C.S. asks from Fairfield, CA on April 03, 2009
Baby Refuses Formula... Need Suggestions/alternatives to Breast Milk
My daughter is 6 months, and will only take a bottle if it's pumped breast milk. She refuses formula. I have low milk supply, and it is very difficult to pump. In order to get just 4 ounces, it takes me 3 sittings at 20+ minutes each. Is there formula out there that may taste more similar to breast milk? (we currently have Nestle Good Start). Or does anyone have any other suggestions. I'm feeling like I can't be away for more than 2 hours, and I definitely can't be away at bedtime, or there's no way baby will eat/go to sleep.
Thanks in advance.
S.W. answers from Dallas on April 04, 2009
My milk supply was extremely low with my son, so I understand what you're dealing with. I suggest, based on experience, that you make sure you are doing everything you can to increase your milk supply (including taking in enough fluids). Perhaps this would be a good time to start a little runny rice cereal with your milk? For my son, it helped in extending the milk I pumped, and he ended up liking that mixture more than any formula. In the end, no formula was needed. Good luck to you and your daughter!
N.H. answers from Dallas on April 03, 2009
Oh my baby HATED Nestle good start.........he would ONLY take Similac Advance or Enfamil w/iron.......he'd actually take any of the Enfamils because I remember we had to switch around the brands due to constipation or spitting up but anytime I tried Nestle, he absolutely refused. Go get her some Similac or Enfamil and you'll probably have better luck. That's good she's starting to at least take the bottle, all you need is the right formula.
R.H. answers from Dallas on April 04, 2009
My son was the same way-the really scary thing was when we put formula in the bottle, he tasted that it was not breast milk in the bottle, as usual, he got mad and didn't want the bottle at all anymore-even when it had breast milk in it! He would turn his head and refuse it completely. We finally got him back on the bottle and got him different shaped bottles for the formula so that wouldn't happen again. I went out of town and when the breast milk ran out he finally got hungry enough that one morning he drank the formula, after that he kept drinking it and breast milk too. We used the different bottles, but he just had to be super hungry and drink it. After that he loved it and at 15 months weaned himself off the breast. We made our formula from an internet receipe, it included goats milk, fortified rice milk, black strap molasses, liquid vitamin c, acidophillous, calcium magnesium liquid, infant vitamins, flax oil, concentrated minerals and wheat germ. He broke out in hives and vomited up regular formula-we figured it was a cows milk allergy.
C.J. answers from Dallas on April 04, 2009
Look online for goat's milk receipe. I used it with my daughter because I sometimes had a problem with low milk supply. I think it was goat's milk, carrot juice and maybe something else. You can also had oils to it as well if you are giving it to her for more than half the feedings. If you just use it once a day then you don't have to mess with all of that. It worked great for my daughter when I needed to supplement.
M.C. answers from Dallas on April 04, 2009
You need to push the pumping to the max that relieves you Freeze it or pass it on.
Trust me there athere has to be babies that need breast milk either by individual families or hospitals somewhere.
Unless you have been breast feeding to long. Then you are all gone.
To transfere over to a formula, you must do it :
98% breast milk. 2 % formula
for 2 or 3 days.
then 95% breast milk. 5 % Formula for 2 days.
then, 85% breast milk. 15% formula.
And so on!
K.C. answers from Dallas on April 03, 2009
My daughter did the same thing. It was SUPER annoying. We use Nestle Good Start as well. I started mixing some breast milk in with the formula for about a week and now she's fine. You don't have to mix a ton, but a little might get her past the dislike. I think it is a taste and texture issue. Good luck!