M.W. asks from Greenville, NH on November 10, 2010
Formula Feeding. - Greenville,NH
ok, last time i posted on her i was haveing a hard time getting leah to take to the bottle after figureing it out and getting the right bottle i now have an issue with getting her to dtrink formula. she just wont drink it shell drink breastmilk outta the bottle but id like to do breastfeeding and formula feeding. any way i can get her to take formula? fyi reg formula she cant handle she pukes it up we had to put her on soy. can anyone help please
J.C. answers from Anchorage on November 10, 2010
Start by mixing a small amount of formula in with mostly breast milk, and than slowly increase the ratio to give her time to get used to the different flavors. This is how I switched mine from formula to milk. They took both breast and formula from birth, and did fine switching back and forth, although they both weened early, at around 3 months.
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L.O. answers from Boston on November 11, 2010
My kids both had soy formula - but I could only get them to take it once I was really ready to give up breastfeeding. What I did was SLOWLY start mixing a tiny bit of formula in, and gradually increase it about every 3 days. So week one - 7 1/2 ounces breastmilk to 1/2 ounce formula. Midweek on week one - 7 ounces breastmilk to 1 ounce formula. Etc., etc, until we were down to 1 ounce and then I just switched them. With both of my kids I couldn't switch too fast or they would rebel. It must be an acquired taste! You might want to try this method even though you are not stopping the breastfeeding - it may still work for your child. They are such different tastes - the breastmilk is very sweet - I think that's why my kids wanted milk or nothing. But once my youngest got hooked on soy - she just LOVED it.
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V.D. answers from Salt Lake City on November 10, 2010
I agree. Just start her slowly. Hopefully eventually she'll grow to like the taste.
L.S. answers from New York on November 10, 2010
Depends on how old Leah is and how much supplementing you are planning, a great option is goat milk. It is most like breast milk and tastes much better than formula.