trust me, I have cried many a day about this, but each day I am able to continue is an accomplishment for me at this point, and I am blessed with a very beautiful and healthy baby boy, so am grateful for the time I've been given. On that note, I need to take advantage of some quiet time to pump before bed! Thanks for your posting...!

Alissa - posted on 06/26/2009

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Please don't stop breast feeding! Your body can adjust to your son's growing needs. Make sure you feed him as much as possible when you get to see him, and then try pumping at different times like in the morning or at night. Also, make a fuss at work if you have to, tell them how important breast feeding is for your son, so you need more time to pump.

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