Beginning Formula

Kathleen - posted on 10/09/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hi! My son is five months old now and I want to switch him to formula. What is the best way to do this? Please no lectures on the benefits of breastfeeding longer. Also what do you use for formula? Did your son or daughter have any problems with certain kinds of formula? Just looking for some information.

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Jessica - posted on 10/09/2009

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Kathleen,
My daughter is 9mths old and we started her from day one on formula. I asked a couple of different health professionals on which they thought was best and I got the same answer every time. Similac with added omega 3 and omega 6. We've been using it since day one and we have had no problems at all. It cost's a little more than most of them but it's well worth the price. You can sign up for a similac welcome gift and coupons on there site. You receive a diaper bag and change pad. Every month or so you also get coupons mailed to you (usually two) for $10.00 off and $5.00 off. I would recommend signing up, it helps out a lot. Also for going from breast to bottle its best to do it slowly. One feeding a day to start then try two and so on. Hope this helps!

Kathleen - posted on 10/09/2009

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Thanks everyone! I bought Similac formula to try him with and I will try supplementing a feeding a day for now! It is so nice to have support for formula.

Amber - posted on 10/09/2009

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On the subject of formula, we were told by our health nurse that the Heinz range is very basic, best to use if breastfeeding highly.. if you're cutting out breastfeeding entirely, then i'd suggest Karicare, as they are quite good. Also what you need to think about is your baby's fat intake. they get natural fat from breast milk, so if you're cutting out breastmilk entirely, you need to use a Gold formula, ie Karicare Gold, Heinz Gold... If you're still going to breastfeed, then your child is still getting fat from that and you need only the normal formula. This is what our health nurse told us- Hope this helps you :) On the subject of bottles, we use the avent ones, and just the normal cheap kind.. our babies used them instinctively, so you shouldn't have a problem with converting them. Good luck!

Tenelle - posted on 10/09/2009

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hi, i had to put my little boy on formula at 8 weeks (he is now 4mths) as there was something in my milk that was really disagreeing with him as he had shocking reflux with it. My sister whose little girl was the same suggested LACTOGEN which is a much of a muchness in comparison with the S26 Gold - only latose free. He is now thriving, a completely different little boy such a happy little boy sleeping so well and putting on weight really well. Depends why you need to put your little fella on formula but the Lactogen was really good and heaps cheaper then the other formula's under $20 (in aust). I mentioned it to the paediatrician when we were booked in to see him about my baby's issues with breastfeeding - he said the formula doesn't really matter too much as they are all pretty much on par with each other - its more the parent's choice.a

Anyway that is my experience, hope it helps but would def reccommend the avent bottles also. Good luck

and dont' worry about the breastfeeding issue - i felt very sad that i couldn't feed and never thought i would have to but in the end someone mentioned to me if breastfeeding was hurting my baby why still do it - and he has been so happy since i am glad i made the switch finally - Mummy and bubby are both SO much better and happier.

Ashley - posted on 10/09/2009

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i introduced my daughter to formula at 6 weeks. even tho i still breastfeed for another 5 months or so. my daughter didnt have a problem with similac or nestle goodstart. both are good. i would get the avent bottles they are really good and imitate the breast really well. my daughter wouldnt even look at the gerber ones. i would just try substituting a bottle for one feeding for starts and see how that goes. also do it when hes not starving. maybe in between a feeding so hes more willing to try it. good luck!

Rachel - posted on 10/09/2009

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hi kathleen i have a 5 and half mnth old son i introduced formula to him one bottle a day just to start him off i use the hienz nurture starter i will be soon moven to step 2 of it he seems to be thriving on it now he isnt on me no more

i copped the lectures but the way i see it is it is up to us if we want yo put our children on the formula no one else

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