S.G. asks from Gilroy, CA on May 11, 2010
Feeding - Gilroy,CA
Hi moms, need your help .. my son is 8 months old and hates formula. I have been feeding him breast milk froma bottle since I brought him home he has nevr taken the boob. I;m running out of breast milk. I have tried every brand of formula they sale in the store, Similac, enfamil, gerber. He hates it all he just will go hungry and scream and cry all day. Does anyone have any suggestion.
I have already tried mixing breast milk with the formula I just end up wasting the breast milk, he wont drink it. Has anyone had this isse?
L.B. answers from Stationed Overseas on May 11, 2010
Will he take any solid food? Don't let him starve if you can give him some solid food instead. Pump as much as you can to try to help your supply. You might also try contacting the La Leche League or a board certified lactation consultant to help you.
I know there are also natural herbs and things you can take to help increase your supply as well.
Outside of that, as far as formula is concerned, try having somebody else give it to him. Maybe put it in a sippy cup for him instead and see if he'll take it that way.
If he's losing weight or not producing the right amount of wet/poopy diapers, definitely get him to a pediatrician.
M.B. answers from Sacramento on May 12, 2010
Have you tried giving him in rice cereal for infants and mix it w/your breast milk or the formula via spoon (not in his bottle) and or Gerber baby pureed food? Hey may be "done" with formula/breast milk and need a break with something else and need a different texture. I think that it might be a good time to try now. I would try it.
J.P. answers from San Francisco on May 12, 2010
My youngest son weaned himself at 8 mos and would not take breast milk or formula from a bottle or cup (he actually never took a bottle) The doctor told me to use canned milk and mix it 1/2 milk, 1/2 water with a touch of carros syrup to sweeten it. So we went to the store and he picked out a cup I put in the mixture and he drank it. That was the only cup he's use too. I'd check with your dr first but that worked for us.
A.B. answers from San Francisco on May 12, 2010
My son didn't like formula in the beginning. I mostly nursed, but sometimes his grandma gave him formula when I was at work and didn't have a lot of breast milk stored up.
He just didn't like it, escpecially the vanilla. He did like cows milk and drank it with no problem. I would ask the Dr. if you could try that and start it on him a little early. The normal age is 12 months.
Also, if he's hungry enough he will eventually take it as another mom stated. Good luck!
T.G. answers from St. Louis on May 11, 2010
I agree with Nikki. If you are concerned his lack of eating is affecting his health, take him to see his pediatrician.
K.W. answers from Stockton on May 12, 2010
As hard as it is to hear your baby cry, he will not (well 99% of kids) won't let themselves starve....he might just be waiting you out.
Have you started him on regular food yet? If not, try mixing some cereal with the formula to help him get used to the flavor of the formula and than try the bottle again.
Nursing is a comfort thing too, does he have anything else he can use to help him feel comforted?
Good luck, I had the opposit problem with my youngest, I wanted to nurse forever and he totally denied me one day. Broke my heart.
N.S. answers from Tucson on May 11, 2010
Funny. I just answered a similar question and I will answer yours in the same way. A baby will not starve himself. Just give him formula (yes, it is very yucky compared to mommy milk). He will eventually get hungry enough that he will take it.
C.B. answers from San Francisco on May 12, 2010
I have twins that are now 18 months old. Before they started solid food, they were breastfed and I supplemented one or two formula bottles a day. One of my twins began refusing the formula. I gave the other twin more formula and gave the picky twin breastmilk. We did continue to offer formula and eventually, he went back to drinking it.
You can also try making your own formula. I wish I would have known about this sooner. Here is a link. Maybe your baby will take this instead of commercial formula. Good luck!