Im weaning onto formula -cold turkey- starting tomorrow! any tips to make it easier?

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Andrea - posted on 01/28/2010

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why formula and not expressed milk? If you can express, you can still get him used to a bottle but have a much happier baby! Health wise and it taste better, and gives much less gas, which means less fuss. Then you can go to no milk at all eventually from there.

Kerry - posted on 01/28/2010

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You'll have to pump SMALL amounts of milk to prevent mastitis over the first few days and for your own comfort. When your breasts are uncomfortable have a warm shower and take some milk off using your hands (this is usually enough without stimulating a full let down)
When i weaned my baby he was 9 months and i let him play with the bottle and had it close to him so he could taste it and get used to it.
This might be a bit of a "no-no" but i actually used the toddler formula for the first few bottles because it was it sweeter than infant formula and a bit more palatable, then i reduced the amount of toddler in the bottle and added more infant until he was on full infant formula

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My suggestion tight bras and tops and an endless supply of breast pads! Also panadol for pain relief of engorgment and icepacks for same reason just for the first few days while your body realizes you aren't feeding. And dont touch your nipples it just stimulates milk to flow be careful of mastitis. Best of luck to you mine went down in a week.

Erin - posted on 01/28/2010

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thanks for the tips! yeah ive got grandma here to help which is nice. maybe when i get tempted ill just go for a walk or something... ive got a feeling ill be going on alot of walks!

Heather - posted on 01/28/2010

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No real advice other than just don't give in. If you stick with it eventually they will give in... due to lack of choice. Oh and it's not easy and it may be a rough few days, but once again just keep it up, it will pay off. I went strait from breast to formula bottles due to drying up within a matter of a week, it was rough but in only a few days of being consistant it all paid off. One more thing I'd try to stay home or do whatever is the most comforitable for your baby. Whenever I introduce something new it seems like if I take my daughter to the grocery store or a friends house that day it just makes it even harder to get her relaxed enough to do something she doesn't really want in the first place.

Kiana - posted on 01/28/2010

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I actually had to send my son out to his grandparents (away from me) in order to get him onto the bottle because I gave in and ended up breastfeeding instead.....GOOD LUCK

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