Y.Z. asks from Green Lane, PA on April 03, 2008
Is There an Easier Way?? Wasting Formula
I am formula feeding my 5 day old son, and trying to figure out how to make nights more manageable...he is SCREAMING for food as soon as he wakes up, so to calm him down so he doesnt wake my 3 yr old, I pick him up right away. Then need to use one hand to make the bottle, warm it, and get it to him in time. I tried preparing bottles in advance, keeping them in a little fridge in my bedroom for easy access, but I dont know how much he needs yet, so I end up wasting A LOT of formula, and he's on Alimentum, which is pricey. Not sure how to word this question, but what do other formula feeding moms do at night?
A.P. answers from Pittsburgh on April 05, 2008
My kids liked the formula warm so I kept a thermos of warm water easily accessible and used powder. I would pre-fill the powder into a bottle and put it next to the thermos.
L.B. answers from Philadelphia on April 04, 2008
J.S. answers from Philadelphia on April 04, 2008
Have you tried making a bottle before you go to bed that way you have at least one to get started and if he needs more maybe he will be a little settled while you make the next one. does that formula come in a powder that way you can have the water in the bottles and just have to add the powder and shake real well to have his bottle.Good luck
C.M. answers from Philadelphia on April 04, 2008
Sweetie, I hope youre using the 4 oz bottles, and he only needs approx. 2 oz and youre going to waste some formula on the newborns.. Powder formula,doesnt have to be warm-room temp is ok, and you know to change his diaper first so he can eat comfortably and right back to bed.
K.B. answers from Harrisburg on April 04, 2008
My first two boys were very large babies and was almost eating a full bottle right away. With my triplets, they were preemies and came home 3 weeks after birth. They ate just a few ounces. With triplets, you keep them on a schedule with feeding and stuff. You have to. With a singleton, you can feed on demand. But one thing we had to do as well was chart everything so the doc would know what was going on because I was too sleep deprived to remember who pooped when, lol. You could try charting to help you track how much your son eats and how often. Then you'd have a better idea, on average, of what her ate. Some babies are screamers when it's time to eat, lol. That's not uncommon and many of us with singletons have carried our new baby and did things with one hand, even using our feet to shut doors, lol. Some triplets moms keep crock pots in their room on low with water in them and it only takes a bit to warm. Your son should be eating about the same amount after 5 days. Maybe try powder formula and mix a bottle as you need it. If he needs another once or two, just mix it at the sink.
mom of 5 including triplets
L.S. answers from Pensacola on April 04, 2008
I bottle fed all 3 of my babies and it is very trying at first. 2 of 3 were also on very expnsive formula's so I bought the same kind of bottles they gave them in the hospital. They were 4 oz bottles and it was so easy for the first few weeks just to grab it and heat it up. My babies would drink 2 oz at first then move onto 4 oz. Then it was time to fill a regular bottle. I used the kind with the drop ins and made them every night before bed and put them in the frige. Trust me, it will get easier! It is hard to try not to wake up your 3 year old but you will see to that he will probably become used to it and will sleep right through it. Hope this helps and hang in there. Take Care! L.
E.C. answers from Philadelphia on April 04, 2008
All the suggestions you got are good, you'll get the swing soon. Just thought I would let you know though that many insurance companies will cover the Alimentum. I had to use it with my son and I paid 20 dollars for thirty bottles of liquid formula a month. Got it through the pharmacy like any other prescription. Just have your ped. write a prescription for it and bring it to your pharmacy. They may have to order it, but at 10 bucks a bottle a little foot work is well worth it!! Good luck.
C.B. answers from Philadelphia on April 04, 2008
Hello Y...my advice would be to make 2 ounces and give him that and if he is hungry for more make him 2 more. I would just make 2 ounce bottles for your mini fridge at first though..hope this helps..good luck!
T.K. answers from Philadelphia on April 04, 2008
One idea is keep making your bottles ahead of time, then when it's time to feed him fill a small pot up with hot tap water. Put the bottle in the pot and while you change his diaper let the bottle warm up. This is what I used to do. The other idea is to use powder formula until you get a feel for what he needs.
H.J. answers from Philadelphia on April 04, 2008
Try tracking when he wakes up and how much he eats. Then you can try to get to him before he is screaming. Also I have found using the concentrated liquid easer. You can keep that in your mini fridge and use very hot tap water to warm it and constitute it. Or if you have a kettle you can heat the water in that. Since the formula is going to be cold it will counter the heat of the water.
And as the liquid mixes half and half it can be easer if you want odd amounts. I would use a separate bottle for measuring the water so you don’t over dilute, and then pour it into the formula bottle to serve.
K.S. answers from Pittsburgh on April 04, 2008
My SIL would measure out powder into a bottle and add room temp bottled or nursery water when it was time. All she had to do was shake it, no warming or anything.