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    Agree with the others. The formula must be made the specification on the instructions to meet a child's nutritional needs. He needs to have either breastmilk or formula as his main source of food and nutrition until he's around 12 months old as any solid foods given before then are just for fun, not as a main source of nutrition.

    If you are having troubles with him taking formula, can you go back to breastfeeding or expressing (I'm assuming you were breastfeeding before and so the formula issues have only just occurred)? If not, have you tried different formulas? I mean, to me they all taste the same, but I know of babies who have refused one but drink another.

    I would suggest you see your GP or Child Health Nurse about this issues, but in the mean time, please stop mixing formula in his food as it can be very dangerous. If you get desperate, have you tried a syringe or spoon feeding him formula? Might be worth a shot until you figure something out.

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    You don't say how long you've been trying to start him on formula, but I know when I started comp feeding my son it took at least two weeks of daily effort for him to take it. Then there was no looking back. Can you mix up a half bottle of formula and purée it with some other foods? Add it to porridge? Maybe with a half bottle the food won't be quite so runny...

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    If I was putting milk in DS' food, I'd make it up with the right ratios and then mixing the liquid in with the cereal / mash etc. If it needed thickening, I'd either add more of the solid, or mix in a tiny bit of rice cereal (this seems to thicken for a while after mixing, so I made it runnier). It's important to always follow the instructions on the can! Could you get an appointment with your CHN to discuss feeding? They've got great ideas and advice

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    I am off to chn tomorrow. I will rung the formula company. Thank you for the advice. We have been adding formula to his cereal just the past few days. I will stop with the powder. He has been on formula since 6mths old(before this was ebf) and slowly been taking less and less over the mths. now he won't take any but he does eat more food!
    He eats very well. Always had a liking to food. We did blw and he will also eat puréed. He mainly eats finger foods himself so getting formula into food is becoming harder as he doesn't eat a lot if mushy foods. He feeds himself. I haven't spoon fed him for a while. Just his cereal.
    he eats 3 main meals plus snacks. I was offering bottles before breakfast and before bed. He slowly took less and less. I was spoon feeding him 50mls of formula and i found this rediculous. We tried syringe and he spat it out and it was a huge mess. I don't like force feeding him if he doesn't seem to be interested.
    ive also tried offering formula instead of a meal (lunch) and I ended up just wasting it as he wanted food. We have tried 3 diff varieties even a script one as we thought he may have an intollerence. I've wasted so much money.
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    My suggestion would be to perhaps try him on a toddler formula as they have a different taste and it can be the taste he doesn't like or as my chn suggested with my first when he started to refuse formula at 10 months, give him cows milk diluted then slowly decrease the amount of water in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoseBetweenTheThorns View Post
    My suggestion would be to perhaps try him on a toddler formula as they have a different taste and it can be the taste he doesn't like or as my chn suggested with my first when he started to refuse formula at 10 months, give him cows milk diluted then slowly decrease the amount of water in it.
    Yes we had to start my dd in cows milk at 10 mths too as she also refused formula. Looking back though, I don't know why cows milk - no nutrients there.
    Isnt the toddler drink made with cows milk(powder form) though?
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    All regular formulas are cows milk based

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    As PP said, yes they are all cows milk based, its just that toddler formula still has extra nutrients.

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    I am no expert on formula at all however I think adding just powder to foods could be quite harmful as pp have already said. I understand you are worried about his nutrient intake - how can you not be concerned he is getting enough when he's not drinking formula! But looking at the amout of food he's having, although you haven't listed specifics as to what he is eating, maybe he is just fine? Is he getting plenty calcium from yoghurt/custard/cheeses? I realise he won't be eating large amounts of food but you said he's sleeping well. Is he generally a happy bub? Reaching milestones? Gaining weight? Doing all the things he should be?
    you can't force formula into a bub.
    Babies are so individual. You can not blanket the phrase "food before one for fun" over all babies under 12mths. Some babies take it seriously! Some babies eat brilliantly and meet their daily nutrient requirements from food! Some babies do not like milk.
    In a few mths you can introduce cows milk which will add even more calcium to his diet - if he will drink it. Or just add to cereal and cheese sauces ect. Switching formulas/trying new ones - you have said you have done that with no improvement.

    right now I would continue making up formula according to the tin and put in in his cereal. Porridge and baby cereal in particular, will absorb so much liquid if you let it sit for a bit before feeding to bub. 100mls or so of formula per day in his breakfast is better than nothing.
    custard powder is a thickener like corn flour except it tasted better! Just like custard! Try a teaspoon or two of that in a bottle with a large teat (or pin a bigger hole through) or cup - however he might be interested in taking it. You can make it really think (cook on stove to custard consistency) and spoon feed him. The thickness and flavour might just intise him!

    The multi vitamin is a great idea too. Just incase he is missing anything. But speak to chn or gp first.
    I personally think you are doing a great job, he's obviously thriving, loving his foods, feeding himself at his own pace too! Well done. I wouldn't push the formula if he's not interested, as you said. Try not to stress.

    refusing formula is usually more common in babies who have intollerence or other health issues. It just sounds like your baby prefers his food and it may be a bit more effort on your behalf to make sure everything he eats is full of good nutrition. It might also be a good idea to google of food for babies under 12mths to get some meal and food ideas to meet the requirements.

    Please get the advice of your gp or chn professional. Calcium is really important.

    Good luck.
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