Switching from breast to bottle - advice needed

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  1. Lizziepots

    Lizziepots Mother of 1 beauty!

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    Hi

    I'm hoping ot switch Rebecca from being exclusively breastfed to formula son.

    We're moving house next Friday and so want to breastfeed her till then (unless I give her formula just at night) as easier.

    She's been a colicky baby and now seems to be sick a lot (seeing Dr tomorrow to check if reflux) and she has never had a poo that hasn't exploded out of her and been watery in consistency.

    So....before choosing which formula I wondered if anyone has hada similar experience of very windy baby, runny poos etc and which formula suited.

    Also...as she will probably be 3 months when she goes totally onto a bottle does she go up a stage or something? I haven't even checked out the different formula in the supermarket yet so not sure if they do go up in ages and stages?

    Thanks :)
     
  2. 1st_baby

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    I think in your area theres a formula called aptamil , some of the girls on here will surley tell you about it as its sounds great on tummies ..

    as for the stages most formulas are 0-12+ for starters ..there are also 6-18+ when they are weaning
     
  3. Charlotte-j

    Charlotte-j Mum of 2.

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    i didnt breast feed for long, but i recommend aptamil as its really mild for a baby tummy, and closest to breast milk.
    jessica never had any probs with it.
     
  4. isil

    isil Well-Known Member

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    I think cow and gate comfort is meant to be good too. We use SMA gold but I'm considering changing it.
     
  5. lynz

    lynz mum of 2 princesses

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    i have recently switched from exclusively breastfeeding to formula feeding. I tried sma gold and cow and gate and my daughter refused to take them i bought aptamil and mixed half breastmilk and half formula in one bottle, for example 4oz formula to 4oz breastmilk for one day, then the next day 5oz formula and 3oz breastmilk and gradually reduced the breastmilk by 1oz per day until she was completly on formula. Gradually introducing the formula is easier on babies tummies
     
  6. Lizziepots

    Lizziepots Mother of 1 beauty!

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    Thanks everyone. Lynz..that'sa great tip. I haven't got a breast pump tho so am thinking of making up small formula feeds and then toping off with a drink from me. I can express by hand but it takes ages! I've managed to get a store of breast milk in the freezer, usually from mornings when I'm overflowing.

    I tried her on a bottle of formula last night and she took just over 2 ounces before screaming hte house down cos it wasn't coming out of my breast. I even cried as she was so frustrated and kept turning her little head to my boob. She simply likes mum's boob too much at mo :)
    Am going to get husband to do tonight when he's home as she has taken a bottle of breast milk from him before.

    I bought Aptamil btw.
     
  7. lynz

    lynz mum of 2 princesses

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    It does take time. Even now sometimes Chloe-Marie will turn towards my boob when feeding. Its worth while like you said, getting your partner to feed her the formula cause you smell of booby milk and it might be confusing for her. Chloe-Marie now has four 9 oz bottles a day three of which are formula and the last one of the night is breastmilk. I like giving the formula now as it gives me a break. I also love giving her breastmilk last thing at night, although im not exclusively breastfeeding, one bottle of breastmilk a day is better than nothing.
     
  8. moomin_troll

    moomin_troll mummy to zane and corey

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    as others have said i didnt bf for long but went onto aptimal and zane went to it straight away n it seems to suit him he is quite colicy recently tho but i dont think it has anything to do with the milk
     
  9. Aptimal is good and so is cow and gate, they all say they are closest to breastmilk which is a pain
     
  10. Sweetie

    Sweetie DD, DS, and a Surprise!!!

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    I don't know what bottles you are using but you can try to find ones that have a wider nipple so their mouth will be in a similar position (very open and relaxed jaw) where I find that the narrower nipples are more of a kiss type position. I have been going between boobie and bottle for a while and found that this made a huge difference with the gas. Try adding infacol or ovol to the bottles too to help. Basically the baby formula of whatever you would take for gas. It can be tough but try to take it easy and relax as the more upset you are the more upset she will get/be
     

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