introducing bottle of formula to BF baby

Discussion in 'Formula Feeding' started by readynwilling, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. readynwilling

    readynwilling Jadyn & Tyler's Mom

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    Hi Girls :wave:

    I have ebf J till now. She is pretty slow on the solids so is still only getting 1-2 tbsp per day of cereal/fruits/veggies. Basically milk is still 95% of her nutrition. I want to start to combi feed her for a couple of reasons:

    1: im just ready to not nurse her 8-9 times a day (4 or 5 would be great!)
    2: shes a very slow gainer and i worry constantly and think an added bottle of formula would help.
    3: its easier when we are out to give her a bottle as i dont NIP

    so im wondering what you guys think. she will accept a top up of Good Start formula on occasion, but thats expensive so i am trying a generic brand. she refuses the generic brand by itself so i've pumped and mixed 2 oz of formula with 2 oz of breast milk to try to get her to drink it. she has refused this for now too. but i can't nurse her for a bit, as the boobs are empty from pumping! Usually i need a 2.5hr stretch until they are good to go for another feed.

    i know they say "if she's hungry enough she'll drink it" but i have to then wait till she's hungry enough!!!

    Formula is only good out for 1hr! so if she refuses it i should dump it! but then im dumping 2oz of BM!! and i don't care im dumping the formula - thats only $$, the BM is what i don't want to dump (its not as easy to come by and costs my time and energy!!)... i can't just "make another bottle lickity split" the same as i can with formula.

    I have read it formula could be re-refridgerated maybe?? but what about re-warmed?? i don't worry about the BM because i know its good out for 8 hrs and in the fridge for 5 days and i can warm it 2 or 3 times before i chuck it.

    im gonna post the same over in the BF section to get their opinions - but wondered if any of you have had any experiences you could share that might help me out.
     
  2. kanga

    kanga Mummy Wummy

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    Are you sure its the formula taste she is rejecting? Or could it be the physical bottle - if so, try a few cups/sippy cups to see how that goes?

    Seems weird that she would reject the taste of formula, esp as she is on food too.

    With formula, how about making up a good few ounces in a sterile bottle and putting in fridge (lasts for 24 hours). And just decanting what you need each time - heat in microwave
     
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    readynwilling Jadyn & Tyler's Mom

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    she doesn't reject the formula or the bottle everytime. About every 5 times i try, she'll down 2-3 oz. i thought mixing it with BM would help, but it doesn't seem to.
     
  4. kanga

    kanga Mummy Wummy

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    No, I doubt that will help hun. Just increases the risk of wasting your precious bm x
     

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