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How to introduce formula to a BF baby

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DIETITIANBECKY
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1/4/08 10:03 P

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I gave both of my children a bottle at 4 weeks so they would know how to take it in case I was not there to breastfeed. I most often had expressed breastmilk, but on occasion I would use formula. I would mix the formula according to the label directions. they adjusted. But as I stated earlier...my son adjusted quicker than my daughter. I remember being in tears when it was going on...now that she is 16...I laugh about those days....oh the concerns of mom...now I worry about driving, dates, college...it never ends. You are a great MOM!

Becky, your BF dietitian

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1/4/08 9:30 P

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So when I start the formula should I just do straight formula or should I mix it with expressed breast milk? I have heard of people doing it both ways, I just don't want to upset my LO system. My ped gave me a suggestion on the brand of formula but was not clear on how to feed(mix or straight). How old were yours when you started them on a bottle? I have also heard not to do this until she was over 6 weeks old.
Thank you so much for all your advice.

DIETITIANBECKY
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1/4/08 6:15 P

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--Check with your pediatrician regarding formula type to use.
--By one of the different types of nipples to find out if your child has a preference.
THEN...
Just do it.
YOU will probably not be able to give the bottle. Leave the house and have another caring adult take on the task. You may have a LO like my son, who did not care and took the bottle and formula on the first try. YEAH!

You may have a LO like my daughter who fought it for 9 attempts, cried, fussed, etc. Finally she gave in and realized...when mom's here...I get mom. When dad's here...I get the bottle, but I might as well drink it and not go hungry.

To this day, my children remain the same...16 year old daughter...with a very STRONG WILL, always wanting it her way. And a son, who is easy going, takes what comes along, very few complaints. I LOVE THEM BOTH!

GOOD_LUCK!

Becky, Your BF dietitian

COWGIRL1608
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1/3/08 10:02 P

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I am going to supplement with formula but I am not sure how to go about introducing it to my LO without upsetting her system to much. Does anyone have any good advice on this? Has anyone had problems with BF and formula? I have heard about nipple confussion and all kinds of other horror stories from nurses. Trying to figure out if it is really worth it.
Thanks


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