how to cut down on formula

Jme - posted on 06/07/2013 ( 19 moms have responded )

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Ok sence my daughter was 4 months old till now 9 months old she's eat 4 8oz bottles a day..this is daily routine..wake up 730 she has 8oz bottle then 3 hrs later around 11ish she has baby cereal with fruit mixed together.then 2 hrs later 8oz bottle which be like 1-130 then lunch at 3 then 8oz bottle at 5 then dinner at 7 finally last bottle mixed with some baby cereal at 9..how do u cut her down? Remind you I didn't include snacks threw out the day

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Dove - posted on 06/10/2013

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Breast milk is my first choice (and what all my babies ate... except a little formula in the beginning for two of them) for feeding a baby, but I'd rather go with formula that was at least designed w/ human babies in mind vs. milk that is made for a goat baby. ;)

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 06/10/2013

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Jme,

DO NOT read anything into Bo Ashley's response. Apparently some people have not realized that NOT ALL WOMEN can breast feed. That being said, your daughter will change her eating habits as her nutritional needs change. Why do you feel that you need to cut her down on her intake?

Firebird - posted on 06/07/2013

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Beat me to it Dove. 2% or skim doesn't have the proper fat content. I kept my kid on whole milk until she was almost 4.

Amy - posted on 06/07/2013

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You have three months before you introduce milk, don't worry about it till she turns a year old. Formula is all she needs.

Dove - posted on 06/07/2013

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4 bottles is perfectly fine. Breast milk or formula should be their primary source of nutrition under a year... so I wouldn't cut any down for another 3 months.

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Sarah - posted on 06/26/2013

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I would talk with your doc. Until they are 12 months old the only milk they should have is breast milk or formula. So you may need to wait another 3 months before cutting back on the formula and transitioning with milk. Cow's milk does not have all the nutrients that formula or breast milk has for a baby under 1 yr.

Jme - posted on 06/26/2013

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I wasn't always around mu first born due to finishing high school so his grandparent took care of him.. I have a clue but not 100% sure what to do. Its like having ur first baby but actually its ur second so I thout by 9-10 month she can start taking an oz out of her bottle of formula and mix with1oz of milk and slowly cut back ( like id cut it all out of once) 1oz of milk and cut it down every month till no need for formula anymore. @ Bo Ashley I did actually try to breast feed with my second baby but unfortunately her.mouth was to small and I wasn't supplying enough to feed her I was pumping in between feedings and she feed every 3 or 4 hrs but my supply what lil I had lasted for a whole month so least she got some of it..i do have wic thou they keep cutting me down on formula which another reach why I figured she.need to be.cut Down...

Bo - posted on 06/10/2013

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You shouldn't even feed your kids formula. Have you read and researched those ingredients?
have you read up on powdered goat milk? My.son thrived on it and his poop smell and color never changed from switching from the breast. goat milk is closer to human milk by a long shot compared to any disgusting formula or cow product. :)

Tammy - posted on 06/10/2013

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Oh I also realized that I miss read your question I thought she was having more then what you said my grandson had 6 ounces every 3-4 hours n so did 2 of my one of my kids. 4-8oz bottles sounds right for 9 months!! Don't compare to what other moms do, use it as info say for next child etc but every baby is different, just like their sleep pattern, when they will crawl, when they will walk etc...

Tammy - posted on 06/10/2013

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I think you said baby was only 9mos?? Seems like a lot of parent are saying they gave milk early. never do this without talking to dr. I'm a mother of 5, n grma of one. I so remember this because my grandbaby was exactly. Like his uncle with this!!! N sounds like even your LO! At 9 months it's lot safer to do more cereal or baby fruits then it is giving milk. N the reason behind wanting the xtra is they grow in that first year 100x faster then they do in the rest of their life.
I'm not sure about your financial situation but WIC is for this reason! To many moms that can't afford it try to supplement in other ways I have heard people giving less powder formula to ounces of water n that both dangerous (due to water intoxication) n they don't get the nutrition they need. Even with WIC expect to buy 3-5 cans a month as its to help not to supply all. (Wic is women infants n children n u can look them up in your area) some people feel it's like foodstamps it's not! Their purpose is to make sure pregnant moms n infants n children up to 5 (I think) getting enough food n balanced diet!
Ok here is another point on this. My grandsons nurse said he was eating to much but he was never over weight n he ate just like his uncle did. Now since he has been one n walking he is so thin!! (He had to be on formula until he was 16months because he had a milk/protien allergy. So believe me we had the extra expense of the special formula plus the added months! Every baby does what there body needs. But one thing I see a lot of moms do is that they give a bottle n the baby wasn't hungry it actually had a belly ache. The baby don't know the difference n they will drink the bottle because they don't know it's not hunger. The solution is still burping even at 9 months. (Which a lot of moms stop doing after a month or two. Make sure u hold them in a more up right position when bottle feeding (a lot of moms start propping bottles, or when baby can hold it they stop hiding them..) (not saying this is u but important enough to add) they arnt little forever n believe me the next phase they get is wanting independence n u start wishing ur baby will let u hold them again. Now I get we all have to much to do so get a highchair that leans back or a bounce that keeps them at angle etc for safety buckle LO in!
I hope something here helps. Also the other choice is I started buying my grandsons formula online at trusted sites n buying in bulk was cheaper by a few dollars a can, but the big chunk at once is hard to come up with. N be Leary of buying from strangers but private party's do sale. There unopened cans on your local newspaper/ websites. I always check to make sure they have a LO that doctor changed formula on, or grew out of it before they could use etc.. It's easy to spot someone who don't have a baby when saling these things by just asking a few questions about why they have it for sale... I would use that as a last resort but a lot of people buy a formula n stock up before baby is born n when baby gets here its not what baby will take. N last but not least coupons, I use to live in TX where the stores did double coupons n a lot of the time you get 2.00 coupons from the formula company just by going on their website, if u can get it doubled that will help. My state of Iowa I can't find a place to do double coupons!:(.
N the last thing here is formula is exspensive but when u start buying real foods, milk etc its about the same cost the LO will add to your groceries bill/ eating out bill. Just wait until they are teenagers. I would rather pay for formula lol!! Your doing good mom so keep it up!!

Dove - posted on 06/07/2013

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My son only had 2% milk, but... he was mainly on breast milk til 2 and still on breast milk til 3. So I figured the lower fat content wouldn't hurt on the rare occasion that he had regular milk under 2. My kids who weaned close to a year were all on whole milk til two.

Katina Ann - posted on 06/07/2013

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we used whole some, but mostly 2%, its what we drink he said it was good for him after his first birthday.

Dove - posted on 06/07/2013

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I'm surprised your doctor had you use 2%. Typically they need whole milk for brain development til 2 years old. 2% milk does not have more fat or nutrients than than formula.

Katina Ann - posted on 06/07/2013

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Once my son was 11 months old my doctor had me slowly switch to 2% milk( for a month) it has more fats and nutrients for them and after a year he said i could change his milk to skim or something else. I still have him on 2% and he his 3, and he is very smart for his age. i hope this helped you.

Dove - posted on 06/07/2013

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Once she's 12 months you can gradually switch (assuming she's eating a variety of solids at that point)... either an ounce at a time... or 1/4 of the cup. Not something to even begin worrying about at this point though like the other lovely ladies have mentioned.

Firebird - posted on 06/07/2013

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Yes, you can introduce milk that way, but not until she's 12 months old.

Jme - posted on 06/07/2013

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Ok..but how do I introduce milk like 1oz in replace of formula while mixed together?

Amy - posted on 06/07/2013

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Formula should still be her primary source of nutrition till she turns a year old so I wouldn't be cutting it down.

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