Formula

Victoria - posted on 05/12/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi ladies,

I'm new on here (and expecting), and I have a question for moms who exclusively formula fed. If your baby wasn't fussy at all, did you always stick to the same brand? Also, why did you choose the brand that you did and how much per month did it cost? I know someone else who is expecting and she has a cupboard stocked with samples of every kind out there! The choices are overwhelming.

Please do not get upset with me because I'm not going to be BFing. I'll need to be put on medication right after baby is born, which will stay in my system constantly. It will pass through my breastmilk, and is unsafe for baby. A doctor advised me to formula feed :)

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Michelle - posted on 05/13/2015

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I could only breastfeed my oldest for 5 weeks before I had to put him on formula. I started out using S26 (I'm in Australia) but that gave him constipation and I found out after that it's renowned for it. I then had him on NAN and he did really well. I don't remember how much it was (it was almost 14 years ago). Once I found the NAN I stuck to it.
I don't think it's wise to keep changing formulas as it can upset their tummy's. I always had it as a backup for my other 2 as well and never had a problem. My youngest is now 5 and I think back then it was around AUD$22 a tin. It depends on how old they are as to how much you go through though.

Gena - posted on 05/12/2015

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I have never felt that l am less of a mother because i couldn't breast feed. I had to take some heavy meds for my thyroids and there was just no way I could breastfeed. I have never felt guilty !! My son is now 4 and grew just well with formula. To be honest there are alot of pros when you bottle feed. For example my hubby and I took turns with the night feeding at the beginning. That way I could get a whole nights sleep every second night. And with a baby you are happy for every minute sleep you can get! It was also nice when visitors came and were able to give him a bottle while I would take a quick shower. (by family visitors of course)
Of course its easier when you go out with the baby and you breastfeed. You always have the milk with you and don't have to check about the temperature etc. But you will get use to doing the bottles.
There is no reason at all to hide while you bottle feed. And it doesn't make you less a mother. Really no need to feel guilty or anything like that. You need medication and so did I. There's nothing wrong with that. A mother must also look after her health and it would be silly to take any risks just to breastfeed! If anybody asks you why you can't breastfeed ,then tell them you can't because of medication. Trust me,people WILL understand you!

Gena - posted on 05/12/2015

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I also couldnt breastfeed because of medication. We used Aptamil Formula and only used that brand. No switching. If i remember right,we used one box a week and a box costs 23 swissfranks here were i live. So i think we paid around 80-100 franks a month for formula. We chose Aptamil because its the most commen formula here in Switzerland. We never switched because our son had no problem with it and i did not want to switch and upset his stomache. Good luck

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Victoria - posted on 05/12/2015

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Did you ever feel like less of a mother, even though you were doing the best possible thing for your baby? Or, were you completely secure with what you had to do in order to nurture and protect your child? I feel like I'll want to hide my baby under a nursing cover while bottle feeding :( Even though for all anyone else knows, it's expressed milk. I'm feeling insecure.

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