Introducing Formula

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ssmith - June 15

My baby is exclusively br___tfed, but I am wondering about introducing formula if there is ever an occasion when I am away. Do you have to introduce it slowly to help them adjust, or can you just go ahead and give it? My daughter had formula supplemented when she was first born, so I know she can tolerate milk based formulas....I do not intend on using formula regularly, this would only be in case of "emergency".....

 

Rabbits07 - June 15

There is no medical reason that it needs to be introduced slowly or anything. Since she's had it before you've got that covered. I would try it at home first in a non-emergency situation to be sure that she will take it. When I had my fifth I decided that I was going to supplement with formula when on outings as I also had a 4-year-old and it was just too hard to expect him to sit still while I nursed, etc. So, on our first outing I pack the bottles of water and powdered formula and go on my merry way. I make it all the way through the dept. store and am in the checkout line when ds starts crying. I was thinking I could hurry and get checked out and make it out to the vehicle and feed him there, but he really started wailing. So, I whip out the bottle of water, add the powder and stir it, pop it in his mouth and he absolutely would not have it! I kept trying and he would do this gagging thing, suck a second or two then start spitting and wailing again. I look at the cashier and tell her that he's never had a bottle before and she's got this look on her face like I'm totally crazy. I'm sure she was thinking-well, how do you feed him then?-My nerves were absolutely frazzled by the time I got him out to the vehicle (where I very promptly b___stfed him!)

 

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