Need supplementing advice

Danielle - posted on 12/16/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Help! I go back to work in January, so I am trying to get my 5 month old son to take a 2oz bottle of formula in addition to his 4oz bottle of breast milk because I just won't be able to pump enough. He hates the stuff! I am trying Similac Organic. I was told not to mix breast milk and formula, as not to waste the breast milk if he refuses. Any tips on making this transition smoother?

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Aleah - posted on 12/16/2009

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maybe try and feed him the formula in the morning when he is really hungry. i had to do that with my daughter as i got mastitis and couldnt pump anymore milk for her. She is on isomil soy so it is easier to digest than cows milk too. Once she was hungry enough to take the formula she was fine wtih taking it! hope this helps:)

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Daicy - posted on 06/15/2013

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Then, you can pump your milk into the bottle, completely give up breastfeeding.
Finally, you can try replace the breast milk whit formula. I think your little one will be used to the process. Don't worry.

Kimberly - posted on 01/08/2010

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no mix the two in order to get the baby used to the taste start off with like 1oz bm and 2oz formula andd work your way up to more formula versus bm over about a two week time and the baby will get used to it. By doing this you will waste less bm because the baby will be getting used to the taste

Carolee - posted on 12/16/2009

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This is odd. I was told TO mix and wean my son off the breastmilk and onto the formula by doing it 2oz. at a time (slowly increase formula while decreasing breast milk). I was told that this would get them used to the taste, because the breast milk is the strongest taste at first. Try talking to your son's ped again.

Claire - posted on 12/16/2009

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my baby girl does well switching between the Enfamil powder and breast and we've had to supplement from birth because I was anemic. We've gone to breast feeding at night because she's usually not ready to eat when I get up for work. She seems to sleep really deeply with that routine.

Amanda - posted on 12/16/2009

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I agree with the comment I read on here, at his age the rice cereal would be a good idea, filling and high in the vitamins

Kami - posted on 12/16/2009

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The lactation gals I work with also recommend mixing when doing the transition. I know you don't want to waste your milk so make less and if he wants more then make more. Good luck!

Carmen - posted on 12/16/2009

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I mixed the two for both my kids. Start out with less than 2 oz formula (maybe .5 oz) in the breast milk and gradually increase it. Good luck!

Valerie - posted on 12/16/2009

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i say mix the two at the time of feeding, first using more breast milk, then half and half and then less breast milk and he will adjust...i think the kind of formula can be the problem...powdered works great and parents choice is economical and seems to digest easily...and if you can pump regularily now and freeze to help you with the transition...is it the formula or the bottle might be another question...i think the biggest problems are the right bottle and making the transition gradual...good luck on your transition back to work!

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Try different formulas. When I had to start using formula for my first son it took me a few tries to find a formula he liked. I don't know if you get it in the US, but my boys (who were exclusively breastfed) liked S26 Gold. It's the closest to breastmilk (as far as I've heard).

If you can get sample sachets, rather than buying a whole tin, it's saves a bit of money. Unfortunately here in Australia you have to buy the whole tin, which made it an expensive trial and error at $26/tin.

Good luck!

Kimberly - posted on 12/16/2009

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I would mix the two and start with a more breast milk to formula ratio then then that gradually change to a more formula to breast milk ratio. That is how to ween a baby to a different kind of formula or milk as to make getting used to digesting it a lot easier. But I would still to continue to nurse only through the night to keep your supply going strong. I was a supplement feeder since my son was born and that's what I did. But I always only nursed through the night.

Elin - posted on 12/16/2009

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My son went from breastmilk to Enfmail Prosobee (Soy formula) and it was a really easy transition. I would give that a try.

Stefanie - posted on 12/16/2009

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when i did the change to formula with my 2 boys i mixed the formula and breast milk, i started with only 1 oz of formula, than in the next few days i did 2oz then 3oz and so on untill it was fully formula. for example if he was taking in 5 oz total the 1st time would be 1oz formula 4 oz breast milk, then 2oz formula 3 oz breast milk. and again so on. i did the same steps when switching to whole milk from formula, good luck.

Dawnelle - posted on 12/16/2009

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I would talk to your doctor about rice cereal. It is something you can do in the morning and will help keep him full a little bit longer.

Dawnelle - posted on 12/16/2009

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Quoting Danielle:

Need supplementing advice

Help! I go back to work in January, so I am trying to get my 5 month old son to take a 2oz bottle of formula in addition to his 4oz bottle of breast milk because I just won't be able to pump enough. He hates the stuff! I am trying Similac Organic. I was told not to mix breast milk and formula, as not to waste the breast milk if he refuses. Any tips on making this transition smoother?



I would talk to your doctor about rice cereal.  It is something you can do in the morning and will help keep him full a little bit longer. 

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I haven't tried this but I have heard you can put a little Vanilla Essence in the formula to taste better.

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