which formula to choose from?

Maggie - posted on 03/26/2012 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Which formula is best to use? I may need to add formula to my daughter's diet since I don't seem to be getting as much breastmilk as I used to have. I am having a hard time deciding which formula to go with.....pls help!

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Lori - posted on 03/26/2012

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What are you using as a guide to determine that you aren't getting as much breast milk as you used to? Are you pumping and now not getting as much? Is your daughter not having enough wet diapers throughout the day?



How old is your daughter?



Many many moms find around 3 months that they don't "feel" full of milk anymore and mistakenly assume that means they aren't making as much. This is not the case. Usually that just means your body is adjusting to the demands of your baby, and instead of having extra you now have the perfect amount.



Growth spurt times are another time of worry that baby may not be getting enough. Generally letting baby nurse as much as she wants to will be enough to signal your body within 1 day to start making more. Adding formula will just decrease your milk supply.



If you're pumping and have started getting less and now you are in danger of not having enough pumped milk for your LO throughout the day, there are a few things you can try to do to increase your milk production.



Let us know more about why you think you need to add formula and we can give you more personalized help.

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Merry - posted on 04/01/2012

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Look into human milk 4 human babies on Facebook or google it. You can find local moms who pump extra and they're baby doesn't need it and they give milk to moms who need it!

Formula carries risks to your baby's health and should be avoided if at all possible!

The general rule of thumb is 1-1.5oz per hour. So if you're gone 8 hours then 8 oz total should be enough.

If you feed her more then she needs it stretches out her stomach and you might want to cut back!

Maggie - posted on 03/28/2012

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Hi Heather, she is 3 months old and she is not eating solids yet. Only breastmilk until yesterday. I don't have enought to feed her 5oz of just breastmilk every 4 hrs. I pump 8oz all day at work...well that was today, which is not enough for tomorrow. :(

Heather - posted on 03/28/2012

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How old is she? If she is eating baby food, you shouldn't have to give her formula at all.

Maggie - posted on 03/28/2012

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Ok...update! So I called her doctor's office, she said to feed her 1oz formula and 3 oz of breastmilk to get her used to it. She said 5oz is on the high end for a 3 month old but if she is drinking it to just keep giving it to her. So I tried it lastnight....the 1oz and 3oz together, she did very good. I gave her 5 oz of breastnilk this morning but will have to add formula again for afternoon feedings in order to get 5oz.



Thank you ladies!

Maggie - posted on 03/26/2012

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Yeah....i accidently posted it twice. Thank you!

On the website it says 5oz if she feeds 5 times a day, which she does. I think I may try 4 oz and see.

Celeste - posted on 03/26/2012

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I didn't realize that you had two threads going! 5 oz is a bit much. Check out that link that I posted in the other thread. You want about 3-4oz. 5 1/2 oz is actually pretty good. Average output is 1/2 to 2 oz total.



Also, it's pretty normal for pump output to decrease over time.

Maggie - posted on 03/26/2012

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Everything seemed to be working well, until today at work I pumped twice (same times as always) and only got 5 1/2 oz

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