Nursing/Bottle

User - posted on 10/14/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I nurse my 2 month old daughter. I would like to give her formula at least once a day (in case of emergencies, something happens to me, etc.) She will only drink an ounce of formula a day. Any suggestions on how I can get her to drink more?

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Katie - posted on 10/15/2009

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Maybe she doesn't like the formula. Have you tried pumping and mixing some breastmilk in? I know I loved the mornings Cyril was home I could pump in 5 minutes and then he would feed the boys for the 20 minutes it took them to eat!

Sarah - posted on 10/14/2009

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I'm a second-time breastfeeding/working mom and the only problem I had to resolve for those "just in case" moments (which have happened for me) was finding the right nipple for the bottle. Both of my daughters were very picky about which kind of rubber, size and lent they were willing to put up with. They refused any bottle that didn't suit them, crying in frustration, but the taste of formula was no problem.

Brandy - posted on 10/14/2009

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Quoting Donna:

You don't need to worry too much about introducing formula for the "just in case" moments. My youngest (5 months old at the time) was exclusively breastfed when I ended up being taken to hospital via ambulance. Our neighbour looked after my boys while I was there and gave my little one formula when he got hungry. He scoffed it down like there was no tomorrow. Yet, when I had tried giving him formula,he'd refuse. I think it was a combination of 1) someone else feeding him and 2) he was hungry. I was only in the ER for most of that day, so he had a couple formula feeds and did just fine. When I got out, he went back to being exclusively breastfed.

Good luck!



Your right. If the mom is there, then they know that breastmilk is available and they don't want the fomula. But when mom isn't around, they take to the bottle because the need for food is there and they know that it is their only choice. I wouldn't worry about it and if you want, you can pump and store breastmilk in the deepfreeze for up to 6 months and in the freezer on your fridge for 3 months.

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You don't need to worry too much about introducing formula for the "just in case" moments. My youngest (5 months old at the time) was exclusively breastfed when I ended up being taken to hospital via ambulance. Our neighbour looked after my boys while I was there and gave my little one formula when he got hungry. He scoffed it down like there was no tomorrow. Yet, when I had tried giving him formula,he'd refuse. I think it was a combination of 1) someone else feeding him and 2) he was hungry. I was only in the ER for most of that day, so he had a couple formula feeds and did just fine. When I got out, he went back to being exclusively breastfed.

Good luck!

April - posted on 10/14/2009

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My daughter wouldn't take formula at all unless we put an ounce formula and an ounce of breast milk together. She hated the taste of formula, so the pediatrician suggested this and it work for us. I hope this helps :)

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