Breast Milk to formula

Mary - posted on 12/15/2014 ( 13 moms have responded )

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For as much as I wanted to breast feed my baby till one. I have no more milk. I have frozen but not enough till she is 1. I need help with starting formula

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Mary - posted on 12/19/2014

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Thank u. I have put her on formula but I've decide that I going to do half n half n still have her take from me. I work full time every chance I get I have her on me. Sometimes she isn't satisfy then sometimes she is.

Dove - posted on 12/19/2014

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Pumping is not a good indicator of supply... I couldn't even pump half an ounce out, but nursed my son for 3 years just fine. ;)

The best thing for low supply is to keep latching baby as often as possible. She will signal your body to make more milk.

You don't HAVE to do this, of course, because it is completely up to you if you put her on formula or not. I'm just trying to offer some help if you want to continue nursing. :)

Jennifer - posted on 12/18/2014

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Have you tried fennel oil on the breast? I had this same issue, it brought my milk back.

Mary - posted on 12/17/2014

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Thank u ladies. I spoke with the doctor and she said it was fine to start her now even though it's only been two days with the oatmeal. At her 5pm feeding I did 3oz of breast n 2oz of formula. She did really good are it all like a champ. For bed time cause I felt like I had a lil breast milk in me I did 2oz of breast to 1oz of formula. Then some from me. I started the formula cause when she eats from me she isn't satisfied n I only have 34 bags of frozen milk n when I pump I'm only getting 6 oz a day. I'm pumping twice a day

Michelle - posted on 12/17/2014

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I just realized you never mentioned how old your baby is. I think it might be important to note that the more you breastfeed/pump, the more milk you will make. Just make certain to drink enough water (so you have enough liquid in you to make milk) and eat enough nutrients.

Michelle - posted on 12/17/2014

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Doctors usually recommend waiting at least 3-5 days before making more changes, mainly in case of allergies. Call your pediatrician to confirm.

Good luck!

Michelle - posted on 12/16/2014

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I started with formula that the pediatrician gave me as samples. My eldest couldn't drink regular formula because he had allergies, so we gave him soy formula. My other children were okay with the formula the pediatrician gave.

Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 12/16/2014

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How do you even begin to know what formula to buy?!? My daughter (Teegan 3months) hasn't had any negative reactions to anything I have eaten! Just too many to choose from!! Suggestions?!?

Mary - posted on 12/16/2014

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I just started her on oatmeal cereal should I wait to stArt doing the formula. Or can I start it within the day or so

Michelle - posted on 12/16/2014

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For me, I started with 2 parts breastmilk to 1 part formula (powder already mixed with water). It worked for my kids, but if you think your child might not like that, you could try 3 parts breastmilk to 1 part formula first.

Mix the powder formula with water first before doing the ratios, then add breastmilk. For me, if the baby didn't like it, I just added more breastmilk until he didn't notice the difference.

Good luck!

Mary - posted on 12/16/2014

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What is the ratio I use. Do I use the breastmilk like the water or do I mix the formula first with the water then add it to the breastmilk. ???

Michelle - posted on 12/15/2014

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My sons did not like the taste of formula compared to breast milk, so what I did was mix the two at the beginning. I put a higher ratio of breast milk to formula, and gradually put less breast milk and more formula until it was just formula. It worked well for my kids.

Good luck!

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