what to use?

Cassie - posted on 12/11/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )




Hi, im currently breastfeeding my little boy who is now 3 months old, i was wondering what milk is best to give him if i stop breastfeeding any ideas?


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Julie - posted on 12/13/2009




Well if you stop breastfeeding before a year old you need to give him formula. Unless lactose intolerance or milk allergies run in your family the regular cow's milk based formula should be fine. Once he's a year old you can switch him to whole milk. They used to say 2%, but now they've found that babies need the extra fat until age 2 for their rapidly developing brains.

Iysha - posted on 12/12/2009




All formulas are pretty much the same...except soy and lactose free formulas. My daughter uses Similac Neo Sure because she was a preemie and that kind is a high calorie formula to help her grow. I know a lot of mothers like Good Start and Enfamil. I would say to just buy a few little cans and see which one you think is best for your baby. I have tried Similac Isomil Soy and Similac Advanced. I saw no differences in how my baby reacted to those.

Krista - posted on 12/11/2009




enfamil premium lipil. Its the closest formula to breast milk and if your baby has any reactions to it, its a lot easier to find out what caused the reation. Then if you were using Parents choice or Members mark bc its more commonly used. Always call you pediatrician when making a change like this though.

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Depends when you're planning to stop really. I breastfed my first until she was close to three years old (although for the final year it was only one feed a day, at bedtime), and I'm still feeding my almost 15 month old. I never used any formula milk for either of them but introduced cooled boiled water from about 6 months old and diluted juice from about 10 months old and cow's milk occasionally from 12 months on. I'm not going to force weaning as they grow out of it on their own if given the chance... and there's less washing up to do!

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