Transitioning from Breastmilk to Formula-- NEED ADVICE

Jaz - posted on 03/03/2016 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hello Ladies,

I am new to this community and would like some of your input or past experience tips. I am a working mother. My little girl is currently 6.5 months. I used to pump anywhere between 8- 10 oz every 3 hours, but recently due to my work hours I am only pumping out 5 oz 3 times a day. I am guessing this is normal or maybe not, mute topic at this point. I will be leaving out of country in 2 weeks and need to make sure I get my daughter is on a formula since it seems that I am not able to pump enough to put in reserve (freezer).

**Side notes- I have changed the breastshield from 24" to 27" which seemed to help. I have since changed it from 27 inches to 30 inches XL which helped a bit too, but now I am at 5 oz per pump session. I drink plenty of water and eat. I do have supplemental drops MORE MILK PLUS, but doesn't seem to help. It sometimes feels like I still have millk in my breast. I am using a Pump In Style Medela Pump-- open for advice.**

We received a sample of Gerber Good Start and I tried to see if she would accept it while I was on my last business trip in February, but it seems she is only willing to consume 2 oz and then stops and denies the bottle(formula was not expired or previously opened). Luckily, I had breastmilk in the freezer for her consumption if she didn't take onto the formula. This has happen 6 times during that trip.
I am wondering is there a process to transitioning my baby girl to formula? Is there a formula that is easier to transition to? My nanny made the comment that the Gerber formula didn't have a pleasing smell and the taste was not pleasant either. I actually tasted both my milk and the Gerber and I would have to agree the tastes are not comparable.

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Jaz - posted on 03/03/2016

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Thank you, thankyou for replying Sarah. Makes sense what you posted. Will try both suggestions: 1. Similac and 2. Less volume more, frequent feedings.The breast shield I'm referring to is for pumping milk not the nipple shields used for latching.

Sarah - posted on 03/03/2016

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You should not need any shield at 6 months, and her not latching directly to you may be the root of the deceased milk....moot point now.
recently Similac introduced a formula for supplementation of breastfed babies. Maybe try that? Does she take the formula, then quit, then take reserved milk? When you are gone, she will consume the formula for a few ounces and may need to be fed more often rather than more volume for a while, until she adjusts to the formula.

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