how to switch my 1yr old baby from breastmilk to formula milk

Cha - posted on 12/27/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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hey moms please help me on how to switch my 1yr & 1month old baby from breastmilk to formula milk. i think she is underweight from her age (8kilos) that's why i want to switch her to formula and she does not eat much. or should i continue breastfeeding even if she is skinny? tnx

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Katt - posted on 05/20/2013

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Hey moms please help me on how to switch my 1year old baby from breastmilk to fromula milk? because i need to find some work. :)) thanks

Josie - posted on 12/27/2009

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I had the same problem with my little girl she has been small her entire little life, I thought breastfeeding would be easy to stop and getting her on supplement drinks would be hard, and it was the other way around. When she was 14 months I started to replace one breastfeeding a day with the boost drinks and within two weeks she was ready to stop breastfeeding, but i didn't know if I was. It was way harder on me then it was on her, in fact i continued giver her breastmilk until she was 18 months when we were both ready to stop. Ask her pediatrician about pedisure or boot kids instead of formula my little one took it much better and it has a ton of fat! One 8oz juice box of it has 240 calories and 9 grams of fat plus 1/3 the daily nutrition. If you are ready to stop breastfeeding you have done a great job! 1 year 1 month is very impressive and surpasses the reccomend amount of time by the American Academy of Pediatrics. I assure she will adjust quickly to the change as long as you feel okay with stopping. Best of luck, hope this helps!

Cha - posted on 12/28/2009

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tnx moms! my baby does not want to be feed on feeding bottles, i used feeding bottles for her water but she drinks little amount.i'm gonna try boost drinks for her and try if she will drink on baby cup or with straw. i'm thankful that even if she's not big she does not get sick and she's active in walking and playing. i just envy moms around me here, they do not breastfeed but their babies are bigger.

Daniele - posted on 12/29/2009

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As long as she is gaining weight on a regular curve, she shoudl be fine. My daughter only weighed 17 pounds at 1 year and is only now 21 pounds. Your pediatrician will tell you if he thinks the baby is underweight. I would continue to breastfeed as long as you want. Just make sure she gets lots of good foods - fruits, veggies, protein, etc. Try to avoid sugary foods and drinks, because they add little nutritional value and will just fill her up.

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Heather - posted on 12/30/2009

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continue to breastfeed....talk to a lactation consultant to make sure you are doing everything ok and they can also help you up your milk supply if thats what you need. Do not switch to formula....it is not better for your baby. She is over a year...make sure she is getting enough additional nutrition out of baby foods ect. Contact le leache league and talk to her pediatrician. Breastmilk is the best thing for your daughter.

Rachael - posted on 12/30/2009

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Man, I'm actually curious which is best, too. My 6 month old is tiny, and didn't gain weight between 4 and 6 months, and he is breastfed and eats a lot of food. He's too young for cow milk or meat, so I was wondering if formula is the way to go. I just don't want to give up breastfeeding my little guy just yet :(

Esther - posted on 12/30/2009

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you want to mix 1/2 formula and 1/2 breast milk. your breast milk is always bettter than formula if you are eating right. normally at 1 to 2 they switch to whole milk.

Rachel - posted on 12/29/2009

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I have two kids at the very top of the chart for weight and height and I look with envy at those who have kids who weigh less. Seriously, I have thrown my back out on these girls. I am glad to hear she is healthy, active and enjoying life. Sounds like you are doing great!

Minnie - posted on 12/29/2009

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Your milk is more caloric and better for her- formula would offer absolutely no benefit whatsoever to her. Continue to breastfeed on demand and offer complementary healthy protein and good-fatty foods.

Patricia - posted on 12/28/2009

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You should determine whether or not she is at a healthy weight ONLY by reviewing with your doctor her growth chart from birth until now. U need to look at the TREND and not the absolute weight she is currently. Even a child who is 23 lbs at 1 year of age can raise a flag in their doctor's mind if the weight curve has been dropping percentiles over the previous few months. If a child's current weight only is available, that is not enough information to determine if their weight is normal. It needs to be compared to all the previous weights and growth progress.

When a child drops TWO percentile curves on their growth chart, they are diagnosed as "failure to thrive". It depends on whether the drop has occured in all growth measurements or only weight, and it depends on whether or not their development is normal, what evaluation or treatment will be recommended. By a "drop in percentile" I am not referring to weight LOSS. There is still weight gain but the weight gain is not at the pace it should be. i.e. the weight curve is not as steep as it should be and it is beginning to level off or plateau somewhat. The most common cause of simple weight related failure to thrive is probably simply not enough calories and they usually make sure the caloric intake is normal as a first step. If the growth curve is continuing on course as it should, then you have nothing to worry about. So make sure you do this with your doctor and only then decide if you need to supplement with whole milk or higher calorie supplements.

Ashley - posted on 12/28/2009

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I think that if she isn't eating a ton of solids and regular foods than stopping now just seems silly. This is just my opinion, but if you are worried about her health and weight continuing to breastfeed would seem to be the right thing. Until she is eating varied and healthful foods and is eating enough at each meal nursing is better than any supplemental drink you could give her. Don't switch to formula, keep nursing and add some tastey treats to her diet like yogurt or make her a smoothie with fruit and yogurt and breast milk mixed together. delicious and nutritious.

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As long as she is healthy and continuing to gain weight (even in small amounts) I would think she is fine. Why 'chunk' her up? Kids come in different shapes and sizes and it is ok to be skinny.. or heavier, as long as they are healthy. My 21 month old son is approx. 32 inches and 25 pounds. His 2.5 year old cousin is at least a half a head taller and weighs about 23-25 pounds. My 8 year old twins are right around 4 feet and weigh right at 50 pounds. They are ALL fine. :)

Rachel - posted on 12/28/2009

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Is your daughter not reaching her milestones? Is she not healthy? Is she not active and alert? Does she have plenty of wet and dirty diapers? If she's happy, healthy, and developmentally on track, she's doing fine. some kids are small :) My first son at four years old is still a string bean but he's great in every other way! Personally, I will not deliberately try and make my son gain weight simply for the sake of gaining weight--doesn't seem all that healthy to me to chunk up an otherwise healthy child, especially in this day and age of childhood obesity and toddlers turning up with heart disease :\

You might consider tracking down a copy of the WHO growth charts--a few years back they released a new set that is based on breastfeeding. It might make you feel a bit better about your daughter's lower weight :) My son was barely on the charts used by American peds (where formula is the "norm") but he was considered average for a breastfed baby (which, of course, should be the norm!!).

BTW--my second son is also a breastfed baby and he's a chunker. There is a wide range of weight/heights for all babies and having a baby near the top or bottom of the curve isn't something to worry about when they are healthy!

Robyn - posted on 12/27/2009

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You can also give you daughter whole milk. By 15 months, my oldest son was only nursing when waking in the morning. I felt that it was time to stop. I brought him a cup of milk (he had already been drinking it for 3 months by this point). He never asked to nurse again. He is now four years old and at his check-up in September he had finally made it to average size. He had been in the 10th percentile and just slowly progressed up to a so-called normal weight. Some babies are just smaller than others. If she is growing and not losing weight then I wouldn't worry about it too much.

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continue to breast feed! for sure!! Talk to your pediatrician, there are supplemental drinks with added calories to help with weight gain, if your baby is underweight. My preemie will be breastfed when he comes home, but will have to have a couple bottles a day of a fortified breastmilk.

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