I first introduced bub to formula as the last feed of the day as I found the formula kept bubs fuller for longer and so that meant getting a better nights sleep. I used Nan ha in a medella calma bottle, it's quite expensive but well worth it if you are going to mix feed long term as it makes bubs suck harder for the milk unlike other bottles, and there shouldn't be a problem with nipple confusion. If you are only going to do a couple of feeds per day you won't need to buy to many bottles either. I would also maybe wait a week before introducing any formula to make sure bubs gets all the colostrum at the beginning. I hope that helps and I wish you all the best with becoming a first time mum.
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29-09-2015 14:44 #21Member
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29-09-2015 15:08 #22
The Karicare formula is currently having a serious supply issue. They seem to have them quite regularly so I'd opt against the Aptamil Gold HA because it can become really difficult to find and you don't the last thing you need is to go around swapping out formulas at the very beginning.
We had DS1 on the Gold HA when he was born and they had a huge supply problem, so we swapped to the regular Aptamil formula (now called Karicare Gold, I think). It was mostly fine but sometimes we had to shop around to find the one we need.
This time we put DS2 straight on the regular Karicare formula and they're having supply issues again. So we've moved onto Bellamys; they have an excellent reputation and are really gentle on tummies. I don't think DS2 even noticed we'd change it (but he eats grass, so what would he know?).
So yes, caution against Aptamil/Karicare Gold formulas. They're a b!tch to find!
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29-09-2015 16:09 #23Senior Member
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I had ds on karicare aptimal gold but found it hard to find at times. Switched to bellamys and found that great. Ds2 had top ups initially until my supply established and he had no trouble on it either. Good luck
29-09-2015 16:53 #24
29-09-2015 17:15 #25
At the moment in Sydney they're having supply issues with the Gold HA, Karicare 2, 3 and 4. When DS1 was little it was the HA and then the Gold 1. I'm starting to think that I just have children at the wrong time for formula availability around here :P
29-09-2015 19:03 #26
One of the issues is that ever since the melamine scare in baby formula in China, some of the Chinese people who live here are sending it back home. There is a massive black market for Australian formula in China. This is why they have set limits on how many tins you can buy at a time in a lot of places. It's more noticeable in areas with a large Chinese population. This might be why it's sold out in some areas and more readily available in others. There was a big drama recently because chemist warehouse (I think) were advertising cheap shipping to China. There was a massive outrage.
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29-09-2015 21:46 #27
29-09-2015 22:14 #28
I typed out a long and thoughtful reply TWICE then lost it! Grr.
In summary, we found Medela Calma teats no good, too fast, and found Pidgeon narrow neck teats better.
I also second what a PP said about being prepared for bub to have ideas of their own that might be different to what u have planned. Ours certainly did -didn't want to breastfeed! But that's another story ☺ Good luck w birth and bub.
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