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    Default Weaning on to formula...

    My bub is 5 months old and I will be returning to work in another month.

    I have been breast feeding up until now and have just introduced a bed time bottle of formula.

    How long should I wait before introducing another feed? And also how often should babies that are on formula feed?

    Any advice would be great as this is my first baby and I have no one to teach me these things

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    Hi solly

    I just weaned my 5 month old onto formula by replacing one feed with formula every 4-5 days. Eventually he was fully formula fed and I just expressed a little when I was feeling "full" and bottle fed that to him at the next feed. Hope this helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gumnutbaby View Post
    Hi solly <img src="images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" smilieid="1" class="inlineimg"

    I just weaned my 5 month old onto formula by replacing one feed with formula every 4-5 days. Eventually he was fully formula fed and I just expressed a little when I was feeling &quot;full&quot; and bottle fed that to him at the next feed. Hope this helps!
    Thank you that does help
    How long do u leave it between feeds? And also do they still wake up for a bottle in the night?

    Thanks

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    He usually feeds 150ml every 3 hours or so and is a bit hit and miss at night, most nights he doesn't have a feed but every now and then he'll wake up at about 4am wanting milk I'd say just listen to your baby and go by what they want.

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    Hi OP, my daughter is now 6 months old and I partially weaned her when she was 5 months old (she has formula at the times when I'll be at work as I'm going back in 2 weeks, and breast first thing in the morning and at night). I offer 200mL of formula and usually she drinks 160-200mL, and goes a maximum of 3 hours between formula feeds.

    As the PP above suggested, replace one breast feed with a bottle every few days, I believe the ABA recommends dropping one bf per week to allow babies tummy and your breasts to adjust. If you feel uncomfortable, have a warm shower or express a tiny bit, 20mL or so. Then you can freeze it and use later or even use it when you start introducing solids if you need to thin something.

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    Thanks so much for your help
    I just wasn't sore if u were supposed to wait a certain amount of time as I breast feed on demand.

    Can I also ask does everyone get the bottles ready daily. I've been filling mine with the cooked boiled water and adding the formula just before a feed.

    I'd love to keep breast feeding I didn't think about feeding partially..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Solly86 View Post
    Thanks so much for your help
    I just wasn't sore if u were supposed to wait a certain amount of time as I breast feed on demand.

    Can I also ask does everyone get the bottles ready daily. I've been filling mine with the cooked boiled water and adding the formula just before a feed.

    I'd love to keep breast feeding I didn't think about feeding partially..
    Breastfeeding isn all or nothing, there's no reason at all that you can't mixed feed if you want to. Even one breastfeed a day is beneficial for baby depending on your hours you might be able to keep the morning bf, the late afternoon and last feed of the night- lots of mums do it. You can also express your milk at work to give to baby when you aren't there, and use formula when you don't have enough expressed milk or what ever. There's heaps of options

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    I sterilize my bottles at night and boil water, add the water to the bottles and put them in the fridge for the next day. Then at feed time, I take the lid & teat off, put the bottle in the microwave to heat it up then add the formula.

    Regarding the mixed feeding, it is working really well for us. Let me know if you have any questions! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JR03 View Post
    Hi OP, my daughter is now 6 months old and I partially weaned her when she was 5 months old (she has formula at the times when I'll be at work as I'm going back in 2 weeks, and breast first thing in the morning and at night). I offer 200mL of formula and usually she drinks 160-200mL, and goes a maximum of 3 hours between formula feeds.

    As the PP above suggested, replace one breast feed with a bottle every few days, I believe the ABA recommends dropping one bf per week to allow babies tummy and your breasts to adjust. If you feel uncomfortable, have a warm shower or express a tiny bit, 20mL or so. Then you can freeze it and use later or even use it when you start introducing solids if you need to thin something.
    Are you needing to express or anything during the day, my ideal situation once i have bubs is full breastfeeding for first 2 months until i go back to work then formula during the day and i bf at night and in morning before work if he is awake and wanting a feed, but worried i will need to express during the day which i don't particularly want to while at work, my workplace is not the most hygienic of places *blerg* .

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    When I first started weaning her, I expressed a small amount during the day for comfort, and only breastfeed after 6pm as that's when I'll be home from work. She's been fully on formula during the day for about 5 weeks now and I was expressing for about the first 2 1/2 weeks.

    ETA - I meant to say also that your supply will adjust pretty quickly to baby's different feeding patterns, I found it took about 3-4 days per feed for my supply to adjust.


 

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