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Transitioning to formula

I’m thinking of switching my LO to formula because I think I’m not producing as much breast milk as before. I think it might be stress (is that possible?) I tried giving him formula today while we were out and he was not happy. Ended up walking to the car to breastfeed him. It’s very hard for me to pump through out the day and at night he wakes up about every 2 hours 😖 I don’t know what to do😞

  • Jenn
    Nov 17, 2018

    Try different formulas to see if there is one he will take. I've seen on here that Hipp Organic formula tastes similar to breastmilk so maybe that would be a.good option, at least to help with the transition.

  • Candace
    Nov 17, 2018

    You will need to pump and slowly transition. 3 parts breastmilk 1part formula for a couple days then half and half and so on until fully trasitioned. You will do the same concept when you transition them from formula to milk

  • Ángel
    Nov 17, 2018

    I did the same with my kids because I’m a working mom. Breast milk is warm so I would warm up the bottle before giving it to them.

  • Katelyn
    Nov 17, 2018

    Everyone here has very good suggestions. This part of being a mother is so hard. You always wonder if what you're doing is right. It sounds like you are at the end of your rope and worn out. I just wanted to extend an ear and say that we understand the struggle. Whatever works for you and baby is the right choice. On another note, formulas are very heavy for little stomachs. The amount they need/want at any given time might change. Also, your LO might be a bit sensitive in the beginning because it is a large change. Just know, they're are so many optiona for formula and never be afraid to switch it up if it's not working. Play with amounts, timing, and type of formula. Best of luck to you!

  • Jossie
    Nov 17, 2018

    Thank you everyone for the suggestions! I’m actually breastfeeding him at the moment (1am) 😊. A family recommended Mothers Milk and a pill supplement to help produce more milk but she can’t recall the name. If anyone knows of this miracle pill (that’s what she called it lol) please let me know!

  • cocomac
    Nov 17, 2018

    Search legendairy. They make lots of supplements.

  • Amanda
    Nov 19, 2018

    I am using Efimil gentlese

  • Grace
    Nov 19, 2018

    Mothers Milk comes in capsules, drops etc. it really helps. Lots of hydration is key. It’s quite difficult at times. Having been a working mom and stay at home mom, I understand the hardships of both. Stress definitely plays a factor and being unable to pump as scheduled can affect milk supply. I used to pump (manual) while driving. It was the only time I was. Sitting still and wasn’t nursing.

  • Lauren
    Nov 24, 2018

    You could always try to boost your supply instead. Do skin to skin when you are home and use milk thistle or fenugreek.