Bottle Feeding

Questions and advice on feeding formula, milk, milk alternatives or pumped breastmilk with a bottle.

Advice for how to wean baby off BM?

My LO is turning one (!!!) and he has already started weaning off BM. Any advice or strategies to help complete his breastfeeding phase? looking for which feedings to drop, how to deal with potential soreness, how many days or pace, etc. Emotionally, i have been getting ready for this for several weeks. It sure is hard but he’s showing me the way already and i want this to go as smooth as poss... More

  • J
    7h ago

    Hi. I weaned my son right after his 1 year birthday around Thanksgiving. Here is the schedule that worked for us. About two weeks before I planned to stop, I dropped one daytime feed, subbing milk & making sure he was eating enough regular food. After a couple days, I dropped another and so on until he was only nursing first thing in morning and just before bed. When we were ready to drop ... More

  • Rose
    4h ago

    My one year old begam trying out water as well. She digs it more than milk I think so...worked for me so maybe for you? Happy Birthday!

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Sunday

Almond milk

My son has a cows milk allergy so he is on Nutramigen. He is turning 6 months in a free days and I just want to put him on straight almond milk or supplement his formula with it since the formula he is taking is getting out of hand pricy now that he is consuming more of it. Anyway. Question is has anyone done this transition and noticed any reactions being it good or bad?

  • Anonymous
    Sunday

    What about soy formula or goat's milk formula?

  • Kelly
    Monday

    By chance do you live near an Aldi? We were frustrated by how much we were spending on name brand formula and had luck finding what we needed there for only $12 a container. They have sensitive, gentle, and soy formulas too. It saved us so much money. After my daughter reached a year, we were able to give her almond milk. She likes soy milk in her cereal too. Plant milks are fortified with vita... More

Dry formula electric water mixer dispenser?

Our daughter uses dry powder similac formula, and I’m curious if there is a device out there that automatically mixes water and formula and can pour out into a bottle automatically.

  • MommyDear
    Monday

    Once you mix formula in water, it needs to be used within the hour. Now, call me crazy but this sounds like pure laziness: to have some machine automatically mix baby formula with water when it’s the simplest yet quickest thing in the world. Sounds like the adding & cleaning process would take longer then mixing the whole thing manually 😂

  • Perry
    Monday

    Hi Rosa, Thank you for your feedback :) I won’t go into the reasons why I’m asking about a device, but it would make life easier in our household.

Formula ?

How to get the formula to mix up good in water. For some reason the formula isn’t dissolving good.

  • Nina
    Friday

    Warm up the water before putting formula in it. Or if you can buy a formula dispenser. Best thing i own.

  • MommyDear
    Monday

    Switch formula if possible. Otherwise, try adding the water to bottle first then gently sprinkle the formula before shaking it.

Baby Food..

So, there are times where my son is still hungry after a full, bigger container of baby food. He is almost 11 months old, and I am trying to slow down how many bottles he is getting in a day. Is it okay to give him more than one container during a feeding?

  • Anonymous
    Saturday

    Definitely! By this age he should also be eating table food. That will help fill him up as well.

  • MommyDear
    Monday

    If he’s still hungry after eating, he might not be getting enough protein. Maybe try something more filling like something with meat, legumes or other sorts of protein to help keep him full in a healthy way. Feeding babies just fruits & veggies doesn’t fill them up much or for too long, not to mention they might be missing out of vitamins & nutrients. Mix things up and balance their ... More

Well it’s now been 7 hours since last bottle/breast!

Baby had last bottle at 3pm, and now it’s 10pm... I pumped at 9pm to be safe.... and baby is still not interested in eating... 🤷🏻‍♀️ words of encouragement, similar stories, etc.?

  • Kendall
    Thursday

    Usually when my son is teething or getting a cold he’s not interested in eating. I think it’s ok! If baby is still not interested at all tomorrow (today?) call the ped!!

  • cocomac
    Thursday

    Thank you!! First I heard that as a possibility!

Anonymous posted in Babies Jan 15

Nutrition: stored milk from months ago vs. formula

My milk supply is crashing. I can either feed my five month old with: - Frozen breast milk from when he was 0-4 months old. Maybe add vitamin drops. - Formula. Maybe add vitamin drops. I want the most nutrients for my child. On one hand, breast milk for a younger baby supposedly isn't as nutritious for an older baby. On the other hand, formula supposedly isn't as nutritious as breast... More

  • Anonymous
    Jan 15

    Yes that's true Jenine, it's still good for drinking. I'm referring to how the nutritional composition of the milk we produce changes as the baby grows, starting with colostrum, to transitional milk, to mature milk, etc. So milk produced for, say, a newborn will be different from milk for a six month old. I'm worried that the milk I froze when the baby was younger, though still ... More

  • Destinee
    Jan 15

    It doesn’t matter when the milk was pumped, the main nutrients are the same. Maybe fat content changed a little, but it’s fine. No need to add vitamins to formula because it has all the vitamins baby needs. I would finish out your frozen stash and switch to a formula that works for you. That’s what I did. Also, if baby isn’t on solids they will be soon enough, and they will be getting vitamins ... More

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Jan 14

How to introduce whole milk to daughter? Plain or sweeten it?

My daughter is over a year now and I want to transition her to whole milk. Question is did you do cold milk, warmed it up? Did you add any sugar or anything?

  • Nicole
    Jan 15

    I’ve always given Colin milk cold. If you start warming it up he will always expect if. Lol they don’t know any difference

  • Anonymous
    Jan 15

    Thank you for sharing your experiences. She took a few sips of it cold from a glass. Hopefully she will start drinking more than a few sips to keep hydrated. :)

4.5m refusing to eat from the bottle

I already tried dr. Brown’s and avent bottles and no luck. He eats from the bottle for a minute and then stops and gets fussy. What bottle should I try next?! Please help

  • Bailey
    Jan 14

    Maam were my daughter’s favorite. Plus WAY easier to clean than any other vented bottles -especially Dr. Browns.

  • Priscilla
    Friday

    This was my son when I had to go back to work around 3months (we now know we should’ve introduced the bottle way before). We tried so many different types of nipple/bottle brands. After 5 we found out he’s a fan of Advent the thinnest nipple swirly one. Not sure if there’s a target near you but the ones near me offer free goodie bags if you create a baby registry. Most of the nipples we tried a... More

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Jan 12

Milk coming out of nose and spitting up via mouth

My newborn baby is a week old and whenever we feed her, burp her for 15 minutes and put her down she spits up milk through her mouth and nose. How can I resolve this issue? What are good remedies, or over the counter medicines for this? The doctor recommended burping the baby very well, using a cool mist, and do not put the heater on in the room. Thanks!

  • Kim
    Jan 13

    My little is the same way. I try to keep him upright for at least 20 mins after feeding. Their little tummies are very underdeveloped at this age and spitting up is normal. My doc had me go dairy free for a month and it didn’t help. Now gluten free diet and he is much better.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 13

    I remember my baby doing this, if it’s not bothering her I wouldn’t worry about it. She might be over eating

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Jan 12

Formula

My milk supply is dwindling and I’m almost out of my frozen stash so I’m looking into transitioning my daughter to formula. So far no allergies to solid foods she’s eaten - oatmeal cereal, apples, avocado, bananas. When I was breastfeeding I ate dairy and peanuts so I am hoping she won’t be allergic to those when she is introduced for real. Formula is expensive! So looking for your recommendati... More

  • April
    Jan 13

    We used Holle Organic formula from this website. I was only able to breastfeed our twins for about 3 months. And, I was so upset about that - I did a ton of research on the best formula. This stuff is so much better than the US brands ... and from what I remember it was reasonably priced if you buy in bulk. https://www.beyondorganicbaby.com/product-category/holle-formula/cows-milk-holle/stage1... More

  • Angie
    Jan 15

    I would also suggest Holle Organic formula. I’ve always had to supplement with my son b/c he had trouble effectively latching and my supply was never enough. Initially, we had him on Similac Sensitive, and then Earth’s Best Organic, but neither were good for him. He was very colicky, gassy and seemed like he was in pain all the day. I also did a ton of research and asked around... wound up lear... More

Formula side affects

I just switched my 7 month old to formula from Breastmilk and even since then she just gets so tired out of the blue and will lay over on you or anywhere and fall asleep. She has never done this before so I was just wondering if formula could cause that? She has been on formula for about 2wks.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 12

    Hmmm I don’t think sleepiness is a symptom of formula. I think it’s a growth spurt! Baby needing extra sleep to grow!

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Jan 11

Off the boob tips!? HELP ASAP 😅

Any tricks or tips to get my son off the boob?! He’s One. I need help! Lol we are struggling financially..I can no longer be a stay at home mama, so I’m applying for P/T jobs now and if I get one I wanna try and get him on to the bottle when he stays with his dad or aunty while I work. He’s a BIG time boobie boy idk what to do I tried to give him formula/almond silk milk/boob milk inside a bott... More

  • sunshine's mom
    Jan 13

    When I started weaning, I set times for breastfeeding as in the morning when we first woke up and at night before bed. Eventually she only needed a night time feeding and then it waned to once a week and then not at all. I stopped pumping and my milk stopped coming in after a while. During the day we fed solids, soups to get liquids in and water from a sippy cup that had a straw. We kept her... More

  • Anonymous
    Jan 14

    Omg thank you 🙏🏽 I needed to read your comment to just relax about him getting off the boob! Thank you again

8 mth who will only drink from his bottle while laying down. What's the best way to change this.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 10

    Not that this is very helpful but my son was the same way 🤷🏽‍♀️ he’s now 14 mo so no more bottle.... but until his last baba he had to lay on the floor to drink it. He could never understand to tip it up. So he couldnt drink in his car seat or high chair. He has to use straw sippy cups bc same thing, he doesn’t get that he has to tip up a regular sippy haha

  • Lisa
    Jan 11

    My daughter is nearly 11 months, and the same way, has to lay down to drink bottle. She also refuses to drink from any sippy cups. I am really trying to get her to use the straw ones so she can have a drink in the car seat, but still no luck.

Switching Formulas?

Currently my son is drinking Enfamil Enspire formula. When we chose this formula it was because he was a breastfed baby but as my milk supply decreased I had to begin supplementing, we chose Enfamil Enspire because we were told it was the closest thing to Breastmilk. He is now exclusively formula fed. Anyways, we recently bought a container of Enfamil NeuroPro bc he's 6mo old and goes thro... More

  • Jasmine
    Jan 10

    Yeah start with three parts old one part new. Then two parts old, two parts (scoops) new And so on til your only using new

  • Kyari
    Jan 11

    When my son was born I tried breastfeeding and couldn’t produce enough so the hospital had me supplement with similac. The day after I got out of the hospital he had a pediatrician apt and while he was screaming one of the nurses brought me a bottle of ready made enfamil, when I explained to her that we had been using similac she said the two weren’t so drastically different and just to watch f... More

💩 question

My 7month old was on breast milk and only pooped 2x a wk. which is ok for breast feed babies. But As of Saturday She has been strictly on formula and hasn’t 💩 yet. Wondering how long it will take for her to start 💩? I’ve tried some stuff but no luck in getting her to 💩. I think she needs to go because when I put her on the toilet to potty she tried to 💩 but Starts crying and wants to stand li... More

  • Amanda
    Jan 08

    For some reason my kids like to prove me wrong in anyway. So if I say they are doing something they will do the opposite. But I have to tell someone other then family or it doesn’t work. It’s so funny. My older kids will be doing something I don’t wan them to do and I just tell someone then they just stop.

  • Julie
    Jan 08

    Love it. I’m going to come on here and discuss my daughters constipation the next time it happens!! lol

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Jan 07

Dreading breastfeeding/pumping

Any other mommas who dislike this part of motherhood? I am due with baby 2 soon and am completely dreading breastfeeding and pumping. I know it’s best for my baby but I had a bad experience the first time and felt like I was chained to the pump trying to get my supply up 12 hours a day. Eventually we were forced to supplement which did wonders for my emotional/mental health as well as finally a... More

  • Melly
    Jan 09

    My lactation consultant once told me "any amount of breast milk is amazing" and it stuck with me. Whether it's for 2 days, 2 months, 2 years, do it for you, not the baby. He/she will be fine either way. I had my second recently and I have to say even with complicated pregnancies and deliveries, breastfeeding has been the hardest thing I've done in my life, and I've always... More

  • Elle
    Saturday

    Formula is a GREAT option. Being miserable or unhealthy or otherwise unable to fully enjoy your baby is NOT a good option. Potentially not producing enough for baby and risking hospital visits/stays for malnourishement or dehydration is NOT a good option.

How much formula to give 6 month old baby and how far apart should the bottles be?

After today my frozen breast milk stash will be gone, and my baby will need to just have formula all day. A few months ago we started giving him formula for his night time bottle so that he would get used to it but other than that he would get breast milk during the day. He is currently eating solids he gets a little fruit and cereal in the morning, some veggies at lunch and a little more fruit... More

  • Jackie
    Jan 03

    My LO is 6 months and she’s been on formula since 3 months. She just started to eat baby food/cereal so isn’t eating much more than 2oz. She usually has 5 6oz bottles (4am, 9am, 1pm, 4pm and 8pm varies slightly per day).

  • Elle
    Jan 03

    We've been doing every 4 hrs for months (before 6 mo of age). Since hitting 6 mo, she drinks 6-8 oz each bottle.

Decrease intake from formula..

So my little one is almost 8 month and lately she has been fighting a cold but we have noticed that she decreased her in take of formula milk..she loving eating the solids food and drinking water. She’s having a difficult time taking it or not interested or it becomes a battle.. I don’t want to force her to drink it but I worry she is not getting all the vitamins from the formula or worried of ... More

  • Jenn
    Jan 03

    My Ped told me that babies start self-weaning at 8 or 9 months as they eat more, so she could just be doing that. She is getting vitamins and nutrients from the food.

  • Elle
    Jan 03

    Hoe many ounces or ml does she normally take, and how much is she taking now?

How to tell

I’m switching my 7 month old to formula since I’m almost out of my freezer milk and she is sick right now so I’m having a hard time figuring out if she doesn’t like the formula or if it is because she is sick. 😬🤔

  • Julie
    Jan 08

    I know I’m late replying but wanted to say I also supplemented my daughter with similac Pro advanced at first (until she developed a dairy intolerance and I had to switch to similac alimentum). The similac Pro advance is really good!! It has HMO added which is a major component of human breastmilk and is among other things a prebiotic and aids in fighting illness. There was actually a study do... More

  • Angel
    Jan 16

    It is actually very common for a baby that is transitioning from bm to Formula to have some difficulty with the transition. Breastmilk is very sweet and formula is bitter. The taste is also completely different. The sickness might be making it more difficult but it could also be she isn’t happy with the switch, most babies aren’t lol.

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