Increasing Amounts Of Formula

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Felisha - January 17

i let me dd eat untill she is not hungry any more. at first i make a 4oz bottle and then if she still wants more i will make 2 mor oz. she normally takes a feew sips of the 2oz and then stops, and and hour later she acts hungry again but the 2 oz is already bad so i am forced to make another 2oz and she eats it all. I am not selfish just broke and cannot afford to keep wasting formula like this. she is just over 5wks and i dont want to introduce cereal yet and i would talk to her doctor but we are on medicade and i am in the middle of switching doctors for her because the one we started out with is an idiot and i want to take her to a real pedatrition. does anybody have any advice please help i cant stand having to feed my 5 wk old every hour when for the last 2-3 weeks she has been consistant with 3-4 oz every 3 hrs. and i really cannot afford 13 cans of formula a month when she wastes so much. it wouldnt be a big deal if she were eating it all but she is not


Linda99 - January 17

Felisha, 1st of all it is WAY to early for cereal. Every book I have read and my own doctor says they should not have cereal until at least 4 months. It is unnutritional calories that they don't need and it replaces formula with nutrients that they do need. As for those couple extra ounces, I went through the same thing (at about the same time) and I was equally as frustrated. Have you tried premixing the formula in an airtight container and keeping it refrigerated? You can do this and it keeps for either 24 or 48 hours depending on the brand. That way you can add an ounce or 1/2 and ounce to her bottle instead of mixing another 2 ounces. You'll be able to increase her ounce intake by about a 1/2 ounce at a time, it's all her tummy can handle right now. Hang in there, it gets better. My DS is 12 weeks and we're going through this same procedure again. Right now he drinks 4.5 oz every 3 hours, I'm trying my best to get him up to a 5 oz bottle, but it's not working just yet....


Danielle19 - January 17

if you leave in the united states there is a program called WIC and they will give you free formula, just call your local health and human services dept.


Danielle19 - January 17

sorry i forgot to tell you they give you 10 cans every 30 days



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